Credit Cards that offer bonus points for booking travel - airfare, hotels and cruises
There are a few ways to earn bonus points on travel purchases when using your credit card. Given airfare and hotel spend are fairly likely to be larger transactions than average, gaining extra points for them can be lucrative.
This is especially true if you can turn yourself into your de facto travel agent for your family and friends travel bookings and have them pay you back!
Some credits cards offer bonus points for retailers categorised as a travel provider - think Expedia, Hotels.com, Flightcentre, Cruises and other travel agent type operations - and are outlined below.
100k Qantas Points, flight benefits and four lounge passes with the Qantas Amex Ultimate: ends 2 October
The Qantas American Express Ultimate card has a high annual fee but offers an attractive points earn opportunity for the die-hard Qantas Points collector.
Citi are running some newly increased points bonuses for the Citi Signature Visa. Points can be earned into Qantas Frequent Flyer, or transferred out to Velocity or KrisFlyer.
Citi Prestige Visa offering 150,000 bonus Citi Rewards Points - with hotel, lounge and other travel perks
The Citi Prestige Visa is a card for the aggressive points collector with high points earn rates, a large number of frequent flyer program transfer partners, and a vast range of perks. You’ll need to consider the $700 annual fee and $150k minimum income requirement though.
The American Express Platinum Charge has 100,000 bonus Membership Rewards points on offer. Comes with travel credits, lounge access and transfer points to major frequent flyer programs like Qantas, Velocity, Asia Miles and KrisFlyer on a 1:1 basis.
The business version of the Platinum Charge card is offering a large sign-up bonus as well as a huge range of travel benefits including high points earn, flexible transfer partners, lounge access and elite hotel perks.