Five credit cards that seem too generous to be real: August 2021

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Credit cards are staging a come-back in 2021, with a wave of fresh new card offers hitting the market that at first glance seem almost too generous to be true. But there’s a bigger story driving this wave of apparent generosity, and it’s one that cardholders are set to benefit from.

After years of declining rewards, steep fees and charges, and even steeper competition from new payment options like debit cards and buy now pay later, credit card providers are now being forced to reverse the trend and deliver real consumer value to combat competition from the likes of Afterpay and Zip.

As a result we’re now seeing 0% balance transfer offers extend out to as much as 36 months, purchase rates fall below 12% and annual fees on some low rate cards drop below $50. On the rewards and perks front, the new Kogan Black card offers the chance to earn generous rewards and up to $400 in credit, while MoneyMe has launched an innovative virtual card that lets you earn cashback from 1,400 stores.

So no matter whether you’re looking to clear your debt with a 0% balance transfer, save on interest and fees or get better value out of your rewards, now is an ideal time to check out some of the top credit card offers on market.

1. Get up to $400 in credit - Apply by 31 August

Kogan Money Black Card
Kogan Money
  • 0% for 12 months on balance transfers (fee-free)

  • Earn rewards, credit and perks without paying annual fees

The new Kogan Black card is packed with value, starting with the opportunity to get $50 in credit when you make your first card purchase and another $350 credit when you spend $1,500 in the first 90 days. The generous rewards program lets you earn up to 2 points per dollar spent on purchases and 1 point per dollar on everyday spend, uncapped. Plus, you'll enjoy complimentary Kogan First membership (valued at $99 per year) and free shipping on 1000's of products.

2. All-round generosity with a low rate, low fee and 0% BT offer

Bendigo Bank Low Rate Credit Card
Bendigo Bank
  • Low $45 annual fee and 11.99% p.a. purchase rate

  • 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 24 months (2% balance transfer fee applies)

The Low Rate Credit Card from people’s favourite Bendigo Bank offers a triple scoop of generosity with 0% p.a. interest on balance transfers for 24 months, a competitive purchase rate and balance transfer revert rate of just 11.99% p.a. and a low $45 annual fee. You’ll also enjoy up to 55 days interest free on purchases, 24/7 fraud monitoring and no liability for unauthorised transactions.

3. Get $300 cashback

St.George Vertigo - Cashback Offer
  • Earn $300 cashback by spending $4k on eligible purchases in the first 120 days

  • No annual fee for the first year ($55 thereafter)

This crazy generous new cashback offer from St George makes the popular Vertigo card even more appealing. New cardholders can earn $300 cashback by spending $4,000 on eligible purchases in the first 120 days after card approval. As an added bonus, St George is also waiving the $55 annual fee in the first year. The purchase rate is a low 13.99% and cardholders can enjoy up to 55 days interest free on purchases.

4. Get credit back from 1,400 stores with this virtual card

MoneyMe Freestyle Virtual Mastercard
  • A virtual card that’s available to use instantly once approved

  • Save with credit back offers from over 1,400 stores

The new MoneyMe Freestyle card is shaking up the credit card world with an innovative virtual credit card and cashback approach. The virtual card can be used instantly as soon as its approved, which according to MoneyMe typically takes less than 60 minutes. Once approved you can use the card to Tap n Pay, transfer money to friends and get credit back offers from over 1,400 stores.

5. Low purchase rate + annual fee plus generous 0% BT offer

Great Southern Bank Low Rate Credit Card
Great Southern Bank
  • 0% on balance transfers for 20 months

  • Low 11.99% p.a. ongoing rate and $49 annual fee ($0 in first year)

This hidden gem of a credit card from Great Southern Bank (formerly known as CUA) has a refreshingly low purchase rate and annual fee, and if that’s not generous enough they’ve also thrown in a 0% balance transfer offer for 20 months. Cardholders enjoy up to 55 days interest free and the low $49 annual fee is waived completely in the first year, making this card a top contender for anyone looking for a great value credit card for everyday purchases minus all the bells and whistles. 

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