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Aussies spend big on transport

Aussies spend big on transport

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Commonwealth Bank research shows Aussies are spending much more on transport than before, with the popularity of car sharing services going through the roof.

Australians have spent almost 30 per cent more on transport in 2017 than the year before, with Commonwealth Bank customers shelling out a staggering $2.2 billion getting to their destination.

Hailing taxis and catching rides seems to be the new black, with private transport also experiencing a 30 per cent increase on the year before. CBA customers spent $1.6 billion in 2017 to enjoy the comfort of a car service. 

In fact, customers have already spent more than $55 million on private transport in the first few weeks of January*.

Pete Steel, Executive General Manager Digital, Commonwealth Bank, says there are a few factors impacting this growth, including the increasing popularity of car sharing services, and people increasingly using their card to pay for transport. 

Mr Steel said being aware of how much we’re spending each month is the first step to making small changes that can add up to real savings. 

“Australians have paid an average of $28 per taxi or car trip last year, and while sometimes it’s worth paying for the convenience of private transport it is so easy for these types of costs to get out of hand.

“We know many Aussies set savings goals as part of their New Year resolutions, so it’s important to be able to keep track of spending.

“With customers increasingly using their debit cards to pay for private transport services, we are extending our Spend Tracker feature to help encourage all of our customers to keep an eye on their spending.”

There has been a 40 per cent increase in debit card spending on transport in the last 12 months, jumping from $767 million in 2016 to almost $1.3 billion in 2017.  

The Spend Tracker feature is now available to all our debit card customers. Available in the CommBank app, the feature automatically categorises debit and credit card purchases and tells customers how much they’ve spent on things like groceries, bills, entertainment, transport, shopping and dining out.

“Transport expenses may seem like unavoidable costs, but by keeping track of monthly spend in real-time, it means our customers can make better decisions on where to spend their money,” said Mr Steel.

Top 5 Spend Tracker categories for 2017:

1. Shopping - $18 billion

2. Groceries and food - $14 billion

3. Vehicle expenses incl. petrol - $8 billion

4. Dining - $8 billion

5. Travel - $7 billion 

Video: Commonwealth Bank Executive General Manager, Digital, Pete Steel, discusses the CommBank App Spend Tracker feature.



Important Information

*Based on Commonwealth Bank customer data from 1 – 15 January 2018. The data was captured in January 2018 and analyses Commonwealth Bank customer spend on transport via payments processed through retail Commonwealth Bank Credit Cards and Debit Cards during the period of 01 January 2016 – 15 January 2018.

This article is intended to provide general information of an educational nature only. It does not have regard to the financial situation or needs of any reader and must not be relied upon as financial product advice.