HSBC

Premier World Mastercard (Qantas Rewards)

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

19.99%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

21.99%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$99

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$30

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

19.99%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

21.99%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$99

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$30

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

19.99%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

21.99%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$99

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$30

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Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Price guarantee
  • Extended warranty
  • Rental car excess insurance
  • Partner discounts
  • Late payment fee

HSBC Features and Fees

HSBC Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Premium

Card Type

MasterCard

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

3% or $20

Minimum credit limit

$10k

Maximum credit limit

No set max

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

5

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$99

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

21.99%

Transfer Limit

95%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

2% on Mastercard

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$4

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

$40k

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
1 point for $1 spentMastercardUp to $10k monthlyeligible purchases

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE Cover lasts for 120 days per year
  • 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 There is a $200 excess for each claim
  • RENTAL CAR EXCESS INSURANCE
  • PARTNER DISCOUNTS
Specials
  • Bonus Points Earn up to 40,000 bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer Bonus Points
    Offer available to new, approved HSBC Premier customers who apply for the HSBC Premier Qantas Rewards Card by 31 December 2020. Other fees and charges apply.

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Price guarantee
  • Extended warranty
  • Rental car excess insurance
  • Partner discounts
  • Late payment fee

HSBC Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Premium

Card Type

MasterCard

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

3% or $20

Minimum credit limit

$10k

Maximum credit limit

No set max

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

5

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$99

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

21.99%

Transfer Limit

95%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

2% on Mastercard

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

$4

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

$40k

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
1 point for $1 spentMastercardUp to $10k monthlyeligible purchases

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE Cover lasts for 120 days per year
  • 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 There is a $200 excess for each claim
  • RENTAL CAR EXCESS INSURANCE
  • PARTNER DISCOUNTS
Specials
  • Bonus Points Earn up to 40,000 bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer Bonus Points
    Offer available to new, approved HSBC Premier customers who apply for the HSBC Premier Qantas Rewards Card by 31 December 2020. Other fees and charges apply.

FAQs

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. 

Current Interest Rate

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

Current Annual Fees

These are the current annual fees on your existing credit card.

How do I apply for a credit card online?

Monthly repayment

This is how much you can afford to pay on a monthly basis off your credit card. You can enter any amount you wish; but to make the balance transfer worthwhile the default is $200.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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.

How to get money from a credit card

You can get money from a credit card, but generally it will cost you.

Withdrawing money from a credit card is called a cash advance, as it operates more as a loan than a simple cash withdrawal. Because it is a loan, you may be charged interest on your cash advance as soon as you make the withdrawal. Interest rates are also usually much higher for cash advances than standard credit card purchases.

In addition to the interest rate, you may also be charged a cash advance fee. This could be a flat rate, or a percentage of your total cash advance. If you are considering a cash advance, make sure to add up how much it will cost you before committing.

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.

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. 

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.

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 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.

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.