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Charge Cards explained

What is a Charge Card?
 

What is a Charge Card?

What is a Charge Card?

Charge Cards are not Credit Cards, but they do offer another form of Card payment. They have no pre-set spending limit1, but that does not mean unlimited spending. Your purchases are approved based on a variety of factors, and as we get to know your spending patterns, we’ll adjust how much you can spend on your Card. If it looks like you’re spending a lot more than usual, we’ll probably contact you to check everything is okay, which helps to protect you as well as us. If you need to talk about your spending, or are planning a big purchase, just call us. Also it’s important to note that Charge Cards require you to pay the amount you have charged to the Card, in full, every month.

Charge Card benefits

Charge Card benefits

  • No interest – As the balance is paid off in full every month, interest will not be charged on your purchases. However, a fee is incurred if the amount is not paid off in full2.
  • Cash flow – The key benefit of a Charge Card is that it lets you manage your cash flow. You have greater purchasing power with no pre-set spending limit1, though you are required to pay off the full balance every month.
  • Earn points on larger purchases – With no pre-set spending limit1, you could be able to make larger purchases on your Card, like buying a car or paying the school fees – and earn points for all your purchases.
  • Added benefits – The American Express® Platinum Card comes with an extensive range of Premium rewards and benefits. You’ll be enrolled into Ascent Premium – our highest tier Membership Rewards program – as well as complimentary access for you and a guest to over 1,100 Airport lounges across 120 countries and counting3.
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Useful terms

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Useful terms

  • Charge Card – A Charge Card has no pre-set spending limit1. It requires you to pay the amount you have charged to the Card, in full, every month.
  • Credit Card – A Credit Card has set spending limits. At the end of each balance month, you can pay off your debt in full, or defer payment over a period of time. There is a minimum amount that needs to be paid and not paying your whole balance in full will incur interest charges.
  • Credit Card limit – Credit limits are the financial boundaries set at the start of your Credit Card contract. All Credit Cards have a maximum and a minimum credit limit.
  • Statement period – The period in which the transactions reported on your statement relate to. Generally, your statement period will be every 30 days, and actual dates can vary slightly from month to month.

The American Express Platinum Card

The American Express Platinum Card offers endless experiences, great travel benefits and exceptional service, as well as:

  • A $300 Platinum Travel Credit each year, which can be redeemed for eligible flights, hotels, car hire or unique experiences4
  • Bonus Points for new American Express Card Members
  • Up to 3 points per $1 spent5
  • Transfer your points to a choice of 10 major Airline Reward Partner programs6 including one to one transfer rate to Qantas Frequent Flyer and Velocity Frequent Flyer
  • Complimentary access for you and a guest to over 1,100 Airport lounges across 120 countries and counting3
  • Complimentary domestic and overseas travel insurance7
  • Annual Fee: $1,200 p.a.
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Why choose American Express?

Accepted at more places

With more Merchants in Australia choosing to accept American Express, including the big brand stores you spend at every day, your points will add up fast.

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Membership experiences

We believe our Card Members deserve more. Discover how we reward our Card Members.

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A great range of Cards

From Charge Cards to Credit Cards – you’re bound to find something to suit your needs.

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Terms and Conditions

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Terms and Conditions

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1. No pre-set spending limit does not mean unlimited spending. Your purchases are approved based on a variety of factors, including current spending patterns, your payment history, credit records, and financial resources known to us.

2. A charge of three percent (3.0%) or $20, whichever is greater, will be charged on any overdue amount.

3. The Centurion Lounge Network. Platinum Card Members have unlimited complimentary access to The Centurion Lounge locations. Gold Card and Green Card Additional Cards on your Account are not eligible for unlimited complimentary access. Platinum Card Members may bring up to two (2) companions into The Centurion Lounge. For the Centurion Studio, Platinum Card Members may bring 1 companion. To access The Centurion Lounge, the Platinum Card Member must present The Centurion Lounge agent with the following upon each visit: his or her valid Card and upon request, same-day airline ticket on any carrier and a government-issued I.D. Failure to present this documentation may result in access being denied. Platinum Card Members will not be compensated for changes in locations, rates or policies. Platinum Card Member must be at least 18 years of age to enter without a parent or guardian. Platinum Card Member must be 21 years of age to enter a lounge with a self-service bar, unless you are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Platinum Card Members are allowed access to The Centurion Lounge in all U.S. locations. American Express reserves the right to remove any person from a lounge for inappropriate behaviour or failure to adhere to lounge rules, including, but not limited to, conduct that is disruptive, abusive or violent. Access is subject to space availability. The Centurion Lounge hours may vary by location and are subject to change. Amenities may vary among The Centurion Lounge locations and are subject to change. In-lounge services and amenities are complimentary, however you are responsible for any purchases and/or servicing charges you authorise our Member Services Professionals to perform on your behalf. Some American Express® Cards are not eligible for all services provided by Member Services Desk. American Express will not be liable for any articles lost or stolen or damages suffered by the purchaser or visitor inside The Centurion Lounge. Use of The Centurion Lounge is subject to all rules and conditions set by American Express. American Express reserves the right to revise the rules at any time without notice.American Express Lounges. Platinum Card Members have unlimited complimentary access to American Express Lounge locations. Guest access policies vary by location and are subject to change. To access American Express Lounges, the Platinum Card Member must present the agent with the following upon each visit: his or her valid Card and upon request, same-day airline ticket on any carrier and a government-issued I.D. Failure to present this documentation may result in access being denied. Platinum Card Members will not be compensated for changes in locations, rates or policies. American Express reserves the right to remove any person from a lounge for inappropriate behavior or failure to adhere to lounge rules, including, but not limited to, conduct that is disruptive, abusive or violent. Access is subject to space availability. Amenities, services and hours of operation may vary among locations and are subject to change. Platinum Card Member must be at least 18 years of age to enter without a parent or guardian. Platinum Card Member must be 21 years of age to enter a lounge with a self-service bar, unless you are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  American Express will not be liable for any articles lost or stolen or damages suffered by the purchaser or visitor inside American Express Lounges. Use of American Express Lounges is subject to all rules and conditions set by American Express. American Express reserves the right to revise the rules at any time without notice.  Please bold text where disclaimer commences for each lounge for ease of reference. 

Priority Pass. These Terms and Conditions govern Platinum Card Members' participation in and use of the Priority PassTM program. Priority Pass is an independent airport lounge access program. At any visit to a Priority Pass lounge, you may bring in one guest at no charge. You will be charged $27/£15/€24 for any additional guests. By enrolling in Priority Pass, you agree that you will be responsible for any additional accompanying guest visits and that your Card will be automatically charged after you have signed for the additional guest visit and it has been reported to Priority Pass by the participating lounge. Additionally, you acknowledge and agree that American Express will verify your Card account number and provide updated Card account information to Priority Pass. Priority Pass will use this information to fulfil on the Priority Pass program and may use this information for communications related to the program. Both the Basic and Supplementary Platinum Card Member must enrol into Priority Pass. Once enrolled, Platinum Card Members in good standing may access participating Priority Pass lounges by presenting your Priority Pass card and airline boarding pass. In some lounges, Priority Pass member must be 21 years of age to enter without a parent or guardian. Priority Pass members must adhere to all house rules of participating lounges. Amenities may vary among airport lounge locations. Conference rooms, where available, may be reserved for a nominal fee. Priority Pass lounge partners and locations are subject to change. All Priority Pass members must adhere to the Priority Pass Conditions of Use, which will be sent to you with your membership package, and can be viewed at www.prioritypass.com Upon receipt of your enrolment information, Priority Pass will send your Priority Pass card and membership package which you should receive within 4-6 weeks. 

Plaza Premium. Platinum Card Members (and supplementary Platinum Card Members) are entitled to complimentary access to the Plaza Premium Lounges. The Platinum Card Member may bring up to 2 guests into the lounge at no additional cost. All lounge access fees for additional guest visits will be charged directly to the Platinum Card Member's Card, and at the prevailing retail rate, per person, per visit. Lounge access to infants under two years of age is complimentary. To access the Plaza Premium Lounges, the Platinum Card Member must present the agent with the following upon each visit: his or her valid Card and upon request, same-day or following day boarding pass on any carrier and a government-issued I.D. Failure to present this documentation may result in access being denied. Platinum Card Member must be at least 18 years of age to enter without a parent or guardian where there is a self-service bar. Plaza Premium Lounge reserves the right to remove any person from a lounge for inappropriate behaviour or failure to adhere to lounge rules, including, but not limited to, conduct that is disruptive, abusive or violent. Access is subject to space availability and is not guaranteed. The full Plaza Premium Lounge Facilities Terms and Conditions are available at https://www.plaza-network.com/terms Facilities, amenities, services and hours of operation may vary among locations and are subject to change. Terms and Conditions are subject to change without prior notice. 

Virgin Australia Lounges. Access is complimentary for Basic Platinum Card Member and one complimentary guest only. The Basic Platinum Card Member and guest must be travelling with Virgin Australia domestically. Access is to Virgin Australia-branded lounges in Australia only. Name on boarding pass must match the name on Platinum Card. The Platinum Card Member and guest must present his or her valid Card and same-day boarding pass (containing your Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer number and status) to Virgin Australia lounge agents. One guest per Basic Platinum Card Member permitted. Guest must be travelling on same Virgin Australia flights and present boarding pass. All access is subject to space availability. This benefit is subject to change. 

Delta Sky Club. The Platinum Card Member must present his or her valid American Express Platinum Card, government-issued I.D., and same-day corresponding airline ticket to club ambassador. Access to Delta Sky Club partner lounges is not permitted. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age to access Delta Sky Club, and 21 years of age to access locations with a self-service bar, unless accompanied by a responsible, supervising adult who has access to the lounge. Platinum Card Members must adhere to all House Rules of participating clubs. Participating airport clubs and locations subject to change without notice. Additional guest access and fees subject to Terms and Conditions of participating airport clubs. For the most current Delta Sky Club access and pricing policy, please visit Delta.com/skyclub. All Delta Sky Club rules apply to Delta Sky Club membership and use. To review the rules, please visit Delta.com/skyclub.

4. Platinum Travel Credit. Platinum Card Members are eligible for one Travel Credit of $300 per year on annual Card fee renewal date. The $300 Travel Credit can be redeemed against any single eligible travel booking when booking online through americanexpress.com.au/platinumtravel or by phone through your Platinum Travel Service. If the full Travel Credit amount is not redeemed against a single travel booking then the remaining amount will be forfeited. The Travel Credit can be used for 365 days from date of issue and cannot be carried forward to any subsequent year. Supplementary Card Members and American Express Platinum Business Cards are not eligible for this benefit. Card Members are only able to redeem one Travel Credit per booking. If a Card Member holds more than one Travel Credit across multiple American Express® Cards, the Card Member can choose which Travel Credit they would like to redeem against their booking. Refunds may be permitted based on supplier cancellation policy. The amount refunded will be the value of the booking, less supplier fees and the Travel Credit where applicable contributed by American Express. There is no refund on the Travel Credit. If a booking has been cancelled the travel voucher for that year will be forfeited. Changes to bookings are permitted subject to supplier Terms and Conditions. Booking amendment fees may apply. Membership Rewards points will not be earned on the Travel Credit. An eligible travel booking includes Flight, Hotel, Car Hire and Experiences bookings only. The Credit may not be used towards Cruises. The Travel Credit may not be used towards Hotel and Car Hire bookings where payment is made directly to the supplier (i.e. FINE HOTELS & RESORTS). Travel services provided American Express International, Inc. ABN 15 000 618 208. Incorporated with Limited Liability in Delaware, USA. 

5. Subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Membership Rewards program available at membershiprewards.com.au/termsandconditions Spending at restaurants, airlines and accommodation, major cruise and tour operators will only be eligible for increased Membership Rewards points where they are categorised as such in the American Express Merchant Acceptance system. For example, dining within a retail department store, hotels, pubs and liquor outlets may not be eligible to receive the additional points for restaurants. Membership Rewards points are awarded on the AUD equivalent amount of the spend in foreign currency. Except for spend in foreign currency, purchases at these merchants are only eligible for additional points if the transactions are made in Australia. The American Express Platinum Card has a points threshold of 300,000 points per year of membership, after which your earn rate will revert to one point per $1 spent (except for spend at merchants where you earn 0.5 points per $1 spent). 

6. Subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Membership Rewards program available here. To transfer Membership Rewards points into an airline rewards or frequent guest partner program you must be a member of the partner program. Membership of the partner program is the Card Member's responsibility and is subject to the Terms and Conditions of the applicable program. A joining fee may apply. 

7. The American Express Platinum Card insurance is subject to terms, conditions and exclusions (such as maximum age limits, pre-existing medical conditions and cover limits)  - see the full terms and conditions available at americanexpress.com.au/platinuminsurance. You must use your American Express Platinum Card to pay for your return trip in order to be eligible for the travel insurance or  pay for eligible items in order to be covered under the insurance. For Smartphone Screen Cover, maximum of 2 claims per 12 month period, maximum cover of $500 per claim and an excess of 10% of the claimed amount applies. The insurance is underwritten by Chubb Insurance Australia Limited (ABN 23 001 642 020, AFSL No. 239687) under a group policy held by American Express Australia Limited (ABN 92 108 952 085, AFSL No. 291313). Card members are not a party to the group policy, but may be able to claim under it as third party beneficiaries. This communication does not take into account your objectives or financial situation. You should read the full terms and conditions to decide if this insurance meets your needs.