Westpac

Low Fee Platinum

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.09%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

6.99%

for 12 months then 21.49%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $90

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$15

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.09%

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

6.99%

for 12 months then 21.49%

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $90

Max Free Days

Max Free Days

55

Late Payment Fee

$15

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • 6.99% p.a on balance transfers for 12 months and then 21.49% p.a.
  • Reduced $0 annual fee p.a in the first 12 months and $90 p.a thereafter.
  • $90 is refunded when you spend $10,000 on purchases every 12 months
  • Ability to convert large purchases into instalment plans
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay available
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Extended warranty
  • Rental car excess insurance
  • Concierge
  • No reward program
  • Late payment fee

Westpac Features and Fees

Westpac Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Platinum

Card Type

MasterCard

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

2% or $10

Minimum credit limit

$6k

Maximum credit limit

$50k

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

1

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $90

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$15

Over limit fee

$15

Duplicate statement fee

$2

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.09%

Cash advance rate

21.49%

Cash advance fee

2% or $2.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

6.99%

for 12 months then 21.49%

Transfer Limit

80%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

2%

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

$3 on Mastercard

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

Estimated ATM Cost

-

Rewards

Program name

Rewards Available

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$30k

Eligibility conditions

You have a regular, verifiable income

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE Available for covers up to $20,000 for loss or damage to personal property, $550 for loss or damage to travel documents and $2.5 million of personal liability cover
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE Cover lasts for 120 days per year
  • EXTENDED WARRANTY Warranty is extended for the same duration as the original warranty up to 2 years.
  • RENTAL CAR EXCESS INSURANCE Covers up to $5000
  • CONCIERGE
Specials
  • Other Annual Fee Waiver
    $0 annual card fee is available for the first year and in following years if you spend $10,000. T&Cs apply.

Other Benefits

Pay no annual fee for the first year and waive annual fees for subsequent years if you spend more than $10,000 every 12 months.

Pros and Cons

  • 6.99% p.a on balance transfers for 12 months and then 21.49% p.a.
  • Reduced $0 annual fee p.a in the first 12 months and $90 p.a thereafter.
  • $90 is refunded when you spend $10,000 on purchases every 12 months
  • Ability to convert large purchases into instalment plans
  • Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay available
  • Free domestic travel insurance
  • Free international travel insurance
  • Free supplementary cards
  • Purchase protection insurance
  • Extended warranty
  • Rental car excess insurance
  • Concierge
  • No reward program
  • Late payment fee

Westpac Features and Fees

Details

Card Level

Platinum

Card Type

MasterCard

Interest Free Days

Interest Free Days

55

Minimum monthly repayment

2% or $10

Minimum credit limit

$6k

Maximum credit limit

$50k

Free supplementary cards

Number free supplementary

1

Instant Approval

Fees

Annual Fee

Annual Fee

$0

for 12 months then $90

Annual Fee Spend Waiver

Supplementary card annual fee

$0

Late Payment Fee

$15

Over limit fee

$15

Duplicate statement fee

$2

Electronic Wallet Service

Important Rates

Rates

Purchase Rate

Purchase Rate

20.09%

Cash advance rate

21.49%

Cash advance fee

2% or $2.5

Balance Transfer

Balance Transfer Rate

Balance Transfer Rate

6.99%

for 12 months then 21.49%

Transfer Limit

80%

of the approved credit limit

Balance Transfer Fee

2%

Overseas spending

Foreign Exchange Fee

$3 on Mastercard

Overseas charges

Overseas charges

Estimated ATM Cost

-

Rewards

Program name

Rewards Available

Eligibility

Minimum age

18

Minimum income

$30k

Eligibility conditions

You have a regular, verifiable income

Residency

Australia Citizen, Permanent Resident

Perks

  • FREE DOMESTIC TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • FREE INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE Available for covers up to $20,000 for loss or damage to personal property, $550 for loss or damage to travel documents and $2.5 million of personal liability cover
  • FREE SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS
  • PURCHASE PROTECTION INSURANCE Cover lasts for 120 days per year
  • EXTENDED WARRANTY Warranty is extended for the same duration as the original warranty up to 2 years.
  • RENTAL CAR EXCESS INSURANCE Covers up to $5000
  • CONCIERGE
Specials
  • Other Annual Fee Waiver
    $0 annual card fee is available for the first year and in following years if you spend $10,000. T&Cs apply.

Other Benefits

Pay no annual fee for the first year and waive annual fees for subsequent years if you spend more than $10,000 every 12 months.

FAQs

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.

How long does it take to get a credit card?

There are a few stages you need to go through to get a credit card; each one takes a different length of time.

Applying for the card online, over the phone or in person is the fastest step. This usually takes around 15 minutes, provided you have all of your documents handy.

After submitting your application, it usually takes between one to 10 business days for the lender to assess your eligibility. Some lenders offer instant approval, although you will need to send supporting documents before it is official.

Once your application has been approved, expect to wait between one to 14 days to receive your card in the mail. Keep in mind that delays can happen during busy periods, such as if the lender has launched a special deal.

How do I apply for a credit card online?

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.

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. 

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.

What is CVV on a credit card?

CVV stands for ‘card verification value’, and is also sometimes referred to as a CVC or card verification code.

A CVV code is usually needed when the card is used online or over the phone as an anti-fraud measure. Without the cardholder being physically present to sign or verify the purchase, the CVV provides an extra layer of protection. 

If you’re using Mastercard or Visa, the CVV is the three digits located on the back of the card. If you’re using an American Express, the CVV is usually four digits and is on the front of the card.

Do you need a credit card to get a loan?

You do not need a credit card to get a loan, but you usually need to have a credit history. Without a credit history, a financial institution cannot assess your ‘credit worthiness’, or your capacity to pay off the loan.

If you don’t have a credit card, your credit history can reflect any record of paying off an asset. Without any credit credit history, you’re limited in the type of loans you can apply for. But you may be able to obtain a secured loan against an asset. For more information on improving your credit score, go here

How do you pay off credit cards?

The best way to pay off a credit card bill is to set a realistic spending budget and stick to it. Each month, you’ll get a credit card statement detailing how much you owe and how long it will take to pay off the balance by making minimum repayments. If you only make the minimum repayments, it will take you years to pay off your outstanding balance and add extra costs in interest charges. To avoid any extra charges, you should pay the entire bill. 

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.

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 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.

Are there credit cards for students?

Yes, there are credit cards available with students in mind. These can help young Australians to build their credit report and learn crucial life skills around budgeting and managing personal finances.

Can I get a credit card with bad credit?

Yes, some lenders will provide credit cards to Australians with bad credit scores. It depends on the provider's individual lending criteria and whether you’ve presented your personal finances to show you’re an ‘ideal’ applicant.

Is instant approval possible for credit cards?

Instant approval may be possible – but please note that the term may be misleading. “Instant” approval tends to mean that when you apply online the lender will let you know the likeliness of your eligibility for a credit card within 60 seconds of receiving your application.

Current Annual Fees

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

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.