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BankSA Vertigo Credit Card
APPLY BY 01 may 17
8 reviews
0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers.
Low ongoing rate of 13.24% p.a. on purchases.
Up to 55 days on purchases.
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12 months
0% p.a.
then 13.24%
6 months
0% p.a.
then 13.24%

Pros & cons

What's good?

What's not so good?

0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers.
No balance transfer fee.
Low ongoing rate of 13.24% p.a. on purchases.
0% p.a. intro rate on purchases for 6 months
Up to 55 days on purchases interest free on purchases.
Know if your application is successful or not in 60 seconds.
No rewards program.
Comparatively low maximum credit limit.
Any remaining balance transfer amount will be subject to the 21.49% p.a. cash advance rate after the balance transfer period expires.


Our review of the BankSA Vertigo Credit Card

Looking for an uncomplicated credit card with a low ongoing purchase rate and an annual fee that won’t break the bank? You could have found it in the BankSA Vertigo Credit Card. It has two tempting introductory offers in the shape of a lengthy zero interest balance transfer and a short but still useful zero interest period on purchases.

Zero interest balance transfer for 12 months

If you need to consolidate your debts, now is your chance. Or perhaps you just want to postpone paying for a major purchase made on your existing credit card? Either way, you’ll be a winner with this introductory offer. BankSA calculate that, if you transferred a balance of $10,000 from a 20% p.a. card, you would save $2,908 during the subsequent year and a half.

No balance transfer fee

One of the reasons the savings are so high is that BankSA does not charge a fee for transferring the balance. Some banks charge as much as 2.5% of the transferred amount as a fee, and the fee does not become part of the interest-free balance, instead attracting interest immediately.

Avoid the revert interest rate

The revert rate – the interest rate you’ll pay on the unpaid balance if you leave it on the card longer than 12 months – is the normal variable purchase rate of 13.24% p.a. You can avoid paying this rate of interest by making a diary note of the offer expiry date, at which point you would need to find a way of refinancing your debt at a lower interest rate if you were unable to pay it back.

Low 13.24% p.a. ongoing purchase rate

Once all the introductory offers have expired, the low ongoing purchase rate of 13.24% p.a. is the feature that is going to make you want to retain this card. While you may consider the purchase rate irrelevant because you plan to make prompt and full monthly repayments, it’s impossible to predict what the future may hold in the way of temporary financial problems.
Even if you overlook the payment due date occasionally and end up paying interest on your balance for two months, paying 13.24% p.a. is a whole lot better than shelling out 20% p.a. or more.

Up to 55 days on purchases

Although it’s a low rate card, BankSA haven’t stinted on the interest-free days – the period between the date of your purchase and the date on which you have to pay for them if you want to avoid interest charges. If you buy something at the beginning of the monthly billing cycle you’ll enjoy Up to 55 days on purchases. Purchases made at the end of the cycle will be free of interest for only 24 or 25 days.

Some credit cards offer only 44 days interest-free, so enjoying Up to 55 days on purchases on a low rate card is a bonus.

. . . provided there’s no balance transfer

If you choose to carry an unpaid balance transfer on your account, you won’t be able to take advantage of the ongoing Up to 55 days on purchases. Having any unpaid balance on your account nullifies the standard monthly interest-free days.

However, even if you have a balance transfer. BankSA want you to get used to the idea of using it as a purchase card as well as a balance transfer card. But you would be wise to have another card on hand to use for purchases during the 15 month stretch between the expiry of the purchase offer and the end of the balance transfer offer.

Reasonable annual fee

The annual fee of $55 p.a. is not the lowest you’ll find, since some cards have no fee at all, but it’s a fairly typical fee for a low interest rate card. There is no charge for supplementary cards on the account.

Security and convenience

The card comes with 24/7 Falcon® Fraud monitoring to detect any suspicious transactions on your card. As well as checking for fraudulent transactions, BankSA are generous with their card security advice, but stop short of guaranteeing zero liability for cardholders complying with it.

The card is Visa payWave enabled for fast, convenient contactless transactions under $100. You can also sign up for Verified by Visa, which provides an extra level of security for online shopping in the form of a one-time PIN.

Optional SMS alerts advising balances, deposits, withdrawals and other transactions allow you to monitor your account activity on the go, but if you decide to use this service you will pay 25 cents per text.

Comparable cards

The card’s standout feature is its low ongoing purchase rate, so you might want to compare it with the ME frank Credit Card (-, $0 p.a. annual fee, but no introductory offers) and the Coles Low Rate MasterCard (12.99% p.a., $49 p.a., 0% p.a. for 6 months on balance transfers and – on purchases, flybuys).

The right card for you?

There’s no doubt that this is a minimalist card. It has no rewards points or complimentary insurance. But if you regard these as an unnecessary annoyance that you don’t want to pay for the BankSA Vertigo Credit Card’s low interest rate, moderate fee and attractive introductory offers could prove to be just the right combination for your lifestyle and spending habits.

User reviews

3.4 out of 5.0 based on 8 reviews75% of reviewers would recommend this card.

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I totally love my credit card!

Reviewed and recommended by Denise on 20 Sep 2016

Definitely the best credit card I’ve had, and I have used it for many years. I love shopping anywhere and everywhere without having the rates and added hidden fees. Love it love it love it! It’s my security card when I need it the most. I trust it with all my heart.

Comes in handy now and again

Reviewed and recommended by Tom on 30 Aug 2016

The BankSA Vertigo Credit Card has a relatively low interest rate and is perfect for making purchases with the safety of the 55-day interest-free period. It’s easy to keep on top of expenses, but the trade off is that there are hardly any extra benefits. It is yet to let me down.

Good everyday card

Reviewed and recommended by Karina on 03 Jul 2016

The BankSA Vertigo credit card is a good everyday card with a low annual fee and I would highly recommend it to everyday users. If you pay your card off each month, then you don’t get charged interest. This means you can purchase something and depend have up to 49 days to pay for it.

Good interest rate

Reviewed and recommended by Angie on 02 Jul 2016

When I compared other interest rates, this card worked out cheaper. However, it carries an annual fee which is annoying when so many credit cards don’t any more. I have been looking for another credit card because of this. I usually pay my balance off each month so it works out, but at the moment I’m being hit with interest which is a money drain!

I save a lot of money with this card

Reviewed and recommended by Nikita on 28 Sep 2015

I have had my BankSA Vertigo low interest card for many years now as it is very beneficial with the very low interest rate. I save lots of money. With this card I have also received balance transfer offers with no interest for a certain period, which I have used and saved thousands! Love my card.

Too expensive, bad service

Reviewed and not recommended by Ebi Riemer on 21 Jul 2015

I found BankSA to be not very user-friendly and restricted usage – whilst overseas the card did not work in all ATMs and the entire credit limit could not be used as expected. Bear in mind that my credit limit was $600, which is too low to be called credit – it should be in the $1000 range. I’m going to change to a different bank soon.


Reviewed and recommended by Christina on 12 Jun 2015

At the beginning the credit card was easy to maintain and pay off, but I have extended many times and am finding it hard to keep on top of! It’s not the card so much, but myself allowing it to get out of control and maxing out my limit too much.

Fair go?

Reviewed and not recommended by help required on 11 Aug 2013

They were good at the start and when I got into trouble they didn’t want to know about it. I wanted to combine my cards and make it easier for me but they refused. They were quick to give out the cards but not to assist. Fair go – help australians.

Basic details

About this card

Card setup
Card tier
Card type
Card use
Credit rating
Gambling transactions allowed
Joint application
Minimum age
18 years old
Minimum income
Minimum income for pensioners
Same as standard
Rewards program
Temporary residents


Additional cardholders
Additional card fee
$0 p.a.

Credit limits

Minimum credit limit
Maximum credit limit


Interest charged from
Purchase date
Interest free period
Up to 55 days on purchases
Minimum repayment

Balance transfers

The offer

Interest ratePeriodFeeLimitRevert rate
Balance transfers0% p.a.12 months0%95% of credit limit13.24% p.a.

Balance transfers to this card

Balance transfer earns rewards
Balance transfer fee payment due
First statement
Balance transfer from personal loan
Balance transfer processing time
10 - 14 days
Interest free days with unpaid balance
0 days
Maximum balance transfer
95% of credit limit
Available to existing customers

Banks you can't balance transfer from

You can't balance transfer to the BankSA Vertigo Credit Card at the promotional balance transfer rate from:

  • Bank of Melbourne
  • Bank SA
  • St.George
  • Westpac

Rates & fees

Promotional interest rates

Interest ratePeriodFeeLimitRevert rate
Balance transfers0% p.a.12 months0%95% of credit limit 13.24% p.a.
Purchases0% p.a.6 monthsN/AN/A 13.24% p.a.

Ongoing interest rates

Cash advances 1.79% 21.49% p.a.
Purchases 1.10% 13.24% p.a.


Annual fee
$55 p.a.
Cash advance fee
Dishonour fee
Duplicate statement fee
Foreign exchange fee
Late payment fee
Over limit fee
Overseas ATM balance fee
Overseas ATM withdrawal fee
Overseas emergency card replacement fee
Transaction verification fee

Minimum criteria for this card

What you need before applying

Be over 18 years old
You are a resident or citizen of Australia
Earn a regular income of more than $15,000 per year
You have your personal details ready to complete the online application
Have not applied for multiple credit cards recently
Joint applications are allowed
Age Pension, Disability Pension and Widower's Pension are acceptable.
Family Tax Benefits and Parenting Payments is acceptable.
Austudy, Carer's Allowance, Child Support Payments and Foster Care Allowance are not acceptable.
Disclaimer: The minimum criteria pointers are intended only to be a guide. Your application may still be rejected by the bank even if you can answer 'Yes' to all the minimum criteria. The final decision regarding your application is up to the bank.

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