Westpac introduces credit card interest payment holidays

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Westpac introduces credit card interest payment holidays

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Westpac customers in financial stress due to COVID-19 will be able to have their credit card interest payments paused for three months.

Westpac is rolling out a three-month support package that enables credit card users paying interest on their outstanding debt waived.

Under the same package, there will be no accruable interest on new purchases or cash advances, no interest charges to existing debts, and there will also be no requirements to make repayments over the period.

After the three months, minimum payments and interest incurred will resume - customers will still be able to use their credit cards during the holiday as long as they haven't reached their credit limit.

Eligible customers include those that have lost their income or job, or have faced reduced hours as a result of COVID-19.

It's important to note the support measures won't be available to people who have already applied for financial hardship assistance on the same account.

Westpac is the first major bank to introduce a pause on interest payments, while other banks have reduced minimum payments, which still incur interest charges on outstanding balances.

It's not yet known if interest will be capitalised, something many customers taking mortgage holidays are facing.

Westpac currently has a plethora of credit card products on offer, with the lowest interest rate available belonging to the Westpac Lite product at a 9.90% p.a. purchase rate, with a 45-day interest-free period.

Need somewhere to store cash and earn interest? The table below features introductory savings accounts with some of the highest interest rates on the market.

Provider
Total
interest
rate p.a.
Intro
interest
rate p.a.
Intro
term
Base
interest
rate p.a.
 
Saver Account
2.26% 1.21% 6 months 1.05% More details
2.25% 1.45% 4 months 0.80% More details
2.65% 1.30% 4 months 1.35% More details
2.20% 1.40% 4 months 0.80% More details
2.05% 1.70% 4 months 0.35% More details

*Data accurate as at 18 May 2020. Rates based on a savings balance of $10,000. Sorted by total interest rate. Refer to providers' websites for bonus rate conditions. Note that the base rate will apply once the introductory term has passed.


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Harrison joined Savings in 2020. He is a journalist with more than four years of experience, with previous stints at News Corp and financial comparison site Canstar. With a keen interest in personal finance, Harrison is passionate about helping consumers make more informed financial decisions.

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