Finalists for finder Awards 2018 revealed

Posted: 14 August 2018 6:14 am

Big brands are competing for recognition of Australia's best and most innovative products.

The list of finalists for the finder Awards 2018 has been unveiled, with dozens of companies competing for prizes recognising the best products and most outstanding innovations of the past year.

Mortage lender Tic:Toc and instalment payment provider Afterpay have scored the most finalist berths, with two and four respectively.

Product award finalists are chosen via rigorous analysis of finance, insurance and telco products, while innovation categories are scored by a team of independent judges.

The winners will be revealed at a gala ceremony at Luna Park in Sydney on 26 September 2018.

"The finalists are pioneers in their fields and they're driving world-class initiatives across all aspects of our lives," chief marketing officer Malini Sietaram said in a statement. "From startups to household names, we've discovered new products and services that are helping everyday Aussies find better – changing the way we bank, travel and shop."

The full list of finalists across the 20 product and 7 innovation categories is below. For more details and to find out how to buy tickets to the awards ceremony, check out the main awards page.

Product Awards

Best Frequent Flyer Card

  • American Express Velocity Platinum Card
  • ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
  • NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
  • St.George Amplify Signature Credit Card – Qantas
  • Qantas Premier Platinum
  • Virgin Australia Velocity High Flyer Card – 80k Bonus Points offer
  • Westpac Altitude Black - Qantas

Best Rewards Card

  • American Express Velocity Platinum Card
  • American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum Card Bundle - Qantas
  • ANZ Rewards Platinum
  • Bankwest More Platinum Mastercard
  • HSBC Premier World Mastercard
  • NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
  • Qantas American Express Ultimate Card

Best Balance Transfer Credit Card

  • ANZ First Credit Card
  • CUA Low Rate Credit Card
  • Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card – Balance Transfer & Points Offer
  • St.George / Bank of Melbourne / Bank SA Vertigo Platinum Card
  • Suncorp Clear Options Platinum Credit Card
  • Westpac Low Rate Card
  • Woolworths Everyday Platinum Credit Card

Best Low Rate Credit Card

  • Bank Australia Low Rate Visa Credit Card
  • Community First / McGrath Pink Low Rate Visa Card
  • Easy Street Easy Low Rate Visa credit card
  • G&C Mutual Bank Low Rate Visa Credit Card
  • Northern Inland Credit Union Low Rate Visa Credit Card

Best No Annual Fee Credit Card

  • First Option Credit Union Low Rate Visa Credit Card
  • Hume Value Visa Card
  • Northern Inland Credit Union Low Rate Visa Credit Card
  • Teachers Mutual Bank Credit Card
  • The Low Rate Credit Card from American Express

Best Owner Occupier Home Loan – Variable

  • CUA Advance Variable Home Loan (Owner Occupier, P&I)
  • Easy Street Standard Variable Special Home Loan
  • Reduce Rate Buster High Lend Variable Home Loan
  • State Custodians Low Rate Home Loan with Offset
  • Tic:Toc Live in Loan Variable Rate – Principal & Interest

Best Owner Occupier Home Loan – 3 Year Fixed

  • Bank Australia Premium Home Loan Package
  • Bank of Queensland Fixed Rate Home Loan
  • CUA Fixed Rate Home Loan
  • Greater Bank Great Rate Home Loan
  • Australian Unity Health, Wealth and Happiness Fixed Rate Home Loan

Best Investor Home Loan – P&I – Variable

  • Homeloans FlexiChoice Prime Variable Rates – Genuine Savings – ProPack
  • Offset Variable
  • Reduce Home Loans Investor Rate Buster Variable 100% Offset
  • State Custodians Low Rate Home Loan with Offset
  • Tic:Toc Invest Loan Variable Rate Home Loan – Principal & Interest

Best Savings Account

  • Bankwest Hero Saver
  • ING Savings Maximiser
  • ME Online Savings Account

Best Transaction Account

  • ING Orange Everyday
  • Macquarie Platinum Transaction Account
  • ME Bank Everyday Transaction Account

Best Travel Insurance – Value

  • Fast Cover – Basics
  • Kango – Budget
  • Online Travel Insurance – Basic
  • Tick Travel Insurance – Standard
  • Travel with Jane – Luxe
  • World2Cover – Basics Cover

Best Travel Insurance – Comprehensive

  • 1Cover – Comprehensive
  • American Express – Comprehensive
  • Budget Direct – Comprehensive
  • Fast Cover – Comprehensive
  • Insureandgo – Gold Policy
  • Zoom Travel Insurance – Comprehensive
  • WorldCare – Comprehensive

Best Prepaid SIM

  • Boost $30 Prepaid SIM
  • Kogan Mobile Extra Large
  • Lycamobile SIM-only Unlimited Plan M
  • OVO Extra Large

Best Postpaid Month-to-Month SIM

  • Lebara Extra Large Plan
  • Moose 39
  • SpinTel Mobile 10GB Plan
  • Yomojo Unlimited Talk and Text + 4GB Data

Best NBN 50 Plan (50/20)

  • Exetel unlimited nbn50
  • Flip TV NBN Fast 50
  • Infinity NBN Classic Everyday

Best Health Insurance – Value

  • – Entry Hospital
  • Health Care Insurance Limited – Premier Package

Best Health Insurance – Comprehensive

  • HCF – Premium Hospital & Platinum Extras
  • Peoplecare Health Insurance – Premium Hospital & High Extras
  • Phoenix Health Fund Limited Top Hospital & Top Extras

Best Car Loan

  • Beyond Bank Low Rate Car Loan Special Offer
  • First Choice CU Car Loan Special
  • Holiday Coast Credit Union New Vehicle Variable
  • Illawarra Credit Union (formerly Catalyst Money) Secured Fixed Personal Loan (new)
  • MOVE New Car Loan

Best Car Insurance – Value

  • 1300 Insurance
  • AAMI
  • Budget Direct
  • Hume Bank
  • St.George
  • Westpac

Best Car Insurance – Comprehensive

  • AI Car Insurance
  • Allianz
  • Budget Direct
  • Hume Bank
  • Suncorp
  • Westpac

Innovation Awards

Best Banking Innovation

  • Brighte app
  • DEFT Auction Pay by Macquarie Bank
  • iM CUA
  • New Payments Platform (NPP)
  • BrokerFlow by Proviso
  • Tyro

Best Travel Innovation

  • flybuys travel
  • HSBC Everyday Global Account
  • Leezair
  • Travello app
  • Skyscanner Mashup

Best Tech Innovation

  • Beem It
  • flybuys app
  • Huddle Insurance Instant Claims
  • Raiz Kids
  • Tic:Toc

Best Online Shopping Innovation

  • Afterpay app
  • Catch Marketplace by
  • Same-day delivery by Coles
  • HelloCars
  • Shippit

Best Online Customer Service

  • iM CUA
  • HotelsCombined
  • LegalVision
  • Office Hub
  • RateSetter

Most Innovative Team/Person

  • Nick Molnar, Afterpay
  • CUA
  • Macquarie Banking and Financial Service Group, The Ninjas
  • TAL Incubator Team
  • Tic:Toc

Best Personal Finance App

  • Finch
  • GROW
  • Pocketbook
  • Qantas Money
  • Stockspot

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