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Why have credit card interest free periods been lowered from 55 days to 44 days?

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Posted by Ben_37 Ben_37
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I have received a notification advising that my Bankwest More Mastercard interest free period will change from 55 days to 44 days; however I have not received any reasoning as to why this is occurring and there is no explanation in the FAQ's on the website. Can anyone provide any information as to why this has occurred? 

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Re: Why have credit card interest free periods been lowered from 55 days to 44 days?

Posted by LyndsC LyndsC
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Hi @Ben_37, thanks for contacting us in regards to the changes coming to our More Rewards and Qantas MasterCards. In order to continue to provide sustainable, high quality products, the terms and conditions of our products must continue to be updated and adapted with market changes. I can understand where you're coming from so wanted to give you a bit of background. The legislative changes made in November 2015 has reduced the interchange earnings that are used to directly subsidise the cost of reward points, as a result the product features (including the interest free periods offered) need to be updated to continue to deliver a sustainable product. We've had to adapt our product in response to market changes but feel this product still remains competitive.
I've passed your feedback onto our Products team and I'm sorry I can't do more to help here. Thanks

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Re: Why have credit card interest free periods been lowered from 55 days to 44 days?

Posted by khainkris khainkris
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I have been a long time customer of Bankwest with a World credit card.  It is a shame the credit card interest free periods have been lowered from 55 days to 44 days... especially when other banks are offering the same World product with still the 55 interest free days. I would have rather paid a higher annual fee then to lose the interest ffree period. 

 

I have already started the process to switch banks for my credit card. 

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Posted by SarahF SarahF
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Hi @khainkris, I'm really sorry to hear you feel this way. I'll certainly make sure your feedback is passed onto our credit card team in regards to the MasterCard World Credit card you have and the interest free days.

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