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Commonwealth Bank Platinum Awards Credit Card

Advertiser disclosure
Purchase rate
20.24% p.a.
Balance transfer rate
5.99% p.a. for 5 months and then 21.24% p.a.
Annual fees
$249
Interest free days on purchases
55

Mozo editorial review Commonwealth Bank Platinum Awards Credit Card

Last updated: 30 April 2021.

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What's hot
  • Earn 1 Award point for every $1 spent
  • Various insurances and complimentary services available
  • Up to 80,000 bonus Award points
What's not
  • $249 annual fee
  • Points cap of up to 150,000 per year (or 120,000 with the Qantas Frequent Flyer direct earn program)
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The Platinum Awards Credit Card is a card that has a lot of rewards bling, whether you want to cash in on instant rewards at Myer, redeem points for a holiday at Flight Centre or transfer them across to your preferred airline's frequent flyer program. If you're super savvy and pay your balance off in full each month and use all of the features and benefits attached to the card like 24/7 concierge, complimentary travel insurance, purchase security protection and extended warranty insurance you'll get top value out of this card.

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Key features

With the CommBank Platinum Awards Credit Card, you can bag 1 Award point per dollar spent. While points don’t expire, there is a yearly cap to consider of 150,000 Awards points, or 120,000 if you’ve opted to directly earn points into the Qantas Frequent Flyer Program.

Plus, if you sign up before 30 September 2021, you can earn 60,000 bonus points by spending at least $4,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days of activating your card. Then, you can nab another 20,000 bonus points if you keep your using the card for a full year.

You can choose to redeem your Award points through a range of airline programs or redeem points at Flight Centre, in-store at Myer, for gift cards, cash back or many other items from the Awards website, which according to Roy Morgan is the most extensive rewards program of any bank in Australia. 

The Commonwealth Bank Platinum Awards credit card has a standard purchase rate of 20.24% so watch overspending as it’s not a card you want to have an ongoing balance on for a long time. If you have pre-existing debt on another card, the CommBank Platinum Awards Credit Card offers a 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 sizable annual fee of $249, but don't forget the card comes with a 24/7 concierge service, complimentary international travel insurance (just be sure to activate it prior to leaving Australia), and, if you're a globetrotter MasterCards' exclusive Priceless Cities program which gives you access to a range of restaurants and entertainment options. Suddenly, the annual fee isn't looking too bad at all!

And don't forget the other complimentary insurances that could come in handy like purchase security protection, which if an item is lost, damaged or stolen within 90 days will get repaired or replaced by CommBank, and extended warranty insurance where you will get an extra 12 months warranty in addition to the standard Australian manufacturers warranty for the goods.

The Platinum Awards card comes with extra security via the lock, block and limit feature which enables you to change features of the card to suit your spending patterns. For instance you can block overseas transactions if you are not travelling, you can also give yourself a per transaction spending limit and block any ATM cash withdrawals. The feature is part of NetBank or the CommBank app, so if you change your mind you can easily unlock or clear it whenever you need.


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Who is it good for

The CommBank Platinum Awards Credit Card will work well for anyone looking to increase their points earning potential and is diligent about paying their balance in full each month.

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Any catches

Late repayments will attract a $20 fee so sign up for payment alerts or set up an automatic repayment in NetBank.

Don't be tempted to overspend with the card's $6000 minimum credit limit.

Rewards program details

Rates and fees information correct as at 9 May 2021. 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

239,200 points

Fly Sydney to Melbourne one-way

15,600 points

$100 Giftcard

21,000 points

$100 Cash

25,000 points

Points earning

1 point per dollar on Mastercard, up to 150000 points per year

Rewards scheme

Transfer points to a range of airline programs or redeem points at Flight Centre, instore at Myer, gift cards, cash back or thousands of items from the Awards website.

You can get flights via Velocity, Qantas Frequent Flyer or through Flight Centre vouchers.

Special offers

60,000 Bonus Points when you apply for a new Platinum Awards credit card by 30 September 2021 and spend $4,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days from activation. Plus, 20,000 Bonus Points when you keep your card for 1 year.

Value of rewards points

Spend $25,000 (Mastercard)

Spend $21,000 (Mastercard)

Spend $15,600 (Mastercard)

Spend $239,200 (Mastercard)

at 150,000 points yearly

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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
  • 20.24% p.a.

  • none

  • 5.99% p.a. for 5 months and then 21.24% p.a.

  • yes

  • 21.24% p.a.

  • 55

Fees
  • $249.00

  • none

  • none

  • none

  • $20.00

  • 3%, Min $3.00, Max $300

  • 0%

  • $0.00

  • $0.00

  • $10.00

Features
  • $25.00

  • 2.0

  • 1

  • none

Payment options

Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Garmin, Fitbit

Rewards privileges

Travel Insurance,
Extended Warranty,
Purchase Protection

Customer Reviews

How are Commonwealth Bank credit cards rated by the Mozo community?

Overall
6.9/10
Price
5.8/10
Features
6.1/10
Customer service
7.0/10
Convenience
7.9/10
Trust
7.2/10

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