Interest free credit card - fact or fiction?
Looking for an interest free credit card? The truth is that no credit card in Australia is interest free.
However, there are ways to pay little or no interest on your credit card, by taking advantage of promotional and interest free periods.
But remember, you’ll always be charged interest on cash advances with any Australian credit card.
Interest free balance transfers
The promotional interest free period on credit card balance transfers can be very effective in consolidating and paying down debt. However:
- There are no interest free days on purchases while your card is carrying a balance transfer amount
- You pay no interest on the balance transfer amount, but you do pay interest on ongoing purchases.
Introductory interest free offers on purchases
Some credit cards offer an introductory interest free period on purchases.
While purchases made during this period will be interest free, be careful not to overspend, as interest accrues on any outstanding balance once any promotional period expires. After the promotional period, the rate then switches to the variable purchase rate then applicable to your card.
Be aware that these offers don’t apply to cash advances.
Interest free period on credit cards
All Westpac credit cards feature an interest free period on purchases - up to 45 or 55 days, depending on the card.
Purchases can be considered interest free as long as the card balance is paid off in full at the end of each statement cycle.
However, if you carry a balance into the next statement cycle, you will be charged interest on that amount.
As with introductory interest free offers, the interest free period does not apply to cash advances.
Compare our credit cards
|Westpac Lite Card
||Altitude||Altitude Platinum||Altitude Black||55 Day||55 Day Platinum|
|Interest free days on purchases||45 days||55 days||45 days||45 days||45 days||55 days||55 days|
||Learn more||Learn more||Learn more||Learn more||Learn more|
Things you should know
Credit criteria, fees and charges apply. Switches, upgrades, or customers accessing employee benefits are ineligible. This promotion may be varied or withdrawn at any time and is not available in conjunction with any other promotion.
Visit the product page for each credit card to check the terms and conditions, including any rewards terms and conditions (if relevant) that apply.
Balance transfer promotion: The promotional balance transfer rate is available when you apply for a new Low Rate, 55 Day or 55 Day Platinum credit card between 29th June 2017 and 26th October 2017 and request at card application to transfer balance(s) from up to 3 non-Westpac Australian issued credit, charge or store cards. The rate will apply to balance(s) transferred (min $200 up to 95% of your approved available credit limit) for the promotional period, unless the amount is paid off earlier. Card activation will trigger the processing of the balance transfer. The applicable variable purchase rate will apply to balance(s) transferred but left unpaid at the end of the promotional period. Westpac will not be responsible for any delays that may occur in processing payment to your other card account(s) and will not close the account(s). Interest free days do not apply to credit cards with balance transfers. Cannot be used in conjunction with the Cashback promotion.
#A balance transfer fee of 2% of the transferred balance(s) will be charged to the account on the same day the balance(s) are debited to the account.