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    A low-fee credit card can be very beneficial for people who use their card for occasional purchases, or trying to pay off debt. Such a card would be ideal for emergency use or infrequent spending due to the high interest rates charged on purchases. Different low-fee cards charge varying annual fees, with some charging no ongoing fees for limited periods. Comparing low-fee cards can help you choose the one that suits your spending trends. This guide will help you understand how low fee credit cards work so that you can apply for the best one for you today.

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    It’s a fact in Australia and the rest of the western world with credit cards: people despise annual fees.

    Whether it’s the security and peace of mind knowing it won’t generate you any automatic debt just lying around inactive, or simply the belief that you’ll be saving money, no annual fee credit cards are always a popular choice among Australian consumers.

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76 Responses to No Annual Fee Credit Cards

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    Frank | January 13, 2015

    The Cruise company we are using will not accept Debit cards or Travel cards. This means we will need to have a credit card. We will only use this card for payments where Debit or Travel cards are not accepted. Would a no fee card be a good prospect? Which card would be best?

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      Jonathan | January 14, 2015

      Hi Frank,

      Thanks for your question,

      Travel Credit cards can provide useful benefits to a desired destination, with various features such as waived foreign transaction fees, travel insurance, purchase security insurance and rewards programs to name a few.
      Please see this page for more information regarding Overseas Travel Credit Cards.

      I hope this helps!



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    Anastasia | January 4, 2015

    I have just had a near miss and fright with a potential scam and would like to find a fee-free credit card that has a good reputation ( and processes in place ) for looking after clients that have had a problem and refunding after scams.

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      Elizabeth | January 5, 2015

      Hi Anastasia,

      Thanks for your question.

      You can compare cards that charge no annual fee on this page. In terms of your other concerns, most card providers have some sort of protective features in place to protect you from fraudulent transactions and to protect you while making purchases online and in-store. You can check on these features on our individual review pages, but you can also read up on these features on this page.

      I hope this has helped.



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    | January 3, 2015

    Hi sir

    First question Can you tell me which bank credit card will have all three below benefit with 0 % or up to 1% balance transfer for at least 12 months, at least no annual fee for first year and 0% for purchase at least for first year?

    Second question

    Can you tell me which bank credit card will have 0 % or up to 1% balance transfer for at least 12 months and 0% for purchase at least for first year?

    Please don,t ask me to look at your website page by page as I try already to look at every pages

    Thanks for your help


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      Elizabeth | January 5, 2015

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately there’s no credit card we currently have available on that has a purchase rate offer, balance transfer rate offer and no annual fee. You won’t have to look at the site page by page to find what you’re looking for: this page shows the credit cards available through our site that offer 0% p.a. on balance transfers and 0% p.a. on purchases. As you can see, only the Citibank Rewards Platinum card offers the length of interest-free period you’re after.

      I hope this has helped.



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    Lyn | December 22, 2014

    Wanting a credit card with no annual fee & with frequent flyer points

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      Elizabeth | December 22, 2014

      Hi Lyn,

      Thanks for your question.

      You can compare no annual fee credit cards that are linked to frequent flyer programs on this page.

      I hope this has helped.



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    Mark | December 3, 2014

    is the credit card minimum credit limit per month or per annum?

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      Elizabeth | December 3, 2014

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for your question.

      The credit limit applies to the life of the card, so you’ll only be able to spend up to and including that limit as long as the card account it open.

      I hope this has helped.



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    gayle | October 20, 2014

    Can I apply even if i have been declared bankrupt 5 years ago?

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      Elizabeth | October 21, 2014

      Hi Gayle,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, I’m unaware of any credit card providers who would approve you while you still have a bankruptcy listed on your credit file.

      Hope this has helped.



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    Anna | September 23, 2014

    I’m currently a HSBC platinum visa card holder for over 10 years, realise that new customer will have a benefit of no annual fees for life, is it worthwhile for me to cancel my current card and reapply a new one to take advantage of this offer?

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      Shirley | September 26, 2014

      Hi Anna,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately that offer is only available for new customers, that is, those who have never held a HSBC Platinum Visa card before.

      If you’d like, you may want to consider switching to another credit card provider to take advantage of a no annual fee offer.


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    sharon | September 17, 2014

    I have a home loan with Peppers do Peppers provide credit card applications online for customers?

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      Shirley | September 17, 2014

      Hi Sharon,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately Pepper only offers home loans at this current point in time.


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    tim | September 4, 2014

    is it ok to
    have a post office box
    for mail c0s that is all
    I have

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      Shirley | September 5, 2014

      Hi Tim,

      Thanks for your question.

      In most cases you need an Australian residential address. I’d recommend that you get in touch with a few credit card providers to see if they’ll accept your application if you only have a PO box.


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    David | May 19, 2014

    Can I search for, or can you give a link to joint card providers (for me and my wife)

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    | May 15, 2014

    Pls explain this
    “You will soon enjoy the benefits of up to 55 days interest free, saving $30.00 in your first year with your annual fee being waived, whilst enjoying the great convenience of your credit card being accepted at over 32 million locations worldwide.””

    It is correct if i will pay annual fee $30.00 year after when using card 55day visa card Westpac now

    This 55day card not free annual fee?????
    It s only for first year..,,, free????

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      Shirley | May 16, 2014

      Hi Danny,

      Thanks for your question.

      For the Westpac 55 Day credit card, there is a $0 annual fee for the life of the card when you apply between 1 April 2014 – 22 June 2014, and you’ll get up to 55 days interest free on purchases when you pay the closing balance in full by the due date shown on your statement.


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    alana | January 29, 2014

    What credit card would be best for someone with bad credit

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      Shirley | January 30, 2014

      Hi Alana,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Credit cards are generally designed for people who have good credit. Please have a read of our bad credit rating credit cards page for more information.

      You may want to have a look at some low rate credit cards, but remember to check the eligibility criteria before you apply as some do require a good credit rating.


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    Ashley | January 15, 2014

    Hi I was just wondering if you could help with my question about nonprofit organisations, how do we go about creating a business account for not-for-profit? Will the account be based approved based on the business plan or based on credit history? Are overdrafted debit cards and credit cards available?

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      Jacob | January 15, 2014

      Hi, Ashley.

      Thanks for your question.

      If you’re looking to set up a credit account for a not-for-profit organisation, you will need to register your organisation with the bank and open an everyday transaction account for your organisation first. You will need to provide ASIC registration forms and your ABN to the people in-branch first. Once you’ve opened this account, the bank can look at providing you credit. Acceptance will depend on the size of the credit limit, the number of signatories on the account, whether you and your employers are working outside the NFP organisation and how many people are going to co-sign on the account.

      I hope this helps.

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    Greg | January 6, 2014

    How much can a person who already has an adult concession card save by going to Hoyts Eastland on Super Tuesday? It’s about $16.00 today. How much would it cost me tomorrow?

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      Jacob | January 6, 2014

      Hi, Greg.

      Super Tuesday is great.

      Unfortunately, I can’t give you a definitive answer as ticket price depends on the movie you’re seeing and what type of session you’re attending (super screen, 3D etc.). Please have a look at the Hoyts website for information about ticket prices.

      Thanks for getting in touch with us.

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    Peter | October 29, 2013


    I have had a “no annual fee credit card” since the 90′s with the Commonwealth Bank. They have sent a letter to inform myself that an annual fee will apply from early next year. I rang and questioned the advice and was told that this is just a change they have decided to make.
    Should I pursue this further or not waste my time?


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      Jacob | October 30, 2013

      Hi Peter.

      Often, the terms and conditions of the product will include a clause that goes something along the lines of the lender reserves the right to make a change to the product as long as they give you notice. If you’re frustrated with the change to the product, vote with your feet. You can compare no annual fee credit cards on this page.

      Thanks for your question.

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    Jennifer | October 20, 2013

    Why do I get emails saying. No credit check credit cards? They all have credit check this is a false advertisement and needs to be removed.

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      Jacob | October 21, 2013

      Hi Jennifer.

      Thanks for your comments. Can you please let us know a little more about the advertisement. Your credit file will be accessed by the lender when you apply for credit.

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    leo | September 21, 2013

    Hi. Can u please tell me what is the best balance transfer card I can get which has Qantas frequent flyer points, thanks.

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    Brett | September 6, 2013

    Is there a way to search for the min limits. Only looking for a small limit card for an emergency

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      Jacob | September 6, 2013

      Hi Brett.

      Thanks for your question.

      You can find information about minimum credit limits on the fees table at the bottom of each card’s review page.

      Generally speaking, $500 is the minimum credit limit you can get when you apply for a card – this type of credit limit is usually offered with low rate credit cards, which you can compare on this page, and no annual fee credit cards – compared on this page.


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    carol | August 8, 2013

    what is a commonwealth bank key card?

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      Shirley | August 9, 2013

      Hi Carol,

      Thanks for your question.

      Essentially it is a debit card linked with your CBA account. You can learn more about debit cards here.


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    Doug | July 12, 2013

    Can you recommend a low fee credit card where I can have two supplementary cards, as most only appear to have one?

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      Jacob | July 12, 2013

      Hi Doug. Thanks for your question. Most credit cards will allow you to have an additional or supplementary cardholder. You see whether a card will allow you to have an additional cardholder by looking in the fees and charges table at the bottom of each card’s review page. It will list the number of cards you can have on the account and the charge for each. I hope this has helped. Jacob.

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      Phil | July 23, 2013

      What credit card has the lowest combined annual fee and interest rate, and allows two cards. At the moment my wife and myself have ANZ VISA two cards on the one account. We are “deadheads” who never have to pay interest and want to also have no annual fee. Can you advise us please?

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      Jacob | July 23, 2013

      Hi Phil. Thanks for your question. The best way to find the type of card you’re looking for is to have a look at our no annual fee credit card comparison page. Once you’re on that page, please click on the button in the table that says ‘interest rate’. When you do this it will order the cards from lowest purchase rate to highest purchase rate. You can then use the check boxes next to the cards name to select the cards you want to compare. Click compare either at the bottom or top of the table for a direct comparison between the cards you have selected. I hope this helps. Jacob.

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    Mshslingsm | June 16, 2013

    I want to open SB Account in your bank. Is there any bank charge for maintaining my SB Account in your Bank. I am a citizen of India now living at my son’s house in Perth. Thanks.

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      Jacob | June 17, 2013

      HI Mshslingsm. Thanks for your question. I’m going to need some more information to get to the bottom of this question. Can you please clarify which institution you would like to open an account with, and also can you please explain who / what SB is? Thanks. Jacob.

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    Marion | June 15, 2013

    Does Asda charge an annual fee on credit cards?

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      Jacob | June 16, 2013

      Hi Marlon. Aren’t ASDA a European provider? Our site deals with credit cards for permanent Australian residents and people visiting on a long stay visa. Jacob.

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    Wendy | June 13, 2013

    I currently have 3 credit cards and one flexi loan. I would like to put them all onto one so I just make one payment do not want to loose credit card though but only have one.

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      Jacob | June 13, 2013

      Hi Wendy. Thanks for your question. If you’re looking to consolidate the loan with the credit cards your options become somewhat limited. With the exception of Citibank and Virgin Credit Cards, no provider will allow you to transfer the balance from a loan / mortgage to a credit card. Citibank and Virgin allow you to consolidate the balance of a line of credit or a personal loan on to a credit card, so you may want to check with them. Alternatively, most providers will allow you to capitalise the balance of a credit card on to a loan / mortgage – one thing to consider when you do this: will capitalising a debt on to a loan actually end up costing you more with an extended loan term? I hope this has helped. Let us know if more information is required. Jacob.

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    Ray | June 5, 2013

    What does balance tranfer mean?

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      Jacob | June 5, 2013

      Hi Ray. Thanks for your question. Please watch the video half way down this page for information on balance transfers. Fred explains the basic principles of a balance transfer and what to look out for. Jacob.

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    Mary | May 15, 2013

    I’m retired and on the pension and have assets in excess of $500k and access to at least $40k in cash. I want to apply for your credit card but don’t want to waste my time or yours if I don’t meet the requirement.

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      Jacob | May 15, 2013

      HI Mary. Thanks for your question. If you’re looking to apply for a card, please refer to each card’s review and application page for a list of the minimum eligibility requirements. I can help you with your decision if you can provide the name(s) of a card(s) you’re interested in applying for. Jacob.

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    Hilton | May 9, 2013

    Hi. We are being asked to “upgrade” from Westpac Earth Platinum to Earth Black: MasterCard and American Express. Earth Platinum points are capped and 0.5 pts per $1, and will go to 0.625 and 1.5 for the AMEX.
    Earth Black annual fee is $395 and is waived whilst home loan package is current. We spend approx 2000 per month on our cards.
    Should we upgrade?

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      Jacob | May 10, 2013

      Hi Hilton. You will have to make this decision for yourself; however, the fact that the annual fee is waived is a big bonus. There are some additional benefits to the Black Card, you can read the review here. If you were to stay with your current card and keep you current monthly spend at approx. $2,000, you would be unaffected by the points cap of 3,750 Qantas Frequent Flyer points per statement cycle, which is one of the main reasons why people are taking up this offer. Jacob.

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    Dave | May 6, 2013

    Im thinking of moving my $3000 debit on my current commonwealth credit card to another credit card so i have longer to pay it off. What would be the charge for moving this to the hsbc card (that has no annual charge)?

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      Jacob | May 6, 2013

      Hi Dave. Thanks for your question. Currently, there is no fee for processing a balance transfer. The only charges you will pay are the card’s annual fee and balance transfer promotional rate of interest (if applicable). Jacob.

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    Ray | May 2, 2013

    HSBC Card. Why does it show 17.99% on purchases then further down the list it advises Interest Free for up to 55 days??

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      Jacob | May 2, 2013

      Hi Ray. Thanks for your question. Interest free days are applied to all purchases provided that you’re not carrying a balance from month to month, this includes a balance transfer amount and a purchases and cash advances that you have not paid from the previous statement period too. If you’re carrying a balance, then the standard rate for purchases will apply from the day you use your card to make a purchase. If you’re wondering about how interest free days work, please check this page. It has a video and an explanation of how it all works. If you still have questions, be sure to ask! Jacob.

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    carole | April 26, 2013

    Apparently I need to have a credit card to hire a car. They take an imprint of the card even although you’ve paid for the hire. I’d like a no interest card because I only want to use it for this type of thing on occasions. Can you be charged on an imprint only, when you are on holidays?

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      Jacob | April 27, 2013

      Hi Carole. Thanks for your question. If they take an imprint of your card it is most likely that they’re just taking it in case they need to charge you for damage to car etc. You should speak to the merchant directly about this, if they plan to charge you, they will tell you. About the no interest credit cards, please check our no interest purchase cards comparison page. These cards have an interest free promotion when you first activate the card. Jacob.

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    Roslyn | April 20, 2013

    Hi, Hubby and I have a credit card with Aussie. The Aussie card payment can only be paid by Bpay or direct debit as they are not linked with a bank – as I missed a payment recently they have hit me with a “late payment fee” and an “overlimit fee” as the annual fee was also debited which pushed the account over the limit. All up there were two fees of $25.00 each and the annual fee of $50.00 on the one statement – is this fair and can Aussie do this?

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      Jacob | April 21, 2013

      Hi Roslyn. You shouldn’t be charged an over limit fee with this card, there is however, a late payment fee applicable. The annual fee is charged to the first statement period and will accrue the purchase rate of interest if it isn’t paid in the first statement period. Please speak to an Aussie Credit Card customer service agent to find out more about this. Jacob.

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    Molly | April 12, 2013

    what credit card has the most days interest free? I can only see 55. Is there a 6month int free card?

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      Jacob | April 13, 2013

      Hi Molly. There are 0% Purchase Cards with a no interest period on purchases when you first activate the card. If you get one of these cards, you’re not going to get charged extra by the bank when you use the card to make purchases for a set period. After this term is over. You get up to 55 days interest free (which is the longest period offered currently [excluding the GE Visa Card, which currently gives you 6 months interest free for purchases over $250.]). See this page for an explanation on how to manage your account to maximise interest free days. Jacob.

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    marie | April 7, 2013

    hi I’m looking for a card that will never charge an annual fee ever or interest or charge a fee if you don’t use the card i only want it for a back up but i don’t want to get charged if i don’t use the card as i am going to Australia August / September. Is there an all in one credit card that will do that without any hidden extras and also with a low credit limit for a fair credit rating with out extra hidden charges i seen so many credit cards but I am so confused as to which is the best overall card that wont ever charge of i don’t use it any ideas thanks.

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      Jacob | April 7, 2013

      Hi Marie. Thanks for your question. Our no annual fee credit card comparison page is the place to start your search. These cards, as you described, don’t charge an annual fee for the life of the card – no catches. If you pay the balance of the card in full each month, you will receive interest free days on your purchases, and you won’t rack up any additional charges. If you don’t use the card at all – it’s not going to cost you anything to keep. There are no charges for closing a credit card account provided you’ve paid the entire balance prior to closing. Jacob.

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    Catherine | April 5, 2013

    I’d love to change cards – but have a mortage tired up with the card ..? can I get around this?

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      Jacob | April 5, 2013

      Hi Catherine. Interesting question. Can you please elaborate? One way to get around this is to refinance your mortgage; however, this can be seen as a little drastic. You should be able to transfer the debt to another card, but if the outstanding balance is large, you may not be approved for the credit limit to cover the debt. With a little more information we should be to help you come to a solution. Jacob.

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    John | April 4, 2013

    I have a citi bank visa gold card with a $25000. credit and is payed in full each month and affords me travel insurance should i change to a no annual fee card and which one.
    thanks John bull

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      Jacob | April 4, 2013

      Hi John. You will have to make that decision for yourself. Here’s the no annual fee credit card comparison page. This lists the cards with no annual fee. Check the product table of each product to see if the card offers complimentary international travel insurance. Thanks for the question. Jacob.

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    john | April 3, 2013

    What do you mean by “life of the card”? relating to no annual fee. Is it until this card expires, or until the account is closed?

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      Jacob | April 3, 2013

      Hi John. Great question. This term refers to the life of the account – until it’s closed. Jacob.

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    Graham | April 2, 2013

    I know its great to get points, but the cost of purchases, if you look at 1 point = $1. Is it really worth it?

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      Jacob | April 2, 2013

      Hi Grahame. Good observation. We tell everyone who asks that the net value of rewards cards must outweigh the card’s annual fee in order for it to be a cost effective product. If you’re not spending upwards of tens of thousands of dollars a year on your card, this is often not the case. Jacob.

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    Ken | March 4, 2013

    Looking for a visa card that has no annual fee and does not charge for overseas transactions or purchases on credit.

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      Marc | March 6, 2013

      Hello Ken,
      thanks for the question!

      There are a number of cards which don’t charge for transactions overseas. This page lists the typical fees you may pay while using your credit card overseas, as well as some of the credit cards which don’t charge foreign currency conversion fees.

      I hope this helps.

Credit Cards Comparison

Rates last updated January 31st, 2015
Interest rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Annual fee Cash advance rate (p.a.)
Westpac Low Rate Card
Westpac Low Rate Card
A low interest rate credit card with a low annual fee and balance transfer offer. 0% p.a. for 3 months (reverts to 13.49% p.a.) 0% p.a. for 16 months $59 p.a. 21.49% p.a. Go to site More info
ANZ Low Rate
ANZ Low Rate
A low rate on purchases, balance transfer and a low annual fee. 13.49% p.a. 0% p.a. for 16 months $58 p.a. 21.74% p.a. Go to site More info
Citi Simplicity Card
Citi Simplicity Card
$0 annual fee credit card with a long term balance transfer offer. 19.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 12 months $0 p.a. 19.99% p.a. Go to site More info
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
Earn rewards points plus a balance transfer offer. Access to prestige services including a personal concierge service and VISA Platinum reward program. 19.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 8 months $0 p.a. 21.99% p.a. Go to site More info
NAB Low Rate Credit Card
NAB Low Rate Credit Card
Low ongoing interest rate on purchases and balance transfers. 0% p.a. for 12 months (reverts to 13.99% p.a.) 0% p.a. for 12 months $59 p.a. 21.74% p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Qantas Discovery Card
American Express Qantas Discovery Card
Receive 7500 Qantas Points and pay no annual fee ever. Plus earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on all your everyday purchases. 20.74% p.a. 0.99% p.a. for 6 months with 1% balance transfer fee $0 p.a. Go to site More info

* The credit card offers compared on this page are chosen from a range of credit cards has access to track details from and is not representative of all the products available in the market. Products are displayed in no particular order or ranking. The use of terms 'Best' and 'Top' are not product ratings and are subject to our disclaimer. You should consider seeking independent financial advice and consider your own personal financial circumstances when comparing cards.

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