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Platinum credit cards

Platinum credit cards offer the holder a touch of prestige because they come with higher credit limits, special rewards programs and exclusive concierge services. These benefits also mean typically higher interest rates, which means applying for a platinum card isn’t as easy as a regular card. You’ll need a clean credit history, low debt and high income. Start comparing platinum cards below.

Platinum credit card comparisons on Mozo - last updated 4 March 2021

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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. 7 complimentary insurances when you meet eligibility criteria including Overseas Travel Insurance.

    Purchase rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    Privileges
    19.99% p.a.
    $395 $295 in the first year
    Qantas Frequent Flyer
    Concierge,
    Travel Insurance,
    Extended Warranty,
    Purchase Protection,
    Guaranteed Pricing,
    Domestic Hotel Burglary Insurance
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  • Bankwest Breeze Platinum Mastercard

    Streamline your budget with 0% p.a on balance transfers for 26 months (2% BT fee applies) then 10.99% thereafter. No annual fee for the first year. Awarded two Mozo Experts Choice Awards in 2020 for best Low Rate Platinum Credit Card and best Balance Transfer Platinum Credit Card^. Limited time only. Other fees, T&Cs apply. New Mastercard Breeze customers only.

    Purchase rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    Privileges
    10.99% p.a.
    $69 $0 in the first year
    -
    Travel Insurance,
    Extended Warranty,
    Purchase Protection
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  • Apply By 31 March 2021
    Westpac Altitude Black

    150,000 bonus Altitude Points ($4k min. spend in the first 90 days on eligible purchases) New cards only. T&Cs apply.

    Purchase rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    Privileges
    20.49% p.a.
    $250
    Altitude Rewards
    Concierge,
    Travel Insurance,
    Extended Warranty,
    Purchase Protection
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  • NAB Low Fee Platinum Card

    0% p.a. on balance transfers for 24 months (T&Cs apply).

    Purchase rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    Privileges
    19.74% p.a.
    $90
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    Concierge,
    Travel Insurance,
    Extended Warranty,
    Purchase Protection
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  • Apply By 5 April 2021
    Mozo Experts Choice 2020
    American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card

    Enjoy $200 travel credit each year (T&Cs apply). Earn up to 3 Membership Rewards Points per dollar spent. Credit Card Provider of the Year in the Mozo Experts Choice Awards 2020.^ T&C’s apply

    Purchase rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    Privileges
    20.74% p.a.
    $195
    Membership Rewards
    Travel Insurance,
    Extended Warranty,
    Purchase Protection,
    Account alerts by SMS
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  • Bankwest Zero Platinum Mastercard

    This card boasts no annual fee and the option to pay with the Bankwest Halo payment ring. Plus, with no foreign transaction fees and complimentary travel insurance it's a good pick for travel.

    Purchase rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    Privileges
    17.99% p.a.
    $0
    -
    Extended Warranty,
    Purchase Protection,
    Overseas Travel Insurance
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  • Mozo Experts Choice 2020
    American Express Explorer® Credit Card

    Receive 50,000 Bonus Membership Rewards Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 on your new Card within the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. New Card Members only. Winner of the Premium Rewards Credit Card in the Mozo Experts Choice Awards 2020.^ T&C’s apply

    Purchase rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    Privileges
    20.74% p.a.
    $395
    Membership Rewards
    Travel Insurance,
    Extended Warranty,
    Purchase Protection,
    Account alerts by SMS
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  • Apply By 31 March 2021
    Westpac Altitude Platinum

    80,000 bonus Altitude Points ($3k min. spend in the first 90 days on eligible purchases). 0% p.a. for 18 months on balance transfers requested at card application. 1% balance transfer fee applies. Plus, discounted annual card fee of $99 for the first year. New cards only. T&Cs apply.

    Purchase rate
    Annual fee
    Rewards program
    Privileges
    20.49% p.a.
    $150 $99 in the first year
    Altitude Rewards
    Travel Insurance,
    Extended Warranty,
    Purchase Protection
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**Saving based on the average difference in fees and charges over 3 years between the most competitive product Mozo can refer a consumer to and the average credit card product input by 6,863 consumers (average balance of $4,262 or balance transfer balance of $5,818, interest rate of 19.6% and annual fee of $36.50) who used the Mozo Credit Card Health Check tool between 1 January 2012 to July 2012.

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Platinum Credit Cards

If you are looking for some card bling for your wallet, a platinum card could deliver the goods. There was a time when gold cards had all the executive status, but in recent years platinum cards have taken over and now make up the bulk of the premium card market.

Sitting at the top of the credit card pile are black and diamond cards. These cards have higher credit limits, more lucrative rewards programs and stricter eligibility criteria.

Most banks and credit card providers in Australia will have a platinum credit card range and like other card types, there is no standard criteria for what makes up a platinum card. But as platinum cards do generally have higher fees and interest rates than standard credit cards you’ll want to make sure you’re getting more value out of the card than just the thrill of flashing platinum coloured plastic about.

Let’s start with the basics.

What is a platinum credit card?

A platinum card works the same as other credit cards. You get to make purchases on credit and repay them at a later date. Platinum cards differ from other basic credit cards in that they will have added features like complimentary insurance and personal services like concierge. Many Platinum cards also have rewards programs attached which have better point earning rates than standard rewards cards.

Who can get a platinum credit card?

A platinum credit card is a premium level credit card offered to people with good credit history and higher income level (usually over $60,000 p.a.).

As platinum cardholders need to meet higher eligibility criteria, the credit limit on platinum credit cards is also much higher.

Will a platinum card be a good choice for me?

There is a reason why there are so many different types of credit cards now available - we all have different spending habits and lifestyle needs. Because platinum cards generally have higher interest rates and annual fees they are best for people who:

  • Pay off their balance in full each month. If you carry any kind of balance on your platinum card you could be paying more in interest than you get in benefits.
  • Travel. As platinum cards generally come with inbuilt overseas travel insurance, if you do more than one trip a year the cost of the card’s annual fee is likely to be cheaper than taking out a standalone travel insurance policy.
  • Love live events. One of the perks of a platinum card is getting exclusive discounts and pre-sale offers through either the Visa Premium or Mastercard Privileges programs. The programs cover everything from shopping, travel, entertainment, sports and dining so you’re bound to find an experience that will suit your interests.

How do platinum cards compare with standard credit cards?

Interest rates: The ongoing purchase interest rate of platinum cards tends to be much higher than on standard credit cards.

Annual fee: Annual fees of platinum cards with rewards programs are generally higher than basic cards.

Interest free days: You will get between 44 and 55 interest free days with a platinum credit card, which is the same as standard cards.

Foreign exchange fees: Most banks charge around 3% for foreign credit card transactions, so if you travel overseas or shop at international online stores frequently a platinum card with no foreign exchange fees, like our Experts Choice winners, could help you to save on these fees.

Insurance: Most platinum cards will include complimentary overseas travel insurance, though you must meet the eligibility criteria. Usually you will have to pay for your flight or a portion of your upfront travel costs on the card. Platinum cards also have extra insurances such as extended warranty, price protection and purchase cover insurance.

Rewards: You could accrue rewards points faster with a platinum card than a standard credit card. The points per dollar earning rate could be higher or you may get more bonus points on your purchases. Check out platinum rewards cards here.

Extras: You will have access to concierge services with a platinum card which could include discounts to special events or bookings. Standard cards don’t have this service.

Are there extra fees for Platinum cards?

Platinum credit cards have the same set of fees that come with regular credit cards. These include:

  • Annual fee. Some cards don’t have annual fees but most platinum cards range from $80 - $300 a year.
  • Cash advance fee. You will be charged a fee if you make a cash withdrawal using your credit card. This will be a percentage (between 2-3%) of the withdrawal amount or a flat fee depending on which one is higher.
  • Foreign exchange fee. The standard foreign exchange fee is around 3% on overseas credit card transactions.
  • Late payment fee. These fees can be as high as $30 if you make a neglect to pay the monthly minimum repayment amount before the due date.

A word on frequent flyer programs:

If the platinum credit card is direct linked to an airline frequent flyer program such as Qantas Frequent Flyer or Velocity Frequent Flyer you may have to pay a fee to join the airline program when you sign up for your card.

What information will I need to apply for a platinum credit card?

You’ll be able to apply for a platinum card online and in most instances you will be able to verify your identity online. Some of the identification information you might need will include:

  • passport
  • drivers licence or proof of identity card
  • medicare card
  • utility bill

In addition to this information you will need to provide information which confirms your income, current assets and liabilities.

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NAB Rewards Signature Card review
Overall 10/10
I am in a much happier place about my credit card.

I was having trouble paying off my credit card because my interest rate was so high 19.99%. When Covid struck they dropped the credit rate by 2.5% for 3 months so I contacted the bank. I spoke to a lovely gentleman and told him all my troubles about not being able to pay off the card and how it was affecting me financially. He got my next months interest rate waived and for the next 3 months my interest rate was 6.5%. Lastly he got my interest rate dropped to 9.95% for the life of the credit card. This has made a huge difference in me being able to pay off a lot of the $10,000 I owed on the credit card. The interest rate is one that I can pay off as well as some of the balance. I am feeling in a more happy place now and it is all because of this one gentleman on the phone.

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I was having trouble paying off my credit card because my interest rate was so high 19.99%. When Covid struck they dropped the credit rate by 2.5% for 3 months so I contacted the bank. I spoke to a lovely gentleman and told him all my troubles about not being able to pay off the card and how it was affecting me financially. He got my next months interest rate waived and for the next 3 months my interest rate was 6.5%. Lastly he got my interest rate dropped to 9.95% for the life of the credit card. This has made a huge difference in me being able to pay off a lot of the $10,000 I owed on the credit card. The interest rate is one that I can pay off as well as some of the balance. I am feeling in a more happy place now and it is all because of this one gentleman on the phone.

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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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10/10
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Lynne, South Australia, reviewed 6 days ago
bcu Classic Credit Card review
Overall 8/10
Always helpful even if they can't replace funds

BCU are the best in my eyes as they have helped when my card was hacked and money was spent on airfares in Spain and I don't have a passport. They are always polite and helpful and even though things are a little different since their joining with P & N I still find them the best in the business.

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BCU are the best in my eyes as they have helped when my card was hacked and money was spent on airfares in Spain and I don't have a passport. They are always polite and helpful and even though things are a little different since their joining with P & N I still find them the best in the business.

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8/10
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10/10
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10/10
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Ronald, New South Wales, reviewed 6 days ago
humm90 Credit Card review
Overall 1/10
Pls people, don't use this bank. They are thieves.

My payment was due on the 14/02/21 and I did made the payment early on the 12/02/21 but they didn't take the money out of my account. Their statement says it's still pending and on the 17/02/21 they send a dishonoured fee of $15.00 to me stated that I dshonoured the payment. While I was with skye mastercard, everything runs well and good. Now humm90 took over it's a nightmare, no good customer service on the phone, giving dishonour fee for no reason, accumalating of dishonour fees for no good reasons and so on. Please people, don't use this bank. They are stealing money, even though you made payment before the due date, they won't take the money out of your account until the due date passed and then they say you dishonoured the payment and that's when they will charge you the dishonoured fee. They are Thieves.

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My payment was due on the 14/02/21 and I did made the payment early on the 12/02/21 but they didn't take the money out of my account. Their statement says it's still pending and on the 17/02/21 they send a dishonoured fee of $15.00 to me stated that I dshonoured the payment. While I was with skye mastercard, everything runs well and good. Now humm90 took over it's a nightmare, no good customer service on the phone, giving dishonour fee for no reason, accumalating of dishonour fees for no good reasons and so on. Please people, don't use this bank. They are stealing money, even though you made payment before the due date, they won't take the money out of your account until the due date passed and then they say you dishonoured the payment and that's when they will charge you the dishonoured fee. They are Thieves.

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1/10
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1/10
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