Bank of Queensland

Platinum Visa

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.74%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 14 months then 21.74%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$64.5

for 12 months then $129

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$30

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.74%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 14 months then 21.74%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$64.5

for 12 months then $129

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$30

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through BOQ Q Rewards
  • Bonus 80000 points subject to eligibility conditions
  • Reduced $64.5 annual fee p.a in the first 12 months and $129 p.a thereafter.
  • $129 is refunded when you spend $12,000 on purchases every 12 months
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Price guarantee
  • Extended warranty
  • Concierge
  • Does not offer any complimentary insurance covers
  • Late payment fee

BOQ Features and Fees

BOQ Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Platinum

Card Type

Visa

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

2% or $30

Minimum credit limit

$6k

Maximum credit limit

$30k

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

4

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$64.5

for 12 months then $129

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$30

Over limit fee

$40

Duplicate statement fee

$7

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.74%

Cash advance rate

21.74%

Cash advance fee

3.5% or $3.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 14 months then 21.74%

Transfer Limit

80%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3.4% on Visa

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$4

Estimated ATM Cost

$14.2

for AU $300 withdrawal

Rewards

Program name

BOQ Q Rewards

Rewards Available

Gift Card, Cash Back

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$35k

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
2 points for $1 spentVisauncappedeligible transactions

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE
  • PRICE GUARANTEE If you purchase personal goods in Australia and then find the same product advertised later in a printed catalogue at a cheaper price within 60 days of purchase, from a store within 25km of the store where the item was purchased, you can claim back the difference if it is more than $75 and less than $500.
  • EXTENDED WARRANTY Warranty is extended for the same duration as the original warranty up to 1 year.
  • CONCIERGE
Specials
  • Bonus PointsBalance Transfer Earn 80,000 bonus Q Rewards® Points and 0% on balance transfers for 14 months
    Earn 80,000 Bonus Q Rewards® Points when you spend $3,000 in the first two months from card approval on Eligible Transactions 0 %P.A. on balance transfers for 14 months, reverting to the cash rate thereafter. No fees on balance transfers. No interest free days apply to retail purchaases while you have a balance transfer

Other Benefits

1,000 Bonus Q Rewards points every month when you spend $1,000 per month on Eligible Transactions for the first 12 months.

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through BOQ Q Rewards
  • Bonus 80000 points subject to eligibility conditions
  • Reduced $64.5 annual fee p.a in the first 12 months and $129 p.a thereafter.
  • $129 is refunded when you spend $12,000 on purchases every 12 months
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Price guarantee
  • Extended warranty
  • Concierge
  • Does not offer any complimentary insurance covers
  • Late payment fee

BOQ Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Platinum

Card Type

Visa

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

2% or $30

Minimum credit limit

$6k

Maximum credit limit

$30k

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

4

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$64.5

for 12 months then $129

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$30

Over limit fee

$40

Duplicate statement fee

$7

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.74%

Cash advance rate

21.74%

Cash advance fee

3.5% or $3.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 14 months then 21.74%

Transfer Limit

80%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3.4% on Visa

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$4

Estimated ATM Cost

$14.2

for AU $300 withdrawal

Rewards

Program name

BOQ Q Rewards

Rewards Available

Gift Card, Cash Back

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$35k

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
2 points for $1 spentVisauncappedeligible transactions

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE
  • PRICE GUARANTEE If you purchase personal goods in Australia and then find the same product advertised later in a printed catalogue at a cheaper price within 60 days of purchase, from a store within 25km of the store where the item was purchased, you can claim back the difference if it is more than $75 and less than $500.
  • EXTENDED WARRANTY Warranty is extended for the same duration as the original warranty up to 1 year.
  • CONCIERGE
Specials
  • Bonus PointsBalance Transfer Earn 80,000 bonus Q Rewards® Points and 0% on balance transfers for 14 months
    Earn 80,000 Bonus Q Rewards® Points when you spend $3,000 in the first two months from card approval on Eligible Transactions 0 %P.A. on balance transfers for 14 months, reverting to the cash rate thereafter. No fees on balance transfers. No interest free days apply to retail purchaases while you have a balance transfer

Other Benefits

1,000 Bonus Q Rewards points every month when you spend $1,000 per month on Eligible Transactions for the first 12 months.

FAQs

How do credit cards work?

Think of credit cards as a short-term loan where you use the bank’s money to buy something up front and then pay for it later. Unlike a debit card which uses your own money to pay, a credit card essentially borrows the bank’s money to fund the purchase. When you apply for a credit card, the bank assesses your income and assigns you a credit limit based on what you can afford to pay back. At the end of each billing cycle, which is usually monthly, the bank will send you a statement showing the minimum amount you have to pay back, including any interest payable on the balance.

Why do different credit reporting bureaus use different scores?

The reason Equifax, Experian and Illion use different scores is because they are independent companies with their own different methodologies. As a result, a score of, say, 700 would mean different things at different credit reporting bureaus.

However, the one thing they have in common is that they divide their scores into five tiers. So if you receive a tier-two credit score from one bureau, you will probably receive a tier-two score from the others, as well.

Can I get a credit card on part-time/casual work?

Yes, as credit card providers look at your annual income amount as well as your occupation. Minimum income requirements tend to be between $30,000 – $40,000 for standard and rewards credit cards, however low income credit cards can have minimum income requirements as low as $15,000 per year.

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.

How easy is it to get a credit card?

For most Australians, there are no great barriers to applying for and getting approved for a credit card. Here are some points that a lender will consider when assessing your credit card application.

Credit score: A bad credit score is not the be all and end all of your application, but it may stop you being approved for a higher credit limit. If your credit score is less than perfect, apply for the credit limit that you need, rather than the one you want.

Annual income: Most credit cards have minimum annual income requirements. Make sure you’re applying for a card where you meet the minimum.

Age & residency: You need to be at least 18 years old to apply for a credit card in Australia, and most require that you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident. However, there are some credit cards available to temporary residents.

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. 

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.

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.

Where can I get a credit card?

Looking to get your first credit card? You might be confused as to exactly where to go to apply for one. Here’s where to go when you are ready to put in that application.

The bank: Your bank is a great place to start, provided that you have a good banking history. Since you already have a financial history, you have more chance of your application being approved.

Credit card provider: Another option is to apply for a credit card directly from the issuer, such as Visa, Mastercard or Amex. This will most likely be an online application, so do your research and apply for a suitable card for your circumstances.

Major retailers: Coles, Woolworths, Myer and David Jones all have credit cards available. But watch out for the interest rate and annual fees – these cards are designed to help you spend more in store.

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.

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. 

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.

Are credit checks mandatory?

In Australia it is impossible to get a credit card without the provider performing a credit check first. This is for your benefit, as it helps to prevent you from falling into avoidable debt.

What is the lowest monthly repayment on my credit card?

As a rule of thumb, this tends to be around 2-3 per cent of the outstanding balance. You can choose how much you want to repay each billing period as long as it is higher than this minimum required amount.

Can we pay stamp duty by credit card?

Different states also have different rules about whether you can pay stamp duty with a credit card. Check the payment options for stamp duty on your local state revenue office website.

Some allow payments only from a savings or chequing account, whereas others allow payment through BPAY using your credit card. Also read the fine print to see if BPAY payments on your credit card are considered cash advances, as this could attract a higher interest rate.

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 to calculate credit card interest

Credit card interest can quickly turn a manageable balance into unmovable debt. So being able to understand how interest rates translate into dollars is an important skill to acquire.

The common mistake people make is focusing on the credit card’s annual percentage rate (APR), which often sits between 15 and 20 per cent. While the APR does provide a rough idea of how much interest you’ll pay, it’s not entirely accurate.

This is because you actually accrue interest on your balance daily, not annually. So, you need to work out your daily periodic rate (DPR). To do this, divide your card’s APR by the number of days in a year (e.g. 16.9 per cent divided by 365, or 0.05 per cent). You can then apply this figure to the daily balance on your credit card.

How to get a free credit card

There's no such thing as a free lunch. All credit cards come with associated costs when used to make purchases, even if it’s simply the cost of making repayments.

However, many lenders offer incentives for customers such as a $0 annual fee or 0 per cent interest on purchases during an introductory period. Additionally, paying off your balance in full during an interest-free period means you could only have to pay back the cost of purchases without interest. You could also be eligible for additional rewards such as cashback during that time, saving you more money.

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.