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Commonwealth Bank Low Fee Credit Card
Commonwealth Bank Low Fee Credit Card

Commonwealth Bank Credit Cards

Commonwealth Bank Low Fee Credit Card

Updated 28 March 2024

Receive up to $200 cashback when you apply for a new Commonwealth Bank Low Fee Credit Card and spend $500 or more per month for the first 4 months. Plus, the low monthly fee of $3 will be waived if you meet the minimum spend per statement period. This card also offers up to 55 days interest free on purchases, additional cardholder at no extra cost, and CommBank Yello benefits.
Terms and conditions apply.

Purchase Rate (p.a)

20.99%

Balance Transfer (p.a)

N/A  

Annual Fee (p.a)

$36*

$0 over 5 months

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Pros and cons

  • Receive up to $200 cashback - $50 each month when you spend $500 or more per month for the first 4 months. T&Cs apply.
  • Receive up to $240 cashback - $60 each month when you spend $500 or more per month for the first 4 months. Available to CommBank Yello tier customers only. T&Cs apply.
  • *Low annual fee of $3 per month ($36 per year), waived when you spend at least $300 in your statement period
  • Access the CommBank Yello customer recognition program with cashback, discounts and more
  • Up to 55 days interest free on purchases
  • Additional cardholder at no extra cost
  • Eligible with Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay

  • High purchase rate of 20.99% p.a.
  • No points to earn

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Commonwealth Bank Low Fee Credit Card

Pauline Hatch
Pauline is a personal finance expert at CreditCard.com.au, with 8 years in money, budgeting and property reporting under her belt. about this card.

The Commonwealth Bank Low Fee Credit Card

With a low standard annual fee, the Commonwealth Bank Low Fee Credit Card is designed for cardholders who want to pay minimal annual fees in return for a fairly basic card. The card keeps it simple with very few features on offer, a low monthly fee of $3 ($36 per year) which can be waived for cardholders who spend at least $300 within a statement period.

What we love...

With the Commonwealth Bank Low Fee Credit Card, the focus is most definitely on annual fees. As you would expect from a card with ‘low fee’ in its name, this card offers a monthly fee that's cheaper than a latte. And, if you spend at least $300 on the card each month, you won't pay the $3 fee the following month.

To add more spice to this low rate card, CommBank presents up to $200 cashback ($50 per month) when you apply for a new card and spend $500 or more per month (excluding balance transfers and cash advances) within the first 4 months. Cashback will be deposited to your account within 90 days when the spend criterion is met and will appear on your statement as ‘CASHBACK $50’.

With this card you'll also get access to CommBank Yello, which is CommBank's award-winning customer recognition program. You can access the program if you have an eligible transaction account (as well as your credit card) and make at least 5 purchases a month. You'll receive personalised cashback offers with major retailers in the CommBank app, plus you could be in the draw for monthly prizes and get free access to Kit, CommBank's pocket money app and prepaid card for kids.

If you want to add an additional cardholder to your account – perhaps your partner or one of your kids – you can do so at no extra cost. This can help you to keep costs at a minimum, while still enjoying access to credit. As long as you spend at least $300 each month, the monthly fee is waived, meaning you could keep the card in your wallet for free.

One way you can avoid interest – and you will want to avoid interest on this card given its high purchase rate – is to use the interest free feature. This gives you up to 55 days interest free on purchases. Take note, the number of interest free days available will depend on when the purchase is made, and how far through the statement cycle it is.

As with most low fee cards, the Commonwealth Bank Low Fee Credit Card offers only a basic set of features. These provide you with access to Priceless Cities offers and experiences, and to some handy tools for budgeting and tracking your spending. This can help you keep more control over your spending, which should make it easier to pay off your balance month-to-month.

What’s not so great...

With credit cards, there are often trade-offs. With rewards comes a high annual fee. With a low annual fee comes high interest. This is the case with the Commonwealth Bank Low Fee Credit Card. It has a high rate of interest on purchases and cash advances, so if you really want to make the most of its low annual fee, you’ll have to clear your balance before interest starts accruing.

As we’ve mentioned, this card is not big on features. It doesn’t provide a rewards program, it doesn’t offer fancy extras, and it hasn’t got any enticing introductory offers. So, if that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll need to look elsewhere. Be aware though, for those features, you may end up paying a much higher annual fee.

Why should you choose this card?

If you want to keep annual fees low, the Commonwealth Bank Low Fee Credit Card could be a great choice. If you only use your card to access credit – and then pay off what you owe before interest starts accruing – then this card could help you to save on annual fees, while providing you with the basics.

These basics offer control over your card, with the ability to instantly lock, block or limit your card through the CommBank app or NetBank. You can set a Spending Cap to limit your spending, and work on your budget using the card’s Spending Tracker & Insights.

Of course, you also have Mastercard Global Service at your fingertips, providing 24/7 emergency overseas assistance if you lose your card. Meanwhile, Mastercard Zero Liability offers free protection against fraud and other unauthorised transactions, and 24-hour fraud protection designed to detect any abnormal transaction spending habits.

Overall Rating

A no frills card that can help keep costs low – as long as you don’t carry a balance – the Commonwealth Bank Low Fee Credit Card offers a low monthly fee and the opportunity to pay no fees at all if you spend $300 on your card each month plus up to $200 cashback that you can spend however you want. The CommBank Yello rewards program is another bonus that helps you save money with cashback benefits.

User reviews

Commonwealth Bank Low Fee Credit Card ( based on 43 Creditcard.com.au user reviews )

70% rating based on 43 reviews

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64%

Jasmine Fernandez

28 January 2013

I have a bunch of other accounts with commonwealth so I thought Id stick with them for my credit card too. I used to have lots of credit cards about ten years ago but I kept overspending and spent too much on them so I cut them all up. I wanted a card again for emergencies and didn't want to pay too much. This card has low annual fee and thats what I wanted.

Recommends this card

Rates and fees

Interest rates



Purchase rate 20.99% p.a.

Cash advance rate 21.99% p.a.

Interest free period on purchases up to 55 days

Credit limits

Minimum credit limit $500

Maximum credit limit N/A

Fees & repayments

Annual fee $36* p.a.

Additional cardholder fee $0 p.a.

Foreign transaction fee 3.5%

Minimum repayment $25 or 2% (whichever is greater)

Cash advance fee Consumer: $4 or 3%, whichever is greater; Commercial: 1.5%

Late payment fee $20

Additional features

Complimentary insurance

International Travel Insurance No

Flight Inconvenience Insurance No

Transit Accident Insurance No

Smartphone Screen Insurance No

Purchase Protection Insurance No

Extended Warranty Insurance No

Rental Vehicle Excess In Australia Insurance No

Extras

Eligible with Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay

Overview

Commonwealth Bank Low Fee Credit Card

While the card is called the Commonwealth Bank Low Fee Credit Card, it comes with a relatively high purchase rate of 20.99% p.a. plus a $3 monthly fee ($36 per year). The monthly fee will be waived for qualifying Commonwealth Bank customers spending $300 per statement period. With numerous no annual fee card options available in the market, you have to carefully compare your choices and question whether this card is really suitable for you. New cardholders can also enjoy up to $200 cashback, up to 55 days interest-free on purchases, one free additional cardholder, and secure cashless payments.

Key features

  • Receive up to $200 cashback - $50 each month when you spend $500 or more per month for the first 4 months. T&Cs apply.
  • *Low annual fee of $3 per month ($36 per year), waived when you spend at least $300 in your statement period
  • CommBank Yello customer rewards program including cashback and personalised offers
  • Up to 55 days interest free on purchases
  • Additional cardholder at no extra cost
  • Eligible with Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay

Minimum criteria to apply for this card

  • Be over 18 years old

  • Good Credit and have not applied for multiple credit cards recently

  • Legally have the right to work in Australia

  • You have your personal details ready to complete the online application

Pauline

Pauline is a personal finance expert at CreditCard.com.au, with 8 years in money, budgeting and property reporting under her belt. Pauline is passionate about seeing Aussies win by making their money – and their credit cards – work smarter, harder and bigger

Recently Asked Questions

Something you need to know about this card? Ask our credit card expert a question.

23 questions (showing the latest 10 Q&As)

Shauna

Shauna

15 June 2022
Hi, I am wanting a credit card primarily for medicines and emergencies. I am on a DSP so obviously I don't have a high income. What would be your best credit card to use please?
    Pauline - CreditCard.com.au

    Pauline

    16 June 2022
    Hi Shauna, thanks for getting in touch. We’ve gone through some of the smaller providers requirements for income in this piece around low income credit cards. You can click through to each card to read our review and compare it with other cards on the market. Hope this helps
Cher Townend

Cher Townend

13 February 2021
Hi Roland, I'm interested in the 15 months interest free period. Want to use to buy a car, does this mean I dont pay any interest or card fees for 15months and start paying if I still have a balance. Thanks
    Roland B Bleyer - CreditCard.com.au Founder

    Roland

    15 February 2021
    Hi Cher, Yes, as long as you're making the monthly minimum repayment (with CBA it's usually the greater of 2% of the outstanding balance or $25) for those 15 months, you won't be charged any interest on purchases. After those 15 months if there is any remaining unpaid balance, it will be charged interest at variable purchase rate (currently 19.74% p.a.).
san

san

22 January 2021
with the promotional offer going on commonwealth bank low fee credit card i am sort of confused about 0% p.a on purchase for 15 months and another statement upto 55 days interest free. Could you please explain me what those things are ?
    Roland B Bleyer - CreditCard.com.au Founder

    Roland

    25 January 2021
    Hi San, the up to 55 days interest free is only relevant post the 0% for 15 month promotion. Basically you get 0% on purchases for the first 15 months from card activation.

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