CUA

Platinum Credit Card

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Balance Transfer

0% p.a. on balance transfers for 20 months and $0 annual fee for the first year.

Offer not available to transfers from existing CUA Credit Cards. Only one application per account accepted (consolidate up to 3 non-CUA Credit Cards per application). The balance transfer application must be applied for within 3 months of the Disclosure Date in your Offer and Card Contract. Your total balance transfer may not exceed 80% of your credit limit. CUA may allow this to be exceeded at our discretion.

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

19.99%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 20 months then 21.74%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $149

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$12.5

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

19.99%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 20 months then 21.74%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $149

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$12.5

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Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

19.99%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 20 months then 21.74%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $149

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$12.5

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Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through CUA Platinum Rewards
  • Waived $0 annual fee p.a in the first 12 months and $149 p.a thereafter.
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay available
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Late payment fee

CUA Features and Fees

CUA Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Platinum

Card Type

MasterCard

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

3% or $35

Minimum credit limit

$5k

Maximum credit limit

No set max

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

9

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $149

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$12.5

Over limit fee

$0

Duplicate statement fee

$0

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

19.99%

Cash advance rate

21.74%

Cash advance fee

2% or $3.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 20 months then 21.74%

Transfer Limit

80%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3.4% on Mastercard

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$3.5

Estimated ATM Cost

-

Rewards

Program name

CUA Platinum Rewards

Rewards Available

Gift Card, Cash Back

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$0

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
1 point for $1 spentMastercardUp to $100k annuallyeligible transactions

Perks

  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE Cover lasts for 30 days per year
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE Cover lasts for 90 days per year
Specials
  • Balance TransferOther 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 20 months and $0 annual fee for the first year.
    Offer not available to transfers from existing CUA Credit Cards. Only one application per account accepted (consolidate up to 3 non-CUA Credit Cards per application). The balance transfer application must be applied for within 3 months of the Disclosure Date in your Offer and Card Contract. Your total balance transfer may not exceed 80% of your credit limit. CUA may allow this to be exceeded at our discretion.

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through CUA Platinum Rewards
  • Waived $0 annual fee p.a in the first 12 months and $149 p.a thereafter.
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay available
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Late payment fee

CUA Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Platinum

Card Type

MasterCard

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

3% or $35

Minimum credit limit

$5k

Maximum credit limit

No set max

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

9

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $149

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$12.5

Over limit fee

$0

Duplicate statement fee

$0

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

19.99%

Cash advance rate

21.74%

Cash advance fee

2% or $3.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 20 months then 21.74%

Transfer Limit

80%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3.4% on Mastercard

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$3.5

Estimated ATM Cost

-

Rewards

Program name

CUA Platinum Rewards

Rewards Available

Gift Card, Cash Back

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$0

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
1 point for $1 spentMastercardUp to $100k annuallyeligible transactions

Perks

  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE Cover lasts for 30 days per year
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE Cover lasts for 90 days per year
Specials
  • Balance TransferOther 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 20 months and $0 annual fee for the first year.
    Offer not available to transfers from existing CUA Credit Cards. Only one application per account accepted (consolidate up to 3 non-CUA Credit Cards per application). The balance transfer application must be applied for within 3 months of the Disclosure Date in your Offer and Card Contract. Your total balance transfer may not exceed 80% of your credit limit. CUA may allow this to be exceeded at our discretion.
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FAQs

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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. 

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 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.

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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 does credit card interest work?

Generally, when we talk about credit card interest, we mean the purchase interest rate, which is the interest charged on purchases you make with your credit card.

If you don’t pay your full balance each month (or even if you pay the minimum amount), you are charged interest on all the outstanding transactions and the remaining balance. However, interest is also charged on cash advances, balance transfers, special rate offers and, in some cases, even the fees charged by the company.

The interest rate can vary, depending on the credit card. Some have an interest-free period, otherwise you start paying interest from the day you make a purchase or from the day your monthly statement is issued. So avoid interest by paying the full amount promptly.

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.