BankSA Vertigo Platinum Credit Card

Card features
balance transfer
purchase rate
annual fee
BankSA Vertigo Platinum Credit Card
Apply by 23 jan 19
BankSA Vertigo Platinum Credit Card
0% p.a. for 26 months on balance transfers. Reverts to cash advance rate. (2% balance transfer fee applies).
No annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter).
Low ongoing variable purchase interest rate of 12.74% p.a.
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26 months
0% p.a.
then 19.49%
with a 2% fee
12.74% p.a.
1st year
then $99

Pros & cons

What's good?

What's not so good?

0% p.a. for 26 months on balance transfers. Reverts to cash advance rate. (2% balance transfer fee applies).
No annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter).
Low ongoing variable purchase interest rate of 12.74% p.a.
Overseas travel insurance and extended warranty on purchases.
Up to 55 days on purchases.
Know if your application is successful in 60 seconds.
2% balance transfer fee on amounts transferred.
No rewards program.

Our review

Our review of the BankSA Vertigo Platinum Credit CardReviewed by Yvonne Taylor

Visa Platinum opens up a whole new world of privilege when it’s attached to the already desirable BankSA Vertigo card. Add an even lower purchase interest rate and a suite of complimentary insurances to the mix, and the result is the entirely covetable BankSA Vertigo Platinum Credit Card.

Great combination of low interest rate and complimentary benefits

Who says you can’t have it all? With most cards you must choose between low rates and freebies, but this one is different. The ongoing purchase rate is a low 12.74% p.a., and that’s going to make a big difference if you sometimes struggle to even out your expenditure during the year and need a little temporary financial wriggle room. And in spite of the bargain basement implication of the interest rate, you still get complimentary insurance cover and premium extras.

A range of insurance cover that won’t cost you a cent extra

Once you’ve paid the card’s annual fee, there is no further charge for a long list of insurance policies, activated by expenditure you would have been making in any case:

  • Annual, multi-trip international travel insurance

Covers trips up to six months long for the primary cardholder plus any supplementary cardholders, their spouses and children. This means that a spouse holding a supplementary card can travel alone and still be covered. Activate by using the card for at least $500 of pre-booked travel, accommodation and tour costs.

  • Interstate flight inconvenience insurance

Pay the airfares for all travelling family members with the card, for holidays up to 14 days, and be insured against unavoidable trip cancellation, flight delays, and luggage loss, theft or damage.

  • Transit accident insurance

Provides compensation in the event of death or loss of limb or eyesight as a result of an accident sustained on public or commercial transport, anywhere in the world. Pay trip fares with the card to activate the policy.

  • Rental vehicle excess in Australia

Most cards link this cover with overseas travel insurance, meaning that you can only claim for overseas rental excess. But BankSA provides cover in Australia as well, for domestic trips or even when you’re still resident at home.

  • Extended warranty

Doubles the manufacturer’s Australian warranty, up to a maximum of 12 additional months.

  • Purchase protection

For items purchased with the card, provides four months of cover against loss, theft or accidental damage (exceeding the 90 days granted by most other cards with this policy).

  • Guaranteed pricing

When you see an item you purchased with the card go on sale for a much lower price, you can get a refund equal to the price difference. Cover lasts for 21 days after the original purchase from a retail store (not online), requires proof in the form of a printed local catalogue, and the minimum claim is $75.

Visa Platinum premium extras

Visa Platinum (also known as Visa Premium) brings you more than just the Platinum Concierge Service mentioned on the card’s web page. It also gives you access to tickets for sought-after events before they go on general sale. Hotels will offer you discounts and upgrades. Holiday tour companies in Asis and upmarket fashion stores in Europe will apparently mark down their prices, just because you have a Visa Platinum card.

And if these benefits sound appealing, then so will the concierge service, which promises help with all your superior lifestyle expectations, from obtaining tickets to a Sydney show all the way to help with hiring a private yacht in Fiji.

Introductory offers not neglected

While the insurance and other extras are designed to appeal to customers who plan to use the card as a purchase card from the outset, balance transfer seekers are not overlooked. There’s a zero-interest balance transfer offer, equal to the longest currently available in Australia.

Zero-interest balance transfer for 26 months

Transfer your existing credit card debt to your new BankSA Vertigo Platinum Credit Card and enjoy a 26 months holiday from interest payments. This can save you a packet if you don’t currently have the funds to pay off your balance – as much as $3,835 in interest if you bring a $10,000 balance from a 20% p.a. card. However, this saving will be reduced by the 2% balance transfer fee – $200 on a $10,000 balance – payable upfront

But if you could in fact afford to pay off the balance, this gives you an opportunity to postpone repayment and earn some cash by putting the funds on deposit or in a mortgage offset account.

The revert interest rate is the high cash advance rate of 19.49% p.a., so it would be wise to make every effort to clear the balance as soon as the introductory offer expires.

Moderate annual fee for a platinum card

Useful complimentary benefits are rarely free, and you’ll pay $0 p.a. per year if you choose this card. That’s not a bad price, especially when you consider the low interest rate waiting in the background in case you need it.

Even the most organised people sometimes forget to pay their credit card account on time, condemning themselves to two months without interest-free days. In this situation the annual fee would be quickly recouped by paying interest at a much lower rate than normal.

There is no annual fee applied to up to three supplementary cards.

Best of both worlds, but no rewards points

Most banks appear to assume that a desire for low interest rates and a preference for prestige benefits are mutually exclusive, putting their potential customers into one category (financial battlers who frequently need prolonged credit) or the other (well-heeled regular travellers). So the BankSA Vertigo Platinum Credit Card is unusual in offering a specialised combination of a low purchase interest rate and premium benefits. If the absence of a rewards program doesn’t bother you, and the low interest rate sounds like a good safety net, $99 per year is a bargain price for the extensive complimentary benefits.

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.26 months2%80% of credit limit19.49% 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 BankSA Vertigo Platinum Credit Card at the promotional balance transfer rate from:

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

Rates & fees

Promotional interest rates

Interest ratePeriodFeeLimitRevert rate
Balance transfers0% p.a.26 months2%80% of credit limit 19.49% p.a.
PurchasesN/AN/AN/AN/A N/A

Ongoing interest rates

Cash advances 1.62% 19.49% p.a.
Purchases 1.06% 12.74% p.a.


Annual fee
$0 p.a.
Annual fee 2nd year
$99 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 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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