Travel loans

Award-winning, low rate travel loans from 6.89% p.a. (comparison rate 8.55% p.a.)* with no ongoing fees.

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Low rate travel loans that reward your good credit

  • We reward your good credit history with even better rates. We tailor your holiday to meet your needs and offer you a rate that is 100% tailored for you.
  • Our travel loans come with our market-leading Rate Promise. When we say we have the best travel loan for you, we really mean it.
  • We’ve won Canstar’s Outstanding Value Award five years running. 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, doesn’t get much more outstanding than that.
  • Enjoy no monthly or early repayment fees on your travel loan. It’s just one of the ways we help you save more and pay off your holiday faster.
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You can apply for a loan online in under 10 minutes. Make sure you have your driver’s license and bank details handy.

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We’ll review your application. Once your loan is approved and funded your funds will be with you the next business day.

You’ve got questions we’ve got answers.

What is a travel loan?

A travel loan is a form of unsecured personal loan that you can use to finance a holiday. It may be used to pay for flights, accommodation, insurance, tours, and other costs associated with your trip.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, more than 10 million Australians travelled abroad in 2017, with New Zealand, Indonesia, and the United States ranking as the most popular holiday destinations. Compared with credit cards, bank overdraft or mortgage redraw, A holiday loan can be a convenient and cost-effective way to finance such trips, so you can play your honeymoon, overseas vacation, or domestic flight without needing to pay for it all upfront.

A holiday loan works just like a personal loan. That is, you borrow a specific amount of money and then pay it back with interest over an agreed term. To qualify for a personal loan, you must submit an application and agree to a credit check that takes into account your borrowing history, employment status, credit score, and other factors.

Personal loans, including holiday loans, can allow you to enjoy a lower interest rate than you would receive with a credit card and also offer a consistent repayment schedule. RateSetter personal loans also give you the flexibility to make early repayments, allowing you to reduce the length of your loan helping minimise the amount you pay in interest.

What can I use a travel loan for?

You can use a holiday loan for a number of different purposes, including:

  • Flight costs
  • Hotel / accommodation costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Spending money
  • Sightseeing / Tours
  • Visas / New passports
  • Vaccinations

If you are approved for a loan and you accept your loan contract, we’ll pay funds into your nominated bank account on the next business day. This gives you the flexibility to manage and pay for your travel costs any way you like

How much does a travel loan cost?

There are three key features that make up the cost of a holiday loan. They are the:

  • Interest rate (e.g. fixed or variable rate)
  • Upfront fees (e.g. establishment fee)
  • Ongoing fees (e.g. monthly fees, late payment fees, and other charges)

These costs can be combined to create a measure called a comparison rate. This blended rate represents the total cost of your holiday loan over a standard term (e.g. $10,000 over 3 years). This makes it a useful tool for comparing travel and holiday loans on a like-for-like basis.

For an accurate estimate of the costs of your travel loan, we recommend completing a RateEstimate. We’ll provide you with a summary of your repayment amount and options across different loan terms. This makes it easy for you to compare personal loans and choose the right option for you.

At RateSetter, we use risk-based pricing to set the overall cost of your holiday loan. This means we look at a range of factors, including your credit history, to provide you with a personalised interest rate. The better your credit history, the better the rate we are able to offer. We also don’t charge any fees for early repayments. As a result, if you are able to pay back your holiday loan with additional repayments, you’ll benefit by paying lower interest over the life of the loan.

RateSetter Personal Loan Rates, Fees & Charges
Term1 Year2 Year3 YearYear 4Year 5
Loan TypeVariable Variable Variable Fixed Fixed
Interest Ratefrom 6.89% p.a.from 6.89% p.a.from 6.89% p.a.from 9.79% p.a.from 9.89% p.a.
Comparison Rate*from 8.55% p.a.from 8.92% p.a.from 8.92% p.a.from 10.66% p.a.from 10.75% p.a.
Credit Assistance Feefrom $249 from $299from $299from $299from $299
Monthly Fees$0$0$0$0$0
Early Repayment Fees$0$0$0$0$0

Am I eligible for a travel loan?

To be eligible for a RateSetter travel loan you must be:

  • Aged 21 or over
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Be earning over $25,000 p.a. from a regular source of income
  • Have a good credit history

How do I apply for a travel loan?

Applying for a personal loan to fund your holiday is easy with RateSetter. To get started you’ll need to complete a RateEstimate and we’ll provide you with a summary of your personalised rate, loan options and borrowing power. From there you will be able to select your preferred loan term and start your application online.

As part of your application, we will need you to verify your identity. To complete this step you will need to make sure you have your Australian driver’s license handy. If you do not have a driver’s license you will need to provide us with a copy of your passport and documents verifying your current address.

During your application, we will also need to verify your income, expenses and liabilities (e.g. credit cards, loans etc). We will need to connect to your bank account and share your last 3 months of transaction data with us. To do this, you’ll need your bank login details handy. Based on the details you provide at this step we may require you to share further information or documents (e.g.loan statements). A member of our customer service team will let you know if we require anything further from you.

Finally, we will need you to provide us with your bank account details for your loan funds to be deposited. This account will be the same account we use to set up your direct debit payment schedule. You will also have the flexibility to make extra repayments on your holiday loan at any time.

In completing our assessment of your application, we will look for evidence of how suitable a travel loan is to your situation. This includes reviewing:

  • Your employment stability
  • Your income (e.g. salary, rent, interest etc)
  • Your expenses (e.g. mortgage, groceries etc)
  • Your repayment history
  • Credit bureau information
  • Other details you communicate to us
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*Comparison rates for loans over 1, 2 and 3 years are based on an unsecured personal loan of $10,000 over 36 months. Comparison rates for loans over 4 and 5 years are based on an unsecured personal loan of $30,000 over 60 months. Rates shown assume a customer with an excellent credit history and are current as at 5pm, 6 December 2019. RateSetter credit criteria and terms and conditions apply. Warning: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.

Representative Example: Based on a loan of $10,000 over 36 months a borrower with an excellent credit history can expect to pay a total of $11,430. This represents a comparison rate of 8.55% p.a. and includes all interest and fees included in your loan repayments over the life of the loan. RateSetter personal loans are available for a minimum of 6 months to a maximum of 5 years. Interest rates range from 6.89% p.a. (comparison rate 8.55% p.a.) to 14.49% p.a. (comparison rate 25.10% p.a.). Rates are subject to change depending on the rates offered in our Lending Markets.