The difference between standard, gold and platinum credit cards

Whether you’re looking for no frills or extra perks, compare the different features of standard, gold and platinum credit cards to find the right card for you.

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Standard, gold and platinum credit cards offer different features to suit a range of spending habits and goals. For example, if you have trouble paying off your balance or don't use a credit card very often, a standard account (including low rate and low fee options) can give you access to credit without the bells and whistles of more premium cards.

At the other end of the scale, platinum credit cards offer additional perks such as complimentary insurance, concierge services and rewards that are suited to people who spend a lot and can afford to pay off the balance. The small selection of gold credit cards on the market come somewhere in between. If you’re weighing up whether to go with a standard, gold or platinum card, use this guide to compare which type of credit card fits your circumstances so you don’t get stuck with too much or too little bang for your buck.

How do I know which one is for me?

Think about how you plan to use a credit card to help you decide whether a standard, gold or platinum card is right for you.

Standard cards

  • Rarely use a credit card
  • Struggle to pay your card in full each month
  • Don't plan on using extra features or earning rewards
  • Have a low annual income

Gold cards

  • May carry a balance some months
  • Don't want to pay for a rewards program
  • Interested in a specific complimentary extra
  • Have a medium annual income

Platinum cards

  • Repays balance in full each month
  • Use a credit card regularly
  • Earn a high income
  • Want to earn frequent flyer points

Standard cards

  • How much do they cost? Standard cards are an entry-level option and typically have lower costs than gold and platinum cards. Annual fees for standard credit cards can range from around $25 to $150 and standard variable interest rates for standard cards could be as low as 8.99% p.a. or as high as 22% p.a. but are usually comparatively lower than more premium options.
  • What are the features? Common features include interest-free days on purchases and no liability fraud guarantees. Standard credit cards have the lowest minimum credit limit and lowest minimum income requirements. You'll also find many cards with cost-saving features such as low purchase rates and $0 annual fees fall into this category (although you can find gold and platinum versions of these types of cards too).
  • What are the downsides? Standard credits are light on value-adding features such as rewards. For the few standard cards that do offer rewards, you can expect a lower number of points per $1 than more premium cards.

Compare low rate credit cards

Updated February 27th, 2020
Name Product Purchase rate (p.a.) Interest Free Period Annual fee Balance transfer rate Balance transfer rate
St.George Vertigo Card - Exclusive Offer
0% for 14 months, reverts to 13.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
0% p.a. for 6 months
0% p.a. for 6 months
Finder Exclusive
Low rate card offering 0% p.a. interest on purchases for the first 14 months and on balance transfers for 6 months. Plus, a $0 first year annual fee.
Bankwest Breeze Classic Mastercard
12.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$39 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($79 p.a. thereafter)
0% p.a. for 26 months with 2% balance transfer fee
0% p.a. for 26 months with 2% balance transfer fee
0% interest on balance transfers for the first 26 months, with a 2% balance transfer fee. Plus, a discounted first year annual fee.
St.George Vertigo Classic
13.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$55 p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
0% p.a. for 18 months
Get 0% interest for up to 18 months on balance transfers with no balance transfer fee. Plus, a low annual fee and purchase rate.
St.George Vertigo Platinum
0% for 15 months, reverts to 12.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
6.99% p.a. for 12 months
6.99% p.a. for 12 months
Features an introductory 0% p.a. purchase rate, $49 first year annual fee and complimentary travel insurance covers.
Virgin Money Low Rate Credit Card
11.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$49 p.a.
0% p.a. for 14 months
0% p.a. for 14 months
Get a $49 annual fee, 10% cashback on purchases made in the first 3 months (capped at $100) and a 14-month balance transfer.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Classic
13.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$55 p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
0% p.a. for 18 months
Enjoy 0% p.a. interest for up to 18 months on balance transfers. Plus, a low annual fee and competitive purchase rate.
BankSA Vertigo
13.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$55 p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
0% p.a. for 18 months
A no-frills Visa with the protection of a zero liability policy and a 24/7 fraud monitoring service.
Bankwest Breeze Platinum Mastercard
12.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
0% p.a. for 26 months with 2% balance transfer fee
0% p.a. for 26 months with 2% balance transfer fee
Get 0% interest on balance transfers for 26 months (with a 2% fee), complimentary travel insurance and no foreign transaction fees.
Westpac Low Rate Card
2019 Winner
Westpac Low Rate Card
13.74% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$59 p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months
0% p.a. for 16 months
A no frills, low rate card offering 0% p.a. interest on balance transfers for the first 16 months, with no balance transfer fee.
St.George Vertigo Classic Rainbow
13.99% p.a.
Up to 55 days on purchases
$55 p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
0% p.a. for 18 months
All the great low cost features of the Vertigo Visa with a rainbow design in support of the LGBT community.

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Gold credit cards

  • How much do they cost? Gold credit cards are mid-way between standard and platinum credit cards with annual fees to match, ranging from around $80 to $200. Interest rates can range from 12% p.a. to 22% p.a., with lower rates and perks such as rewards usually driving up the cost of the annual fee.
  • What are the features? More competitive promotional balance transfer or purchase rate offers alongside gold extras such as insurance and rewards.
  • What are the downsides? As gold credit cards make up a small portion of the market, there is very little competition. This means you have fewer deals to compare when looking at gold cards.

Compare gold credit cards

Updated February 27th, 2020
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee
American Express Gold Business Card
Membership Rewards Ascent
Amex
1.5
N/A
$169 p.a.
ABN holders w/ $75,000 revenue. A business card with no pre-set spending limit, data feeds to MYOB and up to 51 days to pay for purchases.

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Platinum credit cards

  • How much do they cost? Annual fees for platinum credit cards range from around $99 to $500 (or even $1,450 p.a.in the case of the American Express Platinum). These cards also usually have high rates of interest for purchases and cash advances.
  • What are the features? Platinum reward cards offer a higher number of points per $1 when compared to standard or gold options. Other popular features include comprehensive travel insurance, purchase insurance covers, airport lounge passes and concierge services.
  • What are the downsides? High annual fees and high interest charges can sting you if you don’t pay your balance off by the statement due date, or if you don’t earn enough rewards to justify these costs.

Compare platinum credit cards

Updated February 27th, 2020
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Program Rewards Points per $ spent Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee
HSBC Platinum Credit Card - Balance Transfer Offer
HSBC Rewards Plus
Visa/MC
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 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.
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Visa/MC
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.
St.George Vertigo Platinum
0% for 15 months, reverts to 12.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Features an introductory 0% p.a. purchase rate, $49 first year annual fee and complimentary travel insurance covers.
Bankwest Breeze Platinum Mastercard
12.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Get 0% interest on balance transfers for 26 months (with a 2% fee), complimentary travel insurance and no foreign transaction fees.
NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
120,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Visa/MC
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 90k when you spend $3,000 on eligible purchases in the first 60 days and 30k after 12 months.
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
50,000 bonus points
Velocity Frequent Flyer
Amex
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.
St.George Amplify Platinum - Qantas - Online Offer
60,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Visa/MC
0.5
19.74% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days and a 0% balance transfer for 22 months.
American Express Platinum Card
80,000 bonus points
Membership Rewards Ascent Premium
Amex
2.25
N/A
$1,450 p.a.
Receive 80,000 bonus Membership Rewards Points, a $450 annual Platinum Travel Credit, dedicated personal service and luxury travel perks.
Westpac Altitude Platinum Qantas - Online Offer
40,000 bonus points
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Visa/MC
0.5
20.49% p.a.
$200 p.a.
Get 40,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days of approval. Plus, a 0% balance transfer and complimentary insurance.

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What other types of credit cards can I compare?

As well as considering standard, gold and platinum cards, you may want to look at these options:

  • Black credit cards. A step up for platinum products, black credit cards provide elite features and benefits, with price points to match.
  • No annual fee credit cards. While standard, gold, platinum and black credit cards usually have very different annual fees, there are some cards that waive this cost (including platinum options). If you want to avoid paying ongoing fees for your credit card, you may want to focus your comparison on these options.
  • Low rate cards. While standard credit cards typically provide lower rates than their more premium counterparts, you can also find low rate credit cards that come with gold or platinum benefits. For example, St.George offers a standard and platinum version of its Vertigo card, while Bankwest has standard and platinum options for its low rate Breeze credit card.
  • 0% interest credit cards. A wide range of standard, gold, platinum and black credit cards may offer a promotional 0% interest on balance transfers or 0% interest on purchases during the introductory period. Some cards may even offer both. If you’re looking to save money on credit costs in the short term, it could be worth considering this option.

The difference between standard, gold and platinum credit cards comes down to the different features and costs typically offered by each of these types of cards. If you're trying to decide between a standard, gold or platinum account, look at the rates, fees and complimentary extras based on what you want from the card. You can also get in touch using the form below if you have a question about the difference between standard, gold or platinum credit cards or need help with your comparison.
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    MuhammadApril 12, 2019

    Usually, standard cards have a minimum credit limit, is there a maximum limit? Can I get a higher limit on standard cards?

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      JoshuaApril 14, 2019Staff

      Hi Muhammad,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder. I hope all is well with you. 😃

      In most cases, the minimum credit limit is specifically mentioned. The maximum limit is not really mentioned because this can change from time to time depending on the bank and your behavior as their client.

      Yes, you can obtain a higher limit by requesting it to your bank. However, please note that it would be a good idea that you wait after at least six months (or depending on your terms and conditions) before you do so to increase your chance of having your request approved.

      You can learn more about requesting for an increased credit limit here. This guide also includes reasons why you should or shouldn’t ask for a credit limit increase based on your own circumstances and other pieces of information.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

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    AnnaJuly 17, 2017

    What is the minimum income that a person must have if they want to apply for a platinum credit card? Thanks! :)

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      RenchJuly 17, 2017Staff

      Hi Anna,

      Thanks for reaching out to us.

      For platinum cards, most banks require a high minimum income requirement. You can check this page for helpful information.

      I suggest contacting the bank directly to inquire. It will depend on what card/bank that you will apply for.

      Cheers,
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    haimenFebruary 9, 2014

    Do I have to pay fees for a platinum card?

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      MarcFebruary 10, 2014Staff

      Hi halmen,
      thanks for the question.

      In most cases a platinum card will come with an annual fee and a higher interest rate compared to regular cards, although this isn’t always the case. To compare platinum cards please view our page here.

      I hope this helps,
      Marc.

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    dulceApril 9, 2013

    What are some of the other benefits that a credit card can give you that isn’t monetary

Credit Cards Comparison

Updated February 27th, 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.
St.George Vertigo Classic
13.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
$55 p.a.
Get 0% interest for up to 18 months on balance transfers with no balance transfer fee. Plus, a low annual fee and purchase rate.
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.
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$450 p.a.
Get 100,000 bonus Qantas Points, a $450 Qantas Travel Credit and 2 yearly complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations.

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