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VIP credit cards – Australia’s prestige credit cards

If you’re looking for a card that’s a cut above the rest, discover the perks of a prestige credit card.

If you regularly pay on plastic and want more out of your next credit card, a prestige credit card could offer the features you need and luxury perks you want. From airport lounge passes and limousine transfer services, to hotel upgrades and dedicated 24/7 service, these prestigious cards are designed to complement the lifestyle of big spenders.

What is a prestige credit card?

A prestige credit card offers extra features, premium perks and larger credit limits, and comes at a higher cost. Platinum and black credit cards are considered prestige credit card products in Australia.

Naturally, the eligibility requirements for these cards correspond to their costs, with minimum income requirements starting at $75,000. Successful prestige card applicants also tend to have the highest credit scores.

Compare Black, Platinum and credit cards made of metal

Rates last updated September 22nd, 2019
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
St.George Amplify Signature - Qantas
90,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
19.74% p.a.
$179 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Get 90,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 in 90 days and 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
100,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
20.24% p.a.
$425 p.a.
Get 100,000 bonus Qantas Points and $200 back to your ANZ Frequent Flyer Black when you meet the spend requirement, plus unlimited Véloce airport lounge access.
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
100,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1.25
20.74% p.a.
$450 p.a.
Get 100,000 bonus Qantas Points. Plus, a $450 Qantas Travel Credit and 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year.
Westpac Altitude Black - Qantas
80,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
20.49% p.a.
$300 p.a.
Earn 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the spend requirement. Plus, 2 yearly Qantas Club lounge invitations.
American Express Westpac Altitude Black Bundle - Qantas
120,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1.25
0.75
20.24% p.a. (AMEX)

20.49% p.a. (Visa/MC)

$499 p.a.
Up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points with Mastercard (issued by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex). T&Cs apply.
Westpac Altitude Black
80,000 bonus points
Westpac Altitude Rewards
1.25
20.49% p.a.
$250 p.a.
Earn 80,000 bonus Altitude Points when you meet the spend requirement. Plus, 2 yearly Priority Pass lounge invitations.
American Express Westpac Altitude Black Bundle
120,000 bonus points
Westpac Altitude Rewards
3
1.25
20.24% p.a. (AMEX)

20.49% p.a. (Visa/MC)

$449 p.a.
Up to 120,000 bonus Altitude Points with Mastercard (issued by Westpac) & Amex (issued & serviced by Amex). T&Cs apply.
Citi Prestige Card
150,000 bonus points
Citi Rewards Program
3
20.99% p.a.
$700 p.a.
Enjoy 150,000 bonus reward Points, unlimited airport lounge access, complimentary insurance covers and more.
Westpac Altitude Black - Velocity
80,000 bonus points
Velocity Frequent Flyer
0.75
20.49% p.a.
$300 p.a.
Collect 80,000 bonus Velocity Points when you meet the spend requirement. Plus, complimentary seat upgrades and lounge passes.

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Rates last updated September 22nd, 2019
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
American Express Platinum Card
150,000 bonus points
Membership Rewards Ascent Premium
2.25
N/A
$1,450 p.a.
Get up to 150,000 bonus points, a $450 annual Platinum Travel Credit, dedicated personal service and luxury travel perks. Ends 25 September 2019.
Qantas Premier Platinum
120,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$199 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($299 p.a. thereafter)
Get up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points (20,000/month) when you spend $1,500/month for the first 6 months. Plus, complimentary lounge passes.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Bonus Points Offer
70,000 bonus points
Velocity Frequent Flyer
0.66
20.74% p.a.
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 70,000 bonus Velocity Points (20,000 points when you spend $1,500/month in the first 3 months plus 10,000 points after the first anniversary).
St.George Amplify Platinum - Qantas
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
19.74% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Earn 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days and earn 0.5 Qantas points per $1 spent.
Latitude 28° Global Platinum Mastercard
21.99% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Save with 0% foreign transaction fees on purchases. Plus, complimentary flight delay passes and a global wifi access.
St.George Vertigo Platinum
12.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Features a long-term 0% balance transfer offer, $49 first year annual fee and access to a 24/7 personal concierge service.
Westpac Altitude Platinum Card - Qantas
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.5
20.49% p.a.
$200 p.a.
Earn 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 90 days of card approval. Plus, complimentary insurances and a personal concierge.
NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
120,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$295 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Collect up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points. Get 90,000 when you spend $3,000 on eligible purchases in the first 60 days and 30,000 after 12 months.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Annual Fee Offer
30,000 bonus points
Velocity Frequent Flyer
0.66
20.74% p.a.
$50 p.a.
Save with an ongoing $50 annual fee and 0% balance transfer offer. Plus, the ability to earn up to 30,000 bonus Velocity Points in the first 3 months.
HSBC Platinum Credit Card - Balance Transfer Offer
HSBC Rewards Plus
1
19.99% p.a.
$129 p.a.
Enjoy a balance transfer offer, yearly annual fee refund, airport lounge passes and complimentary insurance covers.
Latitude Infinity Rewards Visa
Latitude Infinity Rewards
1
20.69% p.a.
$69 p.a.
Earn an uncapped 1.00 Latitude Infinity Reward point per dollar with no expiry, plus get up to 55 days interest-free on purchases.
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
50,000 bonus points
Velocity Frequent Flyer
1.25
20.74% p.a.
$375 p.a.
Get 50,000 bonus Velocity Points when you spend $3,000 for the first 3 months. Plus, 100 Status Credits and luxury travel perks.
BOQ Platinum Visa Credit Card
1,000 bonus points
Q Rewards
2
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Enjoy 1,000 bonus Q Rewards points monthly when you meet the spend requirement, a 12-month balance transfer offer and $0 first year annual fee.
American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card
120,000 bonus points
Qantas Business Rewards
1.25
N/A
$450 p.a.
ABN holders w/ $75,000 p.a. revenue. Get 120,000 bonus Points, 3x points on eligible Qantas flights and 2 yearly lounge passes. Ends 25 Sept 2019.
St.George Amplify Signature - Qantas
90,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
0.75
19.74% p.a.
$179 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Get 90,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 in 90 days and 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - 0% Interest Offer
Velocity Frequent Flyer
0.66
0% for 14 months, reverts to 20.74% p.a.
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Enjoy 0% p.a. interest on purchases for 14 months, a reduced first year annual fee and Velocity Points per $1 spent.
Citi Rewards Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
Citi Rewards Program
1
0% for 13 months, reverts to 20.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter)
Finder Exclusive:
Save with 0% interest on purchases and balance transfers for 13 months (with no BT fee). Plus, a discounted $49 annual fee for the first year.
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
HSBC Rewards Plus
1
0% for 12 months, reverts to 19.99% p.a.
$129 p.a.
0% p.a. on purchases and balance transfers with no BT fee. Plus, a yearly annual fee refund when you spend $6,000 and 2 lounge passes per year.
Citi Clear Platinum Credit Card
12.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Offers a long-term balance transfer and $0 first year annual fee. Plus, insurance covers and Citibank Dining Program perks. Ends 30 September 2019.
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($79 p.a. thereafter)
Save with a $0 first year annual fee and a long-term balance transfer offer. Plus, complimentary travel insurance.

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Rates last updated September 22nd, 2019
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
American Express Platinum Business Card
150,000 bonus points
Membership Rewards
2.25
N/A
$1,750 p.a.
ABN holders w/ $75,000 p.a. revenue. Get 150,000 bonus points and up to 2.25 points/ $1 spent on eligible business purchases. Ends 25 Sept 2019.
Qantas Premier Titanium
150,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
1.25
19.99% p.a.
$1,200 p.a.
Receive 150,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $5,000 in the first 90 days and earn 20% bonus Status Credits on eligible Qantas flights.
American Express Platinum Card
150,000 bonus points
Membership Rewards Ascent Premium
2.25
N/A
$1,450 p.a.
Get up to 150,000 bonus points, a $450 annual Platinum Travel Credit, dedicated personal service and luxury travel perks. Ends 25 September 2019.

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Pros

  • Rewards. Just about every prestige credit card comes linked to a reputable rewards or frequent flyer program and you can usually expect a more competitive points earn rate than low rate and low fee cards. You can also expect a wide variety of redemption options when it comes to using your accumulated points for rewards.
  • Travel benefits. Many of these cards offer access to domestic and international airport lounges as well as complimentary travel insurance. Discounts at partner hotels are not uncommon and you can also benefit by flying aboard partner airlines. If you’re a regular jetsetter, these complimentary extras could help you cut the costs and up the luxury on your next trip.
  • Extras. Most prestige cards offer a 24/7 concierge service that you can call on for anything from travel to entertainment to business. Many of these cards also offer extra perks including pre-sale tickets and exclusive event invitations.

Cons

  • Annual fees. Prestige cards come with higher annual fees, so you’ll need to make sure the benefits of your card that you actually use outweigh its costs.
  • Interest rate. If it has an interest rate at all, prestige cards also tend to charge higher rates, so only consider this type of card if you regularly repay your monthly balance in full and on time.
  • Exclusive. These cards come with stricter eligibility requirements (such as a higher minimum income and excellent credit history), limiting the number of people who are eligible to apply for them. Make sure you meet these requirements before you apply.

If you’re shopping for a prestige card, consider whether or not you’ll make enough use of the perks to outweigh the cost of the card. However, if you are a regular spender who meets the eligibility requirements of a prestige card, it can be a smart way to get extra value from paying on plastic. As always, make sure you compare your options before applying to find the best option for you.

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    BrentJuly 7, 2017

    Is there a metal credit card available in Australia that you can apply for?

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      RenchJuly 8, 2017Staff

      Hi Brent,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      You can check these pages to see and compare credit cards that are made of metal:
      What is the most prestigious credit card?
      Black Credit Cards Comparison

      You may click on the name of your preferred card to see more details then you may click on the green ‘Go to Site’ button to submit an online application.

      Cheers,
      Rench

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