Best companion card for AMEX Explorer?


In the process of applying for an Explorer CC and would like to pair it with another non-AMEX CC.
I’m prioritising:

  1. Flexible rewards - can’t pledge allegiance to OneWorld or Star
  2. Using points to upgrade to Business Class - currently have a return flight to Rome booked with Thai in late April I would love to upgrade sections of
  3. Lounge access - tend to have one long layover in Bangkok or Singapore or UAE whenever I find a good flight deal

Next couple of years my holiday plans will lead me primarily to Europe. Maybe Japan at the end of this year + USA down the line.

After much reading, I’m gathering the good options are:
a) St George Amplify - however $0 annual fee only for existing customers
b) Coles Rewards - point conversion relatively low
Transferring to Velocity or Asia Miles seems to be most suitable for my flight habits.

Advice is much appreciated! I am a newbie to the game and have all of zero points. The only way is up?

Hi lataliana,

Point Hacks is not allowed to recommend credit cards but you can refer to this table which should assist you to sort out your best choices.

Regards and happy collecting :slight_smile: