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American Express Explorer Credit Card

Purchase rate
20.74% p.a.
Balance transfer rate
No current offer
Annual fees
$395
Interest free days on purchases
55
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Mozo editorial review American Express Explorer Credit Card

Last updated: 22 April 2020.

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What's hot
  • 50,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points when you spend $3,000 within 3 months
  • $400 Travel Credit annually
  • 2 Membership Rewards Points for every $1 spent
What's not
  • Bonus points only available for new American Express Card Members
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Looking for a credit card to match your travel aspirations? The Explorer could be just the travel companion you’ve been waiting for. If you're a new Card Member, apply online, get approved and spend $3,000 in the first 3 months and you’ll get 50,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points - which could be enough points for your first rewards escape. You’ll also get $400 travel credit each year to use towards any flight, hotel, experience or car hire, access to the American Express Lounge at Sydney Airport twice a year and for every dollar you spend you’ll earn up to 2 membership rewards points on eligible purchases.



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Key features

Starting off with the credit card basics, the American Express Explorer card has a standard purchase rate of 20.74% p.a. If you pay your balance off in full each month you’ll get up to 55 days interest free. Although, the card can only be used to make purchases online or in person as there is no option to use the credit available for cash withdrawals or cash advances.

The American Express Explorer card is eligible for use with Google Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, so you don’t even need to carry the physical card with you, but if you are travelling, we highly recommend you take the card just incase your Smartphone goes on the blink.  

There is no points cap on the Explorer card and to help you accrue rewards faster, you can add family as additional card members at no extra cost, but keep in mind you’ll be liable for all spending and associated charges including interest on your account. 

There is an $395 annual fee for the card but the premium benefits more than make up for this cost as long as you take advantage of them each year. They include:

Rewards

 - 50,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points - only available to new American Express Card Members and bank issued Amex companion cardholders, who apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 on the card within the first three months.

 - Transfer your points to a choice of 8 Airline Partner Programs including Singapore, Etihad and Emirates.

 - 2 Membership Rewards points for every dollar spent on all purchases except Australian Government bodies where you’ll earn 1 point per $1 spent.       

Travel

 - $400 annual travel credit through American Express travel. Book travel online for anyone you choose. Credit can go towards flights, hotels, car hire or events.

 - Travel insurance cover including medical emergency, cancellation, baggage and inconvenience insurance for you and your family when you pay for your travel with your card.

Insurance

 - Get up to $500 for screen repairs if you accidentally break your Smartphone screen. 10% excess applies.

 - Extend your manufacturer’s warranty by up to 12 months on items purchased with your American Express Explorer card.

 - Purchase protection cover should your new items purchased with your card be stolen or damaged.

 - Online fraud protection guarantee means you won’t be held responsible for any unauthorised charges made without your knowledge.


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Who is it good for

Like most rewards credit cards, the American Express Explorer is best suited to big spenders that can put the bulk of their expenses on their card but pay the balance off in full each month.

To be eligible for the card you’ll also need to have an annual income of $65,000 or more, be over 18 years of age and have no history or bad debt or payment default. You’ll also need to either be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold a long term visa (12 months or more, not including student visas).


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Any catches

While existing American Express customers can transfer to the Explorer card, the 70,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points offer is only available to new Card Members and Bank-issued American Express companion cardholders. Card Members who currently hold or who have previously held any Card product issued by American Express Australia in the preceding 18 month period are ineligible for this offer.

Rewards program details

Rates and fees information correct as at 9 July 2020. Mozo has robust processes to ensure our site is updated to reflect the latest information from providers. There may be the odd occasion where updates are delayed, so please confirm information before purchasing.
What your points get you

Fly Sydney to London return

212,000 points

Fly Sydney to Melbourne one-way

-

$100 Giftcard

20,000 points

$100 Cash

-

Points earning

2 points per dollar on Amex, uncapped

Rewards scheme

Transfer points to a range of airline programs or redeem your points for travel, gift cards, retail rewards and shopping gift cards.

Flights available with Virgin, Air New Zealand, Etihad Airways, Singapore Airlines and other partners.

Earn 1 points per $1 spent at government bodies.

Receive a $400 Travel Credit each year booked online with American Express. 2 complimentary lounge entries at Sydney International Airport.

Special offers

Receive 50,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 on your Card within the first 3 months of Card Membership. New Card Members only.

Value of rewards points

Spend $10,000 (AmEx)

Spend $106,000 (AmEx)

Uncapped

Never

How do we calculate the rewards?

To work out the "Rewards value minus fees" in our Rewards Revealer we:

  • calculate how many points you'd get each year,

  • figure out how many flights or gift cards or cashback credits you could get for those points,

  • work out what that's actually worth to you,

  • take off the annual fee you'd pay.

More details:

  • Our calculations are designed to help you compare the value of different rewards schemes. To do this, we've looked at earning a one-way Sydney-Melbourne flight excluding taxes and charges, a return Sydney-London flight excluding taxes and charges, a $100 shopping Gift Card and $100 cashback. Most cards will also offer other rewards, which may be worth more or less than the ones we've shown.

  • We have made no allowance for bonus points for using your card at specific merchants, introductory offers or special offers. We have not assigned any value to instant discounts, insurances, ticketing and concierge services or other such benefits.

  • Rewards value calculations do not take credit card interest into account. If you do not pay off your card each month you may be better off looking for a card based on interest rates than on the value of rewards.

  • In products that have more than one card, a different mix of spend between American Express / Visa / Mastercard will give different results. Mozo's Rewards Revealer lets you choose the mix based on the way you would use such a product, and gives you tailored results.

  • We assume flights purchased with airline points are 'classic' or 'reward' economy seats with restricted seat availability. 'Any seat' rewards will probably cost more.

  • To compare the value of flight rewards, we sample online retail flight prices once a quarter based on the average price on a Wednesday 3 months in advance but outside NSW school holidays. For domestic flights we take the lowest available fare from each flight on that day from Qantas Red e-deal, Virgin Australia Saver including baggage and Jetstar Starter including baggage. We calculate the average price excluding taxes and surcharges for each airline, and also the average across all airlines (which we use when rewards are travel agent vouchers). For international flights, we take the lowest available fares on that same Wednesday from each of Qantas, Emirates, Malaysian, Etihad, Singapore, Cathay Pacific and Thai, assuming a return flight 2 weeks later, calculate the average price before taxes and surcharges and use this as our assumed cost of a flight on any airline.

  • Shopping rewards are based on $100 gift cards from a major national department store.

  • We make every effort to ensure our calculations are correct and up to date but make no guarantees.

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Rate and fee details

Rates
  • 20.74% p.a.

  • none

  • No current offer

  • no

  • none

  • 55

Fees
  • $395.00

  • none

  • none

  • none

  • $30.00

  • none

  • 3.00%

  • $10.00

  • $7.00

  • $0.00

Features
  • $30.00

  • 2.5

  • up to 4

  • none

Payment options

Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay

Rewards privileges

Travel Insurance,
Extended Warranty,
Purchase Protection,
Account alerts by SMS

Customer Reviews

How are American Express credit cards rated by the Mozo community?

Overall customer rating
6.6/10
Price
5.6/10
Features
6.8/10
Customer service
6.8/10
Convenience
5.8/10
Trust
7.0/10

Latest reviews of American Express Explorer Credit Card

  • Overall 1/10
    Wastage of time and money.

    An American express person told me over the phone in November the last date to use the travel credit is the 14th of Feb 2020. On the 12th of Feb 2020 I was trying to book a hotel with me travel credit but American Express told me I no longer have the travel credit. And this time they told me last day to use the travel credit was January 2020. I lost my 400 AUD by the misinformation given to me. It is a total fraud. Plus I wasted 2 hours explaining this to American Express but no results. Waste of time and money.

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    An American express person told me over the phone in November the last date to use the travel credit is the 14th of Feb 2020. On the 12th of Feb 2020 I was trying to book a hotel with me travel credit but American Express told me I no longer have the travel credit. And this time they told me last day to use the travel credit was January 2020. I lost my 400 AUD by the misinformation given to me. It is a total fraud. Plus I wasted 2 hours explaining this to American Express but no results. Waste of time and money.

    Price
    2/10
    Features
    7/10
    Customer service
    0/10
    Convenience
    0/10
    Trust
    0/10
    Less
    Salman, Victoria reviewed 5 months ago
  • Overall 8/10
    Good card for the rewards.

    Great card. The benefits make this card a good choice.

    Read full review

    Great card. The benefits make this card a good choice.

    Price
    8/10
    Features
    8/10
    Customer service
    8/10
    Convenience
    8/10
    Trust
    7/10
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    Jason, New South Wales reviewed 7 months ago
  • Overall 10/10
    Great

    American Express is great.

    Read full review

    American Express is great.

    Price
    0/10
    Features
    9/10
    Customer service
    9/10
    Convenience
    9/10
    Trust
    9/10
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    Wayne, Victoria reviewed almost 2 years ago
  • Overall 2/10
    The staff are unhelpful

    staff

    Price
    1/10
    Features
    -
    Customer service
    -
    Convenience
    -
    Trust
    -
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    Jaysan, New South Wales reviewed over 3 years ago
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