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Pros and cons

  • Wide selection of frequent flyer credit cards
  • 0% balance transfer deals available
  • No annual fee credit card available
  • Interest rates may be high
  • Annual fees may be high
  • Interest free days are moderately low

Virgin Money credit cards rates

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Product Name Card

Virgin Money Virgin Australia Velocity High Flyer Card

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.74

% p.a

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

44

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$289

Late Payment Fee

$30

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Balance Transfer

Up to 100,000 bonus Velocity Points + Balance Transfer 0% p.a. for 12mths
Product Name Card

Virgin Money Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card (Points Offer)

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.74

% p.a

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $129

Late Payment Fee

$30

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Bonus Points

Up to 100,000 Velocity Points + Balance Transfer 0% p.a. for 18 mths
Product Name Card

Virgin Money Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card (Balance Transfer Offer)

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.74

% p.a

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$64

for 12 months then $129

Late Payment Fee

$30

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Balance Transfer

0% p.a. on balance transfers for 28 months
Product Name Card

Virgin Money Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card (Purchase & Balance Transfer Offer)

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

0.00

% p.a

for up to 14 months, then 20.74%

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$64

for 12 months then $129

Late Payment Fee

$30

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Balance Transfer

0% on purchases for 14 months. 0% on balance transfers for 14 months.
Product Name Card

Virgin Money No Annual Fee Card

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

0.00

% p.a

for up to 12 months, then 18.99%

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$30

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Balance Transfer

No annual fee, 0% p.a for 12 months on balance transfers and purchases
Product Name Card

Virgin Money Low Rate Card

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

11.99

% p.a

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$99

Late Payment Fee

$30

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Balance Transfer

0% p.a. for 15 months on balance transfers (1% BT fee applies) and low ongoing purchase rate.

About Virgin Money credit cards

Virgin Money offers a wide selection of credit cards to customers:

  • Low rate credit cards
  • No annual fee credit cards
  • Frequent flyer credit cards
  • Balance transfer credit cards
  • Visa credit cards

As Virgin Money aligned with the Virgin airlines group, it’s no surprise that the company offers several frequent flyer credit cards. These cards earn Velocity frequent flyers points that can be cashed in to purchase Virgin and Virgin affiliated airline flights.

The frequent flyer credit cards offered by Virgin all come with annual Virgin Australia gift vouchers. Some also have complimentary travel insurance, airport lounge passes, concierge services and extended warranty insurance.

Virgin Money also offers some no-frills lower end credit cards that have low rates and no annual fees. As these don’t have any rewards or earn frequent flyer points, they’d suit customers who aren’t looking for extras, but want to keep costs down.

Virgin Money credit card review

Virgin Money offers both low and high-end credit cards, to suit a wide variety of customers. It has several frequent flyer credit cards that earn velocity points.

Interest rates vary significantly between the credit cards Virgin Money offers. For example, the low rate credit card has a moderately low purchase interest rate, but the top-end-of-town frequent flyer credit cards have high interest rates.

Virgin Money offers balance transfer deals, with varying conditions, but 0 per cent balance transfers are available.

When it comes to fees, there is a no annual fee credit card option. The low rate Virgin credit card has moderately low fees, but the frequent flyer cards have moderately high to high fees. Late fees on all the Virgin Money credit cards are low.

All credit cards from Virgin Money have moderately low interest-free days compared to other credit cards on the market.

Learn more about credit cards

How do I increase my Virgin credit card limit?

If you’re a Virgin Money cardholder and you’re looking at increasing your credit card limit, the first step is to get in touch with Virgin’s credit team on 13 37 39. 

Once you request a Virgin Money credit card limit increase, the lender will do an assessment of your current financial position to make sure you can repay the credit. Virgin Money will typically take 7 to 10 working days to complete this process.

Virgin Money has strict terms around credit increases. To be eligible, you must have opened your account no less than nine months before making the application. Also, at least six months must have passed since your last credit limit increase. The maximum increase you can expect will be 50 per cent of your existing credit limit.

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.

Does switching credit cards affect credit?

If you’re considering getting a new credit card to replace your existing one, there’s a strong possibility that switching these credit cards will affect your credit score. You might want to apply for a new credit card because it makes financial sense to do so or because there is a better deal on offer, but it could harm your credit score.

Each time you submit an application for a new credit card, a new inquiry is recorded on your credit profile. For lenders, having many credit enquiries on your file can imply that you aren’t reliable or in control of your finances and are desperately seeking credit. So, this is how changing credit cards can affect your credit score.

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 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.

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 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 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.

What does ANZ credit card insurance cover?

ANZ offers complimentary insurance on some of its credit cards, which can provide some protection against unforeseeable incidents, like the theft of your card. Depending on the type of credit card you own, you may be eligible for different insurances. For instance, most ANZ credit card customers may qualify for Purchase Protection Insurance and Extended Warranty Insurance. Customers who own premium credit cards may also be eligible for International Travel Insurance, Domestic Travel Insurance and Rental Vehicle Excess Insurance. 

Consider checking your ANZ credit card insurance features listed in the ANZ Platinum or Black Complementary Insurance Policy information booklet or the ANZ First Complimentary Insurance Policy Information booket. Also, while ANZ issued the credit card, they are not the insurer. For this reason, you may need to send your insurance claims - and get your ANZ credit card insurance refund - to the insurance provider.

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.

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.

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

Increase your credit card limit with Westpac

You can apply to increase your Westpac credit card credit limit at any time, and most credit card providers have made it really easy to do so. You can use your online banking portal, the credit card provider’s mobile app, or even the telephone. 

Applying online to increase your credit limit with Westpac is the easiest option if you’ve already activated Westpac Live Online Banking. All you need to do is fill in the required information and then hit ‘submit’ to apply for an increase in your credit card limit.

Most banks will ask for details of your financial situation at the time of applying for a credit increase. This is done to ensure your new limit meets the lender’s criteria. 

You can apply for increasing your credit limit in any of the following ways:

  1. Visiting your nearest Westpac branch
  2. Calling Westpac on 1300 651 089
  3. Logging in on Westpac Live Online Banking

How to increase the NAB credit card limit?

If you use your NAB credit card regularly, you could consider requesting a higher credit limit. The good news is that it's fairly easy to do so using either the NAB app or NAB internet banking. 

NAB app: 

  • Step 1: Download the latest version of the NAB app.
  • Step 2: Select the ‘My Cards’ menu. 
  • Step 3: Select the card you want to increase the credit limit for. 
  • Step 4: Select ‘Usage Controls’ and then click on ‘Change Credit Limit’.

NAB internet banking: 

  • Step 1: Log into your account. 
  • Step 2: Choose the ‘My Cards’ menu. 
  • Step 3: Choose the card for which you want to increase the limit. 
  • Step 4: Choose ‘Change My Credit Card Limit’.  

If you don’t have the NAB app or cannot access NAB internet banking, you can even visit your local branch or call their contact center. 

Once you’ve applied to increase your NAB credit card limit, you’re likely to be asked for your

  • current employment details  
  • total income, before and after-tax deductions  
  • assets, liabilities, and expenses information

NAB will then assess this information to determine if your current financial situation suits the increased credit limit request, and your application will either be accepted or denied.

However, this process will only work if you’re attempting to increase your personal NAB credit card limit. For a business credit card, you can contact the NAB Corporate & Business Servicing team or speak to your NAB relationship manager.