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ASB offers customers 0% interest on credit card purchases for five months

ASB offers customers 0% interest on credit card purchases for five months

ASB says customers who get new personal Visa credit cards between now and year's end will be charged no interest on all their purchases for five months.

The bank says, however, its 19.95% standard interest rate will apply for any cash advances and dishonoured payments made during this time.

ASB also says customers will have to make at least the minimum payment due each month on the credit card during the promotional period.

“We are pleased to be able to offer new and existing customers this fantastic offer on new Visa credit cards until the end of 2013,” Shaun Drylie, ASB's general manager of product and strategy, said in a statement.

“We hope the ability to pay no interest on purchases for five months will give our customers a helping hand and a little bit more financial peace of mind as they budget for the busy summer period," Drylie added.

The offer is for new Visa credit card accounts opened between 11 November and 31 December and applies to ASB Visa personal credit cards only.

ASB says terms and lending criteria apply, with the 0% per annum promotional interest rate on purchases valid for five months from the date of card approval.

At the end of the five months ASB's standard 19.95% interest will start to accrue on all transactions and any outstanding balance.

The ASB offer comes at a time when Reserve Bank restrictions on banks' low equity residential mortgage lending are in place.

And ASB's offer comes after BNZ last week launched a MasterCard credit card offering customers an interest rate matched to a variable interest rate for the life of their mortgage.

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More low interest, zero interest products. Finally NZ-er can start to enjoy low/no interest products that US & UK, Euro citizens have enjoyed for years.    
Next, perhaps, zero interest car loans...  
OR as in Australia:   0% Credit cards, 0% balance transfers.
Why have we been paying such exorbitant interest rates for so long, without protest? 

The sooner we see rising interest rates the better.
Easy credit is not a sustainable long term option.
Bring on an OCR of 4% next year.

Dead right Spottie, and barring some offshore market shock we will get an OCR above 3.50% at the very least next year. Unfortuantely there are far too many people who compare interest rates in countries like US, UK and europe, where the economies are on their kness and unemployment extremely high, with NZ with growth rates at 3% already, and higher next year. Plus they compare NZ, with illiquid financial markets and a heavy requirement of its bank to fund offhore (because we don't save enough) with those countries that have very liquid markets and large investment pools. They wouldn't understand what those differences mean (and excited when a bank lowers their margins temporarily) and will run floating into the rate hike cycle out of sheer ignorance of the basics.