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Compare the cheapest credit cards*

Whether you’re looking to pay down debt, shop overseas or cut down on interest costs, compare some of the cheapest credit card offers* on the Australian market.

Value for money comes in many shapes and forms. The credit card with the cheapest interest rate* may not be the cheapest to use abroad, or the cheapest to use for a balance transfer for that matter. It all depends on what you’re looking for. Here, we compare some of the cheapest credit cards* in Australia based on specific features so that you can decide if one will suit your needs.

Cheap* credit cards to compare

Rates last updated August 18th, 2017
Name Product Purchase rate (p.a.) Interest Free Period Annual fee Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Product Description
St.George Vertigo Visa
13.24% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
0% p.a. for 14 months
Receive an annual fee discount in the first year and the ability to make contactless payments with Visa payWave technology.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Platinum
12.74% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$99 p.a.
0% p.a. for 20 months
Get a range of complimentary insurance covers, access to a 24/7 concierge and the convenience of Visa payWave contactless technology.
St.George Vertigo Platinum
12.74% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$99 p.a.
0% p.a. for 20 months
Offers complimentary travel insurance, complimentary purchase insurance and access to a 24/7 personal concierge service.
BankSA Vertigo Visa
13.24% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
0% p.a. for 18 months
A no-frills Visa with the protection of a zero liability policy and a 24/7 fraud monitoring service. Plus, a discounted annual fee in the first year.
Coles Low Rate Mastercard
12.99% p.a.
Up to 62 days on purchases
$58 p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
Collect 0.5 flybuys points per $1 spent at Coles supermarkets and get free delivery on orders over $100. Plus, Coles Mobile Wallet.
HSBC Low Rate Credit Card
13.25% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$55 p.a.
0% p.a. for 15 months with 2% balance transfer fee
Add additional cardholders for $0 and pay using Apple Pay. Also enjoy exclusive offers with the home&Away Privilege Program.
NAB Low Rate Credit Card
13.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$59 p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
Offers a low $500 minimum credit limit, special offers from Visa Entertainment and Tap and Pay capabilities.
American Express Essential®  Credit Card
14.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$0 p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
Receive a $50 credit when you apply online, are approved and spend $750 on your new card within the first 3 months of card membership.
Virgin Money Low Rate Credit Card
11.99% p.a.
Up to 44 days on purchases
$99 p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months
Take advantage of the optional insurance coverage of CreditShield Edge. Plus, enjoy the convenience of contactless payments with Visa payWave.
ANZ Low Rate Platinum
11.49% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$99 p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
Enjoy platinum benefits with exclusive discounts, complimentary travel and purchase insurances and a 24/7 personal concierge.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - 0% Interest Offer
0% p.a. for 12 months (reverts to 20.74% p.a.)
Up to 44 days on purchases
$129 p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
Until 31 October 2017, save with 0% p.a. on purchases for 12 months. Plus, up to 0.66 Velocity Points per $1 spent.
ANZ Low Rate
12.49% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$58 p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
With a low minimum credit limit of $1,000, this no frills card allows you to add up to 3 additional cardholders for $0 and has Mastercard PayPass.
NAB Low Rate Platinum Card
13.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$100 p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
Enjoy the protection of 7 complimentary insurances including overseas travel and purchase protection insurance.
CUA Low Rate Credit Card
11.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($49 p.a. thereafter)
0% p.a. for 13 months
Offer a low minimum credit limit of $500, the ability to use Apple Pay and Android Pay and a discounted annual fee for the first year.

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How to compare the cheapest credit cards* in Australia

With so many different credit cards on the market, finding the cheapest option comes down to individual circumstances and needs. For example, can you pay back what you’ve spent by the end of the credit card statement period, or are you looking for a credit card to use to make a big-ticket purchase and pay back over a couple of months? What about cards that have no fees on foreign currency transactions? How you plan on using the product will determine what the cheapest credit card is for you.

Low- or no-interest credit cards

These credit cards feature a low standard variable rate of interest or a low promotional purchase rate of interest. If the credit card has a promotional offer, at the end of the introductory period, the ongoing purchase rate of interest applies to any purchases you haven’t paid back, as well as any future purchases.

The purchase rate of interest comes into play when you carry a debt from one month to the next. Remember that interest compounds. A credit card with a low rate will cost you less if you carry a balance from month to month, when compared to cards with higher rates.

Note that some transactions aren’t eligible for a low purchase rate (whether standard or promotional). In particular, cash advances accrue interest at the cash advance rate of interest and balance transfers accrue interest at the revert rate following the end of the balance transfer promotional period.

  • Good if: You struggle to repay your balance in full each month.
  • Bad if: You’re an infrequent spender or always pay your balance in full by the end of the statement period.

Credit cards with interest-free days

Many credit cards offer up to a certain number of interest-free days for each statement period, for example “up to 55 days”. This feature lets you pay back what you’ve spent by the statement due date without incurring additional interest charges. If you have a card that offers an interest-free period and you always pay your balance in full by the due date on your statement, the card’s annual fee could be the only additional cost you have for that account.

There are some requirements if you want to take advantage of interest-free days. If you carry a balance from month to month, for example if you have an active balance transfer promotion, you’re ineligible for interest-free days. Cash advances are also ineligible for interest-free days, so it may be better to find a credit card with a promotion on cash advances if you plan on using your credit card at the ATM.

  • Good if: You always repay your balance each month and make regular purchases on your credit card.
  • Bad if: You often miss repayments or are unable to pay your balance in full.

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Rates last updated August 18th, 2017
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Name Product Product Description Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Annual fee Interest Free Period Amount Saved
St.George Vertigo Platinum
Offers complimentary travel insurance, complimentary purchase insurance and access to a 24/7 personal concierge service.
12.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 20 months
$99 p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
Earn 1 Reward Point per $1 of eligible spend and receive complimentary travel and purchase protection insurances.
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 22 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$99 p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
Citi Rewards Platinum Credit Card
Earn Reward Points per $1 spent as part of the Citi Rewards Program, plus receive complimentary international travel insurance.
20.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 24 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 55 days on purchases
St.George Vertigo Visa
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and the ability to make contactless payments with Visa payWave technology.
13.24% p.a.
0% p.a. for 14 months
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 55 days on purchases
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Visa Credit Card
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and the protection of Verified by Visa online purchases.
13.24% p.a.
0% p.a. for 14 months
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 55 days on purchases
ANZ Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
Exclusive to finder, receive 0% p.a. interest on purchases for 3 months and 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 12 months with no balance transfer fee.
0% p.a. for 3 months (reverts to 19.74% p.a.)
0% p.a. for 12 months
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($87 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 55 days on purchases
NAB Low Rate Credit Card
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases, special offers from Visa Entertainment and Tap and Pay capabilities.
13.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$59 p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
Receive a complimentary Virgin Australia return Economy domestic flight each anniversary year and complimentary travel insurance.
20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$375 p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum
Get 50,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $2,500 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months.
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($295 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 55 days on purchases
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
Receive 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $2,500 on eligible purchases in the first 3 months.
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($425 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 55 days on purchases
Citi Simplicity Card
Earn 10% cashback on eligible purchases (capped at $50 per month) for the first 4 months from card approval.
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$0 p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
St.George Amplify Platinum
Earn up to 2 Amplify Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive complimentary overseas travel insurance.
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
ANZ Low Rate Platinum
Enjoy platinum benefits with exclusive discounts, complimentary travel and purchase insurances and a 24/7 personal concierge.
11.49% p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$99 p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
American Express Essential®  Credit Card
Receive a $50 credit when you apply online, are approved and spend $750 on your new card within the first 3 months of card membership.
14.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$0 p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the spend requirement and earn up to 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent.
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$199 p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
ANZ Low Rate
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases, up to 3 additional cardholders at no cost and Mastercard PayPass.
12.49% p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$58 p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
Woolworths Everyday Platinum Credit Card
Receive a $100 eGift Card when you apply by 30 September 2017 and make an eligible purchase by 31 October 2017.
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 14 months
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($49 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 55 days on purchases
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature
Earn up to 3 Amplify Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive an additional card at no extra cost.
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
28 Degrees Platinum Mastercard
Designed for travel, benefit from no international transaction fees on purchases and no currency conversion fees.
21.99% p.a.
4.99% p.a. for 6 months
$0 p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
American Express Business Explorer® Credit Card
Earn 100,000 bonus points when you meet the requirement and 2 Membership Rewards points per $1 spent.
16.99% p.a.
$395 p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases

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No annual fee credit cards

There are two different types of no annual fee credit cards. You can pay no annual fee for the life of the credit card or pay no annual fee in the first year.

No annual fee credit cards can charge higher rates of interest than a low-rate credit card and can be light on value-adding features such as complimentary insurance. No annual fee credit cards are usually the cheapest option for people who pay back their card balance by the statement due date. Many no annual fee credit cards also feature up to 55 days interest free. Pay back what you spend by the statement due date and a no annual fee credit card could cost you nothing to own and use.

  • Good if: You rarely use your credit card or want to cut down on extra costs.
  • Bad if: You want to take advantage of extra features such as rewards, complimentary insurance and concierge services.

Rates last updated August 18th, 2017
Name Product Annual fee Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Product Description
St.George Vertigo Visa
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
13.24% p.a.
0% p.a. for 14 months
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and the ability to make contactless payments with Visa payWave technology.
ANZ Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($87 p.a. thereafter)
0% p.a. for 3 months (reverts to 19.74% p.a.)
0% p.a. for 12 months
Pay 0% p.a. for 3 months on purchases and receive platinum perks including complimentary travel and purchase insurance.
BankSA Vertigo Visa
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
13.24% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
Get up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and be protected by a 24/7 fraud monitoring service.
Coles Platinum No Annual Fee Mastercard
$0 p.a.
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
Receive 10,000 bonus flybuys points if you apply, are approved and make an eligible purchase within the first 30 days. Plus, a higher credit limit.
American Express Essential®  Credit Card
$0 p.a.
14.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
Receive a $50 credit when you apply online, are approved and spend $750 on your new card within the first 3 months of card membership.
Citi Simplicity Card
$0 p.a.
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
Earn 10% cashback on eligible purchases (capped at $50 per month) for the first 4 months from card approval.
ANZ Rewards Platinum
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($95 p.a. thereafter)
18.79% p.a.
Receive 50,000 bonus Reward Points when you spend $2,500 within the first 3 months from card approval.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
$0 p.a.
20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
Earn an uncapped 1 Qantas Frequent Flyer point per $1 spent, plus complimentary purchase insurance.
Woolworths Everyday Platinum Credit Card
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($49 p.a. thereafter)
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 14 months
Receive a $100 eGift Card when you apply by 30 September 2017 and make an eligible purchase by 31 October 2017.
28 Degrees Platinum Mastercard
$0 p.a.
21.99% p.a.
4.99% p.a. for 6 months
Designed for travel, benefit from no international transaction fees on purchases and no currency conversion fees.
Westpac 55 Day Platinum Credit Card
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($90 p.a. thereafter)
19.84% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months with 2% balance transfer fee
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases, platinum concierge service and extended complimentary insurance cover.

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0% balance transfer offers

A balance transfer is a money-saving feature you can use to pay down credit card debt. These cards offer a 0% interest rate (or reduced rate) when you move existing debt to the new account. At the end of the balance transfer promotional period, any balance transfer balance you haven’t paid back will accrue interest at the revert rate. This rate varies from card to card but is usually the purchase rate of interest or the cash advance rate.

Keep in mind that a balance transfer credit card shouldn’t be used for purchases, which will accrue interest at the purchase rate for that card. Interest-free days also don’t apply if you’re carrying a balance transfer balance from month to month.

  • Good if: You want to consolidate several debts under one card or want to pay off a debt without the burden of interest.
  • Bad if: You plan to use your card for purchases.

0% balance transfer credit cards comparison

Rates last updated August 18th, 2017
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Name Product Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Amount Saved Product Description
St.George Vertigo Visa
0% p.a. for 14 months
13.24% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and the ability to make contactless payments with Visa payWave technology.
NAB Premium Card - Exclusive Offer
0% p.a. for 24 months
19.74% p.a.
$90 p.a.
Exclusive to finder.com.au, enjoy a no BT fee, long-term balance transfer offer with platinum privileges, including travel insurance.
St.George Vertigo Platinum
0% p.a. for 20 months
12.74% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Offers complimentary travel insurance, complimentary purchase insurance and access to a 24/7 personal concierge service.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
0% p.a. for 18 months
20.74% p.a.
$129 p.a.
Apply by 31 October 2017 to receive a no fee balance transfer and a $129 Virgin Australia Gift Voucher each year.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Platinum
0% p.a. for 20 months
12.74% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Get a range of complimentary insurance covers, access to a 24/7 concierge and up to 55 days interest-free on purchases.
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
0% p.a. for 22 months with 2% balance transfer fee
19.99% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Earn 1 Reward Point per $1 of eligible spend and receive complimentary travel and purchase protection insurances.
Citi Rewards Platinum Credit Card
0% p.a. for 24 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
20.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter)
Apply by 30 September 2017 to receive a long-term BT offer, to earn Citi Reward Points on everyday spend and receive complimentary travel insurance.
ANZ Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
0% p.a. for 12 months
0% p.a. for 3 months (reverts to 19.74% p.a.)
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($87 p.a. thereafter)
An exclusive credit card offer through finder.com.au that offers 0% on purchases and balance transfers and complimentary insurance covers.
Suncorp Clear Options Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
0% p.a. for 18 months
20.74% p.a.
$99 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Exclusive to finder, receive a long-term balance transfer offer and earn 1.25 Suncorp Rewards Points per $1 spent.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Visa Credit Card
0% p.a. for 14 months
13.24% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and the protection of Verified by Visa online purchases.
BankSA Vertigo Visa
0% p.a. for 18 months
13.24% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
Get up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and be protected by a 24/7 fraud monitoring service.
NAB Low Fee Card
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
19.74% p.a.
$30 p.a.
Receive complimentary purchase protection insurance, special offers from Visa Entertainment and up to 44 days interest-free on purchases.
HSBC Low Rate Credit Card
0% p.a. for 15 months with 2% balance transfer fee
13.25% p.a.
$55 p.a.
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases. Also enjoy exclusive offers with the home&Away Privilege Program.
Woolworths Everyday Platinum Credit Card
0% p.a. for 14 months
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($49 p.a. thereafter)
Receive a $100 eGift Card when you apply by 30 September 2017 and make an eligible purchase by 31 October 2017.
BankSA Vertigo Platinum
0% p.a. for 18 months
12.74% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Take advantage of purchase protection, extended warranty and overseas travel insurance, plus a 24/7 concierge.
American Express Essential®  Credit Card
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
14.99% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Receive a $50 credit when you apply online, are approved and spend $750 on your new card within the first 3 months of card membership.
Virgin Money Low Rate Credit Card
0% p.a. for 12 months
11.99% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Receive up to 44 days interest-free on purchases and the optional insurance coverage of CreditShield Edge.
ANZ Low Rate Platinum
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
11.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Enjoy platinum benefits with exclusive discounts, complimentary travel and purchase insurances and a 24/7 personal concierge.
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
20.74% p.a.
$450 p.a.
Take advantage of a high Qantas Points earn rate and 2 American Express Airport Lounge entries each calendar year.
CUA Low Rate Credit Card
0% p.a. for 13 months
11.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($49 p.a. thereafter)
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and the ability to use Apple Pay and Android Pay.

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Rewards credit cards with no annual fee

These rewards credit cards do not charge an annual fee. A no annual fee rewards credit card can give you added value from the first dollar spent. There’s no break even point – where the value of the rewards is greater than the product’s annual fee. But if you carry a balance and have to deal with interest charges, then these costs will have to be weighed up against the value of the rewards you earn.

Compared to low-rate cards, no annual fee rewards credit cards usually have high rates of interest. But if the card offers interest-free days, you can still avoid the interest charges by paying the outstanding balance in full by the statement due date.

  • Good if: You want to earn rewards while also cutting down on standard card costs.
  • Bad if: You want the no annual fee for the life of the card. These are usually just for a promotional period on rewards cards.

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Rates last updated August 18th, 2017
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Points per $ spent (VISA/MC) Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
American Express Essential®  Credit Card
1
14.99% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Receive a $50 credit on eligible spend and get Smartphone screen insurance when you pay for your phone or contract.
Coles No Annual Fee Mastercard
10,000 bonus points
0.5
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Receive 10,000 bonus flybuys points if you apply, are approved and make an eligible purchase within the first 30 days.
American Express Velocity Escape Card
1
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Offers 0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers and complimentary purchase insurance.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
1
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Earn Qantas points that can be redeemed for a one way, return or multi-destination Classic Flight Reward on over 50 partner airlines.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
75,000 bonus points
1
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($425 p.a. thereafter)
Receive 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $2,500 on eligible purchases in the first 3 months.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum
50,000 bonus points
0.75
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($295 p.a. thereafter)
Get 50,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $2,500 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months.
ANZ Rewards Platinum
50,000 bonus points
1.5
18.79% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($95 p.a. thereafter)
Receive 50,000 bonus Reward Points when you spend $2,500 within the first 3 months from card approval.
ANZ Rewards Black Credit Card
75,000 bonus points
2
18.79% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($375 p.a. thereafter)
Receive 75,000 bonus points when you spend $2,500 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months and complimentary travel insurance.
ANZ Rewards Credit Card
25,000 bonus points
1
18.79% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($80 p.a. thereafter)
Receive 25,000 bonus Reward Points when you spend $2,500 on eligible purchases in the first 3 months from approval.
Woolworths Everyday Platinum Credit Card
1
0
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($49 p.a. thereafter)
Receive a $100 eGift Card when you apply by 30 September 2017 and make an eligible purchase by 31 October 2017.
Coles Platinum No Annual Fee Mastercard
10,000 bonus points
0.5
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Receive 10,000 bonus flybuys points if you apply, are approved and make an eligible purchase within the first 30 days. Plus, a higher credit limit.

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Credit cards with $0 foreign transaction fees

These credit cards are the cheapest to use if you want to make purchases and ATM withdrawals abroad. You can use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees to spend overseas or online with international retailers without paying the extra 2-4% for currency conversion that most cards charge. To put this in perspective, if a card charged you 3% for a foreign transaction worth AUD$500, it would cost you an extra $15. These fees can quickly add up when you’re overseas, so 0% foreign fee cards offer a cheaper alternative.

Some of these credit cards also include complimentary international travel insurance. This is another way to potentially save money on costs when you go overseas.

  • Good if: You regularly shop online or have an overseas trip coming up.
  • Bad if: You don’t regularly spend in foreign currencies and want to save on other standard fees such as interest rates on purchases.

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Rates last updated August 18th, 2017
Name Product Foreign Currency Conversion Fee (MC) Foreign Currency Conversion Fee (VISA) Overseas ATM Withdrawal Fee Overseas Cash Advance Fee Annual fee Product Description
Bankwest Zero Platinum Mastercard
0% of transaction value
$0
The greater of 2% or $4.00
$0 p.a.
Receive complimentary international travel insurance, access to a 24/7 concierge service and $0 foreign transaction fees.
ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card
0% of transaction value
$0
$225 p.a.
Receive 40,000 bonus Velocity Points when you spend $500 on eligible purchases in the first three months.
28 Degrees Platinum Mastercard
0% of transaction value
$0
3% of the cash advance or $4 (whichever is greater)
$0 p.a.
Designed for travel, benefit from no international transaction fees on purchases and no currency conversion fees.
Coles Platinum Rewards Mastercard
0% of transaction value
$4
$4
$99 p.a.
Suited to cardholders with higher incomes and credit needs, plus collect 20,000 bonus flybuys points if you apply, and meet the spend criteria.
Bankwest Breeze Platinum Mastercard
0% of transaction value
$0
Greater of 2% or $4.00
$99 p.a.
Offers an introductory balance transfer rate of 0% p.a. for 13 months with a 2% BT fee, plus platinum perks.

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The difference between a cheap credit card and an expensive one comes down to how you spend and repay your credit card balance. A no annual fee rewards credit card represents good value for money if you can pay your balance back in full each month, while a low rate credit card will be cheaper if you carry a balance. If you need help with your comparison of the cheapest credit cards*, get in touch with us using the form at the bottom of this page.

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