The Platinum Awards Credit Card offers customers the flexibility of two cards: Amex and MasterCard. We suggest you stick with the American Express option, however, as you'll get double the points for every dollar you spend. The points you earn do not expire, but after earning the first 150,000 points, there is a reduced earn rate up to a maximum of 250,000 points in a year.
You can choose to redeem your points through a range of airline programs or redeem points at
Flight Centre, instore at Myer, gift cards, cash back or many other
items from the Awards website.
The Commonwealth Bank Platinum Awards credit card has a standard purchase rate of 20.24%. If you have pre-existing debt on another card, the CommBank Platinum Awards Credit Card offers a low balance transfer rate of 5.99% for five months. But if you haven't paid off the debt by the end of that period, your balance will roll over to the much less reasonable cash advance revert rate of 21.24%.
There is a hefty annual fee of $249, but don't forget the card comes with concierge service, complimentary international travel insurance, and, if you're a Sydneysider or visiting Sydney, the exclusive Priceless Sydney program. Suddenly, the annual fee isn't looking too bad at all!
Who it's good for:
The CommBank Platinum Awards Credit Card will work well for anyone looking to increase their points earning potential.
Avoid late repayments - they'll attract a $20 fee. Don't be tempted to overspend with the cards $6000 minimum credit limit.