HSBC

Platinum Credit Card (Balance Transfer Offer)

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Balance Transfer

Enjoy 0% p.a. interest on Balance Transfers for 26 months1 (1% Balance Transfer Fee applies2) and $0 annual fee in First Year3.

To be eligible for the introductory balance transfer rate, the balance transfer request must be made when applying for the HSBC Platinum Credit Card. Your total balance transfers must not exceed 90% of your approved credit limit. The interest rate on the balance transfer applies for 26 months and must be from non-HSBC credit cards. After this period, any balance outstanding from the balance transfer will accrue interest at the cash advance rate (currently 21.99% p.a. and subject to change). HSBC will allocate payments received from you to pay off the portion of your balance attracting the highest interest rate first and subsequently to portions of your balance attracting lower interest rates. This may mean applying any and all payments made to your Platinum Credit Card account to pay off other transactions such as purchases and cash advances before any balance transfer amount. The Balance Transfer Fee will be calculated as a percentage of the balance being transferred to your HSBC credit card account. This fee will be applied at the time the balance is transferred and forms part of your total outstanding balance. The Platinum Annual Fee will be waived in the first year from the date of approval for customers taking up the 26 months balance transfer offer only. The Annual Fee will be charged on the first statement of account after the end of the First Year and annually thereafter. The Platinum credit card Annual Fee is currently $129 but is subject to change.

RateCity Says: A competitive platinum card offering from a global provider. Cardholders can enjoy a lengthy balance transfer period and a range of perks from the HSBC Rewards Program.

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

19.99%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 26 months then 21.99%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $129

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$30

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

19.99%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 26 months then 21.99%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $129

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$30

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Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

19.99%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 26 months then 21.99%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $129

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$30

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Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through HSBC Rewards Plus Program
  • Waived $0 annual fee p.a in the first 12 months and $129 p.a thereafter.
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Price guarantee
  • Extended warranty
  • Rental car excess insurance
  • Concierge
  • Partner discounts
  • Airport lounge
  • Late payment fee

HSBC Features and Fees

HSBC Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Platinum

Card Type

Visa

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

3% or $20

Minimum credit limit

$6k

Maximum credit limit

No set max

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

5

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $129

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$30

Over limit fee

$30

Duplicate statement fee

$8

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

19.99%

Cash advance rate

21.99%

Cash advance fee

3% or $4

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 26 months then 21.99%

Transfer Limit

90%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

1%

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3% on Visa

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$4

Estimated ATM Cost

$13

for AU $300 withdrawal

Rewards

Program name

HSBC Rewards Plus Program

Rewards Available

Gift Card, Cash Back

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$40k

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
2 points for $1 spentVisaUp to $10k monthlyeligible international purchases
1 point for $1 spentVisaUp to $10k monthlyeligible domestic purchases

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE You must pay an excess of A$200 for each claim
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE You must pay an excess of A$200 for each claim other than the replacement of travel necessities. If you make more than one claim from a single event, the excess only applies once.
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE Covers with a $100 excess
  • PRICE GUARANTEE If you purchase personal goods in Australia and then find the same product advertised later at a cheaper price, you can claim back the difference if it is more than $75.
  • EXTENDED WARRANTY Warranty is extended for the same duration as the original warranty up to 1 year.
  • RENTAL CAR EXCESS INSURANCE
  • CONCIERGE
  • PARTNER DISCOUNTS
  • AIRPORT LOUNGE 2 per year
Specials
  • Balance TransferOther Enjoy 0% p.a. interest on Balance Transfers for 26 months1 (1% Balance Transfer Fee applies2) and $0 annual fee in First Year3.
    To be eligible for the introductory balance transfer rate, the balance transfer request must be made when applying for the HSBC Platinum Credit Card. Your total balance transfers must not exceed 90% of your approved credit limit. The interest rate on the balance transfer applies for 26 months and must be from non-HSBC credit cards. After this period, any balance outstanding from the balance transfer will accrue interest at the cash advance rate (currently 21.99% p.a. and subject to change). HSBC will allocate payments received from you to pay off the portion of your balance attracting the highest interest rate first and subsequently to portions of your balance attracting lower interest rates. This may mean applying any and all payments made to your Platinum Credit Card account to pay off other transactions such as purchases and cash advances before any balance transfer amount. The Balance Transfer Fee will be calculated as a percentage of the balance being transferred to your HSBC credit card account. This fee will be applied at the time the balance is transferred and forms part of your total outstanding balance. The Platinum Annual Fee will be waived in the first year from the date of approval for customers taking up the 26 months balance transfer offer only. The Annual Fee will be charged on the first statement of account after the end of the First Year and annually thereafter. The Platinum credit card Annual Fee is currently $129 but is subject to change.

Other Restrictions

Eligible purchases exclude interest free promotions, balance transfers, business expenses, cash advances, fees or charges, any disputed transactions, and any government fee or charge.

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through HSBC Rewards Plus Program
  • Waived $0 annual fee p.a in the first 12 months and $129 p.a thereafter.
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Price guarantee
  • Extended warranty
  • Rental car excess insurance
  • Concierge
  • Partner discounts
  • Airport lounge
  • Late payment fee

HSBC Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Platinum

Card Type

Visa

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

3% or $20

Minimum credit limit

$6k

Maximum credit limit

No set max

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

5

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $129

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$30

Over limit fee

$30

Duplicate statement fee

$8

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

19.99%

Cash advance rate

21.99%

Cash advance fee

3% or $4

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 26 months then 21.99%

Transfer Limit

90%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

1%

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

3% on Visa

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$4

Estimated ATM Cost

$13

for AU $300 withdrawal

Rewards

Program name

HSBC Rewards Plus Program

Rewards Available

Gift Card, Cash Back

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$40k

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
2 points for $1 spentVisaUp to $10k monthlyeligible international purchases
1 point for $1 spentVisaUp to $10k monthlyeligible domestic purchases

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE You must pay an excess of A$200 for each claim
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE You must pay an excess of A$200 for each claim other than the replacement of travel necessities. If you make more than one claim from a single event, the excess only applies once.
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE Covers with a $100 excess
  • PRICE GUARANTEE If you purchase personal goods in Australia and then find the same product advertised later at a cheaper price, you can claim back the difference if it is more than $75.
  • EXTENDED WARRANTY Warranty is extended for the same duration as the original warranty up to 1 year.
  • RENTAL CAR EXCESS INSURANCE
  • CONCIERGE
  • PARTNER DISCOUNTS
  • AIRPORT LOUNGE 2 per year
Specials
  • Balance TransferOther Enjoy 0% p.a. interest on Balance Transfers for 26 months1 (1% Balance Transfer Fee applies2) and $0 annual fee in First Year3.
    To be eligible for the introductory balance transfer rate, the balance transfer request must be made when applying for the HSBC Platinum Credit Card. Your total balance transfers must not exceed 90% of your approved credit limit. The interest rate on the balance transfer applies for 26 months and must be from non-HSBC credit cards. After this period, any balance outstanding from the balance transfer will accrue interest at the cash advance rate (currently 21.99% p.a. and subject to change). HSBC will allocate payments received from you to pay off the portion of your balance attracting the highest interest rate first and subsequently to portions of your balance attracting lower interest rates. This may mean applying any and all payments made to your Platinum Credit Card account to pay off other transactions such as purchases and cash advances before any balance transfer amount. The Balance Transfer Fee will be calculated as a percentage of the balance being transferred to your HSBC credit card account. This fee will be applied at the time the balance is transferred and forms part of your total outstanding balance. The Platinum Annual Fee will be waived in the first year from the date of approval for customers taking up the 26 months balance transfer offer only. The Annual Fee will be charged on the first statement of account after the end of the First Year and annually thereafter. The Platinum credit card Annual Fee is currently $129 but is subject to change.

Other Restrictions

Eligible purchases exclude interest free promotions, balance transfers, business expenses, cash advances, fees or charges, any disputed transactions, and any government fee or charge.

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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 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 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 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.

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 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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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. 

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 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.

Does ING increase credit card limits?

You may want to increase your credit card limit for many reasons, such as having access to more spending money. However, if you are using the Orange One credit card issued by ING, you may not be able to do so. 

ING customers can choose a credit limit of their preference when applying for the Orange One credit card. Depending on your financial situation, this limit can be anywhere between $1,000 and $30,000. If you qualify for a Rewards Platinum card, the minimum credit card limit will likely be $6,000. 

Ideally, you should set your credit card limit knowing how much you can afford to repay each month and keep your expenses lower than this level. With most credit cards, you should have the option of requesting a credit card limit increase at a later time, although you will need to qualify for any increase. With an ING credit card, limit increases are out of the question (at the time this was published), which means you may want to apply for a higher credit card limit from the beginning. Remember that you have the option of decreasing your ING credit card limit at a later time.

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.