NAB Low Rate Card

My rate: 
17%
 
My annual fee: 
$90
 
Transfer: 
$5,000
 
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Offer
Card features
balance transfer
purchase rate
annual fee
Money saved
0% p.a. for 6 months on purchases.
Make purchases with NAB’s lowest interest rate card and longest interest-free period.
Low $59 p.a. annual fee.
Add to comparison
6 months
4.99% p.a.
then 21.74%
6 months
0% p.a.
then 13.99%
$59
ongoing

Pros & cons

What's good?

What's not so good?

0% p.a. for 6 months on purchases.
Make purchases with NAB’s lowest interest rate card and longest 55 days interest-free period.
Low $59 p.a. annual fee.
Uses Visa payWave for making purchases contactless and faster.
Special offers on shows, events, experiences and movies from Visa Entertainment.
Emergency travel assistance from Visa Global Customer Assistance Services, 24 hours, 7 days.
Get a response in 60 seconds.
There’s a small annual fee to pay.
After the promotional period, the fallback is the cash advance rate is a high 21.74% p.a.

Our review

Our review of the NAB Low Rate CardReviewed by Yvonne Taylor

There’s more than one way to get rewards from your credit card. If collecting points is not your thing, why pay – via a high purchase interest rate and steep annual fee – for points you won’t ever use? The true rewards that come with the NAB Low Rate Card are the long zero-interest offer on balance transfers, the low ongoing purchase interest rate, the higher-than-average (for NAB) interest-free days, and the very reasonable annual fee.

4.99% p.a. balance transfer option for 6 months

Bring across to your new card any accumulated debt from your existing non-NAB card or cards, and take advantage of 4.99% p.a. interest on balance transfers for 6 months. (This is a special offer, an alternative to the standard balance transfer terms of 0% p.a. for six months.)

Balance transfers are a gift if you are an organised and disciplined credit card user, letting you use someone else’s cash for free, except for the – balance transfer fee. You could earn interest when you deposit into a bank account the funds you would otherwise have used to make repayments. Then pay off the balance in full at the end of 6 months in order to avoid paying the steep revert interest rate, which in this case is the cash advance rate of 21.74% p.a.

In the situation where you can’t afford to repay the balance on your existing card and need the balance transfer to help you out of temporary liquidity problems, you can save some serious money. If you transferred a balance of $5,000 from a card where the purchase rate was 20% p.a. you would save $1,149 over 6 months (even allowing for the – balance transfer fee), and the 2.5% minimum repayments would become really effective, reducing your debt to just $3,335.

Low 13.99% p.a. ongoing purchase interest rate

The problem with having an unpaid balance transfer on your credit card account is that you forfeit the normal interest-free days, meaning that any purchase transactions attract interest from the day they are made. So it’s best to avoid using your card for purchases while you have a balance transfer in place. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you absolutely must use the card to pay an unavoidable bill, it will be much better to pay interest at this low rate of 13.99% p.a. than at a rate of 20% p.a. or more.

Even if you don’t take up the balance transfer option, it’s possible that you will sometimes be unable to clear your purchase balance in full by the due date, or simply forget to make the payment on time. The result will be that that you will forfeit your interest-free days for the next two months. This can be painfully expensive, with standard credit card interest rates in the region of 20%. If your average monthly purchases are around $2,000, being just a couple of days late with your payment could cost you as much as $67 in interest.

However, since the NAB Low Rate Card has a much more reasonable 13.99% p.a. interest rate, your interest payment would be much lower – only $47 – in the same situation. And if you are going to have long-term credit card debt and have run out of balance transfer options, paying 13.99% p.a. instead of around 20% is going to make an enormous difference.

Extra interest-free days

One of the downsides of NAB credit cards is that the vast majority of them come with only 44 interest-free days each month. But not this one. This is one of only two NAB cards that come with Up to 55 days on purchases. (The other one is the NAB Low Rate Platinum Card.)

It may not sound like a big difference, but in fact it amounts to 132 days of extra credit each year. That’s an extra 132 days in which your hard-earned cash can remain in your savings or mortgage offset account, either earning interest or reducing your mortgage interest bill.

No points, no insurance, no frills

Bonus benefits, like frequent flyer and other reward scheme points, airport lounge passes and wide-ranging insurance cover, all come at a price. You will end up paying for them in the form of high purchase interest rates or, more likely, a high annual fee. With this very basic card, however, there’s none of this to pay for, and no complex rewards system to get your head around.

But some built-in benefits you can actually use

You will, however, receive lots of other benefits that make your card more convenient as well as more secure. You’ll be able to make contactless purchases up to $100 with Visa payWave, rely on NAB Defence to monitor fraudulent transactions, and take advantage of Verified by Visa online fraud protection service, as well as Visa Global Customer Assistance if you need emergency travel support.

Download the NAB app for more control over your card: One Touch ID lets you log in to your account with more security; you can block and unblock your card if you temporarily lose it (no need to cancel the card in this situation); you can turn payWave, online transactions and overseas transactions on and off with just a swipe; add NAB Pay for Android to your compatible phone to turn it into a Tap and Pay digital wallet.

Low annual fee

While it’s possible to argue that a 'no frills’ card like this one should have no annual fee at all, the $59 p.a. annual fee is pretty reasonable given that you get Up to 55 days on purchases on purchases each month, provided you have no unpaid balance on your account. There’s no annual fee for an additional cardholder, and you will get at least one complimentary benefit in the form of membership of Visa Entertainment’s pre-sales privileges and discounts for concerts, shows, movies and sporting events.

A card designed for . . .

There’s no doubt that the uncomplicated NAB Low Rate Card is aimed at balance transfer users and lower income earners (since there is no minimum income requirement and a minimum credit limit of $500). Frequent flyer and other rewards points collectors should look elsewhere, and if you expect anything other than basic Visa lifestyle benefits you won’t be impressed. But everyone, at any income or spending level, can find benefits in the combination of a low ongoing purchase interest rate (even if it’s only for when you’re forgetful) and a low annual fee.

User reviews

3.8 out of 5.0 based on 77 reviews92% of reviewers would recommend this card

Rates and fees
Rewards
Customer service
Convenience
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Reviews from users

Great interest saving card

Reviewed and recommended by Belinda on 15 Apr 2017

This card has low interest rates, and is a great way to pay off debt quickly.

The customer service is fantastic – great guys to chat with, to make sure you’re on the right card. Branch staff are fabulous and so friendly. They greet you by name every time without fail.

I would absolutely recommend people to transfer over to this product.

Good all rounder

Reviewed and recommended by Karen on 15 Jul 2016

This card is a good all rounder. I am pleased with the fees and the convenience of this card and am happy with the level of customer service and aftercare. The interest rate is reasonable and the rewards are quite good. I would recommend this card as a great family card or a starter card.

Happy with my credit card

Reviewed and recommended by Kerry Lee Crocker on 13 Sep 2013

The low fees suit my needs. Would be nice to have a higher credit limit. Rewards would be a nice incentive to pay entire card balance. I got this particular card because of the low rates associated with it. Love being able to choose the card colour.

Okay card, no complaints

Reviewed and not recommended by Kelly on 01 Aug 2013

I obtained the card to roll my other cards limits to the 6th month 0% for six months … NAB are very strict with their limit and didn’t allow me to increase to roll over. Very strange as my request was declined yet I approached another bank to check if the same thing would happen and they approved me.

Helps me out when I have little emergencies

Reviewed and recommended by Skits on 17 Jun 2015

When there are little emergencies it is good to know you have the back up: you never know when an emergency might happen. If the car broke down I would know I could just buy another one on credit and pay it off slowly. To me that gives me a stress I do not need.

Could be better

Reviewed and recommended by Anon on 17 Jul 2015

Interest is high and monthly repayments could be better. Customer service over the phone is generally good and helpful. No rewards for using the card. No freeze of interest if experiencing financial difficulty – gave me a $5000 limit straight up when I only wanted $2000, which has made it difficult to repay what I owe.

Great low rate card

Reviewed and recommended by Michelle on 20 Sep 2016

It’s a great card for balance transfers. I think initially I got the first 15 months free, or thereabouts. Once paid off, I continued to use the card.

There are no rewards though, which is a bit of a downside. It has a low-interest rate and allows around 55 days interest free, which is a bonus.

Great security and service

Reviewed and recommended by Debbie on 02 Aug 2016

NAB have great security. Anything out of the ordinary and they are on the phone to check. They saved me a couple of times, and I’m very grateful.

Pretty average credit card when it comes to rates and fees.

Would recommend NAB for the security and great customer service. Great staff, well done NAB.

Perfect for a uni student

Reviewed and recommended by Christopher on 21 Aug 2016

Low yearly fees and interest, perfect as an emergency card or for everyday use. No interest for 12 months. Very easy to setup and to monitor transactions. Perfect for a uni student or someone who is studying but who likes to make purchases, as the interest rate on purchases is low in comparison. The best card and service I have ever had and the main thing is that it is very reliable.

Good service

Reviewed and recommended by Ian on 13 Sep 2013

I find the NAB to be very reputable in its handling of my credit card. Will continue to use this service.
I would recommend NAB, as my card is easy to manage and they contact me immediately if there is any unusual activity. Transferring funds to my credit card is simple.

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The basics

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 55 days on purchases
Minimum repayment
N/A

Balance transfers

The offer

Interest ratePeriodFeeLimitRevert rate
Balance transfers4.99% p.a.6 monthsN/A90% 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 Rate Card at the promotional balance transfer rate from:

  • NAB

Rates & fees

Promotional interest rates

Interest ratePeriodFeeLimitRevert rate
Balance transfers4.99% p.a.6 monthsN/A90% of credit limit 21.74% p.a.
Purchases0% p.a.6 monthsN/AN/A 13.99% p.a.

Ongoing interest rates

MonthlyAnnually
Cash advances 1.81% 21.74% p.a.
Purchases 1.17% 13.99% p.a.

Fees

Annual fee
$59 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

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 any level of income
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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