Pensioner Credit Cards

There are many types of pensions that can be accepted by credit cards. Compare credit cards here.

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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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$99
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$2,000
Receive 40,000 points or 30,000 Qantas Points when you apply. (Conditions Apply)
Earn either Membership Rewards or Qantas Frequent Flyer as your rewards program.
Loads of instore benefits and perks at David Jones.
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$295
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$2,000
0% p.a. for 12 months for balance transfers and a one-off credit plan establishment fee of 1%.
Start your holiday with a $200 Travel Credit every year.
Range of travel insurances including overseas medical emergency expenses, travel cancellation cover and more.
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$195
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12 months
0% p.a.
then 20.74%
with a 1% fee
$3,000
Earn 30,000 points when you apply online as a new Card Member, are approved and spend $1,500 in 3 months of Card Membership.
Relax with 2 complimentary Qantas Club invitations every year.
Complimentary domestic and international travel insurance.
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$249
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12 months
0% p.a.
then 20.74%
with a 1% fee
$2,000
Get 55,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $1,500 in 3 months.
Earn 1.5 pts per $1 spent on card purchases.
0% p.a. for 12 months for balance transfers.
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$450
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12 months
0% p.a.
then 20.74%
with a 1% fee
$3,000
No annual card fee to pay each year.
Base earn rate is 1 pt per $1 spent. Get an additional 1 point per $1 when spending with Virgin Australia.
0% p.a. for 12 months for balance transfers and a one-off credit plan establishment fee of 1%.
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$0
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12 months
0% p.a.
then 20.74%
with a 1% fee
$2,000
Receive 50,000 points when you apply online, are approved and spend $1,500 on your card within the first 3 months. Conditions apply.
A complimentary domestic return flight every year with travel insurance and entry into Virgin Australia Lounges.
Good points earning rates. Up to 2.5 points per dollar spent on purchases with Virgin Australia. 1.5 pts per $1 spent elsewhere.
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$375
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12 months
0% p.a.
then 20.74%
with a 1% fee
$3,000
80,000 points when you apply online, are approved and spend $1,500 in the first 3 months.
Enjoy world-class concierge service and access to 1000 VIP lounges.
Benefit from up to 3 points per $1 spent, transferable to a choice of 10 leading airline programs.
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$1,200
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$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year, then $30 p.a.
An easy to manage credit limit from $500 will mean you can’t build up a lot of debt.
Manage your account on the go 24/7 with ANZ’s goMoney app.
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$0
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then $30
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$500
0% p.a. for the first 16 months on balance transfers with a 2% balance transfer fee on amounts transferred. Reverts to 21.49% p.a.
Low annual fee.
Up to 44 days interest free on purchases when you pay your account in full each month.
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$30
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16 months
0% p.a.
then 21.49%
with a 2% fee
$1,000
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Credit Card
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75,000 points when you spend $2,500 in 3 months.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year.
75 Bonus Status Credits when you buy and fly return with Qantas by 28th Feb 2018.
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$0
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then $425
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$15,000
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Q&As about Pensioner Credit Cards from Customers

Q: What is the minimum income for a pensioner credit card?

Regardless of your income source, you will normally be required to prove that you have an annual income of at least $15,000.

Q: Are all credit cards available to pensioners?

It mostly depends on your income. If your pension is your sole source of income, your choices will definitely be more limited than they would be if you had income from employment, a business or investments, since some banks do not accept pensions as a valid type of income for some of their cards.

The other limiting factor may be the amount of your pension. Even the most basic credit cards will often have a $15,000 minimum income requirement, while prestige cards offering rewards points and other complimentary benefits may have a much higher annual income requirement.

Q: Are all credit cards suitable for pensioners?

A pensioner may be simply be looking for a low-cost option to provide a more convenient payment method than carrying cash, with the added benefit of a line of credit able to be accessed in an emergency. In this situation, the ideal card would have a low (or zero) annual fee, and preferably a low interest rate on purchases in case a short-term financial emergency arises. It would also be a good idea to compare the amount of any other fees, including late payment fees, over limit fees, foreign currency transaction fees and lost card replacement fees.

However, pensioners may also be self-funded retirees enjoying an affluent lifestyle involving travel, eating out and regular shopping trips. Their choice of card will be dictated by their circumstances and spending pattern, and they would probably be better served by a more expensive card offering rewards points and other complimentary benefits, such as travel insurance.

Q: What documents do I need to support my application?

You will need any of the following documents that apply to your situation:

  • Your most recent letter from Centrelink, stating the amount of your fortnightly pension, or bank statements showing payments received from Centrelink
  • Your most recent letter from your superannuation fund, or any other pension source, stating your pension amount and payment frequency
  • Evidence of any other assets you own, including superannuation and other investments. This may need to be confirmed by your accountant.
  • Evidence of any other income source, such as part-time employment or rental property income
Q: Should I apply for a card from the bank I currently deal with?

It may help if you have had a relationship with a particular bank for many years. The application process may be simpler because the bank has access to your financial history. However, your current bank may not be offering a card for which you qualify, or which is most suitable for your circumstances. You are not limited to applying for a credit card from your current bank.

Q: What is the minimum credit limit for pensioners?

The lowest credit limit available for most cards is $500, regardless of whether you are a pensioner or a wage earner. The card issuer will determine the level of credit they consider suitable for your financial circumstances, but you can choose to have a lower limit than the one they recommend.

Q: Can I improve my chances of approval by applying for several cards at once?

Definitely not. Apply for only one card at a time, and avoid making multiple applications within a short time period because this could damage your credit score. If your first application is rejected, contact the card issuer’s customer service department to find out if there is any further information you can provide to make them reconsider their decision. Do this before deciding to apply elsewhere, because you may be rejected again if you have not provided sufficient proof of your creditworthiness.

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