Ending soon: 100,000 bonus Velocity points plus domestic flight and lounge passes with the Amex Velocity Platinum

Until 31 July, American Express are offering a huge 100,000 bonus of Velocity points for new cardholders with their Velocity Platinum credit card.

The card has a $375 annual fee, with the benefits of this card helping to offset this in both the first and subsequent years, including a free domestic Virgin flight, and two Virgin Australia lounge passes for use in domestic Virgin lounges.
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Reminder: exclusive offer with Evoke – a zero emissions (all Tesla), luxury car service – ends August 31st

Evoke offers an excellent service which is worlds away from most other airport / hire car options on the market, and in my view are well worth knowing about – how else can you find yourself in a Tesla Model S or X to kick off a trip?

Unfortunately Evoke are Sydney-only, for now. I believe plans to expand are well under way though, as I’d love to see them in other cities too.

I have used the service many times to get to and from the airport, and I’m excited that Evoke are offering Point Hacks readers an introductory discount to try the service, plus a reward for frequent users. This exclusive offer ends at the end of August, so I thought it was worth a reminder.
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Offer extended: 60,000 bonus Qantas Points with the $199 annual fee HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card

HSBC has increased the bonus on the HSBC Platinum Qantas Visa to 60,000 Qantas Points, which is now running until the end of August 2017. This card now has one of the highest points bonuses out there for a sub-$200 annual fee Visa/MasterCard.

You’ll receive 1 Qantas Point per $ on ongoing spend up to $2,500 per statement period (month), dropping to 0.5 Qantas Points per $ after.
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Citi Prestige Visa offering 70,000 bonus Citi Rewards Points and a vast range of perks

The Citi Prestige Visa is a card for the aggressive points collector – the card has a minimum income requirement of at least $150k – and has an annual fee of $700 – but with a large number of frequent flyer program transfer partners, and a vast range of perks.

The included more valuable benefits on offer are a free hotel night (from a select list of hotels), a 4th night free hotel booking discount, and airport limo transfers.
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Citi offering 75,000 Citi Rewards points or 50,000 Qantas points with Citi Signature Visa

Citi are running two offers on the Citi Signature Visa – one for 75,000 Citi Rewards points, equivalent to 37,500 Velocity Points or 30,000 KrisFlyer Miles if transferred out of Citi Rewards, or 50,000 Qantas Points with the Citi Signature Qantas variant of the card.

The annual fee on both the Citi Rewards and Qantas offers is also reduced to $199 in the first year, with the Qantas-linked card also incurring a $49 Qantas opt-in fee. Continue reading…

Guide to Citi Rewards – Citibank’s rewards program for its Citi-branded Visa credit cards

The Citi Rewards credit card points program is a flexible credit card points program, with the Signature and Prestige Visa as the primary linked cards.

Citi have recently announced a decision to overhaul the earn rates on their rewards cards and also adjust the transfer rate to their partner frequent flyer programs from Citi Rewards.

The upshot? With Citi being one of the first to make changes to their rewards program and linked cards, it’s not possible to see yet which bank rewards programs are coming out as being most appealing. That said, there are still several unique benefits of Citi Rewards, especially for Prestige Visa cardholders, which are worth knowing about. Continue reading…

Flight Deal: fly LATAM and Qantas Business Class to South America for under $2900 and earn Qantas Gold status

Elite status with Qantas Frequent Flyer, Velocity and other frequent flyer programs is a valuable perk for those flying frequently in Economy who want to skip queues and access airline lounges.

We regularly update this guide with some of the better, more accessible and useful deals for obtaining enough Status Credits (SCs) for Qantas Gold status in one trip – and our current flight offer ends on 15 August and all travel must be completed by the end of August 2017. Continue reading…