NAB Low Rate Card

Offer
Card features
balance transfer
purchase rate
annual fee
Apply
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.
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6 months
0% p.a.
then 21.74%
with a 2% fee
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.

*NAB may vary or end this offer at any time.

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.

0% 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 0% 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 2% 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 2% 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

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Reviews from users

A simple, no frills card

Reviewed and recommended by Case27 on 05 Sep 2014

This card is for emergency vet visits and things like that. The interest rate is low, the annual fee is on par with other cards. It’s no frills, and great for my needs. NAB Internet banking is really good, and their telephone service is excellent too. My only bugbear is that I applied online, nobody bothered to get back to me with a yes or no, I just received a card in the mail a week later. It was a bit bizarre!

Low fees and easy to use

Reviewed and recommended by Trish on 15 Aug 2013

This card doesn’t try to confuse you with reward systems that will never earn you anything. The true rewards with this card are the low interest rate, ease of use, internet banking that is easy to use, an app for making banking easy to access for smart phones, and the great customer service you get being with the NAB.

Love it

Reviewed and recommended by Debbie on 31 Mar 2014

Love my credit card. Low rate and friendly people to talk to always remember you and ask about your family. they make me feel like one of their family. I bet we well asked to Christmas dinner next. thank you national Australia bank for being there for our family and home.

It helps me out when I have little emergencies.

Reviewed and recommended by Skits on 11 Jun 2015

I find it great in emergencies and where certain purchases require a credit card, it is just nice to know I have it on hand. There are just some times when you have not got the big amounts of money on hand to pay for breakdowns or emergencies. Peace of mind.

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.

Great balance transfer and everyday purchase offer

Reviewed and recommended by Chrissanna on 22 Jul 2016

NAB gave a really great deal on this card when I applied for a balance transfer for 15 months interest free. Plus at the time, they were offering 15 months interest free on all other everyday purchases! Very happy with my experience so far and stoked that a bank gave such a great offer. Definitely a big help and gives a good chance to get on top of other bills as well.

I saved a lot of money

Reviewed and recommended by Paula on 14 Jun 2016

Took advantage of 24 month interest free transfer offer with the NAB Low Rate card and saved a small fortune in interest. The best my previous credit card provider offered was a reduced rate for a short period of time after 26 years as a customer, which was very disappointing. I’m a loyal customer, but not a fool, so I’ll stick with my new NAB card.

This one seems pretty good

Reviewed and recommended by Cath on 15 Aug 2013

I have never had a credit card before, but this one seems pretty good. You get 45 days interest free and paying most bills online count as a purchase not a cash advance. it was convenient to have that extra money for groceries or bills and then have 45 days to pay it off without any charges

They won't increase my limit

Reviewed and not recommended by Frank on 07 Jan 2017

A lot of monthly costs mean I am always near or over my limit, and it becomes an issue. They won’t increase my limit. I’d hoped they would increase limit by $2-3k to help me in the short term. But I like NAB as a bank, as they do help me at times. I’m hoping for a better option.

Low interest, easy to understand

Reviewed and recommended by Rachel on 29 Oct 2016

This is an amazing credit card with low interest. The card served its purpose on numerous occasions and is now being paid out easily.

The terms and conditions are easy to understand and straightforward.

This account is perfect for someone looking for a short-term answer which will be easy to pay out. I love it.

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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 transfers0% p.a.6 months2%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 Card at the promotional balance transfer rate from:

  • NAB

Rates & fees

Promotional interest rates

Interest ratePeriodFeeLimitRevert rate
Balance transfers0% p.a.6 months2%90% 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
whichever is greater, $2.50 or 2%
Dishonour fee
$5
Duplicate statement fee
$7
Foreign exchange fee
3%
Late payment fee
$15
Over limit fee
$0
Overseas ATM balance fee
$1
Overseas ATM withdrawal fee
$5
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 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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