Earn reward points for every dollar you spend and redeem them for gift cards or cashback.
Macquarie Rewards is a credit card rewards program lets you earn points on all eligible purchases you make with a Macquarie Platinum Card or Macquarie Black Card. When you have earned enough points, you can redeem them online for eGift cards or cashback to an eligible Macquarie account.
Earning Macquarie Rewards points
The Macquarie Platinum and Macquarie Black credit cards offer the following earn rates on your spending.
|Card type||Reward points earn rate|
|Macquarie Platinum||Earn 1.25 points per $1 spent on eligible purchases, up to $200,000 a year.|
|Macquarie Black||Earn 2 points per $1 spent on eligible purchases.|
Certain transactions, such as cash advances and balance transfers as well as any restricted transactions specified under the Macquarie Rewards Program’s terms and conditions, are not eligible for points.
Redeeming Macquarie Rewards points
You can redeem your Macquarie Rewards points through the Macquarie Mobile Banking app or Macquarie Online. Once you have logged in to your account, you will be able to see your point balance and browse rewards from the following two categories:
- eGift cards. You can redeem your points for digital gift cards at a number of major retailers such as Myer, JB Hi-Fi, Jetstar, Priceline or Woolworths.
- Cashback. You can redeem Macquarie Rewards points for cashback to an eligible Macquarie account.
Ways to boost your Macquarie Rewards balance
- Sign-up bonus points. The Macquarie Platinum credit card offers 40,000 bonus Macquarie Reward points when you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases within 60 days of approval, while the Macquarie Black offers 60,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 within 60 days of card approval.
- Additional cardholders. Sharing your account with a partner or other family member gives you a way to earn points faster, as any eligible spending they do with their additional card will also earn you points. Note that you will still be responsible for paying off the balance and keeping the account in good standing.
Mistakes to avoid with a Macquarie Rewards credit card
As with all credit cards, there are some pitfalls to avoid at all costs:
- Overspending. With the prospect of earning points for every $1 spent, you may find yourself tempted to buy more with a credit card, which could lead to ongoing debt.
- Carrying a balance. This is a sure route to debt, since carrying a monthly balance means paying interest on it. It also means you won’t be eligible for interest-free days in the following month, which results in even more interest fees accrued on your purchases.
- Not considering the standard rates. Even if a card’s promotional interest rate is 0%, it will eventually come to an end. Failing to consider the revert or standard rates on a card can lead to high interest fees and debt when the promotional period is over.
- Making new purchases when you have transferred a balance. As long as you carry an outstanding balance on your account, you will not enjoy interest-free days on new purchases. Whether you’ve had a balance transfer or haven’t paid your bill in full for other reasons, making new purchases on the card will incur interest fees immediately.
- Making cash advance transactions. Cash advance transactions aren’t eligible for points and commonly attract high interest charges and fees. Cash advances include ATM withdrawals as well as the purchase of money orders, foreign currencies, prepaid cards, shopping or gift cards and gambling items.
- Not using other complimentary extras. Since you’re indirectly paying for the card’s perks (via the annual fee), it would be wise to make full use of them. This is why it’s prudent to choose a card with complimentary extras that you’ll regularly use, since all these features affect the value of your card.
The Macquarie Rewards Program is one of many credit card reward programs on the market. This makes it’s important to compare a variety of options so you can find a card that fits with your spending patterns and goals.
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