Citi

Rewards (flybuys BONUS POINTS offer)

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

21.49%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 15 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%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 15 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
  • Bonus 75,000 points subject to eligibility conditions
  • Reduced $49 annual fee p.a in the first 12 months and $149 p.a thereafter.
  • Ability to convert large purchases into instalment plans
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Price guarantee
  • Extended warranty
  • Concierge
  • Special events
  • Partner discounts
  • Does not offer free supplementary cards
  • Late payment fee

Citi 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%

Cash advance rate

22.24%

Cash advance fee

3.5% or $3.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 15 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

1%

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
  • Bonus Points Collect 75,000 flybuys BONUS POINTS
    Collect 75,000 flybuys BONUS POINTS and a $100 Kmart eGift Card when you spend $3000 in the first 90 days from approval Offer valid till 17 December 2020. $49 annual fee for first year ($149 thereafter). 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 15 months (1% BT fee applies, reverts to cash advance rate). Please note, no interest free days apply to retail purchases while you have a balance transfer.

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
  • Bonus 75,000 points subject to eligibility conditions
  • Reduced $49 annual fee p.a in the first 12 months and $149 p.a thereafter.
  • Ability to convert large purchases into instalment plans
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Price guarantee
  • Extended warranty
  • Concierge
  • Special events
  • Partner discounts
  • Does not offer free supplementary cards
  • Late payment fee

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%

Cash advance rate

22.24%

Cash advance fee

3.5% or $3.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 15 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

1%

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
  • Bonus Points Collect 75,000 flybuys BONUS POINTS
    Collect 75,000 flybuys BONUS POINTS and a $100 Kmart eGift Card when you spend $3000 in the first 90 days from approval Offer valid till 17 December 2020. $49 annual fee for first year ($149 thereafter). 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 15 months (1% BT fee applies, reverts to cash advance rate). Please note, no interest free days apply to retail purchases while you have a balance transfer.

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.

FAQs

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

What happens if I have a bad credit score?

If you have a bad credit score, you might encounter two main problems. First, the lower your credit score, the more likely you are to be rejected when you apply for a loan or any other credit product. Second, if your application is accepted, the less likely you are to qualify for the lowest interest rates.

Why should I check my credit rating?

There are two reasons you should check your credit rating: so you have a better understanding of your financial position, and so you can take action (if necessary) to improve your credit rating.

Lenders use credit ratings or credit scores to assess loan applications. The higher your score, the more likely you are to get approved, and the more likely you are to be charged lower interest rates and lower fees. Conversely, the lower your credit score, the less likely you are to get approved, and the more likely you are to be charged higher interest rates and higher fees.

Why do different credit reporting bureaus use different scores?

The reason Equifax, Experian and Illion use different scores is because they are independent companies with their own different methodologies. As a result, a score of, say, 700 would mean different things at different credit reporting bureaus.

However, the one thing they have in common is that they divide their scores into five tiers. So if you receive a tier-two credit score from one bureau, you will probably receive a tier-two score from the others, as well.

How to get a credit card for the first time

A credit card can be a useful financial tool, provided you understand the risks and can meet repayment obligations.

If you’re a credit card first-timer, review your options. Think about what kind of credit card would suit your lifestyle, and compare providers by fees, perks and repayments.

Once you’ve selected a card, it’s time to apply. Credit card applications can generally be completed in store, online or over the phone.

When you apply for a credit card for the first time, you must meet age, residency and income requirements. As proof, you must also provide documentation such as bank account statements.

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 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 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.

How to get money from a credit card

You can get money from a credit card, but generally it will cost you.

Withdrawing money from a credit card is called a cash advance, as it operates more as a loan than a simple cash withdrawal. Because it is a loan, you may be charged interest on your cash advance as soon as you make the withdrawal. Interest rates are also usually much higher for cash advances than standard credit card purchases.

In addition to the interest rate, you may also be charged a cash advance fee. This could be a flat rate, or a percentage of your total cash advance. If you are considering a cash advance, make sure to add up how much it will cost you before committing.

What should you do when you lose your credit card?

Losing your credit card is a serious situation, and could land you in financial trouble. Here is a simple guide detailing what to do when you lose your credit card.

Lock you card – Contact your provider and inform them about your lost credit card. From here lock, block or cancel your card.

Keep track of transactions – Look out for unauthorised credit card transactions. Most banks protect against fraudulent transactions.

Address recurring charges – If your card is linked to recurring charges (gym membership, rent, utilities), contact those businesses.

Check credit rate – To ensure you’re not the victim of identity theft, check your credit rating a month or two after you lose your credit card.

How long does it take to get a credit card?

There are a few stages you need to go through to get a credit card; each one takes a different length of time.

Applying for the card online, over the phone or in person is the fastest step. This usually takes around 15 minutes, provided you have all of your documents handy.

After submitting your application, it usually takes between one to 10 business days for the lender to assess your eligibility. Some lenders offer instant approval, although you will need to send supporting documents before it is official.

Once your application has been approved, expect to wait between one to 14 days to receive your card in the mail. Keep in mind that delays can happen during busy periods, such as if the lender has launched a special deal.

How do I apply for a credit card online?

How to get cash with just a credit card number

Banks and merchants usually will not allow you to access cash without a physical card, because doing so would open up opportunities for fraudulent activities. Even most non-cash credit card transactions (such as shopping online) require you to know the expiry date and CVV on your credit card in addition to the card number.

However, some banks offer cardless cash for transaction accounts. Using a secure app installed on your mobile phone, you can log onto an ATM and withdraw the money you need. This could be a practical and secure solution if you don’t have a card and need cash.

Should I get a credit card?

Once you've compared credit card interest rates and deals and found the right card for you, the actual process of getting a credit card is quite straightforward. You can apply for a credit card online, over the phone or in person at a bank branch. 

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. 

How to pay a credit card

There are a few ways to pay a credit card bill. These include:

  • BPAY - allows you to safely make credit card payments online.
  • Direct debits - set up an automatic payment from your bank account to pay your credit card bill each month. You can choose how much you want to pay of your credit card bill when you set up the auto payments.
  • In a branch.
  • Via your credit card provider's app.