Why you might need to switch credit cards for 2021

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Has 2020 shaken up the way you spend? 

If the answer is yes, it may be time to think about switching your credit card for the year ahead. 

“There’s no doubt that, for many Aussies, 2020 has changed the way we’re spending our money, so naturally now could be the time to reassess something like a credit card.” Mozo Director, Kirsty Lamont said. 

“Look at things like the interest rate and fees, as well as the value of your current rewards program. If your spending habits have changed, by switching cards you could save yourself forking out too much in interest repayments or pesky annual fees which you can actually avoid.” 

Where do credit card rates sit right now? 

Currently in the Mozo database, the average credit card rate sits at 16.35%. However, they range from 0% to a hefty 24.99%. So, there’s a chance you’re not getting a low rate on your current card. 

But a low rate credit card isn’t suited to every spender. 

In fact, for some credit card users it may be a savvier option to choose a card with a higher rate in return for a killer rewards program or low fees. 

Let’s see what option might suit you. 

There are a whole bunch of credit cards available to customers at the moment, so finding one to suit your spending shouldn’t be too tricky. 

You just need to know what you’re looking for. 

With that in mind, here’s a rundown of what type of credit cards are on offer and what type of spender they suit. 

  • 0% intro offer: If you have some spending to do in the new year, like purchasing a new outdoor setting for your backyard or upgrading your TV, a 0% introductory offer on a credit card may benefit you. On the Mozo database, these offers range from 6 to 17 months.
  • Low interest rate: Find yourself paying too much in interest because you don’t always pay down your credit card balance in full? Switch to a low interest option. This way, if you can only make your minimum repayment in a month, you won’t be slapped with a high interest rate but instead something lower and more manageable. 
  • No annual fee: For credit card users that always pay down their balance in full each month and want to save on fees, a no annual fee credit card is worth considering for 2021. On the Mozo database, annual fees range from $0 to $1,200, so it could end up saving you a bit each year. 
  • Rewards: Use your credit card for everything and always pay down your balance? It may be time to switch to a rewards card. Consider what type of program would suit you, as well as the different perks attached to the card (as sometimes these can offset a high interest rate or annual fee). 
  • Balance Transfer: If you’re looking to clear your debt in 2021, a balance transfer offer is for you. This is where you can pay down your existing balance at no interest rate. On the Mozo database, these offers range from 5 to 30 months, so choose the option that matches how long it would take to pay off your debt. Just remember, any spending you do on a balance transfer credit card isn’t interest-free, so ensure you’ve got all your Christmas shopping done before you apply! 

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Want to start comparing credit card options right now? Check out the hot offers below or jump over to our credit cards comparison table for even more!

Compare Credit Cards - last updated 27 November 2021

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  • Apply By 28 Feb 2022
    Bendigo Bank Low Rate Credit Card

    0% p.a. on purchases for up to 18 months (Reverts to 11.99% p.a). Low annual fee of $45 and no fees for additional cardholders.

    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    0% p.a. for 18 months then 11.99% p.a.
    No current offer
    $45
    -
    Details
  • humm90 Mastercard

    With up to 110 days interest free on your spending, this card is pretty unique in the market, and great for managing your daily spend. Plus, no foreign transaction fees overseas or online. Plus $400 cash back when you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases within first 120 days (T&Cs apply).

    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    23.99% p.a.
    No current offer
    $99 $0 in the first year
    -
    Details
  • Latitude Gem Visa

    Enjoy now. Pay later with Latitude. 0% interest for 6 months (purchases over $250). 0% interest payment plans at selected retailers. Up to 55 interest free days. Apply in less than 10 minutes. Must be over 18 to apply.

    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    19.95% p.a.
    No current offer
    $107 $8.95 monthly fee waived if outstanding balance less than $10
    -
    Details
  • Apply By 30 Nov 2021
    Mozo Expert Choice Badge
    American Express Explorer® Credit Card

    Receive 240,000 Bonus Membership Rewards Points when you apply online by 30 November 2021, are approved and spend $3,000 on your new Card within the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. New Card Members only.

    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    20.74% p.a.
    No current offer
    $395
    Membership Rewards
    Details
  • HSBC Platinum Credit Card

    0%p.a. on balance transfers for 36 months with no balance transfer fee. Terms and Conditions apply. Mozo Experts Choice Premium Rewards and Balance Transfer Platinum Credit Card Winner 2020.

    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
    Rewards Plus
    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
  • St.George No Annual Fee

    0% p.a. for 12 months on APR requested at card application. The special promotional purchase rate applies from card approval, after the promotional period, the rate will switch to the variable purchase rate. New cards only, Eligibility criteria and T&Cs apply. Offer ends February 24th 2022.

    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.
    $0
    -
    Details
  • Mozo Expert Choice Badge
    American Express Low Rate Credit Card

    Competitive low rate with $0 Annual Fee. Offers purchase and refund protection. Customers need an annual income of $50,000 or more.

    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    8.99% p.a.
    No current offer
    $0
    -
    Details
  • Apply By 24 Feb 2022
    St.George Vertigo

    0% p.a. for 32 months on balance transfers requested at card application. 0% balance transfer fee applies. Rate then switches to applicable variable cash advance rate. No annual fee for the first year, $55 thereafter. New cards only, Eligibility criteria and T&Cs apply. Offer ends February 24th 2022.

    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    0% p.a. for 6 months then 13.99% p.a.
    0% p.a. for 32 months and then 21.49% p.a.
    $55 $0 in the first year
    -
    Details
  • Virgin Money Low Rate Card

    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    11.99% p.a.
    0% p.a. for 15 months and then 21.69% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)
    $99
    -
    Details
  • Mozo Expert Choice Badge
    American Express Cashback Credit Card

    Get 5% Bonus Cashback in the first 3 months and no monthly fee for the first 12 months. Additional 1.5% cashback with American Express Shop Small Campaign (conditions apply). Complimentary perks and insurances. Eligibility criteria and T&Cs apply.

    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    20.74% p.a.
    No current offer
    $120 $0 in the first year
    Cashback Rewards
    Details
  • NAB Low Rate Card

    0% p.a. interest on balance transfers for the first 32 months, plus a low ongoing purchase rate after that means you can spend with confidence. There's also up to 55 interest free days on purchases to help you manage your budget better.

    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
  • Apply By 24 Feb 2022
    Westpac Altitude Platinum

    Earn up to 75,000 bonus Qantas Points ($4k min. spend in the first 90 days on eligible purchases). 0% p.a. for 24 months on balance transfers requested at card application. 1% BT fee applies. $49 First Year Annual fee and Rewards fee. New cards only. Offer ends February 24th 2022. T&C's and exclusions apply.

    Purchase rate
    Balance transfer rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    20.49% p.a.
    0% p.a. for 24 months and then 21.49% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)
    $200 $99 in the first year
    Qantas Frequent Flyer
    Details

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