Whether you’re trying to clear a balance, earn a stack of points or anything in between, we think one of the best ways to kick off the new year is by putting an exceptional piece of plastic in your wallet.
Don’t know where to start? Our editors have picked a few options from our database for you to check out.
Best cards for... crushing debt:
Virgin Money Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer and Points Offer
0% interest free balance transfer period for 18 months
$65 annual fee in first year ($129 after)
$129 annual Virgin Gift Voucher
If you’re looking for a piece of plastic to bring on your travels but need to clear a pesky balance first, the Virgin Money Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer might be just the ticket. You’ll have 18 interest free months to clear away your existing debt, and then you’ll be free to rake in the goodies that come with a rewards card!
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
0% balance transfer rate for 22 months (2% balance transfer fee applies)
With a leisurely 22 months to pay off your lingering balance, the HSBC Platinum card will help you get your spending back on track. And once you blast your debt, you’ll have an award-winning Premium Retail Rewards credit card in your pocket. Win-win!
Woolworths Everyday Platinum Credit Card
0% balance transfer rate for 14 months
$0 annual fee in the first year ($49 after)
Mozo Experts Choice Winner 2017
If you’re a Woolies shopper then not only does the Woolworths Everyday Platinum come with 14 months to pay off your existing debt, but it’s then a handy piece of plastic to have in your wallet and earn points on your grocery shop!
Best cards for ... ditching fees:
American Express Essential Credit Card
$0 annual fee
14.99% interest rate
1 point per $1 spent, uncapped
With multiple Mozo Experts Choice Awards under its belt, the Amex Essential is a well-rounded piece of plastic that suits just about any wallet. With a low interest rate and now annual fee, this card is for convenient and simple spending.
Coles No Annual Fee Mastercard
$0 annual fee
19.99% interest rate
Mobile wallet feature included
With no frills but heaps of convenience and value, the Coles Mastercard is for the practically minded spender. Plus, rewards lovers don’t miss out, with 1 Flybuys point for every $2 you spend on your card.
Best Cards for ... getting rewarded for your spending
Bursting at the seams with rewards goodies, the Amex Explorer is designed for big spenders. Along with a bucketload of rewards points, there are a range of insurance covers and other travel freebies on offer with this plastic.
NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
100,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 60 days
1 point per dollar on Visa, up to $5,000 per month
Benefits including free travel insurance and concierge service
Did someone say bonus points? The NAB Qantas Signature card comes with a tonne of them, plus other benefits including complimentary insurance covers. If you’re a traveller with a preference for Qantas, this one’s worth a look!