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What rate does my balance transfer revert to?

Balance transfers can be a useful debt consolidation strategy, but what happens when the promotional offer ends and the revert rate kicks in?

If you're carrying a debt that's collecting high interest, a balance transfer credit card with a promotional offer can be a great way to repay your debt without the cost of interest. But like all good things, the promotional offer can't last forever and a revert rate will eventually kick in. The revert rate refers to the standard balance transfer rate, which is usually the cash advance or purchase interest rate, that you'll have to pay on your remaining balance once the introductory offer ends.

When will I have to pay the revert rate?

If your balance transfer credit card comes with a promotional offer the 0% or low interest on balance transfers will only be available for a set period of time (usually between 6 to 24 months, depending on the card and offer). Once this promotional offer ends, you'll be required to pay the revert rate. This will either be the standard interest rate on purchases or cash advances and will most likely be much higher than the promotional offer. The cash advance rate is generally higher than the standard rate on purchases. If you can, always try to repay your balance before the revert rate kicks in to avoid expanding your remaining debt with high interest rates.

Always make sure to check what the revert rate is and when it will kick in before applying for a balance transfer credit card. You can find this information within the Product Disclosure Statement relevant to your card. Once you've worked this out, consider how much debt you have, the length of the promotional offer and how much you'll have to pay to consolidate the entire debt before the revert rate rolls in.

What do different

Credit Card IssuersReverts back toMaximum Balance Transfer AmountMinimum Balance Transfer Amount
American ExpressPurchase rateUp to 50% of your credit limit capped at a maximum of $7,500n/a
ANZStandard balance transfer rate95% of the approved credit limit$100
Bank of MelbourneCash advance rate95% of the approved credit limit$200
Bank of QueenslandCash advance rate80% of your credit limit$500
BankSACash advance rate95% of the available credit limit your new BankSA credit card$200
BankwestStandard balance transfer rate95% of the approved credit limit$500
CBACash advance rateUp to your available credit limit$500
CitiCash advance rateYou can transfer up to 80% of your approved credit limit$500
ColesPurchase rateNo limit - but must meet criteriaNo minimum - but must meet criteria
Community FirstPurchase rateAll or part of the outstanding balance and/or limit of your existing credit card$500
CUACash advance rate80% of your credit limit$500
HSBCCash advance rateUp to available credit limit on HSBC card$500
Macquarie BankPurchase rateSubject to your available credit limit$500
NABCash advance rateMaximum balance transfer of 70% of the approved credit limit. For example, if you had a $1,000 credit limit on your new card, you'd be able to transfer a maximum of $700 from another credit card.$200
St.GeorgeCash advance rate95% of the approved credit limit$200
SuncorpCash advance rateSubject to lending criteria$500
VirginCash advance rate80% of the approved credit limit$500
WestpacCash advance or purchase (on selected cards) rate95% of the approved credit limit$200

Balance transfer credit cards that revert to:

Rates last updated September 24th, 2017
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Name Product Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Amount Saved Product Description
American Express Essential®  Credit Card
0% p.a. for 12 months with 3% 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.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
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.
American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
20.74% p.a.
$195 p.a.
Receive a $200 Travel Credit every year and complimentary domestic and international travel insurance.
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
20.74% p.a.
$375 p.a.
Receive a complimentary Virgin Australia return Economy domestic flight each anniversary year and complimentary travel insurance.
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.
American Express Explorer® Credit Card
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
20.74% p.a.
$395 p.a.
Receive a $400 Travel Credit every year and up to two entries per year to the American Express Lounge at Sydney International Airport.

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Name Product Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Amount Saved Product Description
NAB Premium Card - Exclusive Offer
0% p.a. for 24 months
19.74% p.a.
$90 p.a.
Until 1 October 2017, exclusive to finder.com.au, enjoy a no BT fee, balance transfer offer with platinum privileges, including travel insurance.
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.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Bonus Points Offer
0% p.a. for 18 months
20.74% p.a.
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Earn up to 60,000 bonus Velocity Points in the first 3 months on eligible spend and enjoy a discounted annual fee of $64 for the first year.
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.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - 0% Interest Offer
0% p.a. for 6 months
0% p.a. for 12 months (reverts to 20.74% p.a.)
$129 p.a.
Save with 0% p.a. on purchases for 12 months. Plus, up to 0.66 Velocity Points per $1 spent.
Emirates Citi World Mastercard
0% p.a. for 9 months
20.99% p.a.
$149 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($299 p.a. thereafter)
Earn up to 1.5 Skywards Miles for every $1 spent and indulge in carefully curated local and global experiences.
Virgin Australia Velocity High Flyer Card - 80k Bonus Points offer
0% p.a. for 15 months
20.74% p.a.
$289 p.a.
Take off sooner with up to 1 Velocity Point per $1 spent and earn up to 80,000 bonus Velocity Points. Plus, complimentary travel insurance.
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)
Earn Reward Points per $1 spent as part of the Citi Rewards Program, plus receive complimentary international travel insurance.
Citi Simplicity Card
0% p.a. for 15 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Earn 5% cashback on eligible purchases (capped at $50 per month) for the first 90 days from card approval.
Citi Rewards Classic Credit Card
0% p.a. for 15 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
20.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Receive 1 point per $1 spent on all eligible Domestic Spend (up to $5,000 per period) and membership to the Citibank Dining Program.
NAB Qantas Rewards Card
0% p.a. for 6 months
19.99% p.a.
$95 p.a.
A dual Amex and Visa card that allows you to earn up to 0.75 Qantas Points per $1 spent, plus complimentary purchase protection insurance.
NAB Velocity Rewards Card
0% p.a. for 6 months
19.99% p.a.
$95 p.a.
This dual Amex and Visa card offers up to 0.75 Velocity Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases and special Visa Entertainment offers.
St.George Vertigo Visa
0% p.a. for 18 months with 2% balance transfer fee
13.24% p.a.
$55 p.a.
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and the ability to make contactless payments with Visa payWave technology.
NAB flybuys Rewards Card
0% p.a. for 6 months
19.99% p.a.
$95 p.a.
Earn 1 flybuys point per $1 spent on everyday purchases and receive 7 complimentary insurance covers.
NAB Velocity Rewards Premium Card
0% p.a. for 6 months
19.99% p.a.
$150 p.a.
Offers up to 1 Velocity point per $1 on purchases, combined with complimentary insurance covers and a concierge service.
NAB Qantas Rewards Premium Card
0% p.a. for 6 months
19.99% p.a.
$250 p.a.
A dual Amex and Visa card that earns up to 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on eligible purchases, plus a 24/7 personal concierge.
NAB Low Rate Credit Card
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
13.99% p.a.
$59 p.a.
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases, special offers from Visa Entertainment and Tap and Pay capabilities.
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.
NAB Rewards Classic Card
0% p.a. for 6 months
19.99% p.a.
$95 p.a.
Earn 0.75 NAB Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive complimentary purchase protection insurance.
NAB Rewards Platinum Card
0% p.a. for 6 months
19.99% p.a.
$195 p.a.
Collect 50,000 bonus points when you spend $2,500 on everyday purchases within 60 days of account opening.
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 $50 eGift Card when you apply by 31 December 2017 and make an eligible purchase by 31 January 2018.
BankSA Vertigo Visa
0% p.a. for 18 months with 2% balance transfer fee
13.24% p.a.
$55 p.a.
Get up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and be protected by a 24/7 fraud monitoring service.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Visa Credit Card
0% p.a. for 18 months with 2% balance transfer fee
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.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Platinum
0% p.a. for 24 months with 2% balance transfer fee
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.
BankSA Vertigo Platinum
0% p.a. for 24 months with 2% balance transfer fee
12.74% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Take advantage of purchase protection, extended warranty and overseas travel insurance, plus a 24/7 concierge.
Citi Platinum Credit Card - 100k Bonus Points
0% p.a. for 15 months with 1% balance transfer fee
20.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter)
Earn 100,000 Reward Points, take advantage of a long-term balance transfer offer and receive complimentary travel insurance.

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Balance transfers can be an efficient debt consolidation strategy, but you'll want to make sure you've repaid your entire debt before the revert rate comes up to bite you. Before applying for the credit card, confirm what the revert rate is and follow a budget to ensure you repay your entire balance before the revert rate applies.

Shirley Liu

Shirley is finder.com.au's publisher for banking and investments. She has completed 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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    mariaFebruary 23, 2016

    can i receive an international transfer from overseas into my credit card

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      JonathanFebruary 23, 2016Staff

      Hi Maria, thanks for your inquiry!

      Generally money transfers to credit card accounts are permitted. It would be best to double check with your card issuer in case so the transfer does not bounce back.

      Cheers,

      Jonathan

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    SamanthaApril 15, 2014

    Are there any cards out there with no credit checks with over drafts or cash advances that people on Centrelink can apply for instant approval?

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      JacobApril 15, 2014Staff

      Hi, Samantha.

      Thanks for your question.

      Everybody who applies for a credit card must undergo a credit check as part of the application process. It’s also a requirement that the applicant has a good credit rating.

      Have a look at our page on your credit file for information about ordering a copy of your credit report.

      Having said this, people on Centrelink benefits can still apply for a credit card, the important thing is that the applicant meets the minimum eligibility requirements, you can find these criteria set out at the bottom of our review and application pages.

      I hope this helps.

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    ReneeJuly 15, 2013

    I noted that with an ANZ balance transfer you are only able to transfer 95% of the approved credit limit of you old card. What happens if your balance on that card is just over 95%? Can it still be approved for transfer of 95% of it? Or does the balance need to be less than that so the old card/account can be closed after the balance transfer has been processed?

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      JacobJuly 15, 2013Staff

      Hi Renee. Thanks for your question. Yes, ANZ will only allow you to transfer up to 95% of your approved credit limit. If you still have funds on your old card, that’s O.K. You don’t need to close your old account to carry out a balance transfer. I hope this helps. Jacob.

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      ReneeJuly 15, 2013

      Thanks Jacob. Would it assist my application if I was to elect to close my old card account though?

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      JacobJuly 15, 2013Staff

      Hi Renee. I’m unaware whether electing to close your old credit card will have any bearing on your application. I am inclined to say no as most credit card applications do not ask for this information. I hope this helps. Jacob.

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    JoshJune 3, 2013

    Why are cash advance rates and balance transfer rates different to normal rates?

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      JacobJune 3, 2013Staff

      Hi Josh. Thanks for your question. There are number of different interest rates you will get charged when you use a credit card. The first and most common is the annual rate of interest on purchases. This is how much you will be charged when you use the card to make a purchase. Then there is the cash advance rate, this is the annual rate of interest you’re charged when you make a cash withdrawal or other cash related transaction. There’s also the annual interest rate for balances transfer to the card. This is usually a low rate for a set period of time, after which, any unpaid balance bought to the card under a balance transfer promotion will be charged at the cash advance or purchase rate of interest (depending on the card). Let us know if there’s anything else you would like to know about this. Jacob.

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