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Credit cards for travelling

Fee-free credit cards for overseas holidays and online purchases.

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Last updated: 31 January 2024


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Need to know

  • Save money shopping online or travelling overseas by using credit cards with no foreign exchange (currency conversion) fees
  • Watch out for transaction and foreign exchange fees on your regular credit card
  • To get cash out overseas, use debit cards and travel money cards to avoid the high cash advance fees on credit cards

Using your credit card when travelling overseas can be convenient, but it can also be costly. You should expect high transaction or foreign exchange (otherwise known as currency conversion) fees of around 3% for credit card purchases overseas, or when shopping on overseas websites.

Fee-free credit cards can be a good alternative, and some even have a $0 annual fee.

But beware of cash advances. You'll be slugged with a 3% cash advance fee when using credit cards issued by the major banks, and interest rates of 20% or higher will apply immediately. For overseas cash withdrawals, you should use a travel debit card or travel money card instead. 

If you do want to use a credit card while overseas, we've found the cards that offer cheaper rates and deals when travelling.

Zero annual fee, zero foreign exchange fee credit cards

These credit cards have no overseas online purchase or foreign exchange fees and no annual fee (even for additional cardholders). But if you want a credit card that comes with included travel insurance, note that most of these come with only basic cover, and a few don't include it at all.


Bankwest Zero Platinum Mastercard.

Bankwest Zero Platinum Mastercard

  • Basic travel insurance (if aged under 80 years). 
  • 14.99% purchase interest rate (21.99% cash advance interest rate).
  • Higher of $4 or 3% cash advance fee.
  • $6000 minimum credit limit.
Bendigo Bank Ready credit card

Bendigo Bank Ready Mastercard.

Bendigo Bank Ready Mastercard

  • Travel insurance (if aged under 76 years).
  • 19.99% interest rate on purchases and cash advances.
  • Higher of $3 or 3% cash advance fee.
  • $3000 minimum credit limit.
Latitude 28 Degrees Global Platinum credit card

Latitude 28° Global Platinum Mastercard.

Latitude 28° Global Platinum Mastercard

  • No travel insurance, but some benefits in case of flight delay.
  • 26.99% interest rate on purchases and cash advances.
  • Higher of $4 or 3% cash advance fee.
  • $1000 minimum credit limit.

Travel credit cards with no foreign exchange fees

Credit card Interest rate Annual fee Travel insurance
Bank First Visa Platinum 9.59% $99 Yes
Bankwest Breeze Platinum 12.90% $69  Yes
Bankwest More Platinum 19.99% $160 Yes
Bankwest More World 19.99% $270 Yes
Bankwest Qantas Platinum 19.99% $160 Yes
Bankwest Qantas World 19.99% $270 Yes
Bankwest Zero Platinum 14.99% $0 Yes
Bendigo Bank Ready 19.99% $0  Yes
Coles Rewards 19.99% $99 No
CommBank Neo N/A $0–300 (A) No
CommBank Smart Awards 20.99% $0–228 (B) Yes
CommBank Ultimate Awards 20.99   $0–420 (B)  Yes
HSBC Low Rate 12.99% $99 Domestic only
Humm90 Platinum (C) 25.80% $99 No
Latitude 28° Global Platinum 26.99% $0 No
NAB StraightUp N/A $0–240 (D) No
Westpac Lite 9.9% $108 No

Interest rate is for purchases; many cards have higher rates for cash advances. Some cards have introductory balance transfer offers at a lower rate.

Annual fee is for one cardholder; additional fees may apply for additional cardholders. Some cards waive the annual fee in the first year, charge a monthly fee, or waive the monthly or annual fee if you spend above a certain amount and opt for online statements.

Travel insurance refers to international travel insurance (unless otherwise specified), but the level of cover varies and may not meet your requirements. Conditions apply so you may need to activate it separately by paying a minimum amount on the card (such as $500 per person for your holiday) or activate it online before you leave. 

(A) $15 monthly fee applies for a $1000 limit, $20 for a $2000 limit, and $25 for a $3000 limit. The monthly fee is waived if you don't use your card and pay the total balance owing in full. 

(B) $0 monthly fee if you spend at least $2000 for Smart Awards and $4000 for Ultimate Awards per month, otherwise a $19 monthly fee for Smart Awards and $35 monthly fee for Ultimate Awards applies. A higher fee applies for the Qantas points version of both cards.

(C) Humm is a fintech company that also offers a buy now, pay later (BNPL) service through its app. In 2021 CHOICE gave Humm a Shonky Award

(D) $10 monthly fee applies for a $1000 limit, $15 for a $2000 limit, and $20 for a $3000 limit. The monthly fee is waived if you don't use your card and have no outstanding balance during the statement period.

What about ANZ?

ANZ does not currently offer any credit cards without overseas transaction fees. The ANZ Travel Adventures credit card, which provides travel insurance and doesn't charge overseas transaction fees, is no longer available for new customers.

Credit card travel insurance: Will it meet your needs?

Credit card travel insurance is a free benefit on many credit cards, but it's important to remember that this form of travel insurance does have limitations. 

For example, credit card travel insurance usually has age limits, such as a maximum age of 80, and will often exclude cover for pre-existing medical conditions. You may also need to apply for extra cover (for a fee) for activities like skiing or cruising. 

Remember that the travel insurance that comes with credit cards may need to be activated separately by paying a minimum amount for your holiday on the card, or activating it online before you leave. 

Contact your credit card provider before you leave to check your insurance is activated, and that you and your family are fully covered for your holiday.

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