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Gold and Platinum cards give you higher spending limits and lower interest rates compared to standard credit cards. Although not as exclusive as they once were, most Gold and Platinum card providers do require account holders to earn a minimum salary before accepting their request for the card. The cards are usually issued to people who providers consider are a better credit risk, and many providers offer extra incentives such as travel insurance and increased loan facilities

Gold & Platinum Cards

Balance Transfers Purchases APR Representative (Variable) Rewards  
Barclaycard Platinum With BT (27 Mths) Logo Barclaycard Logo More information about Barclaycard Platinum With BT (27 Mths)

Barclaycard Platinum With BT (27 Mths)

 0%
28 months
3.5% fee
 0%
6 months
 
18.9% Barclaycard Unwind
Representative Example: The annual purchase rate is 18.9% p.a (variable) so if you spend £1200 your representative apr will be 18.9% p.a (variable)
Barclaycard Platinum Purchase Logo Barclaycard Logo

Barclaycard Platinum Purchase

 0%
14 months
2.9% fee
 0%
14 months
 
18.9% Barclaycard Unwind
Representative Example: The annual purchase rate is 18.9% p.a (variable) so if you spend £1200 your representative apr will be 18.9% p.a (variable)
Platinum Credit Card 24/3 (Direct) Logo MBNA Logo

Platinum Credit Card 24/3 (Direct)

 0%
24 months
2.85% fee
 0%
3 months
 
16.9% No Rewards
Representative Example: The annual purchase rate is [16.9% p.a (variable)] so if you spend £ 1200 your representative apr will be [16.9% p.a (variable)]
NatWest Platinum Card Logo NatWest Logo More information about NatWest Platinum Card

NatWest Platinum Card

 0%
27 months
2.99% fee
 0%
6 months
 
18.9% Travel, Shopping
Representative Example: The annual purchase rate is 18.9% p.a (variable) so if you spend £1200 your representative apr will be 18.9% p.a (variable)
Platinum Low Balance Transfer Fee Credit Card Logo NatWest Logo

Platinum Low Balance Transfer Fee Credit Card

 0%
15 months
0.9% fee
 0%
15 months
 
16.9% Discounts, Shopping
Representative Example: The annual purchase rate is 16.9% p.a (variable) so if you spend £1200 your representative apr will be 16.9% p.a (variable)
Post Office Platinum Card Logo Post Office Logo More information about Post Office Platinum Card

Post Office Platinum Card

 0%
14 months
2.98% fee
 0%
3 months
 
16.9% Insurance
Representative Example: The annual purchase rate is 16.9% p.a (variable) so if you spend £1200 your representative apr will be 16.9% p.a (variable)
Saga Platinum Credit Card Logo Saga Logo

Saga Platinum Credit Card

 0%
9 months
3% fee
 0%
9 months
 
11.9% Discounts
Representative Example: The annual purchase rate is 11.9% p.a (variable) so if you spend £1200 your representative apr will be 11.9% p.a (variable)
 
An Guide to Gold and Platinum Credit Cards

If you are a high earner and want the convenience of cash flow look at the range of gold and platinum credit cards on the market.

Image for guide: Introduction to Gold and Platinum Credit Cards

You will be able to typically gain a higher credit limit on this type of card as well as gain access to extra services

Gold and Platinum credit cards have traditionally been seen as the preserve of higher earners. They are often associated with prestige and all the trappings that higher earners can enjoy.

Some of these images are outdated now and in reality most people can apply for a Gold or Platinum card if they have a good credit rating.

However, you still need to have repayment power and this often goes hand in hand with a better income. In some cases, the card provider stipulates that there must be a household or single income of at least £10,000 plus in order to qualify for this type of card.

The Benefits

Card providers reason that people who qualify for one of these cards are more likely to be able to pay repay the charges. A higher income coupled with a good credit rating makes for a strong credit profile. With this in mind, the credit limits are often higher and can be anything up to £50,000.

Other benefits that come with these cards can be travel insurance and/or travel discounts, purchase protection and free extended warranty for a number of years, although some of these benefits can be found with other types of credit cards.

You may also be eligible for special deals with hotels or resorts if you use a gold or platinum credit card. Some also give access to the lounges of various airlines and this benefit can be extended to secondary cardholders.

Gold Credit Cards

You will be able to typically gain a higher credit limit on this type of card as well as gain access to extra benefits. This type of card can be useful to high earners who may wish to put all of their expenses on the card for the month. If this is a combination of work and play the bill may be higher than average so it is useful to benefit from the higher credit limit.

The added perks of travel insurance or access to an airline’s club lounge with this type of card may well be useful as a higher earner may travel more, and wish for these type of service extras.

Platinum Credit Cards

Platinum cards often give a high credit limit and many of the extra benefits we have talked about. You will need to have an excellent credit rating and earn a good salary to access this type of card.

Keep Your Cash Separate

Both platinum and gold cards often allow a higher amount of cash be drawn from an ATM than the average credit card. As there are extra charges associated with drawing cash using a credit card it is better to draw cash directly from the bank and use your credit card to spend, gaining the extra perks and then paying the balance back on a monthly basis.

Written by Jack Ramsey


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