Summary of Terms | HSBC

HSBC Platinum MasterCard®
Summary of Terms

Important Information:

See below for a summary of the rates, fees and other costs of this credit offer. The Cardmember Agreement, to be sent with the card, contains all Account terms. We may change the terms on your Account. This may include changing, adding, or removing terms. We may do this in response to the legal, business, competitive environment or other reasons not listed here. Changes to some terms may require at least 45 days advance notice, and we will tell you in the notice if you have the right to reject a change. We cannot change certain terms during the first year of your Account.

For pre-approved offers: This is valid within 30 days of when the offer has been extended to you, as long as you still meet the selection criteria, which consider factors bearing on creditworthiness, such as income, assets, and other information that you provide to us. You must provide a physical address.

Interest Rates and Interest Charges
Annual Percentage Rate
(APR) for Purchases

0% Introductory APR for the first 18 months from Account opening.

After that, your APR will be 13.24%, 17.24% or 23.24%, based on your creditworthiness. These APRs will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate.

APR for Balance Transfers

0% Introductory APR will apply for the first 12 months from Account opening for the HSBC Platinum MasterCard with Rewards and for the first 18 months from Account opening for the HSBC Platinum MasterCard.

After that, your APR will be 13.24%, 17.24% or 23.24%, based on your creditworthiness. These APRs will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate.

APR for Cash Advances


This APR will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate.

Penalty APR and When it Applies


This APR will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate.

This APR may be applied to your Account if you make a late payment.

How Long Will the Penalty APR Apply?: If the Penalty APR is applied, it will apply for at least 6 months and may apply indefinitely. We will review your Account every 6 months after the Penalty APR is applied. The Penalty APR will only apply to new transactions if your late payment is not more than 60 days late. If your payment is more than 60 days late, the Penalty APR will apply to both existing and new transactions. After the Penalty APR is applied, it will no longer apply if you make the next six consecutive minimum payments when due. If you do not make these next six consecutive minimum payments, the Penalty APR may continue to apply to both new and existing balances indefinitely. We will continue to review your Account every six months to determine if any Penalty APR should be reduced.

How to Avoid Paying Interest
on Purchases

Your due date is at least 25 days after the close of each billing cycle. We will not charge you interest on purchases if you pay your entire balance by the due date each month.

Minimum Interest Charge

If you are charged interest, the charge will be no less than $1.00.

For Credit Card Tips from
the Consumer Financial Protection

To learn more about factors to consider when applying for or using a credit card, visit the website of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at

Annual Fee


Transaction Fees  
Balance Transfer

Either $10 or 4%, whichever is greater, will apply on each balance transfer and credit card check.

Cash Advance

Either $10 or 4%, whichever is greater, will apply on each cash advance transaction.

Overdraft Transaction Fee

Either $10 or 4%, whichever is greater, will apply on the overdraft amount.

Penalty Fees  
Late Payment

Up to $37

Over The Credit Limit

Up to $25

Returned Payment

Up to $25

How We Will Calculate Your Balance: We use a method called "average daily balance (including new purchases)".

Loss of Introductory APRs: We may end your Introductory APRs and apply the Penalty APR if you make a late payment that is more than 60 days late.

Prime Rate: Variable APRs are based on the 3.50% Prime Rate as of 04/01/2016

Important Information About Procedures for Opening a New Account: To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens an Account. What this means for you: When you open an Account, we will ask you for your name, address, date of birth, and other information that will allow us to identify you. We may also ask to see your driver's license or other identifying documents. Similar identification requirements apply to non-personal accounts such as corporations and partnerships. Be assured that we recognize the importance of protecting your privacy and safeguarding the confidentiality of the information you provide to us.



If you are approved, we will process Balance Transfer requests in the order you list them, up to your Initial Balance Transfer Limit. This limit will be for an amount that is less than your total available credit. We do this so you will have enough available credit on your Account to cover any related fees.

If any request would cause you to exceed your Initial Balance Transfer Limit, we will either:

  • cancel the request; or
  • reduce the amount we transfer to a smaller amount that is within your limit.

After you are approved and activate your credit card, it may take up to 14 days to complete Balance Transfers. Because of this, you should continue to make payments on those accounts until you are sure they are paid.

See the SUMMARY OF TERMS for Balance Transfer fees.

Balance Transfers may not be used to make payments to any:

  • loan made by any HSBC company; or
  • any credit card issued by HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

How We Apply Payments

We apply your payment up to and including the Minimum Payment Due as we determine, and usually to lower APR balances before higher ones. Any payment amount greater than the Minimum Payment Due is applied to higher APR balances before lower ones.

You may receive other promotional offers from us. The only way to accept other offers is to follow their terms.

Notice for California Residents: California law requires that we inform customers that should they fail to fulfill the terms of their credit obligation, a negative report reflecting on their credit record may be submitted to a credit reporting agency. If you are married, you may apply for credit in your own name.

Notice for Florida Residents: You (borrower) agree that, should we obtain a judgment against you, a portion of your disposable earnings may be attached or garnished (paid to us by your employer), as provided by Florida and Federal law.

Notice for New York and Vermont Residents: A consumer credit report may be requested in connection with this application or in connection with updates, renewals or extensions of any credit granted as a result of this application. Upon your request, you will be informed whether or not such a report was requested and, if so, the name and address of the agency that furnished the report. New York residents may contact the New York State Department of Financial Services by telephone or visit its website for free information on comparative credit card rates, fees and grace periods. NY State Dept of Financial Services: 1-800-342-3736

Notice for Ohio Residents: The Ohio Laws against discrimination require that all creditors make credit equally available to all creditworthy customers and that credit reporting agencies maintain separate credit histories on each individual upon request. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission administers compliance with this law.

Notice for Wisconsin Residents: This offer is void in Wisconsin.

If you already have an HSBC Credit Card Account issued by HSBC Bank USA, N.A., you may not qualify for this offer.

HSBC Platinum MasterCard® credit cards are issued by HSBC Bank USA, N.A., subject to credit approval.

Privacy: We respect your right to privacy. Our Privacy Notice provides details on the types of information we collect, why we collect it, and with whom we share it. By sharing information within the HSBC family of companies, we are able to offer you a comprehensive range of services to help you meet your financial goals. If you reside in California, you also receive the Important Privacy Choices for Consumers Notice. Both Notices provide instructions on how to contact us and record your privacy choices.

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