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NAB Low Rate Platinum Card

My rate: 
17%
 
My annual fee: 
$90
 
Transfer: 
$5,000
 
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NAB Low Rate Platinum Card
APPLY BY 31 may 17
0% p.a. on balance transfers for 18 months.
Platinum Concierge Service plus seven complimentary travel insurances.
Up to 55 days on purchases.
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18 months
0% p.a.
then 21.74%
with a 3% fee
13.99% p.a.
ongoing
$100
ongoing

Pros & cons

What's good?

What's not so good?

0% p.a. on balance transfers for 18 months.
Make purchases with NAB’s lowest interest rate card.
Up to 55 days on purchases
Seven complimentary insurances when you make an eligible purchase, including overseas travel insurance when you spend $500 or more of your pre-booked travel using your card.
Uses Visa payWave for making purchases contactless and faster.
Special offers on shows, events, experiences and movies from Visa Entertainment.
Platinum Concierge Service-your own 24 hour, 7 day personal assistant.
Get a response in 60 seconds.
If you do a balance transfer a one-off 3% balance transfer fee applies to the amount that you transfer.
There is an annual fee to pay.
After the promotional period, the fallback is the cash advance rate is a high 21.74% p.a.

Review

Our review of the NAB Low Rate Platinum Card

Who knew that the words 'low rate’ and 'platinum’ could appear in the same sentence, let alone in the same credit card? But with the NAB Low Rate Platinum Card, NAB has made it clear that the two ideas are not incompatible. You’ll get NAB’s lowest ongoing purchase interest rate and longest monthly interest-free days, packaged with the kind of insurance cover that normally comes with much more expensive cards, and made even more attractive by the enticing zero-interest balance transfer offer.

NAB’s lowest purchase interest rate: 13.99% p.a.

Certainly, there are cards on the market with lower purchase interest rates, but, with a couple of exceptions (more details further on in this review) they don’t bring with them the kind of platinum benefits that you’ll enjoy with this card. At 13.99% p.a., this is NAB’s lowest ongoing purchase interest rate, matching the rate offered on the NAB Low Rate Card. This last-mentioned card has no complimentary insurance policies or concierge service, and its annual fee is $59.

Since the NAB Low Rate Card is identical in all other respects, and the annual fee for the NAB Low Rate Platinum Card is $100 p.a., what it comes down to is paying $41 p.a. for the insurance and concierge service. 'only you can decide whether that $41 is money well spent, and it will largely depend on how much travelling you do, allowing you to take regular advantage of the travel insurance policies.

NAB’s longest ongoing interest-free days

If you don’t have a transferred balance, and provided you pay off your purchases balance in full and on time when payment falls due, you will be able to take advantage of Up to 55 days on purchases every month. While the majority of NAB’s credit cards come with only 44 days interest free, NAB’s two low-rate cards come with a more generous 'Up to 55 days on purchases’ interest free (giving you 25 days after the end of the billing cycle before you need to come up with the cash).

18 months 0% p.a. introductory offer on balance transfers

NAB’s standard balance transfer interest terms are a concessional 4.99% p.a. charged for six months (before reverting to the cash advance rate of 21.74% p.a.). However, for a limited time you can bring a balance across to your new card and pay absolutely no interest for 18 months.

Unfortunately the 3% upfront fee takes some of the gloss away from this offer. It means that on a transferred balance of $5,000 you would at once be charged a $150 fee, the equivalent in fact of paying interest at slightly more than 2% p.a.

Balance transfer offer lets you save big time if liquidity is a problem

However, if you are currently paying around 20% p.a. on a credit card debt you can’t afford to repay at the moment, there’s serious money to be saved by transferring your balance to this card. Even after paying the 3% upfront fee, you will save around $1,243 on a $5,000 transfer over 18 months.

Sadly, the presence of an unpaid balance transfer on your card account will mean that any interest-free days on purchases are temporarily forfeited. If you do take up the balance transfer option, plan to use cash or another card for purchases and bills during the first two years.

Seven complimentary insurance policies

It’s fairly standard for a platinum card to have six complimentary insurance policies, but the NAB Low Rate Platinum Card has seven:

  • Overseas travel insurance: annual multi-trip policy for cardholders and accompanying immediate family members, covering emergency medical expenses, luggage, car rental excess and more
  • Interstate flight inconvenience insurance: covers lost or delayed luggage, unavoidable trip cancellation and car rental excess
  • Transit accident insurance: compensation for serious injury as a result of a transport accident
  • Domestic hotel burglary insurance: unique to NAB, covering personal items stolen from your locked Australian hotel room
  • Purchase protection cover: three months’ protection against loss, theft or damage of personal items
  • Extended warranty insurance: doubling the manufacturer’s Australian warranty on domestic appliances (12 months maximum additional cover)
  • Price protection: refunding the price difference if you see a purchased item advertised locally at a lower price up to 21 days later

The policies are activated by using your card to purchase the item to be covered. In the case of overseas travel insurance this means spending at least $500 on your pre-paid expenses for the trip, and purchasing your full fares with the card for the other two travel policies.

Platinum concierge and Visa Front Line Access

Platinum cards are usually accompanied by other platinum benefits that you may or may not use. In this case you’ll get a worldwide platinum concierge service (a 24/7 travel and entertainment personal assistant just a phone call away) and Visa Front Line Access (jump the queue to reserve event tickets before they become generally available).

All the security you expect from a big bank

NAB and Visa combine their resources to let you shop with confidence, providing NAB Defence (monitoring, investigation and reimbursement of fraudulent transactions) and Verified by Visa (an extra layer of security for online shopping).

Compare other low rate platinum cards

NAB has not invented a new product. There are other low rate platinum cards to choose from, but the choice is rather limited if you want the full suite of insurance policies. Apart from this NAB card, the main contenders are:

  • ANZ Low Rate Platinum MasterCard: 11.49% p.a. ongoing purchase rate; 6 months interest free on purchases but no zero-interest balance transfer offer; comparable insurance cover; $250 cashback after first two months; $99 p.a. annual fee.
  • St George Vertigo Platinum Credit Card: 12.74% p.a. ongoing purchase rate; 0% p.a. interest on purchases for 6 months; 0% p.a. interest on balance transfers for 12 months; comparable insurance cover; $99 p.a. annual fee.

These two cards are virtually identical to the NAB card in terms of insurance cover and the annual fee. They do have slightly lower purchase interest rates, so if you expect that there will be regular extended periods in which you do not pay off your purchase balance in full, you’d be well advised to choose either the ANZ or the St George card in preference to the NAB card.

However, the NAB Low Rate Platinum Card does appear to be a better choice than the ANZ card if you are looking for a zero-interest balance transfer, and neither of its competitors has domestic hotel burglary insurance cover.

Who will get the most out of this card?

This is a card for someone whose financial situation means that there may be regular occasions on which they do not pay off their monthly balance in full, with the result that they need to be able to rely on an interest rate that is low ('low’ that is, for a credit card). Not attracted by the idea of earning rewards points (or not interested in paying an inflated annual fee for the privilege) they still expect some recompense for their spending in the form of complimentary insurance policies to protect their travelling and retail therapy lifestyle.

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
$6000
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 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 Rate Platinum 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 1.17% 13.99% p.a.

Fees

Annual fee
$100 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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