Gold Credit Cards

Gold cards are not just about prestige – they offer added features regular cards don’t, but they come at a premium, and not just anyone can get them.

5 reviews
$0 p.a. annual fee.
Smartphone Screen Insurance for up to $500 for screen repairs to your Smartphone (Conditions apply)
Eligible for use with Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.

The benefits of a gold card, aside from bragging rights, often include reward point and cash back programs, complimentary travel insurance, enhanced purchase protection, such as replacement of items damaged or stolen within three months of purchase, complimentary lounge access and more. For frequent travellers and high spenders, these cards could be perfect, but they are often suitable for more modest users as well. Like many other cards, gold cards sometimes come with an introductory offer of low or zero interest rates and reduced or waived annual fees.

As they typically come with higher spending limits, the approval process for gold cards is more stringent and only those with stellar credit scores and income typically over $25,00 per annum need apply. Furthermore, the banks feel justified charging higher interest rates on purchases, as well as higher annual fees, in exchange for the extra features of a gold card – if you don’t pay off the balance in full, your finances can easily spiral out of control. Finally, as the variety of features is often very different from one card to the next, it’s wise to read the fine print. When it comes to rewards programs, for example, one that pays 1 point per dollar spent can often be more valuable than those offering 2 points per dollar spent – it depends on what program. If the card comes with benefits you are unlikely to reap, there are other types of cards that could be more suitable for you.

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The American Express Essential® Credit Card
5 reviews
$0 p.a. annual fee.
Smartphone Screen Insurance for up to $500 for screen repairs to your Smartphone (Conditions apply)
Eligible for use with Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.
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12 months
0% p.a.
then 14.99%
with a 3% fee
14.99% p.a.
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$0
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Receive 20,000 points or 15,000 Qantas Points. (Conditions Apply)
Earn up to 3 points per $1 spent at major supermarkets and petrol stations, 2 points per $1 spent at David Jones, and 1 point per $1 spent elsewhere.
Flexibility to choose Qantas Frequent Flyer points or Membership Rewards points.
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20.74% p.a.
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$99
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0% p.a. for 20 months on balance transfers.
24 hour, 7 day Platinum Concierge Service.
7 types of complimentary insurances including overseas travel insurance.
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20 months
0% p.a.
then 21.74%
with a 2% fee
19.74% p.a.
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$90
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Emirates Citi World Mastercard
Apply by 31 dec 17
4 reviews
Earn up to 60,000 Skyward Miles (Spend criteria applies).
One complimentary chauffeur-drive service per year to and from the airport when flying Emirates.
2 x lounge passes for you and a guest for any Emirates Lounge in Australia.
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9 months
0% p.a.
then 21.74%
20.99% p.a.
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$149
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then $299
Commonwealth Bank Low Rate Gold Credit Card
Apply by 04 feb 18
13 reviews
$300 cashback when you apply by 4th Feb 2018 and spend $1,000 within 90 days of activation. Conditions Apply.
$89 p.a. annual fee.
Overseas travel insurance to give you cover for up to 3 months travel.
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5.99% p.a.
then 21.24%
13.24% p.a.
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$89
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A chance to win 1 of 60 $5,000 Flight Centre Gift Cards. Conditions apply.
Strong points earning rate of up to 2 Awards points for every dollar spent.
Minimum credit limit of $4,000
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5.99% p.a.
then 21.24%
20.24% p.a.
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$119
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Earn 1 pt per $1 spent with Suncorp Rewards.
Interest free days of up to 55 days.
Complimentary purchase cover on personal purchases and guaranteed pricing scheme.
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20.50% p.a.
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$120
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in 12 mths (approx.)
115,000 points when you spend $84,000 in 1 year. Conditions Apply.
Earn up to 2.5 pts per $1 spent on eligible purchases.
0% p.a. on balance transfers for 6 months.
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0% p.a.
then 19.99%
with a 1% fee
19.99% p.a.
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$270
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in 12 mths (approx.)
Up to 12 months complimentary credit card travel insurance, conditions apply.
Up to 44 days on purchases.
No foreign transaction fees on overseas and online purchases
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$270
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Q&As about Gold Credit Cards from customers

Q: Who is the typical gold card user?

They are designed for the Australian resident or citizen over 18 who has a great credit history, an income of $25,000 p.a or more, spends enough to benefit from a rewards program and is looking for good security features and perhaps some handy travel extras.

Q: What are the main features?

Common features and benefits include a rewards program with which you can earn points (and redeem them for flights, merchandise, gift cards, fuel, cash back and more), security features like fraud protection, complimentary travel insurance if you book your travel with your card, purchase protection, and extended warranty on items bought with a card. This warranty can cover against theft, loss or accidental damage for a period of time (usually 3 months). Most gold cards even offer their members a special number for legal or medical aid while travelling overseas.

Q: Is a gold rewards credit card a good idea if I don’t pay my balance off in full each month?

No it’s not. Because of the higher interest rates (though many still have quite competitive rates), these cards are better suited to people who spend and repay faithfully. You’ll quickly rack up debt and affect your credit rating.

Q: How can I maximise the potential benefits?

With a gold card, maximising the card usually means buying everything you can on it to earn maximum points and then paying it right back. You should also make sure your points don’t expire. Take advantage of whatever perks you are offered: Paying for travel expenses on your card will get you the complimentary travel insurance, which can save you hundreds instantly, and shopping with your card gives you greater protection than any other way of making purchases because of the security features.

Q: How can I earn more points?

Pick a card with the best rewards program for your spending. Some programs earn you air miles or flyer points, but if you don’t travel, you’ll probably want a rewards program with which you can redeem your points in other ways. Beware that not all points are worth the same, so a rewards program with which you earn 2 points per $1 spent, may not always be better than a program with which you earn 1.5 points per $1 spent because each point on the 2 points per $1 spent program may be worth less than the other program. Use maths to determine the value of points. Find the retail price of the product you want online and work out what a point is worth based on the points the rewards program is charging for the item but bear in mind that a point can be worth different amounts on different items.

Q: What is 'points capping’?

The maximum amount of reward points you could earn during a given year is typically capped – usually pretty high for the average spender, but check to make sure you’re not going to be held back in any significant way.

Q: Do reward points expire?

It all depends on the rewards program. Most these days don’t, especially on a gold card, but always read the fine print. If they do, make sure you’ll be able to earn enough points and spend them within the set period.

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