How to choose the right credit card as a student
Using a credit card can be a great way to purchase the things you want while keeping that money in your savings account for longer. However, to make this work you’ll need to understand how your card’s interest free days work.
The interest free period is the number of days between when you make the purchase and your next statement due date. It is the maximum amount of days you have between making a purchase and being charged interest (assuming you do not already have interest accruing balances left over from a prior statement period).
To enjoy the interest free period you will need to pay off your previous statement’s closing balance in full by the due date, and also pay off your current statement’s closing balance off in full by the due date. If you fail to pay your previous statement's closing balance in full by the due date, you can reset your interest free day eligibility at any time. You simply need to pay the full closing balance as shown on your most recent statement.
With Heritage, your credit card statement will be issued monthly on the same day that your credit card is approved. For example, if your credit card is approved on 17 of November, then the 17th of each month will be the date your credit card statement is issued.
Your credit card statement will contain the closing balance for all transactions made during the statement period (plus any previous balances you haven’t paid). Generally, you then have 25 days from the end of the statement period to the payment due date. This means that if you are eligible for an interest free period the minimum number of interest free days you’ll have is 25 days.
Heritage’s Platinum, Classic, and Freedom Visa Credit Cards all provide up to a maximum of 55 days interest free on purchases.
A Credit Card provides you with a great way to buy now and pay later. However, it’s important to take the time to read and understand how to get the most out of your interest free days before you start spending.
If you are having trouble understanding interest free days for your Heritage credit card call the contact centre on 13 14 22.