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NAB Low Fee Card

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17%
 
My annual fee: 
$90
 
Transfer: 
$5,000
 
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NAB Low Fee Card
APPLY BY 31 may 17
57 reviews
0% p.a. on balance transfers for 18 months.
Low $30 p.a. ongoing annual fee.
Complimentary purchase protection insurance.
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18 months
0% p.a.
then 21.74%
with a 3% fee
19.74% p.a.
ongoing
$30
ongoing

Pros & cons

What's good?

What's not so good?

0% p.a. on balance transfers for 18 months.
There is a separate balance transfer offer you can choose. 4.99% p.a for 6 months, This is not available in conjunction with the promotional balance transfer offer shown.
Additional cardholder at no extra cost.
Complimentary purchase protection insurance.
Handy payWave “tap and go” technology to make in store purchases even faster.
After the promotional period, the fallback is the cash advance rate. Which is a high 21.74% p.a.
If you do a balance transfer a one-off 3% fee balance transfer applies to the amount that you transfer.
There’s a small annual fee to pay.

Review

Our review of the NAB Low Fee Card

Low fee, or no fee? Which is best?

It all depends on how much built-in value you expect from your credit card. While it’s not difficult to find a credit card charging no fee at all, a no-fee card is often a 'no benefits’ card too. If you want your credit card to deliver some inexpensive perks as well as just being a convenient line of credit, you may want to compromise with a low-fee card, rather than one that is completely free. The NAB Low Fee Card has a zero-interest introductory offer on balance transfers, complimentary purchase protection insurance, the added advantages that come with a Visa card, plus the latest speedy payment and transaction security technology.

0% p.a. on balance transfers for 18 months

Although NAB’s standard balance transfer rate is 4.99% p.a. for six months, you can currently take advantage of a very special offer. You can transfer a balance from your existing non-NAB credit card (or cards, if you have more than one) and pay no interest on the outstanding amount for 18 months. This will give you some breathing space to get your financial life in order if you are having difficulty repaying your balance and are currently being charged interest of 20% p.a. or more.

Use a balance transfer to reduce your mortgage cost

Even if your finances are perfectly organised and you can afford to pay off your balance immediately, you could still take advantage of a balance transfer by depositing the cash in a bank account instead of paying off the balance, allowing you to earn interest on it instead.

Better still, put it in your mortgage offset account and reduce the balance on which you are paying mortgage interest at around 4% p.a. If you put $3,000 in a mortgage offset account instead of using it to clear your balance, you could reduce your mortgage interest cost by around $185 over an 18-month period.

Use a balance transfer to finance a major purchase

Alternatively, you might want to make a major purchase on your existing card, then transfer the balance to your NAB card and take your time paying it off without incurring interest. Don’t do this kind of thing too often, though. Switching credit cards too frequently may have an adverse effect on your credit history and rating.

Balance transfer risks

Unfortunately, NAB have now introduced a balance transfer fee, so you’ll find that a 3% charge is added to your transferred balance. Transfer a $5,000 balance and you’ll end up having to repay $5,150.

Having an unpaid balance transfer on your account also means you’ll forfeit the Up to 44 days on purchases that you would normally be entitled to every month. So for the first 18 months you’d probably want to use another card, or cash, for purchases.

If you can’t pay off the transferred balance in full after the 18 months interest hiatus, you’ll come crashing down to earth when the revert rate of 21.74% p.a. is applied to your balance.

'Low fee’ does not mean 'low rate’

Remember that this is a low-fee card but not a low-rate card. The ongoing purchase rate of 19.74% p.a. and the cash advance rate of 21.74% p.a. are both near the top end of credit card interest rates. If you think there is a possibility that you will have credit card debt (other than the interest-free balance transfer) for more than a few weeks at most, choose a low rate card instead.

Complimentary purchase protection insurance

Shop with confidence knowing that most new items for your personal use, purchased using the card, are protected against loss, theft or damage for three months. Motor vehicles and boats are not covered, however, and the maximum claim for jewellery, watches and artworks is $2,500. The cover is otherwise very extensive, with a generous annual claim limit of $100,000.

Built-in Visa benefits

Although this is not a platinum card, it still comes with several advantages provided by Visa:

  • Visa Entertainment. Get access to the best seats in the house for live events before they go on sale to the general public.
  • Visa Global Customer Assistance Service. If your credit card is lost or stolen in Australia, it’s relatively easy to contact the issuing bank to cancel the card and get a replacement. When you are travelling overseas it could be much more difficult, but Visa is there to lend a helping hand with a list of toll-free telephone numbers to use in card emergency situations, wherever you are in the world.
  • Verified by Visa. Online shopping is a whole lot safer with the extra layer of security provided by optional passwords or one-time PINs delivered by SMS, to make sure that the person using the card online is in fact you, the authorised user.

More security from NAB Defence

When you have a credit card issued in your name, you are expected to take normal precautions, like keeping it in a safe place, not disclosing your PIN, and advising the bank or Visa immediately if the card is lost or stolen.

But even the most careful people can fall victim to credit card fraud. That’s where NAB Defence comes in. NAB will monitor your account, looking for high-risk transactions. They’ll advise you of any suspected fraud, and investigate it. And they’ll reimburse you 100% of any fraudulent transactions that were not your fault.

Latest payWave technology

A low-fee card does not have to be a low-tech card. For purchases under $100 you can sail through the checkout in seconds, courtesy of the 'tap and go’ embedded chip which cuts out the need for either swiping or inserting the card and entering a PIN. You can still tap for transactions over $100, but you will need to enter your PIN.

A couple of shortcomings

Unfortunately, most of NAB’s credit cards come with 'Up to 44 days on purchases’ instead of the more generous 'up to 55 days interest free’ that many card issuers offer. The NAB Low Fee Card is one of the 44-day cards, so you will receive 132 fewer interest-free days each year when compared with a 55-day card. That’s 132 days less for your cash to spend in a savings or mortgage offset account. In the current low-interest environment it doesn’t make an enormous amount of difference (about $43 per year in lost interest income if your average monthly balance is $3,000), but it’s something you’ll need to think about before making your decision.

Another drawback is the $100 overseas emergency card replacement fee?, which is certainly on the steep side. The message here is that you should keep a tight hold of your card when travelling.

A lot of freedom from interest plus peace of mind for $30 p.a.

So, what do you get for paying this card’s $30 p.a. annual fee? First of all, you’ll get a supplementary card free of charge. Then you’ll get the interest-free balance transfer option. And every year you can experience the extra security of a purchase protection insurance policy, and the confidence of using your card without worrying about fraud because both NAB and Visa are taking care of that situation.

Competing low fee cards

There are other low annual fee cards with comparable benefits.

  • The Westpac 55 Day Credit Card, for example, offers a 12 months 0% p.a. interest balance transfer and 6 months at 0% p.a. interest on purchases. Although it has the more generous Up to 55 days on purchases, its ongoing purchase interest rate is slightly higher at 19.84% p.a. As with the NAB card, the annual fee is $30 p.a. ($0 p.a. in the first year).
  • The St. George Vertigo Visa offers 12 months at 0% p.a. interest on balance transfers and 6 months at 0% p.a. interest on purchases. Although its $55 p.a. annual fee is higher, its ongoing purchase rate of 13.24% p.a. is much lower.

Although they have other redeeming features, neither of these cards has complimentary purchase protection insurance.

Ticks most boxes for a low annual cost

The NAB Low Fee Card would make a great starter card for anyone embarking on their financial life : perhaps a student or someone in their first full-time employment. It costs very little, does everything expected of an up-to-date card, and unlike some 'no-fee’ cards it provides a few extra benefits to give you the feel of what a credit card can do for you beyond handling everyday transactions.

You could test the water with this basic card without making a major cost commitment, before upgrading to a more expensive card with additional features such as broader insurance cover or even rewards points. On the other hand, you may decide to stick with the NAB Low Fee Card because it more than justifies its low cost, without the need for any further complications.

User reviews

3.6 out of 5.0 based on 57 reviews91% of reviewers would recommend this card.

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Great card and service, but too tempting for me

Reviewed and recommended by Tara on 19 Dec 2016

I had previously obtained this card because I have been through NAB for a number of years, and it was offered. At first I was questioning whether or not I wanted a credit card, because we all know they can be tricky little things to have. I researched and researched I weighed up pros and cons (not that there were many) and decided I’d give it a go.

It was my first credit card, and I could not have been happier. NAB has been such a blessing to deal with — friendly staff that offer to help as much as possible, they talk to you like a person and not just a customer. They help you find what product is best suited for your needs. I recommend NAB to everyone I know. However, since obtaining this card I have paid the outstanding balance and requested it to be closed, because I was always finding it too tempting to buy the latest technology, or the little decor touches that make a house feel like home. Things that were unimportant and I didn’t need them.

No frills card from good bank with good service

Reviewed and recommended by Julie on 03 Dec 2016

Got to love a bank that doesn’t keep its customers waiting. It’s a great card with no frills, just a low rate. I would recommend the NAB, and this card is definitely worth looking into getting, simply due to the low fees they charge compared to other cards and banks. Service is great too.

Helps me spread out my expenses

Reviewed and recommended by Cameron on 22 Nov 2016

It’s never failed to satisfy me. I always need it and it’s very convenient to use. I have had to use this card to buy Christmas presents online, as well as for upcoming Boxing Day sales and birthdays. They always seem to be clumped at the start of the year for me, so it would usually be a struggle without it.

12+ months and no interest - I am almost debt free

Reviewed and recommended by Megan on 21 Nov 2016

This isn’t a credit card packed full of rewards but it has one HUGE thing going for it — a 12 month (or more) interest-free period! Thanks to the interest-free period I was able to consolidate my debts and pay them all off within the year, without paying a cent of interest. If you can be strict with yourself and need to make a large one-off purchase or consolidate debts, then this card is as good as an interest-free loan.

Remember though, this is not free money. After 12 months the normal interest rate applies, so if you have reached your limit and paid nothing off you will feel it. This is a great card for those putting a plan in place for their budget.

Outstanding customer service

Reviewed and recommended by Andrea on 01 Nov 2016

The customer service team is good and always ready to help. It’s a good, reliable card and I have never had issues. There are no hidden costs and charges and it’s a great online banking system which is user-friendly.

NAB has an always-accessible customer service team ready to assist over the phone and online. I would recommend this card, but more importantly, NAB customer service is outstanding .

PayPass and app make it easy and secure

Reviewed and recommended by Gihani on 31 Oct 2016

This card is easy to work with and makes transferring and receiving money easy, especially through the NAB app. The card is also PayPass enabled, making it easy to pay for things on the go and making shopping easy.

The card and account are very secure and transactions can easily be monitored and viewed.

Competitive low fees, exceptional service

Reviewed and recommended by Emily on 21 Oct 2016

This was my first credit card with my major bank. I have had no troubles with them over the years and fees and charges remain competitive and low. Linking to my main bank account makes keeping on top of everything easy.

They have also offered exceptional Australian-based customer service when issues have come up. I have never been left feeling like I was not a valued customer.

Nine months interest free, interest still low

Reviewed and recommended by Jess on 17 Oct 2016

I would not go with any other bank. These guys always keep me informed about interest rates, etc. I love my NAB credit card.

I got nine months interest free, and the interest is still low.

I have this card for things that pop up that I might not think about, like fixing my spare tyre and booking a trip home really quickly. Credit cards are wicked.

I would tell my friends about this for sure — well, actually I do.

Credit in a hurry can be a lifesaver

Reviewed and recommended by Pauline on 15 Oct 2016

The credit card is great for using online, or when there’s a bargain and pay day is too far away.

It’s also good for when something breaks and needs to be repaired or replaced in a hurry, for example your fridge or freezer, which has actually happened to me. So having this card in my purse can be a life saver at times.

Low cost, good for emergencies

Reviewed and recommended by K on 29 Sep 2016

It’s easy to use, monthly repayments are in the middle range between high and low, and it has a low interest rate. I have this card because it comes in handy in case of emergencies or if anything unexpected happens. I don’t generally carry cash on me unless i know i am buying something.

i would recommend NAB to everyone as I always get great customer service.

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Basic details

About this card

Card setup
Single
Card tier
Standard
Card type
Visa
Card use
Personal
Credit rating
Any
Gambling transactions allowed
No
Joint application
No
Minimum age
18 years old
Minimum income
N/A
Minimum income for pensioners
Same as standard
Pensioners
Rewards program
None
Temporary residents
Yes

Cardholders

Additional cardholders
1
Additional card fee
$0 p.a.

Credit limits

Minimum credit limit
$500
Maximum credit limit
N/A

Repayments

Interest charged from
Purchase date
Interest free period
Up to 44 days on purchases
Minimum repayment
N/A

Balance transfers

The offer

Interest ratePeriodFeeLimitRevert rate
Balance transfers0% p.a.18 months3%90% of credit limit21.74% p.a.

Balance transfers to this card

Balance transfer earns rewards
No
Balance transfer fee payment due
First statement
Balance transfer from personal loan
No
Balance transfer processing time
10 - 14 days
Interest free days with unpaid balance
0 days
Maximum balance transfer
90% of credit limit
Available to existing customers
No

Banks you can't balance transfer from

You can't balance transfer to the NAB Low Fee Card at the promotional balance transfer rate from:

  • NAB

Rates & fees

Promotional interest rates

Interest ratePeriodFeeLimitRevert rate
Balance transfers0% p.a.18 months3%90% of credit limit 21.74% p.a.
PurchasesN/AN/AN/AN/A N/A

Ongoing interest rates

MonthlyAnnually
Cash advances 1.81% 21.74% p.a.
Purchases 1.65% 19.74% p.a.

Fees

Annual fee
$30 p.a.
Cash advance fee
2%
Dishonour fee
$5
Duplicate statement fee
$7
Foreign exchange fee
3%
Late payment fee
$9
Over limit fee
$0
Overseas ATM balance fee
$0
Overseas ATM withdrawal fee
$4
Overseas emergency card replacement fee
$100
Transaction verification fee
$5

Benefits

This card comes with benefits worth an estimated $40

ShoppingEstimated value
Purchase protection
Valuation based on the assumption of making a $200 claim once every 5 years. There is no retail market for this type of insurance, so no premium saving.
$40
Total estimated value$40
Annual fee$30
Net customer value$10
Disclaimer: Details of who, what, and where coverage applies to, as well as its duration and any coverage limitations will be listed in the credit card insurance product disclosure statement (PDS) on the card issuer's website. The names/labels of complimentary insurance products may differ from one issuer to another. Terms and conditions apply. Always check the insurance PDS when considering a financial product. Accurate as of 31st October 2015.

Minimum criteria for this card

What you need before applying

Be over 18 years old
You are a resident or citizen of Australia
You have your personal details ready to complete the online application
Have not applied for multiple credit cards recently
Joint applications are not allowed
Temporary residents are eligible
Age Pension, Disability Pension, Overseas Pension, Veteran's Pension and Widower's Pension are acceptable.
Austudy, Carer's Allowance, Child Support Payments, Family Tax Benefits and Parenting Payments and Foster Care Allowance are acceptable.
Youth Allowance is 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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