American Express is offering 5% bonus Cashback on purchases, up to $200 for the first 3 months, on top of the regular Cashback and no monthly fee for the first 12 months for new Card Members who apply for their Cashback Credit Card.

This is the newest product being offered by American Express as they participate in the Australian cashback market and allows new Card Members to receive up to 6% Cashback on their purchases.

Digging into the benefits of the American Express Cashback Credit Card

Card Details

CardAmerican Express Cashback Credit Card
Loyalty programN/A
Cashback1% Cashback per $1 spend on purchases, with no cap
0.5% Cashback per $1 spent at government bodies in Australia
Points earned from spendN/A
Included insurancesSmartphone Screen Cover, Card Refund and Purchase Cover (PDS)
Overseas transaction fee3% of the converted amount
Minimum income requirement$40,000 p.a.
Annual fee$10 ongoing Monthly Fee

How does the Cashback work?

New Card Members will receive up to 6% cashback on their purchases within the first three months of holding the card. The cashback rates are as follows:

  • Earn 1% Cashback per $1 spend on purchases, with no cap
  • Earn 0.5% Cashback per $1 spent at government bodies in Australia
  • New Card Members earn an additional 5% Cashback in the first three months, up to $200 Cashback

Note that the new Card Member Cashback of 5% only applies to new American Express Card Members who apply online and are approved.

As with other American Express Cards, Card Members who currently hold, or who have previously held any Card product issued by American Express Australia Limited in the preceding 18 month period are ineligible for the 5% Cashback in the first three months.

For a purchase to be eligible for Cashback, it must be at least $1 and the value of each purchase will be rounded down to the nearest dollar before Cashback is calculated.

Shop Small Cashback Offer

The American Express Shop Small promotion is very popular among American Express Card Members, offering a bonus 3 points per dollar spent at small businesses around Australia that accept American Express Cards. This promotion is Amex’s way of supporting small business around the nation.

Amex Shop Small
The American Express Cashback Card comes with a Cashback version of Shop Small

While points are not earned on this card, this card still participates in a Cashback version of Shop Small, offering Card Members 1.5% Cashback each time they spend in-store or online at participating Shop Small businesses by 31 March 2022, up to a cap of $200.

To take advantage of the Shop Small Cashback, Card Members will need to first make sure they save the offer to their Cashback card.

BINGE Basic Subscription

Card Members will receive a BINGE basic subscription, valued at $10 per month and essentially offsets the monthly fee of the Card. BINGE comes complete with some of the world’s best shows, including the biggest dramas, plus comedy, reality, crime, docos, movies and more.

American Express Plan It

American Express launched ‘Plan It’ in mid-2020, which allows Card Members to create instalment plans that allow for equal payments to be distributed over a 3, 6 or 12 month payment period. There is a monthly fixed fee to access this feature, with up to 10 Plan It plans with a minimum of $150 balance able to be created.

Other card benefits

The other key benefits that come with the Cashback Card are:

  • Smartphone Screen Cover: up to $500 of screen repairs if you accidentally break your smartphone screen, with a 10% claim excess
  • Card Refund and Purchase Cover
  • American Express Entertainment Lounge Access

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for an American Express Cashback Credit Card, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • You’re an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • You have an annual income of $40,000 or more
  • You have no history of bad debt

Summing up

It is great to see American Express branching into new types of cards to appeal to a wider consumer. For those that are looking to reduce their monthly credit card bill rather than receive rewards for flights and other merchandise, then the Cashback Card may well be for you.

If Cashback is not your thing, and you are looking for cards that offer points to redeem for travel and other rewards, then make sure to review other American Express Cards that are on offer.

Earn up to 6% Cashback plus no monthly fee for the first 12 months with the Amex Cashback Credit Card was last modified: March 16th, 2022 by Daniel Sciberras