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

    Apply By 30 November 2019

    Citi Platinum (Balance Transfer Offer)

    0% p.a. for 26 months and then 22.24% p.a. (1.50% balance transfer fee)

    21.49% p.a.

    $199 $0 in the first year

    0% per annum for 26 months on purchases and balance transfers. Low Annual Fee at $49 for the first year then $149 each year after. Complimentary International Travel Insurance.

    • 0% p.a. for 26 months and then 22.24% p.a. (1.50% balance transfer fee)

    • $199 $0 in the first year

    • 21.49% p.a.

    • 55

    • 22.24% p.a.

    • 3.5%, min $3.50

    • Transfer points to a range of airline programs or redeem your points for travel, cashback, gift cards, retail rewards and shopping gift cards.

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Platinum

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    Apply By 31 October 2019

    Qantas Money Qantas Premier Everyday

    0% p.a. for 12 months and then 21.99% p.a.

    19.99% p.a.

    $49 $29 in the first year

    Receive Up to 42,000 points (7,000 points each month for the first 6 months when $1k or more each month). With a low annual fee of $29 for the first year.

    • 0% p.a. for 12 months and then 21.99% p.a.

    • $49 $29 in the first year

    • 19.99% p.a.

    • 55

    • 21.99% p.a.

    • 3%, min $3.00

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

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Qantas Premier Everyday

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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.

    • 44

    • 20.99% p.a.

    • 2.7%, Min $2.70

    • Points are credited to the Velocity Frequent Flyer program.

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    Apply By 31 October 2019

    Qantas Money Qantas Premier Platinum

    0% p.a. for 18 months and then 21.99% p.a.

    19.99% p.a.

    $299 $199 in the first year

    Receive up to 120,000 points (20,000 points each month for the first 6 months when spending more than $1.5k each month). $50 Wine voucher available with a $150 purchase. 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 18 months.

    • 0% p.a. for 18 months and then 21.99% p.a.

    • $299 $199 in the first year

    • 19.99% p.a.

    • 55

    • 21.99% p.a.

    • 3%, min $3.00

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

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Qantas Premier Platinum

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  • Promoted

    Apply By 31 December 2019

    Citi Platinum (Purchase Rate Offer)

    0% p.a. for 13 months and then 22.24% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    0% p.a. for 13 months then 21.49% p.a.

    $149 $49 in the first year

    0% per annum for 13 months on purchases and balance transfers. Low Annual Fee at $49 for the first year then $149 each year after. Complimentary International Travel Insurance.

    • 0% p.a. for 13 months and then 22.24% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    • $149 $49 in the first year

    • 0% p.a. for 13 months then 21.49% p.a.

    • 55

    • 22.24% p.a.

    • 3.5%, min $3.50

    • Transfer points to a range of airline programs or redeem your points for travel, cashback, gift cards, retail rewards and shopping gift cards.

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Platinum

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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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