American Express Velocity Platinum Credit Card

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American Express Velocity Platinum Credit Card
Receive 50,000 bonus Velocity Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 on your card within the first 3 months.
Earn 1.25 Velocity Points per $1 spent, except government bodies where you will earn 0.5 Velocity Points per $1 spent.
A complimentary domestic return flight every year with travel insurance and entry into Virgin Australia Lounges.
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12 months
0% p.a.
then 20.74%
with a 1% fee
20.74% p.a.
ongoing
$375
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Pros & cons

What's good?

What's not so good?

Receive 50,000 bonus Velocity Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 on your card within the first 3 months.
Earn 1.25 Velocity Points per $1 spent, except government bodies where you will earn 0.5 Velocity Points per $1 spent.
Earn 1 additional Velocity Point per $1 spent on eligible Virgin products and services.
Earn an additional 0.25 Velocity Points per $1 spent on purchases, except for spend at government bodies in Australia, until 14 April 2019.
1 x complimentary Virgin Australia return domestic flight every anniversary year.
2 complimentary entries per year to the American Express Lounges at Sydney or Melbourne International Airports. (Conditions Apply)
2 complimentary single entry passes to the domestic Virgin Australia lounge each year at selected airports.
Receive 100 Velocity Frequent Flyer Status Credits, when you spend a minimum of $50,000 within your Card Membership year.
Complimentary domestic and international travel insurance.
Card Members who currently hold or who have previously held any other Card product offered by American Express Australia Limited in the preceding 18 month period are ineligible for the sign up bonus points.
The complimentary flight is not eligible for Velocity Points and/or Status Credits earn.
If you’re doing a balance transfer then there’s a 1% balance transfer fee.
The introductory points offer excludes existing American Express Card Members.

This introductory offer is available to new American Express Card Members only. #Entry into The American Express Lounge is governed by the full Terms and Conditions available at amex.com.au/airportlounge.

User reviews

4.2 out of 5.0 based on 9 reviews100% of reviewers would recommend this card

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Reviews from users

I mostly use Visa because AmEx is not accepted

Reviewed and recommended by Peter on 27 Apr 2017

I got this card for Velocity points and there is an annual fee. The worst thing is I mostly need to use my Visa card (which earns less points) because American Express can’t be used in a lot of places. Also some places charge an extra fee for American Express cards.

Free flights and lounge passes

Reviewed and recommended by Adam on 13 Apr 2017

I pay my annual fee, and I get my international lounge passes and domestic flights. I get insurance on holidays and purchases I make. I get points for my spending. Overall I’m happy with this card.

The only downside is that not everywhere accepts American Express, which is why I also have NAB’s combined AmEx and Visa card.

Free flight, insurance, referral bonus points

Reviewed and recommended by Ambarish on 07 Apr 2017

The best credit card I have used to date: free flight and so much insurance coverage, which allows me to shop online tension-free.

It rewards me with lots of Velocity points, which will help me with a lot of travelling. I also get bonus points for a referral. I love this card!

Great perks but high annual fee

Reviewed and recommended by Ryan on 01 Apr 2017

This card has good points earning potential, especially if you take advantage of a referral or sign-up bonus. The annual fee of $395 is quite high but it is offset by insurance, lounge passes and a return domestic flight each year.

This is my first year with the card and so far I am quite happy and will likely renew.

Small business supporter

Reviewed and recommended by Dominica on 25 Sep 2016

In the six months that I’ve had my AmEx card I have been extremely impressed with it. There are so many offers and benefits that it makes it very worthwhile. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is eligible. I particularly like that they aim to support local small businesses and give users extra bonuses for shopping at these stores.

Well worth the annual fee

Reviewed and recommended by Ameng on 02 Jul 2016

The major draw was the 100,000 (or 80,000) Velocity points for signing up, and while some people might be put off by the $349 annual fee, this is balanced out by the 1 free domestic flight per anniversary year, 2 free domestic lounge entries, and 2 free AmEx Lounge entries at Sydney International airport. Add on the complimentary travel insurance (up to 60 days), 3 points per dollar booking Virgin flights, 2 points per dollar booking travel related items, plus 1 point per dollar for everyday purchases, and this card is very good value.

Great experience!

Reviewed and recommended by Stephanie on 26 Jun 2016

I loved maximising the platinum benefits of this card—great monthly partner offers, travel insurance, and an annual domestic flight free were the standouts. The card also gave free access to an international travel lounge at Sydney International, which we use quite a few times a year. All round, a great platinum AmEx offering for a low annual fee compared to other platinum cards on the market.

I froth on this card

Reviewed and recommended by Zub Mombolor on 24 Aug 2015

This was an absolutely smashing offer. After analysing card upon card in the market, this offer exceeded all expectations. I have greatly benefited from this points offer! I purchased a flight to LA with this bad boy and I have used one of the airport lounge passes already. First class service.

I love it!

Perfect for domestic travel and online shopping

Reviewed and recommended by Tronsky14 on 27 Oct 2014

While the $349 annual fee is on the high side, as a frequent traveller, the benefits more than make up for the fee. Living in Perth, I am able to treat myself to an annual flight to Sydney. It comes with two lounge passes, a perk normally reserved for Velocity Silver members and a decent travel insurance policy. In the internet connected world, ordering goods and services from online retailers will earn you two Velocity points per dollar. When travelling with Virgin Australia I earn 3 points per dollar, and when combined with the points from VA themselves you will net between 8 and 13 points per dollar, depending on your status level. The monthly bonus offers have proven to be worthwhile as well, as I have saved well over the annual fee on rebates from retailers I would normally use regardless.

It is true that American Express is not accepted everywhere, and that some places charge an additional fee, so this card is not the card for every situation, and you will have other cards at your disposal, but there are many situations where it does extremely well.

Overall I am happy that this card is a perfect match to my lifestyle and the rewards and bonus offers more than make up for the high annual fee.

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The basics

About this card

Card setup
Single
Card tier
Platinum
Card type
American Express
Card use
Personal
Credit rating
No bad credit history
Gambling transactions allowed
No
Joint application
N/A
Minimum age
18 years old
Minimum income
$65,000
Minimum income for pensioners
Same as standard
Pensioners
N/A
Rewards program
Velocity Frequent Flyer
Temporary residents
N/A

Cardholders

Additional cardholders
4
Additional card fee
$0 p.a.

Credit limits

Minimum credit limit
$3,000
Maximum credit limit
$100,000

Repayments

Interest charged from
Purchase date
Interest free period
Up to 55 days on purchases
Minimum repayment
2.5%

Balance transfers

The offer

Interest ratePeriodFeeLimitRevert rate
Balance transfers0% p.a.12 months1%$10,000 or 70% of credit limit20.74% p.a.

Balance transfers to this card

Balance transfer earns rewards
No
Balance transfer fee payment due
First statement
Balance transfer from personal loan
No
Balance transfer processing time
10 - 14 days
Interest free days with unpaid balance
0 days
Maximum balance transfer
$10,000 or 70% of credit limit
Available to existing customers
No

Banks you can't balance transfer from

You can't balance transfer to the American Express Velocity Platinum Credit Card at the promotional balance transfer rate from:

  • American Express

Rates & fees

Promotional interest rates

Interest ratePeriodFeeLimitRevert rate
Balance transfers0% p.a.12 months1%$10,000 or 70% of credit limit 20.74% p.a.
PurchasesN/AN/AN/AN/A N/A

Ongoing interest rates

MonthlyAnnually
Cash advances N/A N/A
Purchases 1.73% 20.74% p.a.

Fees

Annual fee
$375 p.a.
Cash advance fee
None
Dishonour fee
$6
Duplicate statement fee
$10
Foreign exchange fee
3%
Late payment fee
$30
Over limit fee
$15
Overseas ATM balance fee
N/A
Overseas ATM withdrawal fee
N/A
Overseas emergency card replacement fee
N/A
Transaction verification fee
$7

Rewards & points

Cool stuff you can get with your points

Disclaimer: Points required accurate as of the 31st March 2018.

Rewards program basics

First purchase bonus
50,000 points
Reward points expiry
Never as long as you keep your account active
Rewards program
Velocity Frequent Flyer
Spend required for bonus points
$3,000 in 3 months

Earning points with this card

Frequent flyer points
1.25 pts per $1 spent
Overseas earn rate
Same as standard earn rate
Points cap per month
Unlimited
Points cap per year
Unlimited
Points earned on ATO payments
0.5 pts per $1 spent
Reward points
1.25 pts per $1 spent

Additional benefits

Airport lounge access
Yes
Complimentary flight voucher
Yes
Concierge service
No

Minimum criteria for this card

What you need before applying

Be over 18 years old
You are a resident or citizen of Australia
Earn a regular income of more than $65,000 per year
Have no history of bad credit
You have your personal details ready to complete the online application
Have not applied for multiple credit cards recently
Disclaimer: The minimum criteria are intended only to be a guide. Your application may still be rejected by the bank even if you can answer 'Yes' to all the minimum criteria. The final decision regarding your application is up to the bank.

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