Qantas Frequent Flyer is the most popular frequent flyer program in Australia, with Qantas Points in high demand from it’s millions of members.
Earning Qantas Points from credit card spend is one of the key ways that many Qantas Frequent Flyer members earn their points – if you happen to put a lot of your day to spend on any of American Express, Visa or MasterCard, there are some high points earning options out there.
We thought we’d round up some of the highest Qantas Point earning cards on the market, with American Express options earning more than 1 Qantas Point per $, and the Visa / MasterCard options earning at into an overview table so you can assess the cards that are out there, versus those you may have in your wallet. We also include some of the current sign up bonuses for new card applicants.
Note that 2017 will likely prove to be a changeable time in the Australian credit card market, with a number of changes from the Reserve Bank continuing to make themselves felt to consumers and business alike. It is likely we will see changes to card benefits, points earn rates, and annual fees. We will do our best to keep this guide up to date.
The highest earning Qantas Point credit cards
|Card / Offer Link||American Express|
Qantas points earned / $ spent
|Visa / MasterCard|
Qantas points earned / $ spent
|Points Cap||Annual Fee ($)||Our Guide|
|Westpac Altitude Black ↓||1.5 points|
2.5 points with Qantas
|0.625 point domestic|
1.5 points overseas
|American Express Qantas Ultimate||1.5 points on general spend including utilities and telecom|
2.5 points with Qantas
|Westpac Altitude Business Platinum||1.5 points||0.5 domestic|
1 points overseas
|Diners Club Frequent Flyer + World MasterCard||1.5 points||1 point||$60,000||260||n/a|
|NAB Qantas Rewards Premium||1.5 points||0.5 point||$25,000 per month||250||→|
|American Express Qantas Premium||1.25 points on general spend including utilities and telecom|
2.25 points with Qantas
|Commonwealth Bank Business Awards Platinum||1.2 points||0.5 point||50,000 points per month||300||n/a|
|Commonwealth Bank Diamond Awards||1.2 points||0.5 point||1,000,000 p.a.||349||→|
|American Express Platinum Charge||1 point general spend except utilities and ATO|
3 points at selected restaurants
2 points on travel & overseas spend
|American Express Platinum Business Charge||1 point general spend|
2 points on selected business and advertising expenses
2 points at most restaurants in Australia
2 points on travel and overseas spend
|ANZ Frequent Flyer Black ↓||1 point||$7,500 per month||425||→|
|Macquarie Visa Platinum ↓||1 point |
0.5 point after cap
|$2,500 per month||200||→|
|Qudos Bank Visa Platinum||1 point||$2,500 per month and $200,000 per year||249||→|
|Bank Australia Qantas Platinum Rewards Visa||1 point||uncapped||189||n/a|
|BoQ Specialist Signature Visa||1 point domestic|
2 points overseas
|G&C Mutual Bank Qantas Platinum Visa||1 point|
2 points with Qantas
|Jetstar Platinum MasterCard||1 point||1 point per $ spent up to $2,500 spent per statement period|
0.5 Qantas Points per $ spent after, up to 100,000 points p.a.
|Woolworths Money Qantas Platinum Card||1 point||2,500 points per month||169||n/a|
|Citi Prestige Visa ↓||1 point||uncapped||700+(49)||→|
|Citi Signature Visa ↓||1 point||3,000 points per month||444||→|
|HSBC Platinum Qantas Visa ↓||1 point||$2,500 per month||199||→|
|Macquarie Visa Black ↓||1 point|
0.5 point after cap
|$4,000 per month||299||→|
How to analyse this list
For all the cards and offers listed on this page we are looking at two things – ‘direct earn’ credit cards, where you can only earn Qantas Points with that card – and also ‘effective earn rates’ of cards which allow points in the parent bank / credit card rewards program to be transferred to Qantas Frequent Flyer. The effective earn rate adds a way to compare the specific points earn rates for each card across various credit card rewards programs that offer different headline earn rates and transfer rates to frequent flyer programs, alongside the direct earn cards.
Each card has many other benefits too, along with other transfer partners, annual fees and terms and conditions – so be sure to check out the full guide to each card.
There’s also the signup bonus of a card to consider. A large signup bonus may help to offset a lower earn rate on a card, so bear that in mind. It depends how much spend you put through your credit card each month, and how long you keep the card for.
Each card offer, with bonus, fee and other offer information on this page will be up to date at the date of publication, however please note that we update offers over time.
Transferring to Qantas Points from credit card and other rewards programs
Qantas Frequent Flyer made the strategic decision several years ago to work primarily with their bank partners to offer ‘direct earn cards’ only. This allows them to have more control over their members – most members and cardholders can’t choose to transfer their points to other partners or Qantas – if you want to earn Qantas Points, you pretty much have to have a direct earn card.
There are only a couple of exceptions to this, which we cover in more detail this guide to cards that offer transfers of Qantas Points – and in addition, those cards also get offered transfer bonus promotions which increase the effective earn rates of those cards.
The exceptions are:
- The $1200 pa Platinum Charge Card from American Express which allows transfers from Membership Rewards Ascent Premium
- Westpac Altitude Business Platinum and Business Gold joint Amex/Visa accounts which allows transfers from Altitude Rewards
Some current offers for Qantas Frequent Flyer earning Credit Cards
Westpac's top-end Altitude Black card has a 50,000 bonus Qantas or Altitude points on offer plus a heap of ongoing card benefits, including Qantas or Priority Pass lounge invites and Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.
- 50,000 Qantas Points or Altitude Rewards points
- 1.5 Qantas Points or 3 Altitude Points for every $1 spent on the American Express
- 0.625 Qantas Points or 1.25 Altitude Points for every $1 spent on the MasterCard, plus 1.5 Qantas Points or 3 Altitude Points for every $1 spent overseas on the MasterCard
- 2 x Qantas Club or Priority Pass invitations per cardholder year
- Access to World MasterCard benefits, including Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status after one paid stay
- Overseas Travel Insurance, Purchase Protection etc. (PDS)
- $395 annual fee
- $5,000 minimum spend in 90 days required to earn bonus
- Bonus points offer not available with switches, upgrades, customers accessing employee benefits or packages.
- Offer ends: 20th April 2017
Point Hacks earn up to $300 per applicant for this card. More about this →
The Westpac Altitude Black and Altitude Business Platinum cards earns 1.5 Qantas points per dollar on the American Express and 0.625 Qantas points per $ on the linked MasterCard, while the Altitude Business Platinum will earn 0.5 Qantas point.
ANZ are offering 75 bonus Status Credits when you book a return flight with Qantas plus 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $2,500 on eligible purchases in the first 3 months and $0 annual fee for the first year with the ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Visa.
Eligibility criteria, T&Cs, fees and charges apply.
- 75,000 bonus Qantas Points after $2,500 minimum spend in the first 3 months after approval
- 75 Bonus Status Credits when you buy and fly return with Qantas by 30 September 2017
- ANZ’s highest Qantas Points earning potential on everyday eligible purchases
- Two Qantas Club lounge access passes per year and discounted first-year Qantas Club membership
- Earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on eligible purchases up to $7,500 per statement period, then 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases above $7,500 per statement period
- Annual Fee: No annual fee in the first year, usually $425 p.a.
- $2,500 minimum spend in the first 3 months required to earn bonus points
- Book and travel on a return Qantas flight by 30th September 2017 to receive bonus Status Credits
- Status Credit offer ends: 30th June 2017
Point Hacks earn up to $150 per applicant for this card. More about this →
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black earns 1.5 Qantas points per dollar on the American Express and 0.75 Qantas points per $ on the linked Visa, with an additional Qantas Point per $ spent with Qantas.
HSBC has a 60,000 Qantas Point bonus with the HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card along with included travel and purchase insurances. There's a $199 annual fee and 1 Qantas Point earned per $ spent, up to 2,500 points per month.
- 60,000 bonus Qantas Points after spending $3,000 within 3 months
- 1 Qantas Point earned up to $2,500 per statement period, 0.5 Qantas Points earned per $ thereafter
- Insurance package including Extended Warranty, Purchase Protection, & International Travel Insurance (PDS)
- $199 annual fee
- $3,000 minimum spend in 3 months after approval required to earn bonus points
- Offer ends: 30th June 2017
Point Hacks earn a maximum of $120 per applicant for this card. More about this →
The HSBC Platinum Qantas Visa earns 1 Qantas point per dollar on all spend up to $2,500 per month.
Macquarie have a 40,000 Qantas Points bonus on offer with their Macquarie Visa Black. Choose to earn between Macquarie Rewards Points and Qantas Points and comes with complimentary insurances and extra travel benefits.
- 40,000 bonus Qantas points
- 2 Macquarie Reward Points per $1 spend, 1 Qantas Point per $1 spend up to $4,000 per statement period, and 0.5 Qantas point per $1 spend thereafter
- Reduced first year $99 annual fee, usually $299
- Access to over 750 airport lounges worldwide
- Complimentary Overseas Travel Insurance, Purchase and extended warranty Insurance (PDS)
- Complimentary 24 hour concierge services with up to 100% discount per year
- Spend $3,000 in first two months of ownership to qualify for bonus points
Point Hacks do not earn commissions on this card. More about this →
The Macquarie Visa Black and Platinum both earns 1 Qantas point per dollar spend with the Platinum capped at $2,500 and the Black at $4,000 per month. Earn rate drops down to 0.5 Qantas point thereafter.
70,000 Citi Rewards Points are on offer with the Citi Prestige Visa when signing up and linking to Citi Rewards - you can transfer these points to Virgin, Krisflyer or Asia Miles.
- 70,000 Citi Rewards points after first eligible transaction
- Ability to transfer points to Velocity, Krisflyer, Asia Miles or other international frequent flyer programs
- Priority Pass lounge access, Visa Luxury Hotels service, and other premium benefits
- 2 Citi Rewards points earned per $ or 1 Qantas point per $, 5 Citi Rewards points per $ earned on overseas transactions
- Points earn equivalent to 1 Velocity points or KrisFlyer miles per $ spent domestically, or 2.5 per $ spent on overseas transactions
- 0% interest p.a. on balance transfers for 6 months
- $700 annual fee
- $150,000 p.a. minimum income requirement
- Offer expires: April 30th 2017
Point Hacks earn a maximum of $280 per applicant for this card. More about this →
The Citi Prestige Visa earns 1 Qantas point per dollar with no points cap when linked to Qantas Frequent Flyer.
Citi Signature Visa - 75,000 Citi Rewards points (37,500 KrisFlyer / Velocity points if transferred)
75,000 Citi Rewards Points are on offer with the Citi Signature Visa, convertible to 37,500 Singapore Airlines Krisflyer miles or Virgin Australia Velocity points, with an effective earn rate of 0.75 airline points per $ on spend.
- 75,000 Citibank Rewards points
- 0% interest p.a. for 6 months on balance transfers
- Priority Pass lounge access and some other premium card benefits
- Ability to earn Citi Rewards points where you can transfer points to Velocity & Krisflyer, or swap the card to Qantas Points down the track
- 1.5 Citi Rewards points per $1 spent - capped to $20,000 per statement period for domestic spend, uncapped for international spend
- $199 p.a. annual fee first year, $395 ongoing
- Offer expires: 30 April 2017
- Spend on everyday purchases within the first 90 days to receive bonus points
Point Hacks earn a maximum of $160 per applicant for this card. More about this →
The Citi Signature Visa earns 1 Qantas point per dollar when linked to Qantas Frequent Flyer capped at 3,000 Qantas points per month on domestic spend and 0.5 point thereafter. Overseas spend is uncapped.
Cards in the table, but not mentioned above
Offers for some of the cards are not mentioned above as they don’t offer a sign up bonus, or we don’t have a guide for them yet.
The focus of this guide is to outline the highest earning Qantas Point credit cards out there – there are many other cards with differing points earn rates and annual fees that are also linked to Qantas Frequent Flyer. Check out the cards table for the list.
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