International travel credit cards

Designed for international travellers, these credit cards offer low or no currency conversion fees, complimentary travel insurance, and the ability to earn rewards points or frequent flyer points.

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Comparing international travel credit cards

St.George Amplify Signature Credit Card (Amplify)

Apply by 30 April 2024

St.George Amplify Signature Credit Card (Amplify)

Balance transfer

24 months at 0% p.a.

Purchase rate

19.49% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$199.00 for 1st year

Highlights

  • Earn up to 150,000 Bonus Amplify Rewards Points when you spend $12,000 on eligible purchases within the first 12 months from card approval.
  • $199 card fee for the first year ($295 p.a thereafter).
  • 0% p.a. for 24 months on balance transfers with a 1% balance transfer fee on amounts transferred.
  • Includes complimentary overseas travel insurance for up to 6 months

Pros

  • The 150,000 bonus Amplify Rewards Points.
  • Save $96 with the $199 card fee for the first year.
  • Enjoy 2 complimentary Priority Pass lounge visits each year when you enroll in Priority Pass.
  • Comes with concierge services.

Cons

  • After the initial year, the annual fee is $295 p.a.
  • There is a 1% balance transfer fee.
American Express Explorer Credit Card

On website

Balance transfer

N/A

Purchase rate

23.99% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$395.00 p.a. ongoing

Highlights

  • Receive 50,000 Bonus Membership Rewards Points when you apply, are approved, and spend $4,000 on your new Card within the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. New Amex Card Members only.
  • Receive a $400 Travel Credit each year towards any flights, hotels, and car hire when you book online with this card.
  • Includes complimentary domestic & international travel insurance.

Pros

  • The 50,000 bonus Membership Rewards Points when approved and reach spend requirement within the first 3 months.
  • Receive a $400 travel credit every year.
  • Earn 2 Membership Rewards points per $1 spent on purchases except for government bodies in Australia where you will earn 1 point per $1 spent (uncapped).
  • Get two complimentary entries per year to The Centurion® Lounge.

Cons

  • The $395 p.a. annual fee.
Westpac Altitude Black Credit Card (Altitude)

Balance transfer

N/A

Purchase rate

19.99% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$150.00 for 1st year

Highlights

  • Earn up to 150,000 bonus Altitude Points. Receive 100,000 Altitude bonus points when you spend $6,000 on eligible purchases within 120 days of card approval. Plus 50,000 points after your first eligible purchase in year 2. Exclusions apply.
  • $150 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($295 p.a. annual fee thereafter). Applies to new cardholders only.
  • Earn 6 Altitude points per $1 on Qantas, Jetstar, Singapore Airlines, and Emirates flights bought in Australia, eligibility criteria apply.

Pros

  • Earn up to 150,000 bonus Altitude Points when you meet the criteria.
  • Additional savings with the $150 first-year annual fee ($295 p.a. thereafter).
  • Earn 1.25 points per $1 spent on eligible purchases
  • Get 2 complimentary lounge passes each year with Priority Pass.

Cons

  • The high annual fee of $295 p.a. after the initial year.
American Express Qantas Ultimate Credit Card

On website

Balance transfer

N/A

Purchase rate

23.99% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$450.00 p.a. ongoing

Highlights

  • Receive 100,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply by 2 April 2024 are approved, and spend $3,000 on eligible purchases on your new Card within the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. New Card Members only.
  • Get 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations each year.
  • $450 Qantas Travel Credit each year (conditions apply).

Pros

  • Earn 100,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the criteria.
  • Excellent earn rates on everyday spending. Earns points on payments to the ATO.
  • Access to The Centurion® Lounge. after your first card spend on the card for Qantas products and services each anniversary year.
  • 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations each year.
  • Add cards for up to four family and friends at no cost.

Cons

  • The annual fee of $450.
  • There is no concierge service, even though it's a high end card.
  • Balance transfers are not possible.
  • Transactions in a foreign currency attract a fee.
American Express Platinum Card

On website

Apply by 9 April 2024

American Express Platinum Card

Balance transfer

N/A

Purchase rate

N/A

Annual fee

$1,450.00 p.a. ongoing

Highlights

  • Receive 200,000 Bonus Membership Rewards Points when you apply by 9 April 2024, are approved, and spend $5,000 on your new Card within the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. New Amex Card Members only.
  • Receive a $450 Platinum Travel Credit each year, which can be redeemed for flights, hotels, or car hire.
  • Enjoy up to $400 per calendar year when you dine from a curated collection of over 1,400 hand-selected restaurants both locally and abroad. Terms and Conditions apply.

Pros

  • Receive 200,000 Bonus Membership Rewards Points when you meet the criteria.
  • Receive a $450 Platinum Travel Credit each year.
  • Enjoy up to $400 Global Dining Credit per calendar year.
  • Access to more than 1,400 lounges globally, including The Centurion® Lounge.
  • Get the Amex Experiences App to access information on Platinum benefits, travel offers, events and recommended merchants.

Cons

  • The annual fee of $1,450.
American Express Velocity Platinum Credit Card

On website

Balance transfer

N/A

Purchase rate

23.99% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$375.00 p.a. ongoing

Highlights

  • Receive 100,000 bonus Velocity Points when you apply by 15 May 2024, are approved, and spend $3,000 on eligible purchases on your new Card within the first 3 months. Available to new Amex Card Members only.
  • Complimentary Virgin Australia return Economy domestic flight between selected cities each year after your first Card spend each anniversary year.
  • Enjoy 2 complimentary Virgin Australia lounge passes each anniversary year at selected domestic airports.

Pros

  • Receive up to 100,000 bonus Velocity Points when you meet the criteria.
  • Complimentary Virgin Australia return Economy domestic flight between selected cities each year after your first Card spend each anniversary year.
  • Enjoy 2 complimentary Virgin Australia lounge passes each anniversary year at selected domestic airports.
  • Receive 100 Velocity Frequent Flyer Status Credits, when you spend a minimum of $50,000 within your card membership year.
  • Complimentary domestic and international travel insurance.
  • Get the Amex Experiences App to access information on Platinum benefits, travel offers, events and recommended merchants.
  • Add up to 4 additional cardholders for free.

Cons

  • The interest rates applied to balances carried over is on the high end.
  • There is no balance transfer offer on this card.
Westpac Altitude Platinum Credit Card (Qantas)

Balance transfer

N/A

Purchase rate

19.99% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$99.00 for 1st year

Highlights

  • Receive 70,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days of card approval. Terms and conditions apply.
  • $99 p.a. annual fee for the first year then $175 p.a. annual fee thereafter (Plus a $75 Qantas Rewards opt-in annual fee).
  • Earn 0.5 Qantas points per $1 spent on eligible purchases


From 1 January 2022, earn 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 up to a maximum of $100,000 spent on eligible purchases annually. Bonus Qantas Points not included in the cap.


Pros

  • 70,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 in 90 days.
  • Additional savings with the $99 first-year annual fee ($175 p.a. thereafter).
  • Comes with complimentary insurance covers which include overseas medical and purchase security.

Cons

  • Only up to 45 days interest-free on purchases.
American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card

On website

Balance transfer

N/A

Purchase rate

23.99% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$0.00 for 1st year

Highlights

  • $0 annual fee in the first year, saving you $195.
  • Earn 3 Membership Rewards points per $1 spent at major supermarkets and petrol stations.
  • Enjoy $200 to spend on travel each year that can be used on eligible flights, hotels, or car hire when booked through American Express Travel.

Pros

  • $0 annual fee in the first year, saving you $195.
  • Receive $200 to spend on eligible domestic and international flights, hotels, or car hire with American Express Travel.
  • Smartphone Screen Cover for smartphone screen repairs up to $500.

Cons

  • The ongoing purchase rate of 23.99%.
The Qantas American Express Premium Card

On website

Balance transfer

N/A

Purchase rate

23.99% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$249.00 p.a. ongoing

Highlights

  • Receive 20,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 in 3 months. New Amex Card Members only.
  • Relax with 2 complimentary Qantas Club invitations every year (conditions apply).
  • Complimentary domestic and international travel insurance.

Pros

  • 20,000 bonus Qantas points for signing up and hitting the spending target.
  • Earn points on your everyday spend. Also earns points at a reduced rate on government spend.
  • Give up to 4 of your friends and family a card — at no extra cost — to earn more points.
  • $450 Qantas Travel Credit, which is fairly easy to trigger with your first Qantas purchase each year.
  • Comes with complimentary card purchase cover and travel insurance.

Cons

  • There is an annual fee of $249.
  • The purchase rate is quite high, but can be avoided with responsible use.
  • No balance transfer facility.
St.George Amplify Platinum Credit Card (Amplify)

Balance transfer

24 months at 0% p.a.

Purchase rate

19.49% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$49.00 for 1st year

Highlights

  • Earn 100,000 bonus Amplify Points when you spend $3,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days from card approval. This could be worth up to $450 in eGift cards. Exclusions apply.
  • 0% for 24 months on balance transfers with a 1% balance transfer fee. Reverts to cash advance rate of 21.49% p.a.
  • $49 p.a. discounted annual fee for the first year ($124 p.a. annual fee thereafter)

Pros

  • The 100,000 bonus Amplify Points.
  • Earn uncapped Amplify Points per dollar on eligible purchases.
  • 0% p.a. for 24 months on balance transfers.
  • Comes with complimentary insurance (terms, conditions, exclusions, and eligibility criteria apply).
  • Compatible with Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay.

Cons

  • There is a 1% balance transfer fee. Other cards offer 0% balance transfer free.
St.George Amplify Platinum Credit Card (Qantas)

Offer extendedApply by 30 April 2024

St.George Amplify Platinum Credit Card (Qantas)

Balance transfer

24 months at 0% p.a.

Purchase rate

19.49% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$49.00 for 1st year

Highlights

  • Earn up to 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days from card approval. Exclusions apply.
  • 0% p.a. for 24 months on balance transfers with 1% balance transfer fee. Reverts to cash advance rate.
  • Earn 0.5 points per $1 spent (uncapped). Plus, get a complimentary Qantas membership fee. Saving you $99.50!

From 1 January 2022, earn 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 up to a maximum of $100,000 spent on eligible purchases annually. Bonus Qantas Bonus Qantas Points not included in the cap.


Pros

  • The 60,000 bonus Qantas Points.
  • Discounted annual fee on the first year.
  • Complimentary travel and purchase insurance.

Cons

  • There is a 1% balance transfer fee.
  • Points earning rate of 0.5 points is lower than others.
Qantas American Express Discovery Credit Card

On website

Balance transfer

N/A

Purchase rate

23.99% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$0.00 p.a. ongoing

Highlights

  • Earn 1.75 Qantas Points on eligible Qantas products and services.
  • Earn 0.75 Qantas Point for every $1 spent on Card purchases, except spend at government bodies in Australia where you will earn 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent.
  • $0 Annual Fee.
  • Up to 4 Additional Cards for family members or friends with no extra fee.

Pros

  • $0 Annual Fee, a rarity among rewards credit cards.
  • Earn 0.75 Qantas points per $1 spent and 0.5 Qantas points per $1 for government spend.
  • No cap on the number of points you can earn.
  • Add up to 4 additional cards for family members or friends with no extra fee.
  • Complimentary Card Purchase Cover and Card Refund Cover.

Cons

  • There is a 3% foreign transaction fee.
  • Lacks complimentary travel insurance.
  • There is no access to a concierge service.
NAB Qantas Rewards Premium Credit Card

Balance transfer

12 months at 0% p.a.

Purchase rate

19.99% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$150.00 for 1st year

Highlights

  • Get 70,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $2,000 in the first 60 days.
  • Reduced first-year annual fee of $150 p.a. instead of $250 p.a. (saving you $100).
  • Earn 1 Qantas Point per $1.5 spent on everyday purchases up to $3,000 per statement period and 1 Qantas Points per $3 spent thereafter (capped at $6,000).
  • You get Qantas Frequent Flyer membership for free, saving you $99.50.

Pros

  • The 70,000 bonus Qantas Points.
  • The discounted annual fee for the first year.
  • Free Qantas Frequent Flyer membership (a saving of $99.50).
  • Comes with a host of complimentary insurances when you make an eligible purchase.
  • Visa Premium Access and NAB Concierge Services 24/7.

Cons

  • Points earning capped at $6,000 spent per statement period.
  • Higher annual fee compared to other Qantas cards.
  • Interest rates are high, which is typical for most rewards-earning cards.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum Credit Card (Amplify)

Balance transfer

24 months at 0% p.a.

Purchase rate

19.49% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$49.00 for 1st year

Highlights

  • Earn up to 100,000 bonus Amplify Points when you spend $3,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days from card approval. Exclusions apply.
  • 0% for 24 months on balance transfers with a 1% balance transfer fee. Reverts to cash advance rate of 21.49% p.a.
  • $49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($124 p.a. annual fee thereafter)

Pros

  • The 100,000 bonus Amplify Points.
  • 0% for 24 months on balance transfers.
  • Comes with complimentary insurance (terms, conditions, exclusions, and eligibility criteria apply).
  • Compatible with Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay.

Cons

  • There is a 1% balance transfer fee. Other cards offer 0% balance transfer free.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum Credit Card (Qantas)

Balance transfer

24 months at 0% p.a.

Purchase rate

19.49% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$49.00 for 1st year

Highlights

  • Earn up to 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days from card approval. Exclusions apply.
  • 0% p.a. for 24 months on balance transfers with a 1% balance transfer fee. Reverts to cash advance rate.
  • $49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($124 p.a. annual fee thereafter)
  • Earn 0.5 points per $1 spent (uncapped). Plus, get a complimentary Qantas membership fee. Saving you $99.50!


From 1 January 2022, earn 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 up to a maximum of $100,000 spent on eligible purchases annually. Bonus Qantas Bonus Qantas Points not included in the cap.


Pros

  • The 60,000 bonus Qantas Points.
  • 0% p.a. for 24 months on balance transfers.
  • Complimentary travel and purchase insurance.

Cons

  • There is a 1% balance transfer fee.
  • Points earning rate of 0.5 points is lower than others.
NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card

Balance transfer

12 months at 0% p.a.

Purchase rate

19.99% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$295.00 for 1st year

Highlights

  • Earn up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points. Receive 90,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in the first 60 days from account approval date and 30,000 bonus points when you keep your card open for over 12 months. Terms and conditions apply.
  • Enjoy 0% on balance transfers for 12 months with 3% Balance Transfer Fee.
  • Reduced first-year annual fee of $295 p.a. instead of $395 p.a. (saving you $100).

Pros

  • Complimentary Qantas Frequent Flyer membership fee valued at $99.50.
  • Six complimentary insurances when you make an eligible purchase.
  • Earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on everyday purchases up to $5,000 per statement period then 0.05 pts per $1 spent thereafter (capped at $20,000).

Cons

  • Annual fee of $395 p.a. is quite high.
Bendigo Bank Platinum Rewards Credit Card

Balance transfer

N/A

Purchase rate

19.99% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$89.00 p.a. ongoing

Highlights

  • Earn 1.5 Bendigo rewards points for every $1 spent.
  • Up to 90 days of international travel insurance.
  • No fee for additional cardholders.

Pros

  • Earn 1.5 Bendigo Bank Rewards points for every dollar spent.
  • Up to 90 days of international travel insurance in any 12-month period.
  • Comes with an extended warranty on purchases.

Cons

  • No sign up bonus offer as of the moment.
  • No introductory balance transfer offer.
NAB Rewards Signature Credit Card

Balance transfer

12 months at 0% p.a.

Purchase rate

19.99% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$195.00 for 1st year

Highlights

  • Earn up to 140,000 bonus Points. Receive 100,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 in the first 60 days from account approval date and 40,000 bonus points when you keep your card open for over 12 months. Terms and conditions apply.
  • $195 p.a reduced annual card fee for your first year (reverts to $295 p.a. thereafter).
  • Earn 2.5 points on purchases made in major department and hardware stores.
  • Earn 1.25 points for every $1 spent on everyday purchases.

Pros

  • Earn up to 140,000 bonus NAB Rewards Points when you meet the criteria.
  • The discounted $195 annual fee on the first year.
  • 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 12 months.
  • Includes international travel insurance.

Cons

  • There is a 3% balance transfer fee.
BankSA Amplify Signature Credit Card (Qantas)

Balance transfer

24 months at 0% p.a.

Purchase rate

19.49% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$139.00 for 1st year

Highlights

  • Earn up to 90,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $6,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days from card approval. Exclusions apply.
  • 0% p.a. for 24 months on balance transfers with 1% balance transfer fee on amounts transferred.
  • Includes complimentary overseas travel insurance for up to 6 months


From 1 January 2022, earn 0.75 Qantas Points per $1 up to a maximum of $250,000 spent on eligible purchases annually. Bonus Qantas Points not included in the cap.


Pros

  • The 90,000 bonus Qantas Points.
  • Discounted annual fee on the first year.
  • Includes complimentary overseas travel insurance for up to 6 months

Cons

  • There is a 1% balance transfer fee.
  • After the initial year, the annual fee will revert to $295.
BankSA Amplify Platinum Credit Card (Qantas)

Balance transfer

24 months at 0% p.a.

Purchase rate

19.49% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$49.00 for 1st year

Highlights

  • Earn up to 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days from card approval. Exclusions apply.
  • 0% p.a. for 24 months on balance transfers with 1% balance transfer fee. Reverts to cash advance rate.
  • Earn 0.5 points per $1 spent (uncapped). Plus, get a complimentary Qantas membership fee. Saving you $99.50!


From 1 January 2022, earn 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 up to a maximum of $100,000 spent on eligible purchases annually. Bonus Qantas Bonus Qantas Points not included in the cap.


Pros

  • The 60,000 bonus Qantas Points.
  • Discounted annual fee on the first year.
  • Complimentary travel and purchase insurances.

Cons

  • There is a 1% balance transfer fee.
  • Points earning rate of 0.5 points is lower than others.
BankSA Amplify Platinum Credit Card (Amplify)

Balance transfer

24 months at 0% p.a.

Purchase rate

19.49% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$49.00 for 1st year

Highlights

  • Earn up to 100,000 bonus Amplify Points when you spend $3,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days from card approval. Exclusions apply.
  • 0% for 24 months on balance transfers with a 1% balance transfer fee. Reverts to cash advance rate of 21.49% p.a.
  • $49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($124 p.a. annual fee thereafter)

Pros

  • The 100,000 bonus Amplify Points.
  • 0% for 24 months on balance transfers.
  • Comes with complimentary insurance (terms, conditions, exclusions, and eligibility criteria apply).
  • Compatible with Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay.

Cons

  • There is a 1% balance transfer fee. Other cards offer 0% balance transfer free.
Great Southern Bank Platinum Credit Card

Balance transfer

N/A

Purchase rate

19.99% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$149.00 p.a. ongoing

Highlights

  • Earn one Platinum Rewards Point for $1 you spend using your card.
  • Feel secure with complimentary Purchase protection insurance.
  • Enjoy up to 9 additional cards for no extra cost.

Pros

  • 90-day purchase protection.
  • Get up to 55 days interest-free on purchases
  • Compatible with Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay.

Cons

  • There is a 3.4% foreign exchange fee.
Qantas Premier Platinum Credit Card

Balance transfer

12 months at 0% p.a.

Purchase rate

19.99% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$349.00 for 1st year

Highlights

  • Earn up to 80,000 bonus Qantas Points. Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 or more on eligible purchases within 3 months from card approval. Plus an additional 20,000 bonus points if you have not earned Qantas Points with a credit card in the last 12 months. Terms and Conditions apply.
  • Enjoy 0% on Balance Transfer for 12 months with no Balance Transfer fee. Reverts to Cash Advance rate, thereafter. No interest-free days apply on retail purchases while you have a balance transfer.
  • Save with the reduced annual fee of $349 p.a. for the first year. An ongoing annual fee of $399 p.a. applies in the 2nd year.

Pros

  • Earn up to 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the criteria.
  • 0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers.
  • Additional savings with the $349 first-year annual fee.
  • Comes with complimentary travel insurance.

Cons

  • The annual fee increases to $399 p.a. after the initial year.
Westpac Altitude Black Credit Card (Qantas)

Apply by 30 April 2024

Westpac Altitude Black Credit Card (Qantas)

Balance transfer

N/A

Purchase rate

19.99% p.a. ongoing

Annual fee

$295.00 p.a. ongoing

Highlights

  • Earn up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points. Get 90,000 points when you spend $6,000 in the first 90 days from account approval date and an additional 30,000 points after making your eligible purchase in the second year.
  • Earn 0.75 Qantas points per $1 spent.
  • Enjoy two (2) complimentary Qantas Club airport lounge passes each year.

Pros

  • Earn up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the criteria.
  • Get a free additional card holder.
  • Comes with complimentary travel insurance.

Cons

  • The $295 p.a. annual fee (plus a $75 Qantas opt-in fee).

Travelling overseas can be exciting, but it's important to have a plan for accessing your money while on the road. One option is to use an international travel credit card.

What is an international travel credit card?

An international travel credit card typically offers features like low or no currency conversion fees, complimentary overseas travel insurance, and earns rewards points or frequent flyer points. You may not even use all their available features, but many find it reassuring to travel with one.

International travel credit cards vs. everyday credit cards

An everyday credit card can also be used overseas, but it may not offer the same benefits as a travel credit card. For example, a basic everyday credit card will likely have higher currency conversion fees, probably does not come with any domestic or overseas travel insurance, nor will it earn rewards points.

The main benefits of a credit card for international travel can be reduced to saving money because of lower or no currency conversion fees and a range of travel-focused perks and benefits such as airport lounge access, insurance, and the ability to earn airline status faster.

How to choose a credit card for international travel

When choosing a credit card for international travel, consider the following factors.

  • Low or no currency conversion fee. If you use your credit card to pay for typical travel expenses such as accommodation and dining out, you can save a substantial amount on currency conversion.
  • Annual fee. Check what it costs to keep the account open, whether or not you use it.
  • Complimentary overseas travel insurance. There are all sorts of caveats to be aware of, but a general rule of thumb is that the credit card insurance policy is not active unless the card was used to pay for travel. You can find out more about it here.
  • Airport lounge access. What lounges you have access to and how often varies between cards.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Save on currency conversion. This can save you a surprising amount of money. Don't forget that shopping online from overseas stores also counts!
  • Enjoy travel perks. Benefits like priority boarding and airport lounge access can make travelling less stressful.
  • Earn points as you spend. Most international travel credit cards earn more points on overseas spend.

Cons

  • They aren't free. Most credit cards for international travel charge an annual fee.
  • Terms and conditions apply. Like any other travel insurance policy, credit card travel insurance has pages of hard-to-understand legalese.
  • Limitations usually apply for lounge access. For example, access may be limited to a certain airline or chain, e.g. Priority Pass. Additionally, there may be limits on how many times you can get in and with who.

FAQs

Can I use my everyday credit card overseas?

Yes, everyday credit cards can be used overseas, but they are usually more expensive since they typically charge currency conversion fees on each purchase — which can add up quickly.

What's the best international travel credit card in Australia?

There is no single best international travel credit card since individual requirements differ. Credit cards such as the Latitude 28 Degrees Global Platinum Mastercard, Bankwest Breeze Platinum Credit Card, and ANZ Rewards Travel Adventure Credit Card are competitive offerings for international travellers.