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American Express credit cards offer the prestige, perks and points you'd expect from Amex, available for every budget.

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American Express offers credit cards to suit a range of lifestyles and goals, including frequent flyer and reward points, no annual fees and low interest rates. You can use this guide to compare American Express cards, discover the benefits of Amex and learn how to apply.

American Express Credit Card Offer

American Express Velocity Platinum Card

Receive 100,000 bonus Velocity Points

Offer ends 12 February 2020

Eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges apply

American Express Credit Card Offer

Receive 100,000 bonus Velocity Points and up to 2.25 points per $1 spent. Plus, 2 lounge passes per year.

  • 100,000 bonus Velocity points when you spend $3,000 within the first 3 months
  • Up to 2.25 points per $1 spent on eligible purchases, uncapped
  • 100 Velocity Frequent Flyer Status Credits
  • 2 complimentary Virgin Australia lounge passes per year
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American Express Credit Cards Comparison

Updated January 24th, 2020
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Balance transfer rate Annual fee
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
100,000 bonus points
1.25
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$375 p.a.
Get 100,000 bonus Velocity Points when you spend $3,000 for the first 3 months. Plus, 100 Status Credits and luxury travel perks.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
0.75
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$0 p.a.
Earn uncapped Qantas Points on your purchases, pay $0 annual fee for life and take advantage of 0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers.
American Express Velocity Escape Card
0.75
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$0 p.a.
Earn uncapped Velocity Points on purchases and save with a $0 annual fee for life and a 0% p.a. for 12 months balance transfer offer.
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
55,000 bonus points
1.25
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$450 p.a.
Get 55,000 bonus Qantas Points, a $450 Qantas Travel Credit and 2 yearly complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations.
American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum Bundle - Qantas
75,000 bonus points
1
$200 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($249 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the criteria with this dual Mastercard (issued by Westpac) & Amex (issued by Amex).
American Express Westpac Altitude Black Bundle
140,000 bonus points
3
$349 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($449 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 140,000 bonus Altitude Points with Mastercard (issued by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex). T&Cs apply.
American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card
150,000 bonus points
1.25
$450 p.a.
ABN holders w/ $75,000 revenue. Get 150,000 bonus Qantas Points, 3x points on eligible Qantas flights and 2 lounge passes each year.
American Express Platinum Card
80,000 bonus points
2.25
$1,450 p.a.
Get 80,000 bonus points, a $450 annual Platinum Travel Credit, dedicated personal service and luxury travel perks.
American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum Bundle
110,000 bonus points
2
$150 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($199 p.a. thereafter)
Collect up to 110,000 bonus Altitude Points when you meet T&Cs with Mastercard (issued by Westpac) & Amex (issued by Amex).
American Express Explorer Credit Card
50,000 bonus points
2
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$395 p.a.
Get 50,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in the first 3 months, a yearly $400 Travel Credit and 2 entries per year to the Amex Lounge.
David Jones American Express Platinum Card
30,000 bonus points
1
$295 p.a.
DJ's shoppers and Qantas travellers earn 30,000 bonus Membership Rewards points or 15,000 Qantas Points on eligible spend.
David Jones American Express Card
15,000 bonus points
1
$99 p.a.
Not just for David Jones shoppers, receive 15,000 bonus Membership Rewards points or 7,500 Qantas Points on eligible spend.
American Express Business Explorer Credit Card
100,000 bonus points
2
$395 p.a.
ABN holders w/ $75,000 revenue. Get 100,000 bonus points. Plus, 2 yearly lounge passes on this business card.
American Express Platinum Business Card
150,000 bonus points
2.25
$1,750 p.a.
ABN holders w/ $75,000 revenue. Get 150,000 bonus points and up to 2.25 points/ $1 spent on eligible business purchases.

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Types of American Express credit cards

American Express issues credit cards to suit both personal and business needs. Amex is renowned for its platinum products and competitive rewards options, but it offers low rate and low fee options as well. You can compare the different credit cards you can get with American Express below to find the right one for you.

Rewards credit cards

American Express rewards credit cards are linked to its Membership Rewards programs. You can use these cards to earn Membership Rewards points per $1 spent on eligible purchases. Some boast big bonus points offers for new Amex customers, which can sometimes be as high as 150,000 points when you meet the spend requirement.

You can use your Membership Rewards to 'pay with points' and shop online at David Jones or Ticketmaster. Membership Rewards can be redeemed for holidays through American Express Travel or redeem them for gift cards with big brands including Coles, Myer, Bunnings and Country Road.

If you prefer frequent flyer points, exchange your Membership Rewards for points or miles with partner airline schemes including Virgin Australia Velocity, Emirates Skywards, Etihad Guest and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. Check out finder's guide to Amex Membership Rewards for more tips for earning and spending your points.

As well as rewards, these cards often offer extra perks including complimentary travel insurance, American Express Lounge invites to use at Sydney and Melbourne airport and access to Amex Experiences.

These rewards cards typically charge higher annual fees and interest rates than cards with fewer extra features.

Frequent flyer credit cards

American Express offers frequent flyer cards that are linked to the Qantas and Velocity Frequent Flyer programs. These cards regularly have bonus points offers and can be used to earn points per $1 spent on eligible purchases. You can then redeem your points for flights, travel packages and more through your preferred frequent flyer program.

Some of these cards come with extra features including complimentary travel insurance, complimentary flight vouchers and airline lounge passes. These extra features can help justify paying a higher annual fee or purchase interest rate to use one of these cards.

Low rate credit cards

If you want to save on credit card costs, you can consider an American Express credit card with a low interest rate. Card such as the American Express Essential credit card and the American Express Low Rate credit cards both charge competitive purchase interest rates. These cards often sometimes come with low or no annual fees. Some low rate American Express cards are linked with the Membership Rewards program, although they'll usually have less competitive earn rates than platinum products.

Balance transfer credit cards

You can pay off your existing debt with 0% on balance transfers for a promotional period with some American Express credit cards. The interest-free offer may last for up to 12 months and any remaining debt will collect a higher interest rate once this introductory period ends. Some of these cards may charge an annual fee and a balance transfer fee, so it's important to factor these into your comparison. See our step-by-step guide on how to complete a balance transfer with American Express for further information.

Store credit cards

The David Jones American Express credit cards offer exclusive benefits with the department store, such as complimentary gift-wrapping and complimentary delivery options through David Jones online. You can use these cards to earn either Membership Rewards or Qantas Rewards for purchases at David Jones and elsewhere.

Business credit cards

American Express offers business credit cards that come with useful features including additional cardholders to manage employee spending and tools to track your business expenditure. Some Amex business credit cards earn Membership Rewards, Qantas Points or Velocity Points on business spending. Business cards generally have higher credit limits than products designed for personal use.

The benefits of banking with American Express

From rewards programs to exclusive perks, here are some of the extra features and benefits you can expect with an American Express credit card.

  • Membership Rewards

If you have an American Express Membership Rewards card, you can earn points per $1 you spend on eligible purchases. These cards regularly offer competitive bonus points and earn rates. Plus, you can redeem your points for a variety of rewards from cashback on your account to gift cards and frequent flyer points.

As long as you keep your account in good standing, your American Express Membership Rewards points won't expire. This means you need to make all required payments by the due date on your account statements.

  • Exclusive perks with Amex Experiences and Amex Offers

You can access presale tickets to concerts and other events with American Express Experiences. When you present your Amex card at the entry, you can relax in style before your next concert at American Express Experiences lounges at select entertainment venues in Sydney and Brisbane.

Amex cardholders can enjoy exclusive discounts and cashback promotions with partnered brands including THE ICONIC, Woolworths, David Jones and more thanks to Amex Offers. Check out the current offers on the American Express website and register the deal to your card.

  • Airport lounge passes

A few American Express credit cards come with complimentary lounge entry invitations each year. Depending on the card, you could take advantage of the perks at a Qantas or Virgin Australia Lounge or one of the American Express lounges at Sydney and Melbourne airport. Check out our review of the American Express Lounge at Sydney airport for more details of what you can expect.

  • Digital wallets and contactless payments

American Express is compatible with all three major digital wallets: Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay. You can add your card details to the relevant digital wallet app and use your smartphone or smart device to make contactless payments at the terminal. The American Express Westpac bundle cards also enable you to use your fitness tracker to make payments with Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay.

How to apply for an American Express credit card

If you've compared American Express credit cards and found one you like, you can apply online in around 15 minutes. Before you apply, make sure you meet the following eligibility requirements and have all the relevant documents and details you need on hand.

Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria vary between American Express cards but usually includes the following:

  • Age. Applicants must be at least 18 years or older.
  • Residential status. Australian citizens, permanent residents and holders of a current long term visa (12 months or more, not including student visas) are eligible to apply.
  • Minimum income. You'll need to meet the minimum annual income requirement to apply.
  • Credit history. Applicants must have a good credit rating.

Required documents

Make sure you have the following information and documents ready before you apply:

  • Personal information. You need to share personal details including your name, email address, phone number, residential address and a valid form of ID, such as your driver's licence number.
  • Income and employment. This includes your current job, your employer’s contact information or your accountant's details if you’re self-employed. You'll also need to provide details of your annual income, including any income generated from assets like property or shares, and whether you have any savings.
  • Debts and liabilities. You need to provide information about your ongoing expenses, such as rent or mortgage payments, your weekly food budget, loan repayments and any existing credit card debts. If you want to get a balance transfer, you'll need to provide details of your existing card and the debt you want to transfer to your new American Express card.

Frequently asked questions

Do you have a question about American Express credit cards? Check the FAQs below for answers to common questions about Amex credit cards. If you can’t find the question and answer you’re looking for, get in touch with us using the form at the bottom of this page.

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    AndreAugust 16, 2018

    How long do you need to be in a casual job before attemting to do a balance transfer?

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      JoelAugust 17, 2018

      Hi Andre,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      As long as you have steady income and proof of it, you may be eligible for a balance transfer regardless of how long you have been a casual employee. Before you apply for a balance transfer credit card, you can look at the eligibility requirements to determine your chances of approval. This eligibility criteria may include a minimum income requirement and good credit history. There are also eligibility requirements pertaining to the balance transfer as well. For example, you may only be able to transfer debts from another institution up to a percentage of the approved credit limit (for example, up to 80% of the credit limit).

      We have an article on how to ensure a successful balance transfer application if you click HERE. Good luck! :)

      Cheers,
      Joel

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    moniqueMarch 2, 2017

    hi! I just wanted to know how long i have to wait to get approved. I applied qantas amex discovery credit card and I believe i tick all the requirements to be eligible for it. this is my first time applying for credit card though.

    thank you!

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      DeeMarch 2, 2017Staff

      Hi Monique,

      Thanks for your question.

      After you have filled in the online form and submitted the requirements, American Express will still assess your application. There is no definite time frame for the approval period. Once approved, you will typically receive your credit card within 1-2 weeks.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    AlexJuly 31, 2016

    I am a NZ citizen living in Australia under a SCV which enables NZers to live and work in Australia for as long as they want. Normally we are considered permanent residents for tax purposes but am I able to apply for an American Express credit card if I don’t technically hold permanent residency?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      MayAugust 2, 2016Staff

      Hi Alex,

      Thanks for your question.

      Usually, for AMEX credit cards, the bank would require that you’re an Australian citizen or hold a Business Long Stay Visa (subclass 457). Although other eligibility requirements may be outlined for individual cards. I suggest that you contact AMEX to be sure if you’re eligible to apply for an AMEX card.

      Cheers,
      May

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    MarkJanuary 15, 2016

    Hi,

    Just wondering if you could tell me if I can load up my Qantas frequent flyer AMEX credit card with my own money as my current credit card limit won’t be sufficient for the amount of purchases I want to make on the card at one time.

    Is this okay to do and if so will I still earn Qantas frequent flyer points?

    Thank you.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      SallyJanuary 21, 2016Staff

      Hi Mark,

      You wouldn’t be able to load the card with more funds than the credit limit. Instead, you may need to contact American Express to request a credit limit increase. You can request a credit limit increase by contacting the American Express customer service team directly or by completing and submitting a credit limit increase form via the American Express website.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    PiyadasaSeptember 9, 2015

    Can I transfer my British airways American express avios points to Qantas American express card?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      SallySeptember 10, 2015Staff

      Hi Piyadasa,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Please note that you have come through finder.com.au, not American Express. Unfortunately, British Airways Avios Points can’t be transferred to Qantas Points, however you can use them to redeem a flight on Qantas.

      Please refer on this page for more details about Qantas Frequent Flyer Program.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    LeeJuly 30, 2015

    I have had an American Express card for many years, and have had a secondary person with a card able to use it, I am looking at changing to the low rate card, is it possible to have separate accounts with new
    cards if transferring and if so is it easy or a lot of running around.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      SallyJuly 31, 2015Staff

      Hi Lee,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Please note that you have come through to finder.com.au, not American Express. However, we can confirm that American Express only allows you to transfer balances from accounts under your name. Once you apply for an AMEX Low Rate card and have been approved, the approval process for your balance transfer will immediately start commencing 72 hours after card approval.

      Please refer to this page for more information on balance transfers.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,

      Sally

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    JulieMarch 29, 2015

    Where can I use my Amex Qantas discovery card in Australia? I received my card but when I looked where I can use it I noticed it’s a bit limited because some places only take mastercard or visa, would appreciate any help!

    Thanks, Julie

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JonathanMarch 30, 2015Staff

      Hi Julie, thanks for getting in touch with us!

      You can use your AMEX card at any EFTPOS terminal which accepts a credit card in Australia, except for merchants that only accept Mastercard or Visa cards.

      Cheers,

      Jonathan

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    HyNovember 20, 2014

    I’m currently hold an ANZ Qantas FF VISA and American Express card. I want to know if I could join American Express reward program using my ANZ American Express card? Because the point earning value in American Express reward program is better and Qantas point.

    Thank you.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ElizabethNovember 20, 2014Staff

      Hi Hy,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately transferring rewards programs isn’t an option with this credit card. If you’re looking at taking out a card that is linked to the American Express Membership Rewards program, you can compare a range of cards on this page.

      I hope this has helped.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

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    glenSeptember 10, 2014

    Can I reconnect a old card and account. I would like to get a amx card with you again.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ShirleySeptember 12, 2014Staff

      Hi Glen,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you’ve closed your previous credit card account, you’ll need to apply again for another one.

      After you’ve chosen the card you want to apply for, you can click ‘go to site’ to be taken to the application page.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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    TonySeptember 5, 2014

    I STAY IN THE COOK ISLANDS RAOTONGA HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A AMERICAN EXPRESS CREDIT CARD

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ShirleySeptember 8, 2014Staff

      Hi Tony,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately to be eligible for most Amex credit cards you need to be an Australian resident or citizen. I’d recommend that you get in touch with Amex directly to discuss your options.

      Please note that online applications are available as well.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

Credit Cards Comparison

Updated January 24th, 2020
Name Product Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate Annual fee
HSBC Platinum Credit Card - Balance Transfer Offer
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 22 months
$129 p.a.
Enjoy a balance transfer offer, yearly annual fee refund, airport lounge passes and complimentary insurance covers.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
20.24% p.a.
20.24% p.a.
$425 p.a.
Earn 120,000 bonus Qantas Points & $275 back when you spend $4,000 in the first 3 months. Plus, airport lounge passes.
St.George Vertigo Classic
13.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
$55 p.a.
Get 0% p.a. interest for up to 18 months on balance transfers with no balance transfer fee. Plus, a low annual fee and purchase rate.

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