Credit cardholders could save $500 every year with low rate cards

Even while the lowest rate credit card could save the average credit cardholder $466 in fees and interest every year, there aren't enough options for consumers to choose from, according to the latest data collected by Mozo.

After looking at 171 credit cards from 57 providers to reveal the cheapest low rate cards on the market, Mozo found there are only six cards charging ongoing interest rates below 10%.

“While it’s great to see a handful of low rate cards providing great value, it’s not enough to drive competition or provide enough choice for consumers,” said Mozo Director Kirsty Lamont.  

“The average credit card rate is 17.55% yet a huge 54% of cards have an interest rate over and above 18%”.

According to Mozo, the cheapest low rate credit card charges just 7.99% interest and costs $1,942 to maintain over five years. The average cost over five years is $4,273 while about a third of cards in the Mozo database cost more than $5,000 over that time. Mozo’s money experts found 10 low rate cards as offering great value but none of them are from a big bank.

“Credit Unions and Mutuals have really stepped up to the plate when it comes to low purchase rates and low annual fees, while the big banks don’t rate a mention,” said Lamont.

Mozo’s pick of Australia’s cheapest credit cards  

Card

Purchase rate

Annual fee

Stand-out features

Best Low Rate Credit Card

Quay Credit Union Visa Credit Card

7.99%

$36*

Lowest cost of over 5 years ($1,942)

Best Fee Free Card with lowest interest rate

ME frank Credit Card

9.99%

$0

55 interest free days

Best Platinum Credit Card with lowest interest rate

P&N Bank Platinum Visa Credit Card

11.49%

$80

Concierge, Travel Insurance, Extended Warranty, Purchase Protection benefits

Best Overseas Transaction Credit Card with lowest interest rate

Bankwest Zero Platinum MasterCard

17.99%

$0

0% foreign exchange margin, 55 interest free days

*Waived in first year

The above cards were recognised among others in Mozo’s Experts Choice Credit Card Awards but are singled out for having the lowest rate in their given category. Source: Mozo.com.au as at 14/9/15


The average Big 4 credit card interest rate is 18.98% with an average annual fee of $146, while Mutuals charge an average 13.92% and less than half the annual fee ($58).

“While premium and rewards credit cards have dominated the market in recent years, there is still a great need for low rate cards and we’d like to see a lot more of them,” said Lamont.

Top 5 Low Rate credit cards Versus the Big 4

Top 5 Low Rate Credit Cards

Ongoing Interest Rate

Annual Fee

Lowest rate cards from the Big 4

Ongoing Interest Rate

Annual Fee

1.

Quay Credit Union Visa Credit Card

7.99%

$36*

ANZ Low Rate Card

13.49%

$58

2.

Community First Credit Union

8.99%

$40

Westpac Low Rate Card

13.49%

$59

3.

ME frank Credit Card

9.99%

$0

Commonwealth Bank Low Rate Card

13.49%

$59

4.

GC Mutual Bank

9.99%

$50*

NAB Low Rate Card

13.99%

$59

5.

Maritime, Mining & Power Credit Union Visa Credit Card

10.12%

$60*

NA

NA

NA

*Waived in the first year. Source: Mozo.com.au as at 18/9/15

For a full list of Mozo’s Experts Choice Credit Card winners and award criteria, click here.

Credit card comparisons on Mozo - last updated 25 September 2021

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    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    0% p.a. for 12 months then 11.99% p.a.
    0% p.a. for 12 months and then 11.99% p.a. (2.00% balance transfer fee)
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    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    11.99% p.a.
    0% p.a. for 25 months and then 21.74% p.a.
    $49 $0 in the first year
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    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    23.99% p.a.
    0% p.a. for 36 months and then 25.99% p.a. (0% balance transfer fee)
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    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    20.99% p.a.
    0% p.a. for 20 months and then 20.99% p.a.
    $0
    PayPal Rewards
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    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    19.99% p.a.
    0% p.a. for 25 months and then 21.74% p.a.
    $149 $0 in the first year
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    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    13.99% p.a.
    2.99% p.a. for 15 months and then 21.49% p.a.
    $55 $0 in the first year
    -
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    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    12.99% p.a.
    0% p.a. for 32 months and then 21.74% p.a. (0% balance transfer fee)
    $59 $0 in the first year
    -
    Details
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    American Express Low Rate Credit Card

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    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    8.99% p.a.
    No current offer
    $0
    -
    Details
  • NAB StraightUp Card

    Pay no interest and no late payment fees, just a $10 monthly fee for a $1,000 credit limit. Plus, if you don't make any purchases and have an outstanding balance of $0 during the whole statement period, the monthly fee will be reversed. Also pay no foreign currency fees when you shop online or overseas. Mozo Experts Choice Credit Card Innovation Winner 2020^.

    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    0% p.a.
    No current offer
    $120 $10/month - waived if no spend & no balance owing
    -
    Details
  • Apply By 19 Oct 2021
    Mozo Expert Choice Badge
    American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card

    Receive 50,000 Bonus Membership Rewards when you apply online by 19 October 2021, are approved and spend $1,500 on your new Card within the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. New Card Members only. $0 introductory annual Card fee for the first year..

    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    20.74% p.a.
    No current offer
    $195 $0 in the first year
    Membership Rewards
    Details
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    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    19.99% p.a.
    0% p.a. for 36 months and then 21.99% p.a.
    $129 $29 in the first year
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    Mozo Expert Choice Badge
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    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    20.74% p.a.
    No current offer
    $395
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    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    0% p.a. for 12 months then 20.74% p.a.
    2.99% p.a. for 15 months and then 21.49% p.a.
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    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    20.74% p.a.
    No current offer
    $450
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    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
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    0% p.a. for 30 months and then 21.49% p.a.
    $55 $0 in the first year
    -
    Details
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    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    20.74% p.a.
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    $120 $0 in the first year
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    Annual fee
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