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A Balance transfer credit card is a type of credit card that allows you to transfer your existing credit card debt from another credit card on to it and repay your transferred debt at a low rate of as low as 0% usually for a fixed period of between 6 to 12 months.
It is important to remember that even with a balance transfer offer of 0% you must still make your minimum monthly repayments in order not to incur a monthly penalty fee, so it pays to review the penalty fee before applying for a balance transfer.
It is also important to note that credit card balance transfer offers do NOT apply to newly incurred debt on your new credit card, and once the credit card balance transfer period lapses, you would be charged at the normal purchase rate for the balance transferred. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about credit card balance transfer offers to help you with your search.
If you currently have a significant credit card debt, then a balance transfer credit card might be suitable for you. If you expect to take on more credit card debt, then you might want to choose a balance transfer credit card with a low ongoing purchase rate. Back to FAQ ↑
If you do not have a current credit card debt, then it does not make sense to get a balance transfer credit card – you might be better off with a low rate credit card instead.
If you have a small credit card debt, but expect to take on a significant credit card debt in the future, then you might benefit more from a low interest credit card with a balance transfer offer.
Some credit card providers might charge a setup fee, but this is NOT common in New Zealand.
What is important to note is that even with a balance transfer rate of 0% you would still be required to make a minimum repayment of about 2% to 3% of your credit card debt each month, and if you miss this monthly repayment, then a penalty fee would be charged each month and added to your credit card debt. Furthermore, these penalty fees would begin to incur interest at the normal higher interest rate NOT the balance transfer rate, so it is worth paying your minimum repayments. Back to FAQ ↑
Yes, there are several balance transfer credit cards with low interest rates. You can use our credit card finder tool to filter through all the credit cards on our website to find exactly what you are looking for, but we have also put together a list of these low rate credit cards with balance transfer offers just for you.
No, the balance transfer rate applies only to the balance transferred. Any new debt on your credit card would incur interest at the standard purchase rate. If you expect to incur more debt then we suggest you use your credit card finder tool to find a balance transfer credit card with a low purchase rate.
Yes, some balance transfer offers last for the life time of the balance transferred, but these tend to have a slightly higher balance transfer rate.
Setup or joining fees for balance transfer offers are not common in New Zealand, but most balance transfer credit cards have an annual fee of between $30 to $150.
The best balance transfer credit card depends on your personal circumstance, however, we have put together a list of our favourite balance transfer offers on our Best Credit Card Balance Transfer page.
Yes, you would usually have to pay a minimum repayment which is usually between 2% to 3%, and a failure to make your minimum repayment each month would result in a penalty fee charged to your account, but considering the savings from the low balance transfer rate, it might still be worth your while.
Yes, you can pay off your balance transferred as quickly as you like. The balance transfer period is simply the period in which the balance transfer rate is applied to the transferred credit card balance.
Any repayments that you make goes towards paying off your transferred balance first, then your newly incurred debt. This means you would have to pay off your entire transferred balance first in order to be able to start paying off your newly incurred debt. Keep in mind, you would be charged at the normal higher rate for newly incurred debt.
Yes, you can transfer your balance to another bank or provider when you balance transfer period lapses. This is a good way to help you pay off your debt fast.
It’s simple, you can either do the transfer right from the start or get the credit card first, and then transfer your balance to the new credit card later. If you plan to do the balance transfer after you have secured your credit card, keep in mind there is usually a minimum window to do this to get the introductory rate.
Follow the steps below to transfer your balance across to a new card.
Depends, in most cases your new credit card provider would sort that out, but you need to provide the details of your bank to your new credit card provider to allow them to do this.
It might be useful to contact your current provider to find out what your final balance would be before arranging the balance transfer.
You might also want to contact your old credit card provider to cancel your old card once the balance transfer is complete to avoid paying the annual fee if applicable.
It does seem odd that your new credit card provider would charge you practically nothing for 6 to 18 months, and you are free to transfer your balance to a new credit card provider at any time, but credit card providers are banking on you staying with them after the balance transfer period lapses – there is also a good chance you might incur new debt on your credit card while with them which would incur interest at the normal higher rate. Also, if you fail to make your minimum repayments, you would be charged a penalty fee which starts to incur interest at the normal higher purchase rate.
Of course, if you manage to pay off your credit card debt while with your new credit card provider, then you are more likely to stay with the new provider moving forward.
Yes, many banks and card providers offer zero interest balance transfer in NZ. You can use our credit card filters on this page to narrow down the list of credit cards to show only interest free balance transfer credit cards or visit our dedicated 0% balance transfer offers page.
If you would like to transfer your existing credit cards balance to a new credit card then you can start by finding a suitable balance transfer credit card by visiting our Balance Transfer page and use the filters to find a suitable card.
After you have found a suitable balance transfer credit card you can simply click through by hitting the “go to site” button to go to the credit card provider’s website to get your credit card online or to arrange a visit to your local store.
If you have any questions regarding credit card balance transfer NZ offers please feel free to contact us, but please keep in mind that we do not offer advice on which credit card to get or which reward program to join – we simply offer the information you need to make a decision.
If you are unsure about which type of credit card to get then visit our home page to start your credit card search from there. We hope you enjoy our website and that we are able to help you find the right credit card to suit your needs.
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