Coles Rewards Mastercard

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$5,000
 
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Coles Rewards Mastercard
Apply by 31 dec 17
75 reviews
$100 off a single Coles Supermarket Shop if you apply and are approved by 31st Dec 2017 and make a purchase within 30 days. (t&c’s apply).
Earn 2 points per $1 you spend everywhere – that’s on top of the usual flybuys points from other partners.
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Pros & cons

What's good?

What's not so good?

$100 off a single Coles Supermarket Shop if you apply and are approved by 31st Dec 2017 and make a purchase within 30 days. (t&c’s apply).
Earn 2 points per $1 you spend everywhere – that’s on top of the usual flybuys points from other partners.
0% p.a. on balance transfers for 6 months.
Save $10 instantly at the checkout when you redeem 2,000 flybuys points.
Up to 62 days interest free on purchases.
A rewards card with only a comparatively small annual fee to pay.
Checkout faster using MasterCard contactless.
No international transaction fees on purchases when you shop online or overseas.
Protected by the Coles Shield.
New customers only.
After the 0% p.a. balance transfer period is completed, any unpaid balances will be subject to the 19.99% p.a. interest rate.
1.5% fee applies when you obtain funds outside of Australia or in a foreign currency.

Our review

Our review of the Coles Rewards MastercardReviewed by Yvonne Taylor

There’s one card that all dedicated flybuys points collectors need: the Coles Rewards MasterCard. It transforms an otherwise rather slow and pedestrian loyalty program into a true money-spinner, with its high points earning rate, a sign-up bonus, generous interest-free days and a number of other useful benefits.

A frequent $10 off your bill at Coles, Kmart or Target

How does a permanent 1.5% discount on your supermarket and variety store shopping sound? Too good to be true? Not when you use the Coles Rewards MasterCard. This card offers two flybuys points per dollar spent, everywhere you use it. So when you add those two points to the one point per dollar you already get with most flybuys program partners, the result is a very healthy three points per dollar. That translates into $10 off your Coles, Kmart or Target shopping for every $667 you spend at those stores (thus earning 2,000 points), which equates to a permanent 1.5% discount.

Lots of places to earn flybuys

You probably already know about the well-promoted flybuys potential at Coles, Kmart and Target. But did you know that you can also earn them at Liquorland, First Choice Liquor, Coles Express and Kmart Tyre & Auto? If that’s not enough, you’ll also get points from doing business with Telstra, OPSM, Medibank Private, Budget car rental, AGL, Adidas, Kleenheat, Weight Watchers and several fitness companies. Add to this the fact that you can earn points on Coles brand insurance, Etihad flights, and a host of eshops including Apple and Booktopia. Most people do business regularly with several of these organisations, which means that flybuys accumulate without any need to change spending patterns.

Lots of ways to spend flybuys

Although the $10 discount at the checkout is probably the most popular and cost-effective way to spend your flybuys, if that doesn’t appeal there are plenty of other choices:

  • Instead of using the discount yourself, you can give it as a gift. Points can be converted into $50 or $100 shopping gift cards.
  • Merchandise is available at the flybuys online store. Choose from home and garden, fashion, technology, toys and baby products, watches and jewellery, and many more categories.
  • Points can also be exchanged for beer and wine, magazine subscriptions, movie tickets, entertainment and dining experiences and hotel accommodation.
  • Flybuys can be converted into Virgin Velocity Frequent Flyer Points at the rate 2,000 flybuys equals 870 Velocity Frequent Flyer Points. (Plus you can link your flybuys and Velocity memberships and earn one Velocity status credit for every $100 spent at Coles, Coles Express, Coles Online, Liquorland and First Choice Liquor. Status Credits can improve your Velocity Frequent Flyer status to silver, gold and platinum levels, with accompanying travel benefits.)
  • Flybuys can also be converted into Etihad Guest miles at the rate 10,000 flybuys equals 4,000 Etihad miles. (Once again, link your flybuys and Etihad Guest memberships and earn one Etihad Guest tier mile for every dollar spent at Coles, Coles Express, Coles Online, Liquorland and First Choice Liquor. Tier miles can improve your Etihad Guest status to silver, gold and platinum levels, with accompanying travel benefits.)

Annual fee quickly recouped

Although you will pay an annual fee of $99 p.a. with this card, this amount will be recovered in cash rewards as soon as you have spent $8,900 (earning 17,800 points). Cover the fee even sooner by spending $5,933 (or less, depending on each partner’s points rate) with flybuys program partners. Every point you earn after that is free.

Great card for online shoppers and international travellers

Another rare feature that you’ll appreciate is the lack of a foreign currency conversion surcharge. Other cards can charge up to 3.5% on top of the face value for processing foreign currency purchase transactions. This Coles card levies no additional fee, whether you are shopping online with an overseas supplier, or in person while travelling internationally.

Say goodbye to Coles online delivery charges

Online grocery shopping is becoming a popular choice for busy people in metropolitan areas. Pity about the delivery charges though. But once armed with this card you never need to pay for a Coles delivery again, no matter which delivery window you choose. Just spend at least $100 (excluding tobacco products) in a single order, pay with your Coles Rewards MasterCard, and delivery (usually costing between $4 and $14) is absolutely free. If you have a weekly delivery, you could save more than $700 per year.

Speed and convenience

This card comes with more useful features for the time-poor:

  • Checkout faster using MasterCard PayPass Tap & Go for transactions under $100.
  • The MasterCard also functions as a flybuys card, so you only need to carry and use one card instead of two.
  • The Coles Mobile Wallet is a free app which turns your smart phone into a digital wallet: use your phone both to pay and to collect flybuys, as well as to access your credit card account and transaction details.
  • Up to eight supplementary cardholders can be included in each card account, with a convenient single statement, at no extra cost.

Unattractive interest rates can be avoided

There always has to be a downside, and it’s in the interest rates: 19.99% p.a. for both purchases and cash advances. But there’s no need to pay these rates. If your finances are in order and you diarise payment due dates to avoid missing them, there’s no reason for these rates to bother you because they will never be applied to your account.

Making a note of the payment due date will also mean that you’ll dodge the steep $20 late payment fee.

If you think you’ll need extended credit – more than the already generous Up to 62 days on purchases – with reasonable regularity, choose a low-rate card instead, like the Coles Low Rate MasterCard or the ME frank Credit Card.

Platinum card option

Credit limits start at a low $500 if you’re looking for a restricted or starter card, but you may want to consider applying for a limit of $6,000 or more. If approved, this limit automatically entitles you to the platinum version of the card, bringing two useful extra features with no additional cost:

  • Platinum concierge service, available 24/7 worldwide. Access information and reservations for restaurants, travel, entertainment, sporting events and sightseeing.
  • Purchase protection insurance, covering your major purchases against loss, theft or damage for 90 days, provided you bought them using the card.

The must-have card for serious flybuys collectors

It can pay to be earnest about accumulating flybuys. ASIC’s MoneySmart website says that Australian families spend on average over $16,000 per year on food, drinks and alcohol. At three points per dollar (2 from this card + 1 from the flybuys partner) that could add up to a saving of $240 at the checkout during the course of a year: almost a week’s free groceries, so not to be sneezed at.

Most cardholders will be able to accumulate additional points from other participating businesses. This is without doubt the go-to card for flybuys enthusiasts who also appreciate a long payment cycle.

User reviews

4.0 out of 5.0 based on 75 reviews91% of reviewers would recommend this card

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Reviews from users

Actual cash reward

Reviewed and recommended by Adam on 20 Sep 2016

The best thing about the Coles Rewards MasterCard is that you actually get $10 off each shop for 2000 points.
This more than pays for the annual fee. We save over $200 each year and it’s so easy to claim. In fact it’s automatic at the register, you just say 'Accept’, or not.

Interest is too high

Reviewed and recommended by Nicolette on 18 Jul 2015

I find the Coles MasterCard a great card for using when shopping for extra bonus points. The only thing is you have to do your payments at a post office, and not in the store.

There doesn’t seem to be enough on hand support from staff at Coles with knowledge of how the cards work. But in saying so, when I applied they gave me a chance to have a credit card.

Great rewards program

Reviewed and recommended by Daniel on 20 Sep 2016

This card has a great rewards program that means you have a constant influx of points just for buying everyday stuff.

My only problem is the annual fee, which to me is a bit greedy considering how much money they make from my purchases.

Overall I would recommend this card.

Surprisingly good customer service

Reviewed and recommended by Andy on 20 Sep 2016

We are flybuys members and the Coles MasterCard rewards work really well with this, saving us one card to carry. Redemption is really easy and the total rewards are comparable with other credit cards at a much lower annual fee.

The most surprising thing is that when I have had to query costs, the customer service team was very helpful. I did not expect this from Coles and was quite satisfied.

Early days but OK so far

Reviewed and recommended by Susan on 21 Sep 2016

I’ve recently signed up for this card. The process was easy online, though not as easy to get a second card for my partner to use.

Reminders re payment are good. So far I’m happy with it, and as I usually shop at Coles it’s good to earn points there and elsewhere too.

The opening offer of $100 off my shop was great and I certainly took advantage of it.

Good card to have around

Reviewed and recommended by Felix on 03 Sep 2013

I believe it is a good card of the so many out there with fare interest rates and great reward program easily accessible and redeemable with lots of options to choose from with useful items for yourself or your home. I know you will find it a must have item in your wallet.

Collect points easily

Reviewed and recommended by Charli on 11 Jul 2016

The flybuys points gained after each purchase offset the annual fee. Collecting the flybuys points and using them for Coles purchases makes this card great value for money! I like that you can track your points easily online. The only issue is the lack of phone contact if there is a problem with your card.

Overall very happy with this card

Reviewed and recommended by Aileen on 12 Aug 2013

Have had this card for many years. Been very happy with it. Very handy for paying other accounts directly. It is linked to flybuys which I have been a member for years. I have never had any problems with customer services representatives when I have rung them. Only thing I don’t like is talking to a machine and find it hard to get through to a real person.

Accepted, trusted and convenient

Reviewed and recommended by Eileen on 23 Sep 2016

Knowing that I am contacted whenever a large transaction is made, to ensure it was me or my husband, reassures me when making a purchase, paying a bill or using the card anywhere around the world. This is the one card we have always had accepted wherever we go, and added to that is the bonus of earning flybuys points whenever we use our card.

We pay in full every month so never have to pay any interest. It is just so convenient, so safe and so rewarding.

Rewards rack up quickly

Reviewed and recommended by Rella on 29 Sep 2016

This is a great card if you do all your grocery shopping at Coles, buy petrol at Shell, and take advantage of the flybuys partners. The points will rack up quickly. I like redeeming $10 off at each Coles shop. There is a large selections of rewards.

It would be nice if the interest rate was a little lower, or the interest free days applied to all purchases.

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The basics

About this card

Card setup
Single
Card tier
Platinum
Card type
Mastercard
Card use
Personal
Credit rating
Any
Gambling transactions allowed
No
Joint application
No
Minimum age
18 years old
Minimum income
$25,000
Minimum income for pensioners
$
Pensioners
N/A
Rewards program
flybuys
Temporary residents
N/A

Cardholders

Additional cardholders
8
Additional card fee
$0 p.a.

Credit limits

Minimum credit limit
$500
Maximum credit limit
$25,000

Repayments

Interest charged from
Purchase date
Interest free period
Up to 62 days on purchases
Minimum repayment
2.22%

Balance transfers

The offer

Interest ratePeriodFeeLimitRevert rate
Balance transfers0% p.a.6 months0%100% of credit limit19.99% p.a.

Balance transfers to this card

Balance transfer earns rewards
No
Balance transfer fee payment due
First statement
Balance transfer from personal loan
No
Balance transfer processing time
10 - 14 days
Interest free days with unpaid balance
0 days
Maximum balance transfer
100% of credit limit
Available to existing customers
No

Banks you can't balance transfer from

You can't balance transfer to the Coles Rewards Mastercard at the promotional balance transfer rate from:

  • Coles
  • Latitude Financial Services

Rates & fees

Promotional interest rates

Interest ratePeriodFeeLimitRevert rate
Balance transfers0% p.a.6 months0%100% of credit limit 19.99% p.a.
PurchasesN/AN/AN/AN/A N/A

Ongoing interest rates

MonthlyAnnually
Cash advances 1.67% 19.99% p.a.
Purchases 1.67% 19.99% p.a.

Fees

Annual fee
$99 p.a.
Cash advance fee
3%
Dishonour fee
N/A
Duplicate statement fee
$7
Foreign exchange fee
0%
Late payment fee
$20
Over limit fee
$5
Overseas ATM balance fee
$0
Overseas ATM withdrawal fee
$4
Overseas emergency card replacement fee
$0
Transaction verification fee
$0

Rewards & points

Cool stuff you can get with your points

Disclaimer: Does not include taxes, fees, or charges. Accurate as of 25th January 2016.

Rewards program basics

First purchase bonus
N/A
Reward points expiry
Never as long as you keep your account active
Rewards program
flybuys
Sign up bonus
N/A
Spend required for bonus points
N/A

Earning points with this card

Frequent flyer points
2 pts per $1 spent
Overseas earn rate
Same as standard earn rate
Points cap per month
No
Points cap per year
Unlimited
Points earned on ATO payments
N/A
Reward points
2 pts per $1 spent

Additional benefits

Airport lounge access
N/A
Complimentary flight voucher
No
Concierge service
Yes

Benefits

This card comes with benefits worth an estimated $95

ShoppingEstimated value
Free delivery of goods purchased
Valuation based on an average $9.50 delivery fee in metro areas. Assumes 10 deliveries per year.
$95
Purchase protection
If approved for a credit limit of $6,000 or more, it becomes a Platinum card with Purchase Protection insurance worth $40.
$0
Total estimated value$95
Annual fee$99
Net customer value$-4
Disclaimer: Details of who, what, and where coverage applies to, as well as its duration and any coverage limitations will be listed in the credit card insurance product disclosure statement (PDS) on the card issuer's website. The names/labels of complimentary insurance products may differ from one issuer to another. Terms and conditions apply. Always check the insurance PDS when considering a financial product. Accurate as of 31st October 2015.

Minimum criteria for this card

What you need before applying

Be over 18 years old
You are a resident or citizen of Australia
Earn a regular income of more than $25,000 per year
You have your personal details ready to complete the online application
Have not applied for multiple credit cards recently
Joint applications are not allowed
Disclaimer: The minimum criteria pointers are intended only to be a guide. Your application may still be rejected by the bank even if you can answer 'Yes' to all the minimum criteria. The final decision regarding your application is up to the bank.

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