Here’s why I love the Amex Explorer Credit Card
First up is the signup bonus, right now you can get 50,000 Membership Rewards which translates into 25,000 frequent flyer points when you transfer to the most important programs such as KrisFlyer, Asia Miles, Etihad Guest or Emirates Skywards.
Second up is the generous earn rate, 2 points on (almost) everything including utility bills, telco bills etc. And last but not least is the $400 travel credit you get every year, basically it wipes out the $395 card fee so in any case, you’re always $5 up. Travel credit can be spent on flights, hotels, car rental etc. If you can’t use it…give it to a friend! To sweeten the deal, new applicants who are approved will also receive 2 Qantas Club lounge passes per year and a $50 Qantas Wine discount which can be redeemed at the Qantas Wine store on orders of $150 or more (look out for wine specials with bonus Qantas points!).
Airline Transfer Rates
American Express Explorer transfers to a range of airline frequent flyer programs, which is a very valuable feature as it gives more flexibility when it comes to redeeming your points.
1 Airpoint Dollar
Hotel Transfer Rates
American Express Explorer members can also transfer their points to the following hotel loyalty programs:Read More
2 Marriott Bonvoy points
Amex Explorer Offer Details
Receive 50,000 Bonus Membership Rewards Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 on your new Card within the first 3 months. This offer is available to new Card Members, as well as Bank-issued American Express companion cardholders.
Airport lounge access
If you’re in Sydney or travel through Sydney airport, this one can come in handy. The Amex Explorer gives you 2 access passes per year to the Amex lounge in SYD airport and the new Melbourne lounge. Passes are valued at $55 so it’s a pretty sweet deal if you end up using them.
The Hotel Collection
The Amex Explorer now has access to The Hotel Collection, it’s similar to Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts where you get extra perks by booking through the site. For most properties participating this is a US$75 hotel credit which you can then use on food, drinks or even a spa treatment. In addition, some properties also offer upgrades as part of the deal.
Explorer Card Members can get extra perks at participating Hotels Collection properties every time they book two consecutive nights stay using their American Express Explorer Card. To see all the participating hotels, you can check out the official directory here: https://hcdigitaldirectory.com To book your hotel through The Hotel Collection website click here. Or simply log-in to your Amex account and book through American Express Online Travel.
Phone Screen Insurance
Now, this is a killer perk! Who hasn’t dropped their phone and accidentally cracked the screen? With the Amex Explorer, even if you’re super careful, you can smash your screen twice per year! The best thing is, excess is limited to 10% of the repair cost so in most cases $20-30 will be all you end up paying.
I’m always super careful with my phone but… the inevitable happened. Luckily I had been paying my phone plan with my Explorer so if you’ve been doing this for at least 30 days (that’s the waiting period) you can make a claim!
The insurance claims underwriter is Chubb on behalf of American Express. I’ve written about my Amex Explorer screen insurance claim in a seperate post (hint: it was very easy, painless and straightforward. Some words we generally don’t associate with insurance companies) Read all about it here: learn more about my successful insurance claim
The smartphone screen insurance is activated as soon as you start paying your phone plan with the Explorer or if you purchase the phone outright with the card. Card Members can still access the cover if they switch their monthly payment method to their Amex Explorer Card, however there is a 30 day waiting period which commences after the date of the first monthly payment made by the Amex Explorer.
Like most premium credit cards Amex Explorer comes with travel insurance, it’s pretty comprehensive and just like the expensive Platinum Charge it includes rental car “loss damage waiver” capped at 100k car value.
$400 Travel Credit
A great benefit of the Explorer it the $400 travel credit (which completely offsets the annual fee). It’s available in your account and can be used for all travel-related services offered via the Amex Travel Portal within your online account. Best of all, when booking flights through Amex Travel, you won’t be paying any card surcharges typically added on by the majority of airlines when booking direct.
It’s worth noting that you need to use it all in one go. For example, you can’t split it up for multiple transactions and most importantly if the total falls under $400 you are forfeiting the difference.
The best use for the credit, in my opinion, is flights and hotels. Both these categories are usually more than $400 so it’s easy to find a great use for your credit. The travel credit resets yearly so this card is definitely worthwhile to keep around. You can find the portal to book your travel here: http://americanexpress.com.au/travel
Amex Explorer Buyer’s Advantage
Extends your manufacturer’s warranty by up to 12 months on eligible items purchased with your American Express Explorer Credit Card
Stay protected with Purchase Protection providing cover should your new items be stolen or damaged. Refund Protection is also available should a store refuse to accept the return of a recent, unused purchase.
Online Fraud Protection Guarantee means you won’t be held responsible for any unauthorised charges made without your knowledge
Am I eligible for the 50,000 points sign up bonus?
If you were holding a bank-issued Amex such as Westpac, Commbank, ANZ or NAB in the past, you are eligible to get the bonus points on cards issued by American Express themself.
Card Members who currently hold or who have previously held any Card product issued by American Express in the preceding 18 month period are ineligible for this offer.
Amex Explorer In Conclusion
Is this the best American Express card? Yes! In my humble opinion, this is the best all-round credit card and it does deserve a prime position in your wallet. Sure it’s expensive but never forget what perks you’re getting in return and the yearly travel credit makes it totally worth it.