Citi

Citi Rewards (Balance Transfer Offer)

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

21.49%

p.a

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

p.a for 30 months then 22.24%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$49

for 12 months then $149

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$30

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

21.49%

p.a

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

p.a for 30 months then 22.24%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$49

for 12 months then $149

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$30

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through Citi Rewards Program
  • Reduced $49 annual fee in the first 12 months and $149 p.a thereafter.
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Price guarantee
  • Extended warranty
  • Concierge
  • Special events
  • Partner discounts
  • Higher than average ongoing purchase rate
  • Higher than average ongoing annual fee
  • Does not offer free supplementary cards

Features and Fees

Citi Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Platinum

Card Type

MasterCard

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

2% or $30

Minimum credit limit

$6k

Maximum credit limit

$100k

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

0

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$49

for 12 months then $149

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$90

Late Payment Fee

$30

Over limit fee

Duplicate statement fee

$0

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

21.49%

p.a

Cash advance rate

22.24%

Cash advance fee

3.5% or $3.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

p.a for 30 months then 22.24%

Transfer Limit

80%

Please note, no interest free days apply to retail purchases while you have a balance transfer

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3.4% on Mastercard

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$5

Estimated ATM Cost

-

Rewards

Program name

Citi Rewards Program

Rewards Available

Gift Card, Cash Back

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$35k

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
1 point for $1 spentMastercarduncappedeligible international transactions
1 point for $1 spentMastercardUp to $10k monthlyeligible domestic transactions

Perks

  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE Available when you use your Card to pay for return international travel
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE Covers up to $10,000 per item and $200,000 per year
  • PRICE GUARANTEE If you purchase personal goods in Australia and then find the same product advertised later at a cheaper price within 60 days of purchase, from a store within 25km of the store where the item was purchased, you can claim back the difference if it is less than $500.
  • EXTENDED WARRANTY
  • CONCIERGE
  • SPECIAL EVENTS Each event will be subject to separate terms and conditions
  • PARTNER DISCOUNTS
Specials
  • Balance Transfer 0% p.a. for 30 months on balance transfers (no balance transfer fee, reverts to cash advance rate of 22.24% p.a.) No interest free period applies to purchases while you have a balance transfer. Fees, charges, terms and conditions apply.
    0% p.a. for 30 months on balance transfers (reverts to cash advance rate of 22.24%). $49 annual fee p.a. in the first year, $149 in subsequent years No interest free period applies to purchases whilst you have balance transfer. Fees, charges, terms and conditions apply.

Other Benefits

Citi Payall: Earn uncapped Citi reward Points on everyday expenses such as rent, taxes, education fees, property management fees, childcare and miscellaneous bills

Other Restrictions

Late Payment Fee of $30 each time we do not receive the Minimum Payment Due and any Overdue Amount by the payment due date, debited to your Account after the payment due date. The Minimum Payment Due, any Overdue Amount, and payment due date are detailed on your statement of account. Please note, no interest free days apply to retail purchases while you have a balance transfer.

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through Citi Rewards Program
  • Reduced $49 annual fee in the first 12 months and $149 p.a thereafter.
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Price guarantee
  • Extended warranty
  • Concierge
  • Special events
  • Partner discounts
  • Higher than average ongoing purchase rate
  • Higher than average ongoing annual fee
  • Does not offer free supplementary cards

Citi Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Platinum

Card Type

MasterCard

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

2% or $30

Minimum credit limit

$6k

Maximum credit limit

$100k

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

0

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$49

for 12 months then $149

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$90

Late Payment Fee

$30

Over limit fee

Duplicate statement fee

$0

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

21.49%

p.a

Cash advance rate

22.24%

Cash advance fee

3.5% or $3.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

p.a for 30 months then 22.24%

Transfer Limit

80%

Please note, no interest free days apply to retail purchases while you have a balance transfer

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3.4% on Mastercard

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$5

Estimated ATM Cost

-

Rewards

Program name

Citi Rewards Program

Rewards Available

Gift Card, Cash Back

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$35k

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
1 point for $1 spentMastercarduncappedeligible international transactions
1 point for $1 spentMastercardUp to $10k monthlyeligible domestic transactions

Perks

  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE Available when you use your Card to pay for return international travel
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE Covers up to $10,000 per item and $200,000 per year
  • PRICE GUARANTEE If you purchase personal goods in Australia and then find the same product advertised later at a cheaper price within 60 days of purchase, from a store within 25km of the store where the item was purchased, you can claim back the difference if it is less than $500.
  • EXTENDED WARRANTY
  • CONCIERGE
  • SPECIAL EVENTS Each event will be subject to separate terms and conditions
  • PARTNER DISCOUNTS
Specials
  • Balance Transfer 0% p.a. for 30 months on balance transfers (no balance transfer fee, reverts to cash advance rate of 22.24% p.a.) No interest free period applies to purchases while you have a balance transfer. Fees, charges, terms and conditions apply.
    0% p.a. for 30 months on balance transfers (reverts to cash advance rate of 22.24%). $49 annual fee p.a. in the first year, $149 in subsequent years No interest free period applies to purchases whilst you have balance transfer. Fees, charges, terms and conditions apply.

Other Benefits

Citi Payall: Earn uncapped Citi reward Points on everyday expenses such as rent, taxes, education fees, property management fees, childcare and miscellaneous bills

Other Restrictions

Late Payment Fee of $30 each time we do not receive the Minimum Payment Due and any Overdue Amount by the payment due date, debited to your Account after the payment due date. The Minimum Payment Due, any Overdue Amount, and payment due date are detailed on your statement of account. Please note, no interest free days apply to retail purchases while you have a balance transfer.

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FAQs

What type of complimentary travel insurance is available with Citibank credit cards?

The Citi Prestige, Premier, Rewards, Emirates Citi World MasterCard, and Gold cards provide complimentary travel insurance to customers. These Citibank credit card insurance benefits are managed and issued by Allianz Global Assistance (AGA).

Depending on the type of card, the Citibank credit card insurance coverage may include:

  • Foreign travel insurance
  • A comprehensive insurance policy for foreign travel for up to six months
  • Transit accident insurance
  • Accidental injury or demise while travelling on aeroplanes, buses, trains, or ferries in foreign locations
  • Interstate flight inconvenience insurance
  • Cover for unexpected cancellations, damaged or lost baggage, flight delays, or rental vehicle excess expenses for up to 14 days while travelling within Australia.

To be eligible for the complimentary Citi credit card insurance, you must book tickets using your card or through the Citi Travel Program.

What to consider before transferring money from your credit card to your bank account in Citibank?

You can transfer money from a Citibank credit card to a bank account depending on the available limit of each. The process is known as a cash advance transaction, and Citibank should allow you to transfer some portion of the total credit limit.

Transferring funds from a credit card to a bank account is likely to attract additional charges, so please consider the following potential costs:

  • A cash advance fee, which is a per cent of the total transfer amount
  • A 2 per cent transaction fee when you transfer money from a Citibank credit card to a bank account
  • Cash advance interest rate applicable on the transfer amount without any interest-free period.

To learn more about such transfers, you can contact the bank via the online service desk, email, or by calling 13 CITI (13 24 84).

How to increase a Citi credit card limit?

Before requesting an increase in the limit of your Citibank credit card, you’ll need to find out if you’re eligible for the increased limit. You can check your eligibility for a Citibank credit card limit increase by calling 13 24 84 or checking the “My Offers” section of your online Citibank account. If you are eligible and request a credit card limit increase, the company will review your income and expenses, including the repayments you make to clear other debts. Your request may be approved if Citibank can confirm that you can repay the full credit card balance, as stipulated by Australian laws, within three years.


To make sure that the company is reviewing your current earnings, you should update any income details by providing recent payslips or a tax assessment notice. In case you are still repaying other debts, consider consolidating or paying off some in full before applying for a credit limit increase. This will free up more disposable income, or earnings left over after deducting all necessary expenses, and possibly determine how much you can increase your credit card limit.

How do you pay off credit cards?

The best way to pay off a credit card bill is to set a realistic spending budget and stick to it. Each month, you’ll get a credit card statement detailing how much you owe and how long it will take to pay off the balance by making minimum repayments. If you only make the minimum repayments, it will take you years to pay off your outstanding balance and add extra costs in interest charges. To avoid any extra charges, you should pay the entire bill. 

What is a balance transfer credit card?

A balance transfer credit card lets you transfer your debt balance from one credit card to another. A balance transfer credit card generally has a 0 per cent interest rate for a set period of time. When you roll your debt balance over to a new credit card, you’ll be able to take advantage of the interest-free period to pay your credit card debt off faster without accruing additional interest charges. If your application is approved, the provider will pay out your old credit card and transfer your debt balance over to the new card. 

How do you cancel a credit card?

It’s important to cancel your old cards to avoid any additional fees. Unless you’re doing a balance transfer, you’ll need to pay the outstanding balance before you cancel your credit card. If you’ve opted for a card with reward points, make sure you redeem or transfer the points before you close your account. To avoid any bounced payments and save yourself an admin headache, redirect all your direct debits to a new card or account. Once you’ve done all the preparation, call your bank or credit card provider to get the cancellation underway. Once you receive a confirmation letter, destroy your card and make sure the numbers aren’t legible.

Are there credit cards for students?

Yes, there are credit cards available with students in mind. These can help young Australians to build their credit report and learn crucial life skills around budgeting and managing personal finances.

Can I get a credit card on part-time/casual work?

Yes, as credit card providers look at your annual income amount as well as your occupation. Minimum income requirements tend to be between $30,000 – $40,000 for standard and rewards credit cards, however low income credit cards can have minimum income requirements as low as $15,000 per year.

Can I transfer money from a credit card to a bank account with HSBC?

With HSBC’s cash transfer function, you can transfer money from a credit card to a bank account. Customers who wish to make cash transfers have to apply through HSBC and are charged interest on the transactions, but no other fees. Under the program, customers can:

  • Borrow between $500 and $15,000, so long at least 20 per cent of the credit limit is still available after the transfer
  • Transfer to any nominated bank account quickly. 


Registered HSBC online banking users can log in to their accounts and select credit cards online from the My Banking tab. They can then complete the form from the Cash Transfer option. On approval, the requested amount is transferred to the nominated bank account within three days.

Customers can also register for the cash transfer program via the Mobile Banking app. Don’t forget to check the interest rate you’ll be charged, both before and after any promotional period.

Can I use PayPal to transfer from a credit card to a bank account?

You can easily link your credit card to your PayPal account. When you need to make a payment, PayPal makes an instant transfer from your bank account, provided you’ve linked and confirmed your credit card details.For credit card holders, you can transfer funds from eligible cards listed in the “Instant” section of the money transfer page.

Here is how you can transfer money from PayPal to your bank account:

  1. On the “My Wallet” tab, select “Transfer Money” and then click on the “Transfer to your bank account” option.
  2. Choose the bank account where you want to transfer the money and click “Continue.”
  3. Enter the amount, review and click “Transfer Now.”
  4. When you confirm the transfer, the amount should be moved to the bank account linked from the chosen credit card.

Can I transfer money from my American Express credit card to my bank account?

If you’re an American Express credit card customer, you may not be able to transfer money from your credit card to your bank account. However, you may be eligible for cash advances, which involves withdrawing money through an ATM. 

To qualify for a cash advance, you’ll likely have to enrol for American Express Membership Rewards. Consider checking your online credit card account to see if you can withdraw a cash advance and, if so, the fees and charges you’ll incur for this transaction. 

You should remember that cash advances are different from balance transfers, which were available with some American Express credit cards earlier. Balance transfers allow customers to consolidate debt from high-interest credit cards to a credit card offering a lower interest rate. If you only recently applied for an American Express credit card, balance transfers may not be available irrespective of the card you own. 

Can a pensioner get a credit card?

It is possible to get a credit card as a pensioner. There are some factors to keep in mind, including:

  • Annual income. Look for credit cards with minimum annual income requirements you can meet. 
  • Annual fees. If high fees are a concern for you, opt for a card with a low or $0 annual fee. 
  • Interest rate. Make sure you won’t have any nasty surprises on your credit card bill. Compare cards with a low interest rates to minimise risk.

What's the best credit card for rewards?

There is no one-size-fits-all best rewards credit card. It's best you research what type of rewards program you'd like, as well as the fees, interest rate and conditions associated with those types of cards before making a choice. 

Rewards credit cards can also come with high annual fees that may end up nullifying the rewards, so think how often you use the card to decide whether the benefits outweigh the extra cost for you. A card with a lower annual fee might require a lot of spending to get any useful rewards, while another card with a higher annual fee might need fewer purchases to get a reward. 

How easy is it to get a credit card?

For most Australians, there are no great barriers to applying for and getting approved for a credit card. Here are some points that a lender will consider when assessing your credit card application.

Credit score: A bad credit score is not the be all and end all of your application, but it may stop you being approved for a higher credit limit. If your credit score is less than perfect, apply for the credit limit that you need, rather than the one you want.

Annual income: Most credit cards have minimum annual income requirements. Make sure you’re applying for a card where you meet the minimum.

Age & residency: You need to be at least 18 years old to apply for a credit card in Australia, and most require that you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident. However, there are some credit cards available to temporary residents.

How do credit cards work?

Think of credit cards as a short-term loan where you use the bank’s money to buy something up front and then pay for it later. Unlike a debit card which uses your own money to pay, a credit card essentially borrows the bank’s money to fund the purchase. When you apply for a credit card, the bank assesses your income and assigns you a credit limit based on what you can afford to pay back. At the end of each billing cycle, which is usually monthly, the bank will send you a statement showing the minimum amount you have to pay back, including any interest payable on the balance.

What is a credit card?

A credit card is a payment method which lets you pay for goods and services without using your own money. It’s essentially a short-term loan which lets you borrow the bank’s money to pay for things which you can pay back – potentially with interest – at a later date. Credit cards can also be used to withdraw money from an ATM, which is known as a cash advance. Because you’re borrowing money from a bank, credit cards charge you interest on the money you use (unless you repay the entire debt during the interest-free period). When you apply for a credit card, the bank gives you a credit limit which sets the maximum amount you can borrow using your card. Credit cards are one of the most popular methods of payments and can be a convenient way of paying for goods and services in store, online and all around the globe.

How do you use credit cards?

A credit card can be an easy way to make purchases online, in person or over the phone. When used properly, a credit card can even help you manage your cash flow. But before applying for a credit card, it’s good to know how they work. A credit card is essentially a personal line of credit which lets you buy things and pay for them later. As a card holder, you’ll be given a credit limit and (potentially) charged interest on the money the bank lends you. At the end of each billing period, the bank will send you a statement which shows your outstanding balance and the minimum amount you need to pay back. If you don’t pay back the full balance amount, the bank will begin charging you interest.

How do you use a credit card?

Credit cards are a quick and convenient way to pay for items in store, online or over the phone. You can use a credit card as a cashless way to pay for goods or services, both locally and overseas. You can also use a credit card to make a cash advance, which gives you the flexibility to withdraw cash from your credit card account. Because a credit card uses the bank’s funds instead of your own, you will be charged interest on the money you spend – unless you pay off the entire debt within the interest-free period. If you pay the minimum monthly repayment, you will be charged interest. There are many different credit card options on the market, all offering different interest rates and reward options.

How many numbers are on a credit card?

The numbers on your credit card actually follow a universal standard which is used to identify specific functions. Each credit card has a different amount of numbers. Visa and Mastercard have 16, American Express has 15 and Diner’s Club has 14. 

The first number on a credit card always identifies what type of credit card it is. Visa cards start with a 4, whereas Mastercard starts with a 5 and American Express with a 3. The remainder of the digits represent the account number, including the last number which is used to verify that your credit card is actually valid. 

Credit cards also have additional verification numbers, which are mainly used when the card isn’t present for phone and online purchases. These are the three-digit numbers on the back of Visa and MasterCard or the four-digit numbers on the front of an American Express card.

How do you apply for a credit card?

You can apply for a credit card online, over the phone or in person at the bank. Once you’ve compared the current credit card offers, the application process is quick and easy. Before you get your application started, you’ll need to gather your personal information like proof of ID, payslips and bank statements, proof of employment and details of your income, assets and liabilities. To be eligible for a credit card, you’ll need to be an Australian citizen over 18 and earn a minimum of $15,000 each year. Once you’ve applied for a credit card, you should get a response fairly instantly. If your credit card application has been approved, you should receive a welcome pack with your new credit card within 10-15 days.