Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Standard Awards (CommBank Awards Points)

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.24%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

5.99%

for 5 months then 21.24%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$59

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$20

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.24%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

5.99%

for 5 months then 21.24%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$59

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$20

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • 5.99% p.a on balance transfers for 5 months and then 21.24% p.a.
  • Rewards Available through CBA Basic Awards
  • Bonus 30000 points subject to eligibility conditions
  • Ability to convert large purchases into instalment plans
  • Does not offer free supplementary cards
  • Late payment fee

Commonwealth Bank Features and Fees

Commonwealth Bank Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Standard

Card Type

MasterCard

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

2% or $25

Minimum credit limit

$500

Maximum credit limit

No set max

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

0

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$59

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$10

Late Payment Fee

$20

Over limit fee

$0

Duplicate statement fee

$0

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.24%

Cash advance rate

21.24%

Cash advance fee

2% or $2.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

5.99%

for 5 months then 21.24%

Transfer Limit

100%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3% on Mastercard

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$2.5

Estimated ATM Cost

-

Rewards

Program name

CBA Basic Awards

Rewards Available

Gift Card, Cash Back

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$0

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
1 point for $1 spentMastercardUp to $50k annuallyeligible transactions
Specials
  • Bonus Points Earn up to 50,000 points a year

Other Restrictions

From 1/9/18 this card will no longer be offered to new applicants. From 1/11/18 all cards of this type will be closed.

Pros and Cons

  • 5.99% p.a on balance transfers for 5 months and then 21.24% p.a.
  • Rewards Available through CBA Basic Awards
  • Bonus 30000 points subject to eligibility conditions
  • Ability to convert large purchases into instalment plans
  • Does not offer free supplementary cards
  • Late payment fee

Commonwealth Bank Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Standard

Card Type

MasterCard

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

2% or $25

Minimum credit limit

$500

Maximum credit limit

No set max

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

0

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$59

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$10

Late Payment Fee

$20

Over limit fee

$0

Duplicate statement fee

$0

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.24%

Cash advance rate

21.24%

Cash advance fee

2% or $2.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

5.99%

for 5 months then 21.24%

Transfer Limit

100%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3% on Mastercard

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$2.5

Estimated ATM Cost

-

Rewards

Program name

CBA Basic Awards

Rewards Available

Gift Card, Cash Back

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$0

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
1 point for $1 spentMastercardUp to $50k annuallyeligible transactions
Specials
  • Bonus Points Earn up to 50,000 points a year

Other Restrictions

From 1/9/18 this card will no longer be offered to new applicants. From 1/11/18 all cards of this type will be closed.

FAQs

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

How to make a credit card online

If you’re wondering about how to make a credit card online application, here are some steps to follow:

  • Test the market. Many credit card options are available online. Compare providers by fees, interest and perks to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Complete the application. Once you’ve selected a card, head to the provider’s website and complete the online credit card application form. Forms vary by providers.
  • Provide details. Most cards require you to meet age, residency, income and credit status condition, and you need to provide details like a bank account statement to prove this.
  • Review details. Ensure the information you’ve entered is correct.

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.

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.

What is CVV on a credit card?

CVV stands for ‘card verification value’, and is also sometimes referred to as a CVC or card verification code.

A CVV code is usually needed when the card is used online or over the phone as an anti-fraud measure. Without the cardholder being physically present to sign or verify the purchase, the CVV provides an extra layer of protection. 

If you’re using Mastercard or Visa, the CVV is the three digits located on the back of the card. If you’re using an American Express, the CVV is usually four digits and is on the front of the card.

Do you need a credit card to get a loan?

You do not need a credit card to get a loan, but you usually need to have a credit history. Without a credit history, a financial institution cannot assess your ‘credit worthiness’, or your capacity to pay off the loan.

If you don’t have a credit card, your credit history can reflect any record of paying off an asset. Without any credit credit history, you’re limited in the type of loans you can apply for. But you may be able to obtain a secured loan against an asset. For more information on improving your credit score, go here

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.

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 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 is credit card interest charged?

Your credit card will be charged interest when you don’t pay off the balance on your credit card. Your card provider or bank charges you the individual interest rate that is associated with your card, which is usually between 10 and 20 per cent. 

The interest will be added onto your bill each month or billing period if you don’t pay off the balance, unless you are in an interest-free period.

You will be charged interest on anything that hasn’t been paid for inside the interest-free period. Usually you will receive a notice on your bill or statement saying you will be charged interest so you have some form of notice before you’re charged.