BankSA

Amplify Platinum (Amplify Rewards)

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

0.00%

for 7 months then 19.74%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 22 months then 21.49%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $99

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$15

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

0.00%

for 7 months then 19.74%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 22 months then 21.49%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $99

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$15

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through Amplify Rewards
  • Waived $0 annual fee p.a in the first 12 months and $99 p.a thereafter.
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay available
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Extended warranty
  • Concierge
  • Does not offer any complimentary insurance covers
  • Late payment fee

BankSA Features and Fees

BankSA Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Platinum

Card Type

Visa

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

2% or $10

Minimum credit limit

$6k

Maximum credit limit

$80k

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

1

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $99

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$15

Over limit fee

$0

Duplicate statement fee

$2

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

0.00%

for 7 months then 19.74%

Cash advance rate

21.49%

Cash advance fee

2% or $2.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 22 months then 21.49%

Transfer Limit

80%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

1.5%

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3% on Visa

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

Estimated ATM Cost

$9

for AU $300 withdrawal

Rewards

Program name

Amplify Rewards

Rewards Available

Gift Card

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$0

Eligibility conditions

Regular, verifiable income

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
1 point for $1 spentVisauncappedeligible domestic and international transactions

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE Cover lasts for 180 days per year
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE Covers up to $125,000 per year
  • EXTENDED WARRANTY
  • CONCIERGE
Specials
  • Purchase OffersBalance TransferOther 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 22 months + 0% on purchases for 7 months + 0 annual fee in the first year
    When you apply for a new Amplify Platinum Amplify Rewards credit card between 1st October 2020 and 9th February 2021. After the promotional period, the 0% rate will switch to the variable purchase rate then applicable to your card account. The first annual card fee will be debited to your card account on the 12-month anniversary of the first transaction on your account and annually thereafter. T&Cs apply.

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through Amplify Rewards
  • Waived $0 annual fee p.a in the first 12 months and $99 p.a thereafter.
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay available
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Extended warranty
  • Concierge
  • Does not offer any complimentary insurance covers
  • Late payment fee

BankSA Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Platinum

Card Type

Visa

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

2% or $10

Minimum credit limit

$6k

Maximum credit limit

$80k

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

1

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $99

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$15

Over limit fee

$0

Duplicate statement fee

$2

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

0.00%

for 7 months then 19.74%

Cash advance rate

21.49%

Cash advance fee

2% or $2.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 22 months then 21.49%

Transfer Limit

80%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

1.5%

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3% on Visa

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

Estimated ATM Cost

$9

for AU $300 withdrawal

Rewards

Program name

Amplify Rewards

Rewards Available

Gift Card

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$0

Eligibility conditions

Regular, verifiable income

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
1 point for $1 spentVisauncappedeligible domestic and international transactions

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE Cover lasts for 180 days per year
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE Covers up to $125,000 per year
  • EXTENDED WARRANTY
  • CONCIERGE
Specials
  • Purchase OffersBalance TransferOther 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 22 months + 0% on purchases for 7 months + 0 annual fee in the first year
    When you apply for a new Amplify Platinum Amplify Rewards credit card between 1st October 2020 and 9th February 2021. After the promotional period, the 0% rate will switch to the variable purchase rate then applicable to your card account. The first annual card fee will be debited to your card account on the 12-month anniversary of the first transaction on your account and annually thereafter. T&Cs apply.

FAQs

What does ANZ credit card insurance cover?

ANZ offers complimentary insurance on some of its credit cards, which can provide some protection against unforeseeable incidents, like the theft of your card. Depending on the type of credit card you own, you may be eligible for different insurances. For instance, most ANZ credit card customers may qualify for Purchase Protection Insurance and Extended Warranty Insurance. Customers who own premium credit cards may also be eligible for Guaranteed Pricing, Rental Vehicle Excess, International Travel, and so on.

Consider checking your ANZ credit card insurance features listed in the Insurance Policy Information booklet to know which items are covered. Also, while ANZ issued the credit card, they are not the insurer. For this reason, you may need to send your insurance claims - and get your ANZ credit card insurance refund - to the insurance provider.

How do I apply for a credit card online?

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. 

Increase your credit card limit with Westpac

A credit card can be a useful tool to access extra cash when you need it. Sometimes you may wish to increase your credit card limit for greater financial flexibility. For example, to realize your immediate goals faster, such as planning for an international holiday or making a big purchase.

You can apply to increase your credit limit at any time, and most credit card providers have made it really easy to do so. You can use your online banking portal, the credit card provider’s mobile app, or even the telephone. 

Applying online to increase your credit limit with Westpac is the easiest option if you’ve already activated Westpac Live Online Banking. All you need to do is fill in the required information and then hit ‘submit’ to apply for an increase in your credit card limit.

Most banks will ask for details of your financial situation at the time of applying for a credit increase. This is done to ensure your new limit meets the lender’s criteria. 

You can apply for increasing your credit limit in any of the following ways:

  1. Visiting your nearest Westpac branch
  2. Calling Westpac on 1300 651 089
  3. Logging in on Westpac Live Online Banking

Current Interest Rate

This is the current interest rate on your existing credit card.

How do I apply for a BOQ credit card limit increase?

If you’re an existing BOQ customer, you can request a BOQ credit card limit increase over a phone call. However, you should remember that owning and using a credit card is a matter of financial responsibility, so it might be worth thinking this decision through. 

When requesting a credit card limit increase, you’ll need to be just as responsible in terms of how much you earn and can set aside to repay the outstanding card balance. A credit card company may approve a credit limit increase only if you can show that you have either the income or the disposable income, which is the amount you have left after all expenses have been paid out.

For this purpose, you may need to submit your latest income documents and bank statements for an increase. You may want to estimate how much you usually have left after deducting your expenses, and then use this amount to try and convince the credit card company. Also, you may prefer to pay off the card balance in full each month and thus avoid paying interest on the card, helping you back up any claims of financial responsibility, as well. 

Remember that you may not be able to apply for a credit card limit increase beyond any limitations on the type of card you own. For instance, if you own a card whose ceiling is $10,000, and your current limit is $5,000, you won't likely be able to apply for a $10,000 credit card limit increase.

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. 

What is a balance transfer credit card?

A balance transfer credit card lets you transfer your debt balance from one credit card to another. A balance transfer credit card generally has a 0 per cent interest rate for a set period of time. When you roll your debt balance over to a new credit card, you’ll be able to take advantage of the interest-free period to pay your credit card debt off faster without accruing additional interest charges. If your application is approved, the provider will pay out your old credit card and transfer your debt balance over to the new 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 use credit cards?

A credit card can be an easy way to make purchases online, in person or over the phone. When used properly, a credit card can even help you manage your cash flow. But before applying for a credit card, it’s good to know how they work. A credit card is essentially a personal line of credit which lets you buy things and pay for them later. As a card holder, you’ll be given a credit limit and (potentially) charged interest on the money the bank lends you. At the end of each billing period, the bank will send you a statement which shows your outstanding balance and the minimum amount you need to pay back. If you don’t pay back the full balance amount, the bank will begin charging you interest.

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 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.

How is credit card interest charged?

Your credit card will be charged interest when you don’t pay off the balance on your credit card. Your card provider or bank charges you the individual interest rate that is associated with your card, which is usually between 10 and 20 per cent. 

The interest will be added onto your bill each month or billing period if you don’t pay off the balance, unless you are in an interest-free period.

You will be charged interest on anything that hasn’t been paid for inside the interest-free period. Usually you will receive a notice on your bill or statement saying you will be charged interest so you have some form of notice before you’re charged.

What should you do if your credit card is compromised?

Credit card fraud is a serious problem. If your credit card is compromised and you’re wondering what to do, here are a few precautionary steps to take.

Contact you credit provider – Get in touch will your credit card provider. If you feel your card has been compromised, you should be able to lock or block it.

Monitor your accounts – Keep an eye on your credit card accounts. Any unauthorised transactions could be a sign your credit card has been compromised.

Check your credit rating – It’s also important to check your credit rating, to ensure you’re not a victim of identity theft or some other financial mischief.

How to pay a credit card from another bank

Paying or transferring debt from one lender to the other is called a balance transfer. This involves transferring part or all of the debt from a credit card with one lender to a credit card with another. As part of the process, your new lender will pay out the old lender, so that you now owe the same amount of money but to a new institution.

Many credit card providers offer an interest-free period on balance transfers to help new applicants better handle their debt. During this period, cardholders are not required to pay interest on the debt they brought over from the other card. This can be a great opportunity for consumers to pay off credit card debt with no interest. There are often fees associated with balance transfers; normally, these are a percentage of the amount transferred.

So make sure you read the terms and conditions of the card before transferring any debt across.

How do you use a credit card?

Credit cards are a quick and convenient way to pay for items in store, online or over the phone. You can use a credit card as a cashless way to pay for goods or services, both locally and overseas. You can also use a credit card to make a cash advance, which gives you the flexibility to withdraw cash from your credit card account. Because a credit card uses the bank’s funds instead of your own, you will be charged interest on the money you spend – unless you pay off the entire debt within the interest-free period. If you pay the minimum monthly repayment, you will be charged interest. There are many different credit card options on the market, all offering different interest rates and reward options.

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.

Which credit card has the highest annual percentage rate?

The credit card market changes all the time, so the credit card with the highest annual percentage rate is also liable to change.

Keep in mind that credit card interest rates are expressed as a yearly rate, or annual percentage rate (APR). A low APR is generally good but also consider:

  • There can be different APR's for each feature of the card (e.g. purchases may have an APR of 14 per cent, while cash advances on same card could have an APR of 17 per cent.
  • Credit cards with a variable rate can change throughout the year, affecting your APR, so check the full details.
  • If you pay your balance in full every month, having the lowest APR is not as important as the other fees associated with the card. However, if you carry a balance from month to month, then you want the lowest APR possible.

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.

How to get a credit card for the first time

A credit card can be a useful financial tool, provided you understand the risks and can meet repayment obligations.

If you’re a credit card first-timer, review your options. Think about what kind of credit card would suit your lifestyle, and compare providers by fees, perks and repayments.

Once you’ve selected a card, it’s time to apply. Credit card applications can generally be completed in store, online or over the phone.

When you apply for a credit card for the first time, you must meet age, residency and income requirements. As proof, you must also provide documentation such as bank account statements.