The 9 credit card perks you forgot (or didn’t know) you had

Ceyda Erem

17 Nov 2017

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In a world fixated by innovation, credit cards were never meant to be just a piece of plastic that collects dust in the back of your wallet. And while your mind may jump to cashback rewards and frequent flyer points when you hear the word ‘perk’, they are not the only freebies your credit card provides. Now as you pick up the jaw you just dropped, here are 9 common credit card perks you need to be taking advantage of.

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Rewards credit cards

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  • American Express Cashback Credit Card

    Enjoy up to 6% cashback on eligible purchases in the first three months. Additional 1.5% cashback with American Express Shop Small Campaign (conditions apply). Complimentary perks and insurances. Eligibility criteria and T&Cs apply.

    Cashback Rewards

    $120

    No current offer

    1 point uncapped

    • -

    • 20.74% p.a.

    • No current offer

    • 55

    • 3.00%

    • $30.00

    • 1 point per dollar on Amex, uncapped

    • Never

    • No current offer

    • -

    • -

    • -

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  • Apply By 07 September 2021

    Westpac Altitude Platinum

    Earn up to 80,000 bonus Altitude Points, worth up to $350 of eGift cards ($3k min. spend in the first 90 days on eligible purchases). Enjoy up to 45 days interest free with a 0% balance transfer for 18 months (rate then reverts to 21.49% after). 1% BT fee. Only $99 annual card fee for the first year, $150 thereafter.

    Altitude Rewards

    $150 $99 in the first year

    80,000

    1 point uncapped

    • -

    • 20.49% p.a.

    • 0% p.a. for 18 months and then 21.49% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    • 21.49% p.a.

    • 45

    • 3.00%

    • $15.00

    • 1 point per dollar on Mastercard, uncapped

    • Never

    • 80,000

    • 15,600 points

    • 212,000 points

    • 24,100 points

    • • Travel Insurance

      • Extended Warranty

      • Purchase Protection

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  • American Express Qantas Discovery Card

    Receive up to 1.75 Qantas Points for every $1 spent on Card purchases (T&Cs apply). No annual fee for the life of the card. T&C’s apply. Mozo Experts Choice Qantas Frequent Flyer Credit Card Winner 2020.

    Qantas Frequent Flyer

    $0

    No current offer

    0.75 points uncapped

    • -

    • 20.74% p.a.

    • No current offer

    • 44

    • 3.00%

    • $30.00

    • 0.75 points per dollar on Amex, uncapped

    • Never

    • No current offer

    • 8,000 points

    • 110,400 points

    • 19,730 points

    • • Purchase Protection

      • Account alerts by SMS

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  • NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card

    NABs fastest way to earn Qantas Points. 110,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 on everyday purchases within 60 days of account opening and keep the card open for 12 months. Access to 6 complimentary insurances when you make eligible purchases.

    Qantas Frequent Flyer

    $395 $295 in the first year

    110,000

    1 point up to $5,000/month, then
    0.5 points up to $20,000/month

    • -

    • 19.99% p.a.

    • 0% p.a. for 6 months and then 21.74% p.a. (2.00% balance transfer fee)

    • 21.74% p.a.

    • 44

    • 3.00%

    • $15.00

    • 1 point per dollar on Visa, up to $5,000 per month, then
      0.5 points per dollar on Visa, up to $20,000 per month

    • Never

    • 110,000

    • 8,000 points

    • 110,400 points

    • 19,730 points

    • • Concierge

      • Extended Warranty

      • Purchase Protection

      • International Travel Insurance

      • Transit Accident Insurance

      • Interstate Flight Inconvenience Insurance

      • Rental Vehicle Excess in Australia Insurance

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  • St.George Amplify Rewards Signature

    Earn up to 200,000 Bonus Amplify Rewards Points over 2 years (100k yr 1, 100k yr 2) when you spend $12k on eligible purchases each year. New cards only, Eligibility criteria and T&Cs apply. Offer ends 28th September 2021.

    Rewards

    $279

    200,000

    1.5 points uncapped

    • -

    • 19.74% p.a.

    • 0% p.a. for 15 months and then 21.49% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    • 21.49% p.a.

    • 55

    • 3.00%

    • $15.00

    • 1.5 points per dollar on Visa, uncapped

    • Never

    • 200,000

    • 15,600 points

    • 212,000 points

    • 22,200 points

    • • Concierge

      • Travel Insurance

      • Extended Warranty

      • Purchase Protection

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Amplify Rewards Signature

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Travel insurance and travel extras 

Many credit card providers offer complimentary travel insurance to customers that not only covers you, but your spouse and two children, granted they are still under 22. Typically, you can expect cover for medical expenses, lost luggage, cancellation fees, travel delays and more with your credit card’s travel insurance.

But that’s not all, travel addicts. Depending on your rewards card, you may also have access to a free domestic flight each year, plus airline lounge access and chauffeur driven airport travel.

Rental car excess cover 

Did you know that your credit card could even have your back when you’re in the driver's seat of a rental car? Credit card travel insurance cover generally includes rental car excess cover when you rent a car domestically or overseas. This means that you don’t have to take this out with the car rental company directly (and pay that extra $30 a day to reduce your excess from $4000 to $500 if you damage the car in an accident).

The amount of excess cover will vary between credit card providers though, so be sure you check your cover with your bank first before you decline the rental car insurance and make sure you’ve met the minimum activation requirements for the travel insurance cover to be valid.

VIP access to entertainment events 

Love a good show? Depending on the type of card you own, you may have exclusive pre-sale ticket access entertainment and sporting events. And with platforms like Visa Entertainment, Mastercard Moments and AMEX Invites, you can also enter competitions with major entertainment brands.

Purchase protection insurance 

Purchase protection insurance is also a standard feature on many rewards cards. This means, if an item you purchase with the card is stolen or accidentally lost or damaged, your credit card provider will cover the cost of the item. However, there are a few conditions with this perk. For instance, you may need to make the claim within 30 days of the incident and in order for your claim to eligible, the item should have been purchased within the last 90 days.

Extended warranty 

Taking protection one step further, your card may also offer an extended warranty (generally an extra 12 months) on appliances purchased with your plastic.

Price protection 

If your biggest pet peeve is seeing an item you just purchased for a cheaper price at a different store, you’re in luck because there’s a good chance your credit card offers price protection! This perk allows you to be reimbursed the difference between the price you paid and the lower price you’ve seen advertised elsewhere. Keep in mind though that there may be a minimum and maximum price difference you are able to claim, for instance, between $75 to $500 - also, the claim must be made within 21 - 60 days.  

Private online stores 

While you do have the option to earn and use your points for regular in-store purchases, Qantas and Virgin cardholders can use their points to do some private retail therapy at the Qantas or Virgin Frequent Flyer Store. You’ll be able to shop for anything from fashion and lifestyle to technology and home decor.

Concierge service

Think of this as the personal assistant you wish you had. Depending on your provider, a concierge service can provide assistance with hotel recommendations, dinner reservations, finding the perfect personal trainer and more! All you need to do is call the 24x7 service line.

'Lock', block and cap features 

Budgeting and online banking have never been easier with additional banking features available on selected credit cards. Some providers allow you to ‘lock’ international online and in-store payments if you aren’t planning on shopping internationally. You can also set a spending cap to stay on top your budget as well as block cash advances if you want to avoid withdrawing cash with your card.