It’s getting to that time of year, when it feels like more than half the country clears off to some exotic destination abroad. If you’re part of this group, firstly, we’re jealous. Secondly, have you thought about how you’re going to pay for all those holiday cocktails and museum tickets? Finding the best credit card for overseas travel should be at the top of your to-do list before you depart.
To help you narrow down your travel credit card search, in last year's Mozo Experts Choice Travel Money and IMT Awards, our experts dissected over 102 Travel Money & IMT providers to find the best value options in a bunch of categories. And whether you’re after a flashy piece of plastic with features galore, one that rewards you for splurging or simply a card that’s easy on the wallet, we’ve hand-picked our favourite winners from three of our Major Award categories to get you started:
Platinum Travel Credit Card
American Express Qantas Ultimate Card
2019 Mozo Experts Choice Awards Credit Card Provider of the Year^
100,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online by 14 April 2020 & spend $3,000 in the first 3 months
If the airport is your second home, then American Express’s Qantas Ultimate Credit Card could be a worthwhile addition to your wallet. This card is jam-packed with opportunities to earn points for free Qantas flights - 1.25 Qantas Points per dollar on regular spending and up to 2.25 Qantas Points per dollar on Qantas spends. Plus, you’ll score $450 worth of Qantas Travel Credit each year to cancel out the annual fee. Throw in 100,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online by 14 April 2020, are approved and spend $3,000 in the first 3 months (new Card members only), plus perks like complimentary travel insurance and purchase protection, and it’s not hard to see why American Express snatched up the title of Credit Card Provider of the Year in the 2019 Mozo Experts Choice Awards. Just bear in mind there is a 20.74% purchase rate on this card.
Rewards Travel Credit Card
Bankwest More World Mastercard
2.5 uncapped rewards points per $1 spent
115,000 annual bonus points each year (minimum spend applies)
10 complimentary airport lounge visits each year at participating lounges through LoungeKey
Shopping to earn a mammoth amount of rewards points? …A dream that becomes a reality with the Bankwest More World Mastercard, a.k.a multiple 2019 Mozo Experts Choice Travel Money Awards-winner for best Reward Travel Credit Card and best Platinum Travel Credit Card.^ While this card has a purchase rate of 19.99% p.a., there are a whole bunch of perks. Not only will you earn 2.5 uncapped rewards points per $1 spent on Mastercard, but you can also earn 115,000 bonus points every year as long as you spend $84,000 on eligible purchases in that year. While it’s great for everyday use, it’s also grouped with some of the best overseas credit cards and even better for travelling as you won't have to pay for any overseas transaction fees, plus you’ll get up to 12 months of complimentary travel insurance, interstate flight inconvenience insurance and ten airport lounge visits each year via LoungeKey.
Love snatching up a good bargain while travelling? Then the Bankwest Breeze Platinum Mastercard has your back, with a low 12.99% p.a. purchase rate and minimal fees. Add in no foreign transaction fees on international purchases and complimentary overseas travel insurance, and it’s no surprise why this card won a Mozo Experts Choice Award in 2019 for best Low Rate Travel Credit Card. Just remember to budget for the $49 annual fee in the first year ($99 after) and avoid ATMs as the cash advance rate bumps up to 21.99%.
Looking for more travel plastic options? Try our travel money comparison tool which compares travel-friendly credit cards to help you save on foreign currency fees, overseas purchase fees, international ATM fees and more.