Shopping addict? Here’s how to find your perfect credit card

Sally McMullen 28 June 2017 NEWS

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These credit cards can help you get more bang for your buck when paying on plastic.

Are you a regular shopper? If so, you’ve almost certainly been tempted by a credit card before. Plus, the recent spate of end-of-financial-year sales probably isn't doing anything to help curb your desire to shop.

And there's nothing wrong with that. As long as you stick to a budget and make regular repayments, paying with plastic can come in handy on those retail therapy sessions.

There is no single best credit card for shopping. When choosing a card, you should look at your spending habits, financial situation and ability to repay to decide which one is right for you. To help you narrow down your options and simplify your comparison process, we’ve shortlisted some of the cards in finder's database of offers that are best suited to shopaholics.

If you're looking to take advantage of EOFY sales (and new financial year sales in July), check out the different types to find one that suits. We've also outlined the credit card traps you should watch out for and how you can get value from your card without falling into debt. Let's get shopping!

What are my credit card options for shopping?

Credit cards with no interest rate on purchases

If you know you need to splurge for an event, such as a birthday, Christmas or end-of-year sales, you might want to consider a credit card with a 0% purchase promotion. You can use the card to make purchases and then pay off your balance without accruing any interest while the promotion is in place. Not only can this help you save on interest costs, it can also help you pay off your purchases faster.

The offers available vary from card to card, but typically these interest-free promotions can last from 3 to 18 months. At the end of the promotional period, the 0% interest will revert to the standard purchase rate, which will be much higher.

Even with a 0% promotional purchase rate, you should still spend with a budget in mind. This way, you can calculate exactly how much you need to allocate each month to repay your shopping bills before the promotion ends. If you spend $3,000 on a card with 0% for 12 months, you would need to put $250 towards your account each statement period to repay the entire balance before the introductory offer finishes.

Rates last updated May 22nd, 2018
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Name Product Product Description Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Annual fee Interest Free Period Amount Saved
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - 0% Interest Offer
Buy now and pay later with 0% p.a. interest on purchases for 14 months. Plus, 0% p.a. on balance transfers for up to 6 months.
0% p.a. for 14 months (reverts to 20.74% p.a.)
0% p.a. for 6 months
$129 p.a.
Up to 44 days on purchases
NAB Low Rate Platinum Card
Enjoy a 0% p.a. interest rate offer on purchases for 9 months and the protection of 7 complimentary insurances including overseas travel insurance.
0% p.a. for 9 months (reverts to 13.99% p.a.)
0% p.a. for 6 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$100 p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
NAB Low Rate Credit Card
Receive an introductory 0% p.a. interest rate for 6 months on purchases, Visa Entertainment offers and a competitive $59 ongoing annual fee.
0% p.a. for 6 months (reverts to 13.99% p.a.)
0% p.a. for 6 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$59 p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases

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Credit cards linked to rewards and frequent flyer programs

If you’re a big spender, a rewards or frequent flyer credit card can reward you with points for every dollar you spend.

If you opt for a rewards credit card, you can earn points per $1 spent with the card issuer’s rewards program which you can redeem for cashback, gift cards and products (including fashion and beauty) from the online rewards store. Some rewards credit cards also have frequent flyer partners, allowing you to convert some of your credit card rewards to frequent flyer points.

If you’d prefer to turn all your purchases into flights and travel rewards, a credit card linked with a frequent flyer program could be just the ticket. Australian credit cards come linked with programs such as the Qantas and Virgin Australia Velocity loyalty schemes, so you can compare your options based on which airline you fly with the most.

Plus, many rewards and frequent flyer credit cards come with thousands of bonus points on sign up.

These cards usually come with high-interest rates and annual fees, so they’re better suited to cardholders who regularly pay their balance in full and can earn enough points to outweigh the costs of the card.

Rates last updated May 22nd, 2018
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Bonus Points Offer
60,000 bonus points
Velocity Frequent Flyer


0.66
20.74% p.a.
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Earn up to 60,000 bonus Velocity Points in the first 3 months and enjoy a discounted annual fee of $64 for the first year.
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1
19.99% p.a.
$199 p.a.
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 3 months of card approval, plus enjoy complimentary travel insurance.
Citi Platinum Credit Card - 100k Bonus Points
100,000 bonus points
Citi Rewards Program


1
20.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter)
Earn 100,000 reward Points, enjoy a long-term balance transfer offer, a discounted first year annual fee and complimentary travel insurance.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
75,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($425 p.a. thereafter)
Get 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the spend requirement, a $0 first year annual fee & 2 yearly complimentary Qantas Club invitations.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - 0% Interest Offer
Velocity Frequent Flyer


0.66
0% p.a. for 14 months (reverts to 20.74% p.a.)
$129 p.a.
Buy now and pay later with 0% p.a. interest on purchases for 14 months. Plus, 0% p.a. on balance transfers for up to 6 months.
St.George Amplify Platinum
50,000 bonus points
Amplify Rewards / Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.5
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Receive 50,000 bonus Amplify or Qantas Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days and earn 0.5 Qantas Points or 1 Amplify Point per $1 spent.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
Velocity Frequent Flyer


0.66
20.74% p.a.
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Take advantage of 0% p.a. on balance transfers for up to 18 months. $64 in the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter), plus, bonus Velocity Points.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum
50,000 bonus points
Amplify Rewards / Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.5
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Earn 50,000 bonus Amplify or Qantas Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days and earn 0.5 Qantas Points or 1 Amplify Point per $1 spent.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum
65,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.75
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($295 p.a. thereafter)
Receive 65,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $2,500 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months. Plus, a $0 annual fee for the first year.
Citi Rewards Platinum Credit Card
Citi Rewards Program


1
20.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter)
Earn reward Points per $1 spent, take advantage of a 0% p.a. for 26 month balance transfer offer, plus complimentary international travel insurance.

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Rates last updated May 22nd, 2018
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1
19.99% p.a.
$199 p.a.
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 3 months of card approval, plus enjoy complimentary travel insurance.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
75,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($425 p.a. thereafter)
Get 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the spend requirement, a $0 first year annual fee & 2 yearly complimentary Qantas Club invitations.
St.George Amplify Signature - Qantas
90,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.75
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Receive 90,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 within 90 days and receive two complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum
65,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.75
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($295 p.a. thereafter)
Receive 65,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $2,500 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months. Plus, a $0 annual fee for the first year.
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
55,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1.5
20.74% p.a.
$450 p.a.
Receive 55,000 bonus Qantas Points, a $450 Qantas Travel Credit each year and 2 yearly complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Earn uncapped Qantas Points on purchases, pay $0 annual fee for life and take advantage of a 0% p.a. for 12 months balance transfer offer.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum
50,000 bonus points
Amplify Rewards / Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.5
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Earn 50,000 bonus Amplify or Qantas Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days and earn 0.5 Qantas Points or 1 Amplify Point per $1 spent.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature
90,000 bonus points
Amplify Rewards / Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.75
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Get 90,000 bonus Amplify or Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 within 90 days and earn up to 1.5 Amplify or 0.75 Qantas Points per $1 spent.
ANZ Frequent Flyer
25,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.5
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($95 p.a. thereafter)
Get 25,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the offer criteria and save with a $0 first year annual fee. Plus, uncapped Qantas Points potential.
St.George Amplify Card
Amplify Rewards / Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.5
19.49% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($79 p.a. thereafter)
Take advantage of 3% p.a. interest on balance transfers for 36 months. Plus, a $0 first year annual fee and Amplify or Qantas Points per $1 spent.

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Rates last updated May 22nd, 2018
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Bonus Points Offer
60,000 bonus points
Velocity Frequent Flyer


0.66
20.74% p.a.
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Earn up to 60,000 bonus Velocity Points in the first 3 months and enjoy a discounted annual fee of $64 for the first year.
American Express Velocity Escape Card
Velocity Frequent Flyer


1
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Earn uncapped Velocity Points on purchases, pay $0 annual fee for life and take advantage of a 0% p.a. for 12 months balance transfer offer.
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
50,000 bonus points
Velocity Frequent Flyer


1.5
20.74% p.a.
$375 p.a.
Receive 50,000 bonus Velocity Points, a complimentary Virgin Australia return Economy domestic flight each anniversary year, plus, 2 lounge passes.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - 0% Interest Offer
Velocity Frequent Flyer


0.66
0% p.a. for 14 months (reverts to 20.74% p.a.)
$129 p.a.
Buy now and pay later with 0% p.a. interest on purchases for 14 months. Plus, 0% p.a. on balance transfers for up to 6 months.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
Velocity Frequent Flyer


0.66
20.74% p.a.
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Take advantage of 0% p.a. on balance transfers for up to 18 months. $64 in the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter), plus, bonus Velocity Points.
ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card
40,000 bonus points
ANZ Rewards Program


1.5
20.24% p.a.
$225 p.a.
Receive complimentary travel insurance and two complimentary Virgin Australia domestic airport lounge passes each year.
Virgin Australia Velocity High Flyer Card - 80k Bonus Points offer
80,000 bonus points
Velocity Frequent Flyer


1
20.74% p.a.
$289 p.a.
Save on travel costs with a $129 Virgin Australia gift voucher each year and complimentary travel insurance.
American Express Velocity Business Card
Velocity Frequent Flyer


1
$249 p.a.
Take advantage of Velocity Points per $1 spent, no pre-set spending limit, data that feeds into MYOB and up to 51 days interest-free on purchases.

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Rates last updated May 22nd, 2018
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Bonus Points Offer
60,000 bonus points
Velocity Frequent Flyer


0.66
20.74% p.a.
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Earn up to 60,000 bonus Velocity Points in the first 3 months and enjoy a discounted annual fee of $64 for the first year.
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
HSBC Rewards Plus


1
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Offers a 0% p.a. for 22 months balance transfer, $0 annual fee for the first year and an annual fee refund each year when you spend $6,000.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
75,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($425 p.a. thereafter)
Get 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the spend requirement, a $0 first year annual fee & 2 yearly complimentary Qantas Club invitations.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
Velocity Frequent Flyer


0.66
20.74% p.a.
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Take advantage of 0% p.a. on balance transfers for up to 18 months. $64 in the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter), plus, bonus Velocity Points.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - 0% Interest Offer
Velocity Frequent Flyer


0.66
0% p.a. for 14 months (reverts to 20.74% p.a.)
$129 p.a.
Buy now and pay later with 0% p.a. interest on purchases for 14 months. Plus, 0% p.a. on balance transfers for up to 6 months.
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1
19.99% p.a.
$199 p.a.
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 3 months of card approval, plus enjoy complimentary travel insurance.
St.George Amplify Platinum
50,000 bonus points
Amplify Rewards / Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.5
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Receive 50,000 bonus Amplify or Qantas Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days and earn 0.5 Qantas Points or 1 Amplify Point per $1 spent.
Bendigo Bank Platinum Rewards Mastercard
Bendigo Rewards


1.5
19.99% p.a.
$89 p.a.
Earn 1.5 Bendigo Rewards points per $1 spent. Receive complimentary insurance covers, plus, access to Mastercard Priceless Cities.
Citi Platinum Credit Card - 100k Bonus Points
100,000 bonus points
Citi Rewards Program


1
20.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter)
Earn 100,000 reward Points, enjoy a long-term balance transfer offer, a discounted first year annual fee and complimentary travel insurance.
Westpac Altitude Black
80,000 bonus points
Westpac Altitude Rewards


1.25
20.24% p.a.
$250 p.a.
Earn 80,000 bonus Altitude Points when you spend $5,000 on eligible purchases. Plus, 2 yearly Priority Pass lounge invitations.

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Credit cards with no foreign transaction fees

If you love to online shop with overseas merchants, a card with no foreign transaction fees could help you avoid the sting of extra costs when you spend in another currency. Standard credit cards charge a 3% foreign currency conversion fee when you spend in an international currency. If you shop online with international merchants frequently, this can quickly add up.

Rates last updated May 22nd, 2018
Name Product Foreign Currency Conversion Fee Overseas ATM Withdrawal Fee Overseas Cash Advance Fee Annual fee Product Description
28 Degrees Platinum Mastercard
0% of transaction value
$0
3% of the cash advance or $4 (whichever is greater)
$0 p.a.
No foreign transaction fees on international purchases including international purchases online, together with a no annual fee.
ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card
0% of transaction value
$5
$0
$225 p.a.
Receive 40,000 bonus Velocity Points, 2 yearly Virgin Australia lounge passes, plus enjoy $0 overseas purchase transaction fees.

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Credit cards with cashback

If you prefer cash over points, some credit cards come with cashback offers to reward you with credit to your account when you spend. Depending on the card, the cashback will either be a set amount or a percentage (such as 5% or 10%) of the purchase amount. There are usually spending thresholds and caps involved, which can limit your potential cashback return.

For example, your card may offer a $50 credit when you spend $750 within the first three months of approval. Alternatively, another product may come with 5% cashback on all retail purchases up to $1,000 within the first 90 days.

Rates last updated May 22nd, 2018
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
St.George Amplify Signature
90,000 bonus points
Amplify Rewards


1.5
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Receive 90,000 bonus Amplify Points when you spend $4,000 within 90 days and receive two complimentary airport lounge passes per year.
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
HSBC Rewards Plus


1
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Offers a 0% p.a. for 22 months balance transfer, $0 annual fee for the first year and an annual fee refund each year when you spend $6,000.
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer


1
19.99% p.a.
$199 p.a.
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 within 3 months of card approval, plus enjoy complimentary travel insurance.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Bonus Points Offer
60,000 bonus points
Velocity Frequent Flyer


0.66
20.74% p.a.
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Earn up to 60,000 bonus Velocity Points in the first 3 months and enjoy a discounted annual fee of $64 for the first year.
St.George Amplify Card
Amplify Rewards / Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.5
19.49% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($79 p.a. thereafter)
Take advantage of 3% p.a. interest on balance transfers for 36 months. Plus, a $0 first year annual fee and Amplify or Qantas Points per $1 spent.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - 0% Interest Offer
Velocity Frequent Flyer


0.66
0% p.a. for 14 months (reverts to 20.74% p.a.)
$129 p.a.
Buy now and pay later with 0% p.a. interest on purchases for 14 months. Plus, 0% p.a. on balance transfers for up to 6 months.
Virgin Australia Velocity High Flyer Card - 80k Bonus Points offer
80,000 bonus points
Velocity Frequent Flyer


1
20.74% p.a.
$289 p.a.
Take off sooner with up to 80,000 bonus Velocity Points and earn up to 1 Velocity Point per $1 spent. Plus, a 15 month balance transfer offer.
American Express Platinum Card
80,000 bonus points
Membership Rewards Premium Ascent


1
$1,200 p.a.
Receive an annual $300 Platinum Travel Credit, 80,000 bonus Membership Rewards points and access to more than 1,100 VIP lounges worldwide.
ANZ Rewards Credit Card
25,000 bonus points
ANZ Rewards Program


1
18.79% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($80 p.a. thereafter)
Get 25,000 bonus Reward Points when you spend $2,500 on eligible purchases in the first 3 months from approval. Plus, a $0 first year annual fee.
ANZ Rewards Platinum
65,000 bonus points
ANZ Rewards Program


1.5
18.79% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($95 p.a. thereafter)
Receive a $0 first year annual fee offer, 65,000 bonus Reward Points when you meet the spend criteria and up to 1.5 points per $1 spent.
Westpac Altitude Black
80,000 bonus points
Westpac Altitude Rewards


1.25
20.24% p.a.
$250 p.a.
Earn 80,000 bonus Altitude Points when you spend $5,000 on eligible purchases. Plus, 2 yearly Priority Pass lounge invitations.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum
50,000 bonus points
Amplify Rewards / Qantas Frequent Flyer


0.5
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Earn 50,000 bonus Amplify or Qantas Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days and earn 0.5 Qantas Points or 1 Amplify Point per $1 spent.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
Velocity Frequent Flyer


0.66
20.74% p.a.
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Take advantage of 0% p.a. on balance transfers for up to 18 months. $64 in the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter), plus, bonus Velocity Points.

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Credit cards with retail partners

If you’re super-loyal to particular shops, you should look for credit cards that are linked with retail partners.

For example, the David Jones credit cards from American Express allow you to earn points as you spend, boost your points balance with bonus points and offer shopping perks such as complimentary standard delivery, gift wrapping and invites to exclusive fashion events when you shop at David Jones.

American Express also regularly runs limited-time offers with retail partners, allowing cardholders to get cashback when they spend. Some previous deals have included $15 cashback when you spend $75 or more with Mimco, Country Road, Witchery, Rebel and David Jones on your Amex credit card.

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What do I need to remember before I apply for a credit card?

A credit card can be a great way to free up your cash flow, but there are some traps to watch out for when you pay on plastic. While your credit limit can tempt you to spend, remember that you have to repay everything you spend (plus interest, in many cases). Many credit cards also come with annual fees, which can increase your total card costs. You need to weigh up whether the convenience of a line of credit outweighs the fees and interest rates that come with using a credit card.

You’ll also be required to meet eligibility requirements to get a credit card, so it’s important to ensure that you’re eligible and can afford the product before you apply. If you’ve already used a credit card to cover your retail costs and are struggling to repay your debt, you could always consider a 0% balance transfer credit card.

There are many Australian credit cards suited to retail shopping. However, the right one for you will largely depend on your spending habits and financial situations. Even if you are tempted to treat yo' self to some end of financial year goodies, remember that you have to repay everything you charge and certain cards may not suit you. So, make sure to compare your options before you apply and start shopping up a storm.

To get even more value for your money, check out our complete list of end of financial year deals with some of Australia's favourite retailers.

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