NAB

Rewards Signature Card

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

19.99%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 6 months then 21.74%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$295

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

44

Late Payment Fee

$15

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

19.99%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 6 months then 21.74%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$295

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

44

Late Payment Fee

$15

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through NAB Rewards
  • Bonus 120000 points subject to eligibility conditions
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay available
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Price guarantee
  • Extended warranty
  • Concierge
  • Does not offer any complimentary insurance covers
  • Late payment fee

NAB Features and Fees

NAB Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Platinum

Card Type

Visa

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

44

Minimum monthly repayment

2% or $25

Minimum credit limit

$15k

Maximum credit limit

No set max

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

1

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$295

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$15

Over limit fee

$0

Duplicate statement fee

$7

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

19.99%

Cash advance rate

21.74%

Cash advance fee

2% or $2.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 6 months then 21.74%

Transfer Limit

90%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

2%

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3% on Visa

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$5

Estimated ATM Cost

$14

for AU $300 withdrawal

Rewards

Program name

NAB Rewards

Rewards Available

Gift Card

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$0

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
3.75 points for $1 spentVisauncappedWebjet, overseas purchases
2.5 points for $1 spentVisauncappedMajor department and hardware stores
1.25 points for $1 spentVisauncappedeligible everyday purchases

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE A qualifying purchase is required.
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE A qualifying purchase is required.
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS Supplementary cardholder must be over 16 years of age
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE
  • PRICE GUARANTEE If you purchase personal goods in Australia and then find the same product advertised later in a printed catalogue at a cheaper price within 21 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 more than $75.
  • EXTENDED WARRANTY
  • CONCIERGE
Specials
  • Bonus PointsBalance Transfer Receive 120,000 NAB Rewards Bonus Points and 0.00 % p.a. balance transfer rate for 6 months (2% BT fee applies)
    90,000 BONUS POINTS when you spend $3,000 on everyday purchases within the first 60 days of account opening and 30,000 BONUS POINTS when you keep your card for over 12 months. After 6 months, any unpaid balance transfers will attract the standard cash advance rate (currently 21.74%p.a. as at 1 October 2020).

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through NAB Rewards
  • Bonus 120000 points subject to eligibility conditions
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay available
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Price guarantee
  • Extended warranty
  • Concierge
  • Does not offer any complimentary insurance covers
  • Late payment fee

NAB Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Platinum

Card Type

Visa

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

44

Minimum monthly repayment

2% or $25

Minimum credit limit

$15k

Maximum credit limit

No set max

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

1

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$295

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$15

Over limit fee

$0

Duplicate statement fee

$7

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

19.99%

Cash advance rate

21.74%

Cash advance fee

2% or $2.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 6 months then 21.74%

Transfer Limit

90%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

2%

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3% on Visa

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$5

Estimated ATM Cost

$14

for AU $300 withdrawal

Rewards

Program name

NAB Rewards

Rewards Available

Gift Card

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$0

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
3.75 points for $1 spentVisauncappedWebjet, overseas purchases
2.5 points for $1 spentVisauncappedMajor department and hardware stores
1.25 points for $1 spentVisauncappedeligible everyday purchases

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE A qualifying purchase is required.
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE A qualifying purchase is required.
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS Supplementary cardholder must be over 16 years of age
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE
  • PRICE GUARANTEE If you purchase personal goods in Australia and then find the same product advertised later in a printed catalogue at a cheaper price within 21 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 more than $75.
  • EXTENDED WARRANTY
  • CONCIERGE
Specials
  • Bonus PointsBalance Transfer Receive 120,000 NAB Rewards Bonus Points and 0.00 % p.a. balance transfer rate for 6 months (2% BT fee applies)
    90,000 BONUS POINTS when you spend $3,000 on everyday purchases within the first 60 days of account opening and 30,000 BONUS POINTS when you keep your card for over 12 months. After 6 months, any unpaid balance transfers will attract the standard cash advance rate (currently 21.74%p.a. as at 1 October 2020).

FAQs

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Which credit card has the highest annual percentage rate?

The credit card market changes all the time, so the credit card with the highest annual percentage rate is also liable to change.

Keep in mind that credit card interest rates are expressed as a yearly rate, or annual percentage rate (APR). A low APR is generally good but also consider:

  • There can be different APR's for each feature of the card (e.g. purchases may have an APR of 14 per cent, while cash advances on same card could have an APR of 17 per cent.
  • Credit cards with a variable rate can change throughout the year, affecting your APR, so check the full details.
  • If you pay your balance in full every month, having the lowest APR is not as important as the other fees associated with the card. However, if you carry a balance from month to month, then you want the lowest APR possible.

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.

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.

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 does credit card interest work?

Generally, when we talk about credit card interest, we mean the purchase interest rate, which is the interest charged on purchases you make with your credit card.

If you don’t pay your full balance each month (or even if you pay the minimum amount), you are charged interest on all the outstanding transactions and the remaining balance. However, interest is also charged on cash advances, balance transfers, special rate offers and, in some cases, even the fees charged by the company.

The interest rate can vary, depending on the credit card. Some have an interest-free period, otherwise you start paying interest from the day you make a purchase or from the day your monthly statement is issued. So avoid interest by paying the full amount promptly.

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 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 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.