Aussies can save up to $755 by blasting bad debt with a balance transfer deal

Kelly Emmerton

16 Jan 2018

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Mozo research has revealed that with Australia’s post-Christmas credit card bill expected to reach a total $33 billion this year, picking up a balance transfer credit card might help Aussies avoid some of the sting.

Compared to a regular card charging interest on a credit card bill, a balance transfer card stands to save Aussie spenders up to $775 for those who use it effectively to blast debt.

“For those who are feeling the Christmas debt hangover, a balance transfer card can be a great way to gain some breathing room and get rid of that pesky balance. Thanks to the interest free period on offer with most balance transfer cards, all your payments will be chipping away at your debt - not going toward interest,” said Mozo Director, Kirsty Lamont.

But Lamont also warned cardholders to be careful when taking on a balance transfer and to have a plan in place to pay off your debt within the given interest free period.

“Choosing the right balance transfer deal, with a long enough interest free period that you can comfortably clear your entire balance before the revert rate kicks in is key. Having a plan for how to do that - including knowing how much you should be paying back every month to meet your goal - is also super important,” she said.

Debt-blasting balance transfer cards - rates updated daily

  • Promoted

    Virgin Money Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer

    0% p.a. for 22 months and then 20.99% p.a.

    20.74% p.a.

    $129

    Get in the air with a $129 Virgin Australia Gift Voucher each year, plus a discounted annual fee in the first year of having your new card. As if that wasn't enough, you'll also earn 3 extra Velocity points per $1 spent on top of the standard earn rate for the first 3 months.

    • 0% p.a. for 22 months and then 20.99% p.a.

    • $129

    • 20.74% p.a.

    • 55

    • 20.99% p.a.

    • 2.7%, Min $2.70

    • Points are credited to the Velocity Frequent Flyer program.

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer

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    American Express Velocity Escape Card

    0% p.a. for 12 months and then 20.74% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    20.74% p.a.

    $0

    Earn up to 1.75 Velocity Points. Have limited stress with the Velocity Escape with no annual fees and receive 0% p.a. on balance transfers for the first 12 months. Credit Card Provider of the Year in the Mozo Experts Choice Awards 2019.^ T&C’s apply

    • 0% p.a. for 12 months and then 20.74% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    • $0

    • 20.74% p.a.

    • 55

    • Points automatically transferred to your Velocity account

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Velocity Escape Card

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    Bankwest Breeze Platinum Mastercard

    0% p.a. for 26 months and then 12.99% p.a. (2.00% balance transfer fee)

    12.99% p.a.

    $99 $49 in the first year

    0% p.a. on balance transfers for 26 months. Streamline your budget with a low ongoing interest rate of 12.99%. Plus, travel with free international travel insurance for you and your family by buying your tickets on your card.

    • 0% p.a. for 26 months and then 12.99% p.a. (2.00% balance transfer fee)

    • $99 $49 in the first year

    • 12.99% p.a.

    • 55

    • 21.99% p.a.

    • 2%, Min $4.00

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Breeze Platinum Mastercard

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    American Express Qantas Discovery Card

    0% p.a. for 12 months and then 20.74% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    20.74% p.a.

    $0

    Receive up to 1.75 Qantas Points for every $1 spent on Card purchases (T&Cs apply). No annual fee for the life of the card. Credit Card Provider of the Year in the Mozo Experts Choice Awards 2019.^ T&C’s apply

    • 0% p.a. for 12 months and then 20.74% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    • $0

    • 20.74% p.a.

    • 44

    • Points are automatically credited to the Qantas Frequent Flyer programme.

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Qantas Discovery Card

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    Virgin Money Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Purchase Rate and Balance Transfer Offer

    0% p.a. for 6 months and then 20.99% p.a.

    0% p.a. for 14 months then 20.74% p.a.

    $129 $64 in the first year

    Receive a $129 Virgin Australia gift voucher each year. 0.0% p.a. on purchases for up to 14 months. $64 annual fee in the first year ($129 after)
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    • 0% p.a. for 6 months and then 20.99% p.a.

    • $129 $64 in the first year

    • 0% p.a. for 14 months then 20.74% p.a.

    • 55

    • 20.99% p.a.

    • 2.7%, Min $2.70

    • Points are credited to the Velocity Frequent Flyer program.

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Balance transfer tips to help you free yourself from debt

  • Avoid new purchases. New purchases put on your credit card are charged interest at the regular amount, not the 0% balance transfer rate. Plus, your repayments will go toward these new charges first, instead of working to chip away at your debt. That means it’s much wiser to hold off on new spending until you’ve cleared your existing balance.
  • Consider the BT fee. Many balance transfer cards with longer interest free periods up to 26 months also come with balance transfer fees of around 1%-3%. It’s worth checking on this, as these fees can run into the hundreds of dollars if you’re transferring a bigger chunk of debt across.
  • Watch out for hefty annual fees. Another thing to consider is that an annual fee can be another big cost, depending on the card you choose. It’s a good idea to look for an option with a low or no annual fee, or if you do opt for a card with all the features and a price tag to match, make sure you account for that in your repayment plan. Which brings us to...
  • Set a debt repayment plan. Perhaps one of the most important things to do when taking up a balance transfer credit card offer, is to make sure you have a realistic plan in place to pay off your debt. For example, if you’re paying off a $3,500 debt with an interest free period of 12 months, you should be aiming to repay around $300 every month.


Ready to clear your Christmas credit card debt? Check out the balance transfer offers in the table above, or head over to our credit card comparison table to see more options.

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