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How to choose the right credit card

Choosing the right credit card can be a bit of a tricky task, especially if you don’t know what to look out for. There are different features and benefits for every card in the market and cutting through the information can be a little tedious.

 

Finding the right card for you depends on many different factors, so here are a few things to consider before committing to your new plastic.

What do you want to use your card for?

When choosing a credit card, it’s important to consider what you actually want to use the card for. Do you want to keep it in your wallet for emergencies? Do you want to make your dollar go further by collecting rewards points? Do you have an existing non-Westpac credit card and would like to transfer your balance? Or do you just want the freedom of having credit when you need it? Your behaviours will help you nut out the type of card that will work best for you.

What should I consider before choosing a credit card?

There are several key features to consider before choosing a credit card.

What is the interest rate?

Every credit card has an applicable interest rate that applies to the outstanding balance of your credit card after the interest-free period has expired. If you do not plan to pay off your entire balance before the interest-free period, then this may be an important factor to consider.

What is the cash advance rate?

A cash advance is the withdrawal of cash or a transfer of funds from your credit card. A specific interest rate applies to this type of transaction. Transaction fees may also apply.

What is the annual credit card fee?

Most credit cards will have an applicable fee that is charged annually for the use and convenience of the card. This fee is separate to fees incurred due to interest and differs with each type of credit card.
 

Our credit card comparison tool is a useful way to see these criteria side by side for each card.

Find a card for you

If you know how you want to use your card, then you should be able to narrow down your card options. Take a look at our credit card finder tool to help you through the process.

Every type of credit card serves a different purpose; here are the cards that Westpac has on offer:


Low Rate credit card

The Westpac Low Rate credit card is designed to give you the flexibility of a low rate and a low annual fee. It also includes a 55 day interest free period on purchases when you pay the closing balance (including any balance transfer amount) by the statement due date each month.

Altitude rewards credit cards

The Altitude Platinum credit card is a platinum rewards credit card with complimentary insurance covers4, bonus rewards points offers and no monthly points cap.

Lastly, the Altitude Black credit card is our top level rewards card and offers the highest points earn rate along with premium travel and lifestyle services.

Visit Rewards Cards to learn more.

Low Fee credit cards

The Low Fee credit cards offer up to 55 days interest free on purchases when you pay the closing balance by the statement due date each month. There is also a platinum version of the Low Fee Credit Card which offers the same interest free period along with complimentary insurance4 and $0 annual fee in the first year if you meet minimum spend criteria*.
 

A credit card can be useful for emergency purchases or as part of a carefully planned budget. With a little bit of consideration, you could find the right card for you.

Ready to apply? Learn more about Westpac’s credit cards.

Things you should know
Credit criteria, fees and charges apply. Switches, upgrades or Westpac group staff are ineligible. This promotion may be varied or withdrawn at any time and is not available in conjunction with any other promotion.

Be credit savvy: Before applying, consider a realistic credit limit and check all conditions, interest rates, fees and charges on your selected card.

4. Complimentary insurance covers: AWP Australia Pty Ltd ABN 52 097 227 177 AFSL 245631 (trading as Allianz Global Assistance) under a binder from the insurer, Allianz Australia Insurance Limited ABN 15 000 122 850 AFSL 234708 has issued an insurance group policy to Westpac Banking Corporation ABN 33 007 457 141 AFSL and Australian credit licence 233714 (Westpac) which allows eligible Westpac cardholders to claim under it as third party beneficiaries. Any advice on insurance is general advice only and not based on any consideration of your objectives, financial situation or needs. The terms, conditions, limits and exclusions of the group policy are set out in the Westpac Credit Cards Complimentary Insurance Policy (PDF 297KB) which may be amended from time to time. Westpac does not guarantee this insurance.

6. Rewards Points: The earning and redemption of Altitude Points and Qantas Points are subject to the Altitude Terms and Conditions. Purchases that are not eligible to earn Rewards Points are set out in the Altitude Terms and Conditions. You do not receive points if your card account is in arrears for 2 consecutive statement cycles and in other circumstances. Refer to the Altitude Terms and Conditions for information on how you earn points on transactions. Qantas Points earned during a statement cycle are added to your respective Points balance on a monthly basis.

Concierge Services: Concierge Services are subject to the Westpac Rewards Credit Cards Concierge Service Terms and Conditions (PDF 1MB).

*Low Fee annual card fee waiver: $0 annual card fee is available for the first year and every year afterwards when you apply for a new ‘Low Fee’ or ‘Low Fee Platinum’ credit card. To qualify, you must meet the spend criteria on eligible purchases ($5,000 or more for a Low Fee card / $10,000 or more for a Low Fee Platinum card) in each 12-month period, starting from the date you made your first transaction.

Westpac is the credit provider and credit licensee under National Consumer Credit Laws.

Westpac credit cards are part of the Westpac Group, including St.George, Bank of Melbourne, BankSA and Westpac.

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