Receive 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online by 31 October 2023, 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.
Earn 1.25 Qantas Points 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.
Get 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations each year.
Earn 75,000 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.
$450 Qantas Travel Credit each year (conditions apply).
Add cards for up to four family and friends at no cost.
The annual fee of $450.
There is no concierge service, even though it's a high end card.
Choose between these 2 introductory offers: 0% p.a. for 28 months on balance transfers with a 2% balance transfer fee (reverts to 21.24% p.a.), or get $250 cash back when you spend $1,500 in the first 3 months from approval. Terms and Conditions apply.
No annual fee for the first year ($58 thereafter).
Low 12.49% p.a. ongoing rate on purchases.
Up to 55 days interest-free on purchases when you pay your account in full each month.
Enjoy 0% p.a. on balance transfers up to 28 months or earn $250 cash back.
$0 annual fee for the first year ($58 p.a. thereafter).
Take advantage of the low purchase interest rate of 12.49% p.a.
Add up to 3 additional cardholders at no extra cost.
0% p.a. on balance transfers for 18 months. Reverts to cash advance rate of 19.99% p.a.
Low annual fee of $58 p.a.
Collect 1 Flybuys Point for every $2 at Coles Supermarkets.
0% p.a. on balance transfers for 18 months.
Complimentary access to your 24/7 local concierge.
Interest-free for up to 55 days.
You can only earn Flybuys points at Coles Supermarkets.
No interest-free days while you have a balance transfer.
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Learn about pensioner credit cards
Pensioners can get a new credit card. Find out what you need to know before applying.
What is the minimum income for a pensioner credit card?
Regardless of your income source, you will normally be required to prove that you have an annual income of at least $15,000.
Which kinds of pension are eligible?
Some banks, such as Bankwest, only mention the Age Pension in their documentation, but may – if you enquire further – accept other pension and income types, including a Carer’s Pension, Disability Pension, Parenting Payments and Family Tax Benefits.
A small number of cards will specify certain types of pension or allowance which they will definitely exclude from your income when calculating eligibility. The Bank of Melbourne, for example, says that Austudy, Carer's Allowance, Child Support Payments and Foster Care Allowance are not acceptable.
HSBC, NAB and Virgin Money specifically include Overseas Pensions in their eligibility criteria.
And once again, just because your pension type is not mentioned in a card’s eligibility criteria, it doesn’t mean your application will not succeed – call the card issuer to check before applying.
Are all credit cards available to pensioners?
It mostly depends on your income. If your pension is your sole source of income, your choices will definitely be more limited than they would be if you had income from employment, a business or investments, since some banks do not accept pensions as a valid type of income for some of their cards.
The other limiting factor may be the amount of your pension. Even the most basic credit cards will often have a $15,000 minimum income requirement, while prestige cards offering rewards points and other complimentary benefits may have a much higher annual income requirement.
Are all credit cards suitable for pensioners?
A pensioner may be simply be looking for a low-cost option to provide a more convenient payment method than carrying cash, with the added benefit of a line of credit able to be accessed in an emergency. In this situation, the ideal card would have a low (or zero) annual fee, and preferably a low interest rate on purchases in case a short-term financial emergency arises. It would also be a good idea to compare the amount of any other fees, including late payment fees, over limit fees, foreign currency transaction fees and lost card replacement fees.
However, pensioners may also be self-funded retirees enjoying an affluent lifestyle involving travel, eating out and regular shopping trips. Their choice of card will be dictated by their circumstances and spending pattern, and they would probably be better served by a more expensive card offering rewards points and other complimentary benefits, such as travel insurance.
What documents do I need to support my application?
You will need any of the following documents that apply to your situation:
Your most recent letter from Centrelink, stating the amount of your fortnightly pension, or bank statements showing payments received from Centrelink
Your most recent letter from your superannuation fund, or any other pension source, stating your pension amount and payment frequency
Evidence of any other assets you own, including superannuation and other investments. This may need to be confirmed by your accountant.
Evidence of any other income source, such as part-time employment or rental property income
Should I apply for a card from the bank I currently deal with?
It may help if you have had a relationship with a particular bank for many years. The application process may be simpler because the bank has access to your financial history. However, your current bank may not be offering a card for which you qualify, or which is most suitable for your circumstances. You are not limited to applying for a credit card from your current bank.
What is the minimum credit limit for pensioners?
The lowest credit limit available for most cards is $500, regardless of whether you are a pensioner or a wage earner. The card issuer will determine the level of credit they consider suitable for your financial circumstances, but you can choose to have a lower limit than the one they recommend.
Can I improve my chances of approval by applying for several cards at once?
No. Apply for only one card at a time, and avoid making multiple applications within a short time period because this could damage your credit score. If your first application is rejected, contact the card issuer's customer service department to find out if there is any further information you can provide to make them reconsider their decision. Do this before deciding to apply elsewhere, because you may be rejected again if you have not provided sufficient proof of your creditworthiness. If you have already applied and been rejected, you might want to consider implementing changes to improve your score.
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