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What rate does my balance transfer revert to?

Information verified correct on May 25th, 2017

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 Melbourne95% of the approved credit limit$200
Bank of QueenslandCash advance rate80% of your credit limit$500
Bank SA95% of the available credit limit your new BankSA credit card$200
BankwestStandard balance transfer rate95% of the approved credit limit$500
CBACash advance rate90% of the approved 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.George95% 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 May 25th, 2017
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Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Interest Saved
American Express Essential®  Credit Card
A no annual fee card that collects up to 1 Membership Rewards point for every $1 spent.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee 14.99% p.a. $0 p.a. Go to site More info
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
Fly faster with up to 2 Qantas Points per $1 spent and enjoy the convenience of Apply Pay, Samsung Pay or Android Pay.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee 20.74% p.a. $0 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card
Earn up to 3 Membership Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive a $200 Travel Credit every year.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee 20.74% p.a. $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($195 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
Bankwest Breeze Mastercard
Enjoy an introductory rate of 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 21 months (2% balance transfer fee applies). Limited time only.
0% p.a. for 21 months with 2% balance transfer fee 12.99% p.a. $59 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
Take off sooner with up to 2.5 Velocity Points per $1 spent and receive a complimentary Virgin Australia return domestic flight every year.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee 20.74% p.a. $375 p.a. Go to site More info
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
Fly faster with up to 2.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent and receive a complimentary Qantas domestic return Economy flight every year.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee 20.74% p.a. $450 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Explorer® Credit Card
Earn up to 2 Membership Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive a $400 Travel Credit every year.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee 20.74% p.a. $395 p.a. Go to site More info
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Visa Credit Card
Save with 13.24% p.a. on purchases. Also enjoy up to 55 days interest-free.
0% p.a. for 14 months 13.24% p.a. $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Platinum
Save with 12.74% p.a. on purchases. Also enjoy up to 55 days interest-free.
0% p.a. for 20 months 12.74% p.a. $99 p.a. Go to site More info
BankSA Vertigo Visa
Save with 13.24% p.a. on purchases. Also enjoy up to 55 days interest-free.
0% p.a. for 14 months 13.24% p.a. $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
St.George Vertigo Visa
Save with 13.24% p.a. on purchases. Also enjoy up to 55 days interest-free.
0% p.a. for 14 months 13.24% p.a. $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
St.George Vertigo Platinum
Save with 12.74% p.a. on purchases. Also enjoy Visa Platinum Concierge service.
0% p.a. for 20 months 12.74% p.a. $99 p.a. Go to site More info
BankSA Vertigo Platinum
Save with 12.74% p.a. on purchases. Also enjoy travel insurance.
0% p.a. for 14 months 12.74% p.a. $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
Rates last updated May 25th, 2017
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Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Interest Saved
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
Earn 1 Reward Point per $1 spent and receive an annual fee refund with minimum spend.
0% p.a. for 22 months with 2% balance transfer fee 19.99% p.a. $99 p.a. Go to site More info
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Exclusive Offer
Earn 2 Velocity Points on top of the standard earn rate per $1 spent within the first 3 months, plus a $129 Virgin Australia Gift Voucher each year.
0% p.a. for 18 months 20.74% p.a. $64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - 0% Interest Offer
Save with 0% p.a. on purchases for 12 months. Also turn your everyday credit card spend into flights, accommodation and more with Velocity Points.
0% p.a. for 6 months 0% p.a. for 12 months (reverts to 20.74% p.a.) $129 p.a. Go to site More info
NAB Low Fee Card
A low annual fee card with 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 18 months.
0% p.a. for 18 months with 3% balance transfer fee 19.74% p.a. $30 p.a. Go to site More info
Virgin Australia Velocity High Flyer Card - 30k Bonus Points offer
Take off sooner with up to 1 Velocity Point per $1 spent and receive 30,000 Bonus Velocity Points.
1.9% p.a. for 15 months 20.74% p.a. $144 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($289 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
Emirates Citi World Mastercard
Earn up to 1.5 Skywards Miles for every $1 spent and indulge in carefully curated local and global experiences.
0% p.a. for 9 months 20.99% p.a. $149 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($299 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
Citi Rewards Platinum Credit Card
Take advantage of 0% p.a. for 24 months on balance transfers with a 1.5% BT fee. Plus, earn Reward Points as part of the Citi Rewards Program.
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) Go to site More info
Citi Simplicity Card
A no annual fee Platinum card with Visa Front Line Access.
0% p.a. for 6 months 19.99% p.a. $0 p.a. Go to site More info
Citi Rewards Classic Credit Card
Take advantage of 0% p.a. for 15 months on balance transfers with a 1.5% BT fee. Plus, earn Reward Points as part of the Citi Rewards Program.
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) Go to site More info
NAB Premium Card
A low annual fee Platinum card with seven complimentary insurances.
0% p.a. for 24 months with 3% balance transfer fee 19.74% p.a. $90 p.a. Go to site More info
NAB Low Rate Credit Card
Save with 13.99% p.a. on purchases. Also enjoy special offers from Visa Entertainment.
0% p.a. for 18 months with 3% balance transfer fee 13.99% p.a. $59 p.a. Go to site More info
NAB Rewards Platinum Card
Earn 1 NAB Rewards Point per $1 spent and receive double points on purchases made in major department and hardware stores.
4.99% p.a. for 6 months 19.99% p.a. $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($195 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
Virgin Money Low Rate Credit Card
Save with 11.99% p.a. on purchases. Also enjoy the protection of Fraudshield.
0% p.a. for 12 months 11.99% p.a. $99 p.a. Go to site More info

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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10 Responses to What rate does my balance transfer revert to?

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    maria | February 23, 2016

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

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      Jonathan | February 23, 2016

      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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    Samantha | April 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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      Jacob | April 15, 2014

      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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    Renee | July 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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      Jacob | July 15, 2013

      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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      Renee | July 15, 2013

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

    • Staff
      Jacob | July 15, 2013

      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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    Josh | June 3, 2013

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

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      Jacob | June 3, 2013

      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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