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The Best Premium Online Dating Plans For You
We research and share the best online dating sites’ premium plans for Australian users.
Australia is more addicted to online dating than ever before. With the online dating scene continuing to grow in popularity, we have reached a point where today there is almost no social stigma whatsoever: it’s safe to say that everyone knows at least one couple who either met online or who ended up getting married.
And when it comes to finding true love (or even just a bit of fun), the internet has got our backs. Evaluating a dating site before signing up, especially if using their premium plans, is absolutely crucial to bringing you closer to finding your match. Here we compare 5 top dating sites’ premium plans to point you in the right direction.
With more than 50 million members and counting, Zoosk is the top dating app on the market today. Using Behavioural Matchmaking™ technology, customers are shown only the best possible matches—reducing wasted time spent on viewing unsuitable profiles, and giving you the most likely chance of finding someone you are actually compatible with.
The matchmaking system cleverly evolves with you as it documents your ever changing preferences. On top of that, Zoosk requires all members to upload a photo and using a clever photo verification service it makes absolute certain that the photo is an accurate representation of a user’s looks. This way, you can wave goodbye to any potential catfishes, or less-than-honest-joes, and be sure that you are getting exactly what you see.
Zoosk differs from other dating websites in that it can import information from your other social network accounts to help build your dating profile. Once created, a free account allows members to browse profiles, respond to messages and send ‘Winks,’ however, on the free plan, you’re restricted from initiating a chat if someone takes your fancy. This is where the premium membership comes in handy, as members can send chats and emails to other members catching their eye. As with most dating websites, upgrading to premium allows a member’s profile to stand out more in the search results thus increasing the likelihood of finding a match.
|Plan duration||Price per month|
Match.com claims to be responsible for more relationships, dates and even marriages than any other dating site out there. That’s quite a hefty claim, and so hefty that Match offer a guarantee; if you can’t find that special someone within 6 months, you can get 6 added months for free!
The site uses keywords in your profile to link you with others who share common interests, which can include personality traits and any hobbies you may have mentioned. This unique matching system will send potential matches your way and is included for free members. Free members will also gain access to creating a profile with photos, conducting searches and be able to both send and receive Winks. One down side to the site is that unless specified on their profile, there is no way of knowing what type of relationship someone is looking for, be it serious or casual. Or, perhaps that’s an intentional conversation starter?
With access to a premium account, members will have many advantages otherwise unavailable under a free subscription. These include the power to both send and reply to messages from Match.com members that you are interested in, as well as the sneaky advantage of being able to see who has looked at your profile and even favourited it. You will also be able to keep an eye on all of your connections in one place - an inbox where you can see all those members to which you’ve sent messages, Winks and even Likes to. Lastly, you’ll get updates about Match.com events near you, and where you can meet other Match.com members face-to-face, if you are feeling brave enough that is.
If you’re not quite certain that Match.com is for you, there is the lovely option of a free-trial, allowing you to test the waters for a few days. With so many features, the website can seem a little overwhelming at first, if you aren’t so tech-savvy, head to the online help system for any questions you may have - a great added bonus of Match.com.
Though the cost varies depending on your location, generally they are as follows:
|Plan||Price per month|
|3-month value plan||$20.99|
|3-month standard plan||$17.99|
|6-month value plan||$18.99|
|6-month standard plan||$15.99|
EliteSingles prides itself on its high customer service and security standards - not to mention the higher starting caliber of its members!
A basic membership intends for users to get to grips with the sites basic features, allowing you to take the personality tests and create a profile. The personality test gives the added benefit of allowing users to see if they are a good match for you, and vice-versa. With a basic profile, you can view partner suggestions - but be warned, they are very limited when it comes to communicating with potential matches. Which leads us to the premium option…
A premium membership opens up the doorway to many more features. For starters, the personality profile is much more in depth, meaning your match suggestions will be catered specifically for your personality type and in accordance with your preferences. As well as this, you will have access to unlimited messaging, more frequent match suggestions, have the ability to know when a message has been read by the recipient and an added feature that EliteSingles calls “Have you met…”. This feature allows for a more in depth way of searching through other profiles.
Unfortunately there isn’t an option for a one month subscription, though you can always sign up to the basic membership to start with and see if the site fits your needs.
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Boasting over 11,000 marriages, eharmony Australia is a radically unique dating website using what it terms as ‘relationship science’ to optimise the matching process. It’s one of the more serious dating sites out there. Their smart dating method is mainly for those searching for a long-term relationship. The site calculates compatibility by comparing profiles based on your personality and lifestyle choices. It’s world famous compatibility test isn’t based on shared interests alone, but rather, compatible values and temperaments - a factor often overlooked by other dating sites.
A downside is that if you are not matched with anyone, then you might get stuck at a dead end. It should also be pointed out that eharmony is exclusively for opposite-sex couples, while its companion site ‘Compatible Partners’ is the place to head for those pursuing a same-sex relationship.
Users willing to pay for eharmony’s new premium option will have exclusive access to dating coaches, who will help them with their online profile and even offer advice for their first date. Everyone gets a little jittery before a first date, and this advice is geared specifically towards you and might be just the push you need to get yourself up and away from that computer screen. The new premium option offers a more refined approach with their advanced scientific matching algorithm, giving you not necessarily the dating options you would choose but the ones that the algorithm believes are best for you, thus increasing your odds of finding The One.
You will also be able to see exactly who is reading your messages and even go ‘incognito’ to see who has been admiring your profile, allowing you to then check them out without them knowing! There is also an added ‘Spotlight’ feature created to promote your profile each month for an entire day, so more people will take notice of you… and maybe even get in touch.
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Over 2 million single Australians are members of RSVP, which attracts singles of all ages. The site is not geared specifically towards long-term relationships and can be used for finding a casual fling as well as a more serious relationship. Though it is suitable for gay dating, there is no option for bisexual dating, which might deter some potential users.
Something different about RSVP is its incentive system for replying to inbox messages in order to stop your inbox from clogging up, meaning you are far more likely to actually get a response. The better your ‘reply rate’, the higher your profile will appear in search results. Another fantastic feature of RSVP is the ‘DateHub’, a hub for intriguing and amusing articles pitching activities and potential places to take your future date, including travel and outdoor activities - so be sure to check it out!
Choosing to become a premium member will give you the added bonus of being able to decide if certain criteria that you are specifically looking for in a partner are deal breakers. This is conveniently known as the ‘Deal Breakers’ function. Under a premium subscription, users can also complete an in-depth personality test, which upon completion, entitles users to a ‘stand out profile’ making sure that you appear top of the profiles list. Users can also send Winks and gifts with ‘stamps,’ which are needed for every interaction, erasing the boring ‘hey’ and ‘how’s it going’ kind of messages, meaning that the messages you send and receive are far more genuine.
RSVP’s premium account is on the cheaper side which is great for those looking to spend a little less cash but still want to go premium. The pricing is a little complex depending on stamps bought mixed with premium accounts, so make sure you check it all out in detail on the site.
|Plan||Price per month|
|Premium + 3 Stamps||$20.00|
Premium dating account options vary from site to site. One thing they all have in common is the ability to send and receive messages, which is virtually impossible with a basic package alone. Premium options allow for users to narrow down their matches to those that are far more compatible and generally make the whole process a lot smoother. If you are looking for something a little more serious and want to find someone compatible for you, then premium is certainly worth it. With some of the best dating sites and apps operating as the modern day matchmakers, isn’t love worth the price?