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Low Rate Visa Credit Card

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Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • No Annual Fee
Cons:

    Basic

    Electronic Wallet Service

    Important Rates

    Rates

    Balance Transfer

    Overseas spending

    Rewards

    Eligibility

    Features

    As the name suggests, Northern Inland Credit Union’s Low Rate Visa credit card comes with a very low interest rate on both purchases and cash advances: a feature which can potentially help you minimise repayments on your credit card bill.

    The card also features no annual fee and a low late fee compared to market rates. Cardholders have access to Visa Entertainment: a membership program that offers Visa users special offers such as the chance to book concert and theatre tickets before they go on general release, see movie previews and access offers on movies, books, CDs and home entertainment products.

    Northern Inland Credit Union has a range of basic services such as eftpos, Bpay, automatic transfer, mobile banking and a choice between receiving electronic and paper statements. Its members can access fee-free ATMs through the rediATM network, which has over 3,000 ATMs around Australia.

    Pros
    • Very low interest rate
    • No annual fee
    • Widespread ATM network
    Cons
    • No rewards program
    • No interest-free period
    • No complimentary insurances

    Who is it good for?

    The Northern Inland Credit Union Low Rate Visa credit card may be a good fit if you are keen to save money on charges and fees, as this card comes with no annual fee and a low charge for late payments. It may also be a good option if you tend to keep your credit card debt rolling from month to month, as the low interest rate is quite competitive compared to other cards on the market.

    On the other hand, this card does not have an interest-free period on repayments: a potential downside if you like to clear your credit card each month to avoid paying interest. It also doesn’t come with a rewards program; if the ability to earn points towards discounts is what you’re after, it may be worth shopping around for a different product.

    What RateCity says

    The main benefit of this card is the financial savings it offers, especially if you are the kind of spender who struggles to pay their credit card bill on time. Having no annual fee will save you money on extra charges, while the low interest rate will keep your repayments under control – provided you pay a minimum amount each cycle. Not doing so will incur a small fee, as will exceeding your credit limit.

    Northern Inland Credit Union is a member-owned financial institution, which means that once you sign on as a member, you have a right to vote at the union’s annual general meetings for the election of board members. This may appeal to those who prefer to bank with a smaller institution where you get some say in how things are run, rather than one of the big four banks.

    Applying/eligibility

    For details on the serviceability criteria for the Low Rate Visa credit card, get in touch with Northern Inland Credit Union. You can also begin the application process for this credit card online. Just make sure you have your ID and financial documents handy; you may need your rent receipt, rates notice, pay slips, your previous year’s group certificate, superannuation statement and bank statements with other financial institutions from the last three months.

    About Northern Inland Credit Union

    Northern Inland Credit Union is a member-owned mutual financial institution. It is locally owned and operated from the union’s head office in Tamworth, NSW, with an ATM network across Australia. Northern Inland Credit Union offers a full suite of banking products, such as credit cards, home loans, savings accounts and self-managed superannuation accounts, as well as online banking services. The credit union is regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

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