American Express

Qantas American Express Ultimate Card

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.74%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

-

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$450

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

44

Late Payment Fee

$30

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.74%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

-

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$450

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

44

Late Payment Fee

$30

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Bonus 55,000 points subject to eligibility conditions
  • Ability to convert large purchases into instalment plans
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay available
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Special events
  • Airport lounge
  • No balance transfer
  • Does not offer any complimentary insurance covers
  • Late payment fee

Features and Fees

American Express Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Premium

Card Type

AMEX

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

44

Minimum monthly repayment

2.5% or $30

Minimum credit limit

$3k

Maximum credit limit

$50k

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

4

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$450

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$30

Over limit fee

$15

Duplicate statement fee

$10

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.74%

Cash advance rate

Cash advance fee

$0

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

-

Transfer Limit

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3% on Amex

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

Estimated ATM Cost

-

Rewards

Program name

Qantas Frequent Flyer

Rewards Available

Gift Card, Domestic Flights, International Flights, Flight Upgrades, Qantas Shop, Qantas Hotels

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$65k

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident, Business Long Stay Visa, Temporary Visa 12 Months Valid, 457 Visa holder

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
2.25 points for $1 spentAMEXuncappedQantas products and services in Australia
1.25 points for $1 spentAMEXuncappedall other eligible purchases
0.5 points for $1 spentAMEXuncappedgovernment bodies

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE Available when you use your card to pay for return domestic travel
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE Available when you use your Card to pay for return international travel
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS Supplementary cardholder must be over 18 years of age
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE Covers up to $2,500 per item and $20,000 per year with a $50 excess within 90 days of purchase
  • SPECIAL EVENTS Complimentary Qantas Wine Premium Membership
  • AIRPORT LOUNGE Up to two American Express airport lounges and two Qantas Club lounge entries per year
Specials
  • Bonus Points Receive 55,000 bonus Qantas Points
    Receive 55,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 on your new Card within the first 3 months. Offer available to new American Express Card Members only

Other Benefits

Complimentary $450 Qantas Travel Credit available each year

Other Restrictions

Cash Advance not available

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Bonus 55,000 points subject to eligibility conditions
  • Ability to convert large purchases into instalment plans
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay available
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Special events
  • Airport lounge
  • No balance transfer
  • Does not offer any complimentary insurance covers
  • Late payment fee

American Express Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Premium

Card Type

AMEX

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

44

Minimum monthly repayment

2.5% or $30

Minimum credit limit

$3k

Maximum credit limit

$50k

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

4

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$450

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$30

Over limit fee

$15

Duplicate statement fee

$10

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.74%

Cash advance rate

Cash advance fee

$0

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

-

Transfer Limit

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3% on Amex

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

Estimated ATM Cost

-

Rewards

Program name

Qantas Frequent Flyer

Rewards Available

Gift Card, Domestic Flights, International Flights, Flight Upgrades, Qantas Shop, Qantas Hotels

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$65k

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident, Business Long Stay Visa, Temporary Visa 12 Months Valid, 457 Visa holder

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
2.25 points for $1 spentAMEXuncappedQantas products and services in Australia
1.25 points for $1 spentAMEXuncappedall other eligible purchases
0.5 points for $1 spentAMEXuncappedgovernment bodies

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE Available when you use your card to pay for return domestic travel
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE Available when you use your Card to pay for return international travel
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS Supplementary cardholder must be over 18 years of age
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE Covers up to $2,500 per item and $20,000 per year with a $50 excess within 90 days of purchase
  • SPECIAL EVENTS Complimentary Qantas Wine Premium Membership
  • AIRPORT LOUNGE Up to two American Express airport lounges and two Qantas Club lounge entries per year
Specials
  • Bonus Points Receive 55,000 bonus Qantas Points
    Receive 55,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 on your new Card within the first 3 months. Offer available to new American Express Card Members only

Other Benefits

Complimentary $450 Qantas Travel Credit available each year

Other Restrictions

Cash Advance not available

FAQs

Does St. George Bank offer any credit card insurance?

Depending on the type of card they hold St. George Bank credit cardholders can benefit from a host of various credit card insurance offerings including:

Complimentary overseas travel insurance, covering:

  • Medical and hospital expenses incurred while travelling overseas, with the exclusion of pre-existing conditions
  • Loss or damage to personal property
  • Legal liabilities
  • Loss or damage to rental vehicles
  • Unexpected cancellation of travel arrangements or any other unforeseen expenses

Complimentary purchase security insurance may be available to level 1 cardholders for four months and three months of complimentary insurance accessed by level 2 cardholders. This type of insurance covers loss, theft, and damage costs to eligible products purchased anywhere around the world, provided that the product was purchased using the St. George Bank credit card. 

Extended warranty insurance may be available to St. George Bank credit cardholders, which extends the manufacturer’s Australian warranty on certain products purchased. For example, if you purchase a pair of headphones that comes with 11 months of warranty, St. George Bank will provide an extended warranty of 11 months, provided the entire purchase is charged to the St. George Bank credit card. 

Select cardholders may be able to take advantage of St. George Bank’s rental vehicle excess insurance, which covers up to $5,500 for any excess or deductible which the cardholder is legally liable to pay during the rental period. 

How does the ANZ credit card instalment plan work?

While you usually need to settle all or part of your credit card dues at the end of your statement period, some credit cards afford you the option of setting up instalment plans. This allows you to settle your credit card debt at a pace that's more convenient for you, paying a fixed amount over a fixed period, thus making it easier to budget your repayments every month.

With the ANZ credit card instalment plan, you can set up a structured repayment schedule for part or all of your balance, or even for specific purchases over a certain value.

Some of the benefits of instalment repayment include: 

  • Structured repayments: You’ll have a fixed sum to pay each month.
  • Easier to budget: A fixed repayment sum makes it easier to make your monthly budget.
  • Account benefits: You might also get benefits such as discounted interest rates or debt-tracking tools.

There are disadvantages of opting for instalment repayment, however, and they include:

  • Less flexibility: You will not be able to pay a smaller amount once you set an instalment plan.
  • Different interest charges: In case the instalment plan only covers part of the balance, different interest charges could apply, making it challenging to budget.
  • Additional fees: You might have to pay fees or penalty charges in case of missed payments.

How can I increase my credit card limit on my American Express card?

If you want to increase the credit limit on your American Express (AMEX) credit card, you will need to apply through the AMEX Online Services, or by calling the number on the back of your card. You may need to share personal information that the bank can use to assess whether the requested limit is suitable for you and your current financial status. Once your application is approved, your new limit will be ready for use within an hour.

How to increase your HSBC credit card limit

You can opt to increase your HSBC credit card limit in multiple ways. 

The easiest way to change your HSBC credit card limit is through online banking. Log on to your account and click on ‘Manage your account’. Then, click on ‘My Cards’ and choose to change your credit card limit. Simply complete the HSBC credit card limit increase form and click on ‘Submit’. 

You can also request to increase your credit card limit by calling HSBC’s customer service hotline on 1300 303 168. 

Lastly, you can visit any HSBC branch to apply to lift your card limit. 

If you are facing challenges while trying to complete an HSBC credit card credit limit increase online, you can chat with a representative using internet banking. Click on the ‘Need Help’ button on the right of the dashboard and open the chat window to speak with the customer service officer. 

Can I transfer money from my American Express credit card to my bank account?

If you’re an American Express credit card customer, you may not be able to transfer money from your credit card to your bank account. However, you may be eligible for cash advances, which involves withdrawing money through an ATM. 

To qualify for a cash advance, you’ll likely have to enrol for American Express Membership Rewards. Consider checking your online credit card account to see if you can withdraw a cash advance and, if so, the fees and charges you’ll incur for this transaction. 

You should remember that cash advances are different from balance transfers, which were available with some American Express credit cards earlier. Balance transfers allow customers to consolidate debt from high-interest credit cards to a credit card offering a lower interest rate. If you only recently applied for an American Express credit card, balance transfers may not be available irrespective of the card you own. 

How to increase my Commonwealth credit card limit?

Commonwealth Bank credit cards are extremely popular in Australia for everyday purchases and big ticket items alikers. A number of the card’s functions can be customised, depending on your needs and desires. If you wish to increase your Commonwealth credit card limit using the CommBank, you can usually do so on the app or via NetBank.

In the CommBank app, tap on the ‘Cards’ icon and choose your credit card. Then, click on ‘Credit Limit’ and select the ‘Increasing your limit’ option. If you don’t have the CommBank app, you can also increase your Commonwealth Bank credit card limit through NetBank. Simply log on and go to Settings, then click on ‘Product Requests’ and then choose ‘Credit Card Limit Changes’. 

Once the bank has received your application, they will review your account and payment history. Based on this assessment, your application will either be approved or denied. If approved, your new limit will be applied to your card instantly. 

While increasing your credit card limit may be an easy process, it’s important to remember that you should only request limits that you can manage. A high limit increases the risk of having a larger debt, even with cards that provide low-interest rate options. So, it’s important to think carefully and seek advice from people you trust before increasing your Commonwealth Bank credit card limit.

What is the CUA credit card increase limit process?

A credit limit is pre-assigned based on factors like your income, expenses, and debt by the card-issuing company. It varies from time to time based on credit utilisation and changes to your circumstances.

If your income has increased or your liabilities have reduced, you can request for an increase of your CUA credit card limit. You can lodge the request via online banking on the website, or by visiting the closest branch, or by downloading the application form and mailing it. While making the application, you may need to provide information about your income, employment status, desired limit, and the reason for the increase. The card-issuing company will assess your request before approval.

Before you apply for an increase to the credit limit, ensure your bills are paid in full and you aren’t asking for a very steep enhancement.

How to increase your Qantas Premier credit card limit

When your income or spending habits change, you might wish to increase your credit card limit. The Qantas Premier credit card allows you to do this over the phone. You can contact Qantas Premier Card Support by calling on 1300 992 700. Unlike some other credit providers, Qantas doesn’t give you the option to increase your limit online.

Qantas will only accept your application if you have a good history of repayment and have not increased your credit or bought another credit product from Qantas in the past six months.

Before approving your Qantas Premier credit card limit increase, Qantas will perform a credit assessment on your current financial circumstances and ask why you would like to increase your credit limit.

To ensure that there are no bumps in your application process, you must provide accurate and recent information about your financial situation. You should also account for any future changes you’re anticipating which could hinder your ability to repay the loan.

Once the assessment is complete, Qantas will either approve or deny your application. If they approve it, you will need to sign a credit limit increase agreement - and you can request a written copy of the credit assessment. However, if your application is rejected, Qantas can opt not to provide a copy of the assessment.

Do I get HSBC credit card insurance on purchases I make?

As an HSBC credit card (HSBC Platinum, HSBC Platinum Qantas and HSBC Premier World) cardholder, you may be entitled to complimentary international and domestic travel insurance. This HSBC credit card insurance covers you for hospital stays and medical expenses, flight cancellations or delays, as well as lost luggage or personal items.

To be eligible for the insurance, you should have paid for at least 90 per cent of your overseas return travel ticket with your HSBC credit card. The cover is automatically activated without a need to contact HSBC. However, it’s always best to let your card issuer know when you travel overseas. If you have pre-existing medical conditions, you’ll need to contact Allianz directly to organise cover for these as they aren’t covered by the insurance. You can call Allianz on 1800 648 093.

The complimentary international travel insurance that comes with your HSBC Platinum credit card is valid for up to four months from the date of your departure from Australia. Your HSBC credit card insurance cover also covers your spouse and dependent children if 90 per cent of their travel ticket is purchased using your HSBC card.

 

How many numbers are on a credit card?

The numbers on your credit card actually follow a universal standard which is used to identify specific functions. Each credit card has a different amount of numbers. Visa and Mastercard have 16, American Express has 15 and Diner’s Club has 14. 

The first number on a credit card always identifies what type of credit card it is. Visa cards start with a 4, whereas Mastercard starts with a 5 and American Express with a 3. The remainder of the digits represent the account number, including the last number which is used to verify that your credit card is actually valid. 

Credit cards also have additional verification numbers, which are mainly used when the card isn’t present for phone and online purchases. These are the three-digit numbers on the back of Visa and MasterCard or the four-digit numbers on the front of an American Express card.

What does Westpac credit card insurance cover?

If you own a Westpac credit card, one of the perks may be  free travel insurance. If you’re eligible, you may be covered if you get sick while travelling, have lost your luggage, have to cancel a trip or have an accident while you’re on the move.

Besides these standard inclusions, the Westpac credit card insurance policy may also cover you for hospital essentials, emergency dental treatment and alternative transport if your original plans go awry. It may also cover loss of income when you get back home after being sick  overseas and your pets’ boarding costs too.

If you have any queries, the Westpac credit card insurance contact number is 1800 091 710. You can submit a claim online.

 

What is CVV on a credit card?

CVV stands for ‘card verification value’, and is also sometimes referred to as a CVC or card verification code.

A CVV code is usually needed when the card is used online or over the phone as an anti-fraud measure. Without the cardholder being physically present to sign or verify the purchase, the CVV provides an extra layer of protection. 

If you’re using Mastercard or Visa, the CVV is the three digits located on the back of the card. If you’re using an American Express, the CVV is usually four digits and is on the front of the card.

Should I get a credit card?

Once you've compared credit card interest rates and deals and found the right card for you, the actual process of getting a credit card is quite straightforward. You can apply for a credit card online, over the phone or in person at a bank branch. 

How to pay a credit card

There are a few ways to pay a credit card bill. These include:

  • BPAY - allows you to safely make credit card payments online.
  • Direct debits - set up an automatic payment from your bank account to pay your credit card bill each month. You can choose how much you want to pay of your credit card bill when you set up the auto payments.
  • In a branch.
  • Via your credit card provider's app.

What should you do when you lose your credit card?

Losing your credit card is a serious situation, and could land you in financial trouble. Here is a simple guide detailing what to do when you lose your credit card.

Lock you card – Contact your provider and inform them about your lost credit card. From here lock, block or cancel your card.

Keep track of transactions – Look out for unauthorised credit card transactions. Most banks protect against fraudulent transactions.

Address recurring charges – If your card is linked to recurring charges (gym membership, rent, utilities), contact those businesses.

Check credit rate – To ensure you’re not the victim of identity theft, check your credit rating a month or two after you lose your credit card.

How do you apply for a credit card?

You can apply for a credit card online, over the phone or in person at the bank. Once you’ve compared the current credit card offers, the application process is quick and easy. Before you get your application started, you’ll need to gather your personal information like proof of ID, payslips and bank statements, proof of employment and details of your income, assets and liabilities. To be eligible for a credit card, you’ll need to be an Australian citizen over 18 and earn a minimum of $15,000 each year. Once you’ve applied for a credit card, you should get a response fairly instantly. If your credit card application has been approved, you should receive a welcome pack with your new credit card within 10-15 days.

How do you cancel a credit card?

It’s important to cancel your old cards to avoid any additional fees. Unless you’re doing a balance transfer, you’ll need to pay the outstanding balance before you cancel your credit card. If you’ve opted for a card with reward points, make sure you redeem or transfer the points before you close your account. To avoid any bounced payments and save yourself an admin headache, redirect all your direct debits to a new card or account. Once you’ve done all the preparation, call your bank or credit card provider to get the cancellation underway. Once you receive a confirmation letter, destroy your card and make sure the numbers aren’t legible.

What's the best credit card for rewards?

There is no one-size-fits-all best rewards credit card. It's best you research what type of rewards program you'd like, as well as the fees, interest rate and conditions associated with those types of cards before making a choice. 

Rewards credit cards can also come with high annual fees that may end up nullifying the rewards, so think how often you use the card to decide whether the benefits outweigh the extra cost for you. A card with a lower annual fee might require a lot of spending to get any useful rewards, while another card with a higher annual fee might need fewer purchases to get a reward. 

Can a pensioner get a credit card?

It is possible to get a credit card as a pensioner. There are some factors to keep in mind, including:

  • Annual income. Look for credit cards with minimum annual income requirements you can meet. 
  • Annual fees. If high fees are a concern for you, opt for a card with a low or $0 annual fee. 
  • Interest rate. Make sure you won’t have any nasty surprises on your credit card bill. Compare cards with a low interest rates to minimise risk.

How to get cash with just a credit card number

Banks and merchants usually will not allow you to access cash without a physical card, because doing so would open up opportunities for fraudulent activities. Even most non-cash credit card transactions (such as shopping online) require you to know the expiry date and CVV on your credit card in addition to the card number.

However, some banks offer cardless cash for transaction accounts. Using a secure app installed on your mobile phone, you can log onto an ATM and withdraw the money you need. This could be a practical and secure solution if you don’t have a card and need cash.