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December 2016 bank account promotions that give you money back

Information verified correct on December 5th, 2016

You could be given special offers, deals and discounts just for opening a new account.

Banks are now rewarding both new and loyal customers. See how you can take advantage of what the banks are offering and use it to your benefit.

Choose a bank account with rewards

Rates last updated December 5th, 2016
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Monthly Account Fee Debit Card Access ATM Withdrawal Fee Fee Free Deposit p.m. Details
ING DIRECT Orange Everyday Account
Get a $75 cash bonus.
Get a competitive ongoing variable rate when linked with a Savings Maximiser.
Visa $0 $1,000 No monthly fees, and you can use any ATM in Australia for free when you deposit $1,000 each month e.g your salary. Open More
St.George Complete Freedom Account
10% Cash back for online gaming purchases.
Waived account keeping fees when minimum deposit is met with no minimum balance.
Visa $0 $2,000 No account keeping fees, if you deposit $2,000 per month plus no minimum balance required. No ATM fees when using St.George, Westpac and BankSA ATMs. Open More
ANZ Access Advantage
Earn a $100 shopping voucher.
For opening a new account by 18 Dec 2016 and shop three times with your new Visa debit card by 8 Jan 2017 (conditions apply).
Visa $0 $2,000 No monthly account fee when you deposit at least $2,000 per month. Other fee waivers available based on your personal situation. Open More
Bankwest Qantas Transaction Account
Earn Qantas Points on eligible purchases and on your account balance.
Conditions apply.
Mastercard $0 $2,000 No monthly fees when you deposit at least $2,000 into your account each month. Free access to Bankwest and CommBank ATMs in Australia. No overseas ATM withdrawal fees (charged by Bankwest) though third party fees may apply. Open More

finder.com.au's featured bank accounts with rewards

RewardDebit Card Access
ING Direct Orange Everyday Account$75 Cash Bonus. Get a competitive ongoing variable rate when linked with a Savings Maximiser.Visa
Bankwest Qantas Transaction AccountEarn Qantas Points on eligible purchases and on your account balance. Conditions apply.MasterCard
HSBC Day to Day Transaction AccountYour Visa debit card unlocks special privileges worldwide with the HSBC home&Away Privilege Program.Visa

What special promotions do I receive for savings accounts?

Every individual should have a savings account for storing extra money, even children should start a savings account early so that they learn the proper value of money and how to save for long-term goals.

It is quite common to see online savings accounts since more and more Australians are turning to the Internet to do their banking. When you open a new bank account online for savings there are some regular features that you should expect on the account. These include:

  • Interest added monthly to your new bank account.
  • Interest worked out on a daily basis.
  • A minimum amount is not required.
  • No limits for withdrawal or deposit amounts.
  • Transactions are limited. In most cases you will not be able to have access to debit and credit cards, overdraft, branch services and withdrawals from ATMs.
  • Processing for credits and debits are usually free.

Banks and other financial institutions understand that many people prefer the convenience of online banking and the rate of interest for online bank accounts is usually higher than the basic savings accounts. If you're the type of person, however, that still likes to walk into the bank to do your transactions, you will have to weigh the pros and cons of both savings accounts.

What special deals do I receive for opening a new term deposit?

Term deposit accounts have the attraction of offering interest rates that are usually comparable to the rates you would get with an new high interest online savings account. The interest rate on these types of accounts is fixed for the term duration. This is good news if the interest rates go down, and not so good news if they rise.

The nice thing about them is you can plan your savings with a stable rate and know exactly how much interest you will get. There is an option of annual or monthly terms and you can be paid interest yearly or monthly depending on your preference.

When you are comparing new bank account promotions you should look for any hidden costs and how much interest is paid yearly. There can be very large differences between these new bank account offers, and with careful consideration you can end up walking away with a fantastic deal.

Opening up a new bank account to take advantage of a great promotion does not take a lot of time or effort on your part. If you spend a bit of time comparing the different offers available you may end up earning a lot more on your accounts than you are with any of your current accounts.

Shirley Liu

Shirley is finder.com.au's publisher for banking and investments. She is currently studying a Masters in Commerce (Finance) and is the author of hundreds of articles. She is passionate about helping Aussies make an informed decision, save money and find the best deal for their needs.

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ME Online Savings Account

Maximum Variable Rate

3.05%

Standard Variable Rate

1.30
ING DIRECT Savings Maximiser

Maximum Variable Rate

2.75%

Standard Variable Rate

1.60
Bankwest Hero Saver

Maximum Variable Rate

2.65%

Standard Variable Rate

0.01
RaboDirect High Interest Savings Account

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3.20%

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2.05

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