Updated 17 September 2023
- Countdown began offering the Onecard Visa in 2013, but has recently suspended applications.
- We've put this Onecard Visa review together to explain how the card works for existing cardholders, and why alternative cards may suit existing Onecard Visa holders.
- Overall, we believe that the $65 annual fee is poor value for money for the average user. We believe only exceptionally frequent and high-spending Countdown regulars will see value in the card's offering.
- The Onecard rewards generated by the card can only be used at Countdown.
- Annual fee - $65
- Annual interest rates - Purchases (19.99%) and Cash Advances (22.99%)
- Late payment fee - $15
- Onecard point-earning at Countdown - $10 spent = 1 Onecard point
- Onecard point-earning at all merchants - $20 spent = 1 Onecard point
- Per the Onecard terms and conditions, every $20 you spend gives you one Onecard point outside of Countdown..
- For every 200 Onecard Points you have earned you will receive a Onecard Rewards Voucher to the value of $15.
- This means that to get the $15 voucher, you need to spend $4,000. This calculates to be a 0.375% reward rate (i.e. every $100 you spend gives you 37.50 cents of rewards).
- However, you must spend a minimum of $10 (including GST) in a single transaction to qualify for Onecard Points. If you spend $19, you will earn one Onecard point, and if you spend $21, you will earn two Onecard points.
- Shoppers at Countdown earn double Onecard points, meaning they receive a 0.75% reward rate.
- To earn enough rewards to match the $65 annual fee, you need to spend around $18,000 (or $9,000 at Countdown)
- Free delivery on orders over $200 (saving $9/order)
- Double Onecard points at Countdown
- If you shop exclusively at Countdown, the 0.75% reward rate on purchases make it attractive, but you will need to spend at least $9,000 on groceries to match the annual card fee.
- 1.90% charge for foreign currency transactions, which is at the lower end of the range charged by banks and credit card providers.
- Hefty $65 annual fee, meaning ordinary cardholders need to spend at least $8,700 per year outside of Countdown to earn enough Onecard rewards to match the account fee.
- The 19.99% annual percentage rate for purchases is high compared to that offered by low-interest credit cards. If you are sometimes unable to make balance payments in full, there are far better value alternatives on offer.
- Visa ranks below Mastercard for foreign exchange fees. This means that if you use this card overseas, you'll pay more relative to a Mastercard (all other things being equal).
- Onecard vouchers expire after 12 months
- If you online shop at Countdown and would spend $200+ regularly, the free delivery and double Onecard points can quickly add up. For example, a $200 spend every fortnight would save around $250 in delivery costs alone, making the card well worth it.
- If you tend to shop around and don't have a huge grocery bill at Countdown, nor choose to get home delivery, the benefits are too few to make it a competitive credit card. Spending $8,700 each year to earn enough Onecard points to match the annual fee doesn't shout good value to us.
Alternative Credit Cards
- Many credit cards on offer today are much better than the Onecard Visa.
- Many credit cards don't charge an annual fee, while others have super-low interest rates.
- Others credit cards have flexible rewards that don't require you to spend in $10 blocks to earn rewards, like the Onecard Visa required.
- We suggest looking at: