HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review 2020

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High-earning customers looking for travel perks could find this a beneficial addition to their wallet.

This premium card is only open to HSBC Premier banking customers. If that’s you, you could enjoy a big welcome points boost as well as anniversary points annually. All these perks come at a price, however – a fairly hefty annual fee.

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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 18.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £195 per annum, your representative rate is 59.3% APR (variable).

59.3%

Representative APR

£195

Yearly account fee

Up to 40,000 points

Intro bonus

Earn 2 points

per £1 spent

Details

IssuerHSBC
NetworkMastercard
Annual/monthly fees£195 per annum
Balance transfers18.9%
Balance transfer fee2.9% (min. £5)
Purchases18.9%
Purchases interest-free periodUp to 56 days
Cash advances18.9%
Min credit limit£5,000
Max credit limitNot specified
Additional cards available3
Incentive2 points for every £1 spend in the UK. 4 points for every £1 spend outside the UK. 40,000 Anniversary Points Boost - qualifying spend £12K in 12 months from account opening. Points can be redeemed for airline frequent flyer miles, retail vouchers from selected stores and luxury wines and champagnes or can be used to make donations made to the charity of the customer's choice.
Lounge accessMembership to LoungeKey, complimentary access to over 750 airport lounges worldwide.

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Expert review

Only available to existing Premier or Jade customers, and going head-to-head with Santander’s World Elite, this card offers significant rewards and travel perks.

Cardholders can travel in style with free LoungeKey membership – which means access to over 1000 airport lounges world wide. Plus if you’re heading abroad, you could score a discount on hotel stays at over 18,000 hotels worldwide.

Other benefits include introductory and ongoing reward points earnings, Premier discounts and offers and exclusive experiences through the Mastercard Priceless Cities scheme.

The obvious downside here is the fairly hefty account fee. There’s a fee for each additional cardholder too, although they’ll also be able to enjoy lounge access and earn points on spending. Ultimately, you’ll want to try to weigh-up what you’d get from the rewards/perks scheme, to decide whether that fee is worth swallowing.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Rewards points for every £1 you spend.
  • Welcome points offer when you first open account.
  • Anniversary points boost.
  • Extended warranty cover.
  • Access to HSBC Premier Privileges (discounts and experiences).
  • Free LoungeKey airport lounge membership.

Cons

  • Must be existing HSBC Premier Bank customer.
  • Minimum income of £75,000 and have a HSBC mortgage, investment, life insurance or protection product; or have at least £5,000 in savings or investments with HSBC.
  • High annual fee.
  • No 0% interest introductory offers on purchases or balance transfers.
  • Foreign transaction fees.
  • Fees for additional cardholders.

How does this card compare with other rewards credit cards

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Updated April 9th, 2020
Name Product Max. intro bonus Earn-rate with brand Default earn-rate Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Representative example
American Express Rewards Credit Card
5,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £1 spent
£0
22.9% (variable)
Earn 5,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend £2,000 in your first 3 months, and 1 point for virtually every £1 spent thereafter.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
British Airways American Express Card
5,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £1 spent
£0
22.9% (variable)
5,000 Avios when you spend £1,000 within 3 months of account opening. Earn 1 Avios for virtually every £1 spent. Get a Companion Voucher when you spend £20,000 each year. Earn up to 90,000 bonus Avios points per calendar year, 4,000 points per friend/family member that successfully applies for an American Express card (Excl. Basic card) and uses the Referral Programme.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Card
£100
1% cashback
1% cashback
£0
22.9% (variable)
5% on £1 to £2000 of yearly spend for introductory period of 3 months. 0.5% on £1 to £5000 of yearly spend. 1% after £5001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. 5% intro cashback in the first 3 months (max £100). Must spend £3K annually to earn cashback.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
The American Express Nectar Credit Card
20,000 points
2 points per £1 spent
2 points per £1 spent
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum
28.2% (variable)
20,000 Nectar points when you spend £2K within 3 months of account opening. Earn 2 Nectar points for virtually every £1 spent at Nectar partners and elsewhere.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum, your representative rate is 28.2% APR (variable).
American Express Platinum Cashback Card
£125
1.25% cashback
1.25% cashback
£25 per annum
28.2% (variable)
5% on £1 to £2500 of yearly spend for introductory period of 3 months. 1% on £1 to £10000 of yearly spend. 1.25% after £10001 of yearly spend. Cashback paid Anniversary into Card Account. 5% intro cashback (max £125).
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £25 per annum, your representative rate is 28.2% APR (variable).
The Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card
20,000 points
6 points per £1 spent
2 points per £1 spent
£75 per annum
39.7% (variable)
Earn 20,000 points when you spend £3,000 within 3 months of account opening. Earn 6 points for every £1 spent at Marriott properties globally and 2 points for virtually every other £1 spent.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £75 per annum, your representative rate is 39.7% APR (variable).
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold Credit Card
20,000 points
2 points per £1 spent
1 point per £1 spent
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £140 per annum
57.6% (variable)
New Cardmember offer: Earn 20,000 Membership Rewards® points when you spend £3,000 in your first three months of Cardmembership. Offer ends 29 June 2020. Terms apply.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with an annual fee of £140 (£0 in first year), your representative APR is 57.6% APR (variable).
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 points
3 points per £1 spent
1.5 points per £1 spent
£195 per annum
76% (variable)
25,000 Avios when you spend £3K within 3 months of account opening. Earn 3 Avios for virtually every £1 spent directly with BA, and 1.5 Avios for virtually every £1 spent everywhere else. Spend £10K in 12 months to redeem the Avios for a companion ticket on a BA flight. Earn up to 90,000 bonus Avios points per calendar year, 9,000 points per friends/family that uses Referral Programme and successfully apply for an American Express card (Excl. Basic card).
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with a fee of £195 per annum, your representative rate is 76% APR (variable).
The American Express Green Card
N/A
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £1 spent
£60 per annum
N/A (this product is a charge card).
1 point earned for virtually every £1 spent. Rewards points can be used as currency to buy flights and package holidays through American Express Travel. Reward points can also be redeemed for a wide range of products, experiences, travel and hotel stays.
The Platinum Card
30,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
1 point per £1 spent
£575 per annum
N/A (this product is a charge card).
1 point earned for virtually every £1 spent. Additional 30,000 points earned when you spend £4K within first three months of Cardmembership. Earn 1 additional point for virtually every £1 spent at American Express Travel Online. Rewards points can be used as currency to buy flights and package holidays through Platinum Service. Reward points can also be redeemed for a wide range of products, experiences, travel and hotel stays. Cardmember can pay card fee (£575) using Membership Rewards® points at renewal. Earn 12,000 bonus points per friend/family that uses Referral Programme and successfully applies for a card and spends £4K within first 3 months of Cardmembership.
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Choose from the following direct debit options for your monthly repayments:

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2 Comments

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    W
    December 18, 2019

    Do the HSBC Elite Card Points Expire?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Tom
      December 18, 2019

      Hi William,

      Thanks for your question. Any HSBC Elite card reward points you earn will expire three years after the first month they appear on your credit card statement. When you go to redeem points, HSBC will automatically deduct the points based on the order they were earned, so your earliest points will be used first.

      I hope this helps, but feel free to get in touch if you have any other questions.

      Regards,

      Tom

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