Macquarie Bank

Platinum Card (Qantas Rewards)

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.70%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 14 months then 20.7%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$99

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$35

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.70%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 14 months then 20.7%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$99

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$35

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.70%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 14 months then 20.7%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$99

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$35

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Bonus 20,000 points subject to eligibility conditions
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Extended warranty
  • Rental car excess insurance
  • Concierge
  • Special events
  • Late payment fee

Features and Fees

Macquarie Bank Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Platinum

Card Type

Visa

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

2.5% or $50

Minimum credit limit

$6k

Maximum credit limit

No set max

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

4

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$99

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$35

Over limit fee

$30

Duplicate statement fee

$7

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.70%

Cash advance rate

20.7%

Cash advance fee

3% or $5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 14 months then 20.7%

Transfer Limit

100%

Less $500 of total credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

$0

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

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

$50k

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
1 point for $1 spentVisaUp to $1k monthlyeligible purchases
0.5 points for $1 spentVisauncappedeligible purchases

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE Available when you use your card to pay for return domestic travel. Covers up to $3000 for the entire cost of your return flights.
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE Available when you use your Card to pay for return international travel
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS Supplementary cardholder must be over 16 years of age
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE Covers up to $2,500 per item and $25,000 per year. Item must be new and unopened.
  • EXTENDED WARRANTY Warranty is extended for the same duration as the original warranty up to 1 year.
  • RENTAL CAR EXCESS INSURANCE Covers up to $5,000 per covered person or family, subject to $250 excess
  • CONCIERGE
  • SPECIAL EVENTS Provided through Visa entertainment and includes ticket pre-sales and exclusive offers
Specials
  • Bonus PointsBalance Transfer Receive 20,000 bonus Qantas points.
    Receive 20,000 bonus Qantas points when you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases within 60 days of approval. Be rewarded with a low annual fee, a 0% p.a. balance transfer for 14 months and no international purchase fees. 0% on purchases for up to 55 days.

Pros and Cons

  • Rewards Available through Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Bonus 20,000 points subject to eligibility conditions
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Extended warranty
  • Rental car excess insurance
  • Concierge
  • Special events
  • Late payment fee

Macquarie Bank Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Platinum

Card Type

Visa

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

2.5% or $50

Minimum credit limit

$6k

Maximum credit limit

No set max

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

4

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$99

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$35

Over limit fee

$30

Duplicate statement fee

$7

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.70%

Cash advance rate

20.7%

Cash advance fee

3% or $5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

0%

for 14 months then 20.7%

Transfer Limit

100%

Less $500 of total credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

$0

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

$0

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

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

$50k

Eligibility conditions

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Earn Rates

RateCard TypeEarnsCondition
1 point for $1 spentVisaUp to $1k monthlyeligible purchases
0.5 points for $1 spentVisauncappedeligible purchases

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE Available when you use your card to pay for return domestic travel. Covers up to $3000 for the entire cost of your return flights.
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE Available when you use your Card to pay for return international travel
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS Supplementary cardholder must be over 16 years of age
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE Covers up to $2,500 per item and $25,000 per year. Item must be new and unopened.
  • EXTENDED WARRANTY Warranty is extended for the same duration as the original warranty up to 1 year.
  • RENTAL CAR EXCESS INSURANCE Covers up to $5,000 per covered person or family, subject to $250 excess
  • CONCIERGE
  • SPECIAL EVENTS Provided through Visa entertainment and includes ticket pre-sales and exclusive offers
Specials
  • Bonus PointsBalance Transfer Receive 20,000 bonus Qantas points.
    Receive 20,000 bonus Qantas points when you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases within 60 days of approval. Be rewarded with a low annual fee, a 0% p.a. balance transfer for 14 months and no international purchase fees. 0% on purchases for up to 55 days.

FAQs

Can I transfer money from my American Express credit card to my bank account?

If you’re an American Express credit card customer, you may not be able to transfer money from your credit card to your bank account. However, you may be eligible for cash advances, which involves withdrawing money through an ATM. 

To qualify for a cash advance, you’ll likely have to enrol for American Express Membership Rewards. Consider checking your online credit card account to see if you can withdraw a cash advance and, if so, the fees and charges you’ll incur for this transaction. 

You should remember that cash advances are different from balance transfers, which were available with some American Express credit cards earlier. Balance transfers allow customers to consolidate debt from high-interest credit cards to a credit card offering a lower interest rate. If you only recently applied for an American Express credit card, balance transfers may not be available irrespective of the card you own. 

How to increase your HSBC credit card limit

You can opt to increase your HSBC credit card limit in multiple ways. 

The easiest way to change your HSBC credit card limit is through online banking. Log on to your account and click on ‘Manage your account’. Then, click on ‘My Cards’ and choose to change your credit card limit. Simply complete the HSBC credit card limit increase form and click on ‘Submit’. 

You can also request to increase your credit card limit by calling HSBC’s customer service hotline on 1300 303 168. 

Lastly, you can visit any HSBC branch to apply to lift your card limit. 

If you are facing challenges while trying to complete an HSBC credit card credit limit increase online, you can chat with a representative using internet banking. Click on the ‘Need Help’ button on the right of the dashboard and open the chat window to speak with the customer service officer. 

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 Bendigo Bank credit card limit?

As a Bendigo Bank credit cardholder, you can avail a minimum limit of $500, but if you use your card regularly, you may want to consider increasing it. To increase your Bendigo Bank credit card limit, you can contact the bank’s credit card team on 1300 236 344 and talk to the bank directly.

You can also apply for a credit card limit increase through online banking, by logging into Bendigo Bank web portal or through the app on your phone or tablet. Once you’ve successfully logged in, you'll want  to send a secure message to Bendigo Bank asking them to increase your credit card limit. 

If you cannot access the online portal or the app, you can also apply to increase your credit card limit through the online enquiry form. Simply add relevant information in the required fields and click ‘Submit’. Once you have completed the application, Bendigo Bank should verify your details and analyse your current financial standing. Based on this assessment, the bank will either accept your application to increase your credit card limit or deny it. 

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.

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 to increase your Heritage credit card limit?

Heritage credit card holders can increase their card limits, and typically without any hassles. There are two limits applied to your credit card: your account transfer limit and your credit card limit, each of which has a separate limit.

To increase your Heritage credit card limit, you can contact Heritage on 13 14 22. Unfortunately, you cannot opt to increase your credit card limit online due to security reasons. 

You can, however, request to increase your daily account transfer limit and BPAY® to up to $40,000 per day easily through Heritage Online. To do this,  you'll need to first ensure that your credit card limit is more than $40,000. If it is lower, you’ll need to first ask Heritage for an increase in your credit card limit. 

  • It’s important to note that once you change your credit limit, the daily periodic rate and corresponding annual percentage rate will change as well. This is likely to come into effect on the first day of each billing cycle that begins in March, June, September, and December. The effect of an increase in the annual percentage rate and the daily periodic rate will lead to an increased amount of interest you will have to cover in your monthly payment. 

Do I get HSBC credit card insurance on purchases I make?

As an HSBC credit card (HSBC Platinum, HSBC Platinum Qantas and HSBC Premier World) cardholder, you may be entitled to complimentary international and domestic travel insurance. This HSBC credit card insurance covers you for hospital stays and medical expenses, flight cancellations or delays, as well as lost luggage or personal items.

To be eligible for the insurance, you should have paid for at least 90 per cent of your overseas return travel ticket with your HSBC credit card. The cover is automatically activated without a need to contact HSBC. However, it’s always best to let your card issuer know when you travel overseas. If you have pre-existing medical conditions, you’ll need to contact Allianz directly to organise cover for these as they aren’t covered by the insurance. You can call Allianz on 1800 648 093.

The complimentary international travel insurance that comes with your HSBC Platinum credit card is valid for up to four months from the date of your departure from Australia. Your HSBC credit card insurance cover also covers your spouse and dependent children if 90 per cent of their travel ticket is purchased using your HSBC card.

 

How does the ANZ credit card instalment plan work?

While you usually need to settle all or part of your credit card dues at the end of your statement period, some credit cards afford you the option of setting up instalment plans. This allows you to settle your credit card debt at a pace that's more convenient for you, paying a fixed amount over a fixed period, thus making it easier to budget your repayments every month.

With the ANZ credit card instalment plan, you can set up a structured repayment schedule for part or all of your balance, or even for specific purchases over a certain value.

Some of the benefits of instalment repayment include: 

  • Structured repayments: You’ll have a fixed sum to pay each month.
  • Easier to budget: A fixed repayment sum makes it easier to make your monthly budget.
  • Account benefits: You might also get benefits such as discounted interest rates or debt-tracking tools.

There are disadvantages of opting for instalment repayment, however, and they include:

  • Less flexibility: You will not be able to pay a smaller amount once you set an instalment plan.
  • Different interest charges: In case the instalment plan only covers part of the balance, different interest charges could apply, making it challenging to budget.
  • Additional fees: You might have to pay fees or penalty charges in case of missed payments.

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.

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.

 

Does St. George Bank offer any credit card insurance?

Depending on the type of card they hold St. George Bank credit cardholders can benefit from a host of various credit card insurance offerings including:

Complimentary overseas travel insurance, covering:

  • Medical and hospital expenses incurred while travelling overseas, with the exclusion of pre-existing conditions
  • Loss or damage to personal property
  • Legal liabilities
  • Loss or damage to rental vehicles
  • Unexpected cancellation of travel arrangements or any other unforeseen expenses

Complimentary purchase security insurance may be available to level 1 cardholders for four months and three months of complimentary insurance accessed by level 2 cardholders. This type of insurance covers loss, theft, and damage costs to eligible products purchased anywhere around the world, provided that the product was purchased using the St. George Bank credit card. 

Extended warranty insurance may be available to St. George Bank credit cardholders, which extends the manufacturer’s Australian warranty on certain products purchased. For example, if you purchase a pair of headphones that comes with 11 months of warranty, St. George Bank will provide an extended warranty of 11 months, provided the entire purchase is charged to the St. George Bank credit card. 

Select cardholders may be able to take advantage of St. George Bank’s rental vehicle excess insurance, which covers up to $5,500 for any excess or deductible which the cardholder is legally liable to pay during the rental period. 

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 to make a credit card online

If you’re wondering about how to make a credit card online application, here are some steps to follow:

  • Test the market. Many credit card options are available online. Compare providers by fees, interest and perks to ensure you’re getting the best deal.
  • Complete the application. Once you’ve selected a card, head to the provider’s website and complete the online credit card application form. Forms vary by providers.
  • Provide details. Most cards require you to meet age, residency, income and credit status condition, and you need to provide details like a bank account statement to prove this.
  • Review details. Ensure the information you’ve entered is correct.

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.