St.George Vertigo Visa

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St.George Vertigo Visa
Apply by 18 apr 18
29 reviews
0% p.a. for 18 months on balance transfers. Reverts to cash advance rate. (1% balance transfer fee applies).
Low ongoing variable purchase interest rate of 13.24% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year (save $55).
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18 months
0% p.a.
then 21.49%
with a 1% fee
13.24% p.a.
1st year
then $55

Pros & cons

What's good?

What's not so good?

0% p.a. for 18 months on balance transfers. Reverts to cash advance rate. (1% balance transfer fee applies).
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year (save $55).
Up to 55 days on purchases.
Low ongoing variable purchase interest rate of 13.24% p.a.
Pay faster using Visa payWave for purchases under $100.
Know if your application is successful or not in 60 seconds.
The cash advance rate of 21.49% p.a. is much higher than the low rate on purchases which could hurt if you used the card for cash advances.
1% balance transfer fee on amounts transferred.

Our review

Our review of the St.George Vertigo VisaReviewed by Yvonne Taylor

Credit card bargain hunters don’t all have the same wishlist. Some are looking for a low ongoing purchase interest rate, while for others a long-lasting zero-interest balance transfer offer may be more important. And for many individuals the one truly important factor is a low (or no) annual fee. But are you out of luck if you are looking for all three of these cost-effective features? No, you are not, because the St. George Vertigo Visa combines all of these desirable components in a single card.

Low ongoing purchase interest rate of 13.24% p.a.

Introductory zero interest rate offers are all well and good, but when the deal is about to expire and crunch time comes, you’ll want a card with a low ongoing purchase interest rate. There is more than one reason for this:

  • There may be future occasions when you need a little short-term financial wriggle room, and the low interest rate on purchases allows you to pay less interest than you would on many other cards.
  • If you forget to pay off your purchases balance, or unintentionally miss the due date by only a few days, you could end up forfeiting your regular monthly interest-free days for two months. This is unpleasant, but not as disagreeable as it would be if you were paying 20% p.a. or more.

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

You can also transfer balances to this card from up to four credit or store cards not issued by St. George Bank or its two associated banks, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne. If you have an existing debt problem, 18 months will give you time to get your finances sorted out and accumulate enough spare cash to pay off the balance before you have to start paying the revert interest rate.

There is, unfortunately, a 1% balance transfer fee to pay upfront, and the revert rate interest rate on balances unpaid after 18 months is the much higher cash advance rate of 21.49% p.a.

So plan to pay off the balance within 18 months and avoid the revert rate if you possibly can, to avoid getting into a long-term debt situation.

An opportunity to earn interest for some

If your financial life is already under control, you can actually earn a little money out of this deal, or reduce your mortgage interest. Transfer a balance of $5,000 and put it on deposit at 3% to earn around $230 in interest. Or put the same amount in a 4% mortgage offset account and save about $309 in mortgage interest. After deducting the $100 balance transfer fee, you would still be better off by $130 in a savings account or $209 in a mortgage offset account.

No interest-free days if you have a balance transfer

If you do take up the balance transfer option, one trap to be aware of is that you will not be able to rely on the normal monthly interest-free days on purchases. Having an unpaid balance transfer means that you will lose your regular interest-free days until it is paid off. Plan to use cash or another card for purchases until the transferred balance is cleared.

No Annual Fee in 1st year

You’re unlikely to find a no or low-fee card which has both a zero-interest balance transfer offer and such a low ongoing purchase interest rate.

That’s the combination you are paying for with this offer of no annual fee in the first year plus a quite low $55 p.a. annual fee ongoing. When the balance transfer offer expires you will be left with a low ongoing interest rate on an extremely functional card with the following important additional features:

  • Up to 55 interest-free days on purchases every month, provided you don’t have any kind of unpaid overdue balance
  • One supplementary cardholder at no extra cost
  • Visa payWave for speedy contactless transactions under $100
  • St. George Mobile Banking app: secure fingerprint login lets you check the balance of your account quickly, and put a block on your card if you misplace it
  • Verified by Visa: a system of one-time passwords delivered by SMS for extra security when shopping online
  • 24/7 fraud monitoring to detect suspicious purchase transactions

The St. George Vertigo Visa could be the perfect card for . . .

  • Someone who may occasionally fail to pay off their purchase balance on time, and therefore needs a low ongoing purchase interest rate (but for likely longer-term debt, look for an even lower rate).
  • Someone who does not intend to use the card for cash advances, and can therefore avoid the high 21.49% p.a. cash advance interest rate.
  • Someone with existing balances they are struggling to pay off, on one or more credit cards.
  • Someone with their finances in order, who wants to earn a little interest through the balance transfer offer.
  • Someone more interested in a basic, functional credit card than in rewards points or insurance they may never use.
  • Someone who only wants to carry one card, and therefore needs to avoid the lower acceptance rate and possible surcharges that come with an American Express card.

If you can say 'Yes’ to more than half the above points, the St. George Vertigo Visa may be the most appropriate card for your personal situation.

User reviews

3.3 out of 5.0 based on 29 reviews79% of reviewers would recommend this card

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Reviews from users

Great product

Reviewed and recommended by Jane on 09 Oct 2013

Have had not trouble with card. I always use when i am out and see something I like. The convenience is fantastic. I have had other cards in my time and so far this one beats hands down. The security chip is what i like most of all as i feel so much safer.

Great card

Reviewed and recommended by Dwayne on 22 Oct 2013

The vertigo mastercard is a great card. Initial application is quick and easy, I was approved within a week although receiving the card took a while – but I think it was because my address details weren’t updated properly, however the staff where quick to help fix this up. Plus the paypass is quick, easy and awesome.

Reliable and easy to use

Reviewed and recommended by Daniel on 24 Oct 2016

An easy to use credit card, reliable company, and high standards. I enjoy the use of online services and options to use them on many devices. I would and have recommended it to friends and family.

I would like greater rewards and loyalty to be given as part of having multiple cards under St George accounts.

I saved on interest using the balance transfer

Reviewed and recommended by Michael on 16 Jun 2016

This card was easy to apply for and offered a generous period to pay off the balance. Although the interest charges are high when the interest-free period finishes, they allow a good amount of time to pay off. It is our intention to look at other card options when the balance is paid off.

Overall it works well

Reviewed and recommended by David on 20 Sep 2016

I got this card a while ago when I went overseas. Overall I have no issues with it. I have found that it is accepted in all places I have tried to use it, here and abroad.

I have it linked to my general account, so there are no issues paying it off.

Service from staff in a branch I use has always been great.

Balance transfer was easy

Reviewed and recommended by Pri on 04 Apr 2017

All the paperwork was done quite smoothly. However, the offer changed during the 18 months to 12 months, which was quite disappointing.

But overall it’s a good card as rates are low compared to other cards. Customer contact is quite helpful when you have a problem. I’m quite happy with the card and the overall service.

Great rates and flexible options

Reviewed and recommended by Mitchell on 29 Nov 2016

I was in the market for a new Visa card, and St George offered great rates and flexible options. I went into one of their Brisbane stores and the customer service was exceptional. I made a few purchases with my new card and everything was so easy and enjoyable. I love my new St George Vertigo Visa Card.

Helped me maintain family budget

Reviewed and recommended by Aliecia on 16 Sep 2016

By getting this card I was able to maintain our family budget and deal with unexpected costs without the stress of trying to find the funds.

Its low interest rate means that there are no nasty surprises each month when the statement arrives.

With a young child comes lots of expenses, and having the card meant i could make sure my child has never gone with out something he desperately needs.

Way better than getting a personal loan

Reviewed and recommended by Michelle on 04 Jul 2016

I applied for this card for a 20 month interest-free balance transfer. I had considered getting a personal loan to consolidate my debt, but after seeing this card and the long interest-free period there didn’t seem to be much point in getting the loan. Love the card and the time period that is given to pay off as well.

My card

Reviewed and recommended by Kevin on 14 Jun 2016

I have had this card for over 25 years now and have never felt the need to switch to a new provider. I find the interest rate to be reasonable and card repayment times acceptable. The card can be used almost everywhere and is very easy to manage with online banking. All said and done I am really happy with this St.George card.

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The basics

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.18 months1%80% of credit limit21.49% 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
80% of credit limit
Available to existing customers

Banks you can't balance transfer from

You can't balance transfer to the St.George Vertigo Visa 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.18 months1%80% of credit limit 21.49% p.a.
PurchasesN/AN/AN/AN/A N/A

Ongoing interest rates

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


Annual fee
$0 p.a.
Annual fee 2nd year
$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
Temporary residents are eligible
Age Pension, Disability Pension and Widower's Pension are acceptable.
Family Tax Benefits and Parenting Payments is 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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