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Exclusive: 90,000 bonus Qantas/Amplify Rewards Points plus reduced $179 first year annual fee with St.George Amplify Signature Visa

St.George Amplify Signature Visa - 90,000 Qantas points and reduced first year annual fee

St.George are offering 90,000 bonus Qantas or Amplify Points plus a reduced first year annual fee with the Amplify Signature Visa exclusively for Point Hacks readers. Includes two complimentary airport lounge passes per year and you can also receive a 10% bonus reward of the points you earned for the previous year on your birthday.

  • 90,000 bonus Qantas or Amplify points
  • Reduced first year annual fee, save $100
  • 2 x Qantas Club or Priority Pass invitations per cardholder year
  • 0.75 Qantas Points or 1.5 Amplify Points for every $1 spent on eligible purchases
  • Overseas Travel Insurance, Extended Warranty Insurance and Price Guarantee (PDS)
  • Access to Visa Luxury Hotels program
  • Annual fee: $179 for the first year, $279 p.a. ongoing
  • $4,000 minimum spend required the first 90 days to trigger the bonus points
  • Offer not available to existing St.George/BankSA/Bank of Melbourne customers who hold an Amplify Platinum or Signature card, or those who have held one within the last 12 months
  • Offer ends: 31 July 2018

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Point Hacks and St.George have joined forces to offer a reduced annual fee for the first year on top of the 90,000 bonus Qantas or Amplify Rewards Points with the Amplify Signature Visa until 31 July 2018. The reduced annual fee offer for this card is exclusively available through Point Hacks only.

The Amplify family of cards includes cards offered by St.George, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA and they continue to offer decent points earn rates from your day-to-day spend. This guide covers the different earn rates, caps and benefits of the Amplify Signature Visa.

A minimum spend requirement of $4,000 within the first 90 days of approval is required to receive the points bonus for new cardholders of the Amplify Signature Visa.

Note that both Bank of Melbourne and BankSA will charge the full annual fee during the first year – the discounted annual fee is only available on the St.George variant of the card.

Digging into the details of the Amplify Signature Visa

The Amplify Signature Visa offers 0.75 Qantas Points or 1.5 Amplify Rewards Points (which also equal 0.75 Velocity Points, KrisFlyer or Enrich Miles) per dollar spent with no points cap.

The Amplify Signature card is worth considering for the relatively high flexible points program earn rate outside of American Express.

The additional benefits of the Amplify Signature credit card include a 10% points ‘birthday bonus’ on your spend for the previous year, which effectively increases your points earn rate on all your spend if you keep the card active. There are also two single entry lounge passes (Qantas or Priority Pass), insurances and access to Visa Luxury Hotels booking service.

Card Details

CardSt.George, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA Amplify Signature Visa
Loyalty programQantas Frequent Flyer or Amplify Rewards
Points earned from spend0.75 Qantas Points or 1.5 Amplify points per $ spend
Plus 10% points bonus for your birthday
Points capNone
Travel benefits2 x Qantas Club invitations per cardholder year or Amplify Rewards Priority Pass membership
Access to the Visa Luxury Hotels program
Included insurancesAmplify Signature Travel Service, international travel insurance, purchase security insurance, extended warranty cover plus more (PDS)
Overseas transaction fee3% of the converted amount
Annual fee$179 for the first year, $279 p.a. ongoing

Effective Frequent Flyer Program Point Earn Rates

Frequent Flyer ProgramEffective earn rate
Qantas Points*0.75 point / $
Velocity Points0.75 point / $
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Miles0.75 mile / $
Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles0.75 mile / $
* Qantas Points are only earned if selected upon receiving the card

Amplify Rewards vs Qantas Points

The Amplify Signature Visa earns 0.75 Qantas Points per $ on spend if you opt-in on earning Qantas Points. Otherwise, earn rate is 1.5 Amplify rewards Points per dollar on eligible purchases.

We have a full guide explaining Amplify’s frequent flyer transfer partners and how to maximise your points balances by taking the sign-up bonus as Qantas Points and then switching to Amplify Rewards for ongoing spend.

The Birthday Bonus

The Amplify Signature Visa comes with a unique benefit of a 10% bonus on all points earned from spend over the previous 12 months (excluding any bonus points) on your birthday each year.

Lounge access

You’re also offered two complimentary single-entry lounge passes each year.

If you’ve opted into Amplify Rewards, you’ll receive a taste of Priority Pass membership.

However, if you know you’ll use them, the more useful lounge passes come from opting into Qantas, where you’ll receive two Qantas lounge invitations each year, which are pretty handy—they can be used domestically or internationally.

Other benefits

The Amplify Signature Visa comes with access to the Visa Luxury Hotels program, which offers:

  • Best available rate guarantee
  • Automatic room upgrade upon arrival (when available)
  • 3pm check-out (when available) at over 900 luxury hotels
  • Free in-room Internet
  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • VIP Guest status
  • US$25 food or beverage voucher.

You can check out the available deals at participating hotels at visaluxuryhotels.com—the program may be of use to you, or it may not, depending on the hotel you’re looking into.

You’ll also get access to the Amplify Signature Travel Service, which is a dedicated phone service with Travel consultants available to cardholders, with access to some specific packages. Worth looking it if you’re likely to use it.

And finally, there’s also a range of included insurances:

  • Complimentary Overseas Travel insurance for up to 6 months
  • Complimentary Purchase Cover for up to 4 months
  • Extended Warranty Cover for up to 12 months
  • Transit Accident insurance
  • Certain medical and hospital expenses overseas—unlimited cover (except emergency dental and bed care patient allowance)
  • Unexpected cancellation of your travel arrangements and associated expenses—unlimited cover (maximum of AUD $10,000 for a family)
  • Up to $500 per person for travel delays.
  • Up to $550 per person for loss or damage to travel documents.
  • Up to $20,000 per person for accidental loss or damage to eligible personal property
  • Up to $5,500 of excess cover for loss or damage of a rental vehicle

As I always say with credit card insurances, only you can decide if they offer value for your circumstances, so make sure you read the PDS for them to decide if they meet your needs. Read the full PDS here for St.George, Bank of Melbourne, and BankSA

This guide references some of the benefits of insurance policies provided with this card.

You should read the PDS and obtain independent professional advice before obtaining this product.

Summing up

This could be a useful card for those who are looking for a non-Amex card with decent points earn and flexibility in how you use them.

Bonus offers on this card can be hit and miss but when they are good, the card is well worth considering, and the travel and lounge access perks are handy extra benefits.

Exclusive: 90,000 bonus Qantas/Amplify Rewards Points plus reduced $179 first year annual fee with St.George Amplify Signature Visa was last modified: June 19th, 2018 by Keith

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  1. Corinne

    Wondering if I am missing something here. Looking to apply, but when I click on the link, it is referring me to a page where the $279 fee is mentioned, not $179. How do I get access to the special Points Hack $179 deal?

  2. Bails369

    Nothing but problems applying for this card. I have never been rejected for a card before, have a secure income, own home, no debts. But St George after making me jump through all sorts of hoops supplying corroborating income documents rejected the application and after spending a lot of time on the phone they declined to give any particular criteria, but told me I should apply for a lower ranking card i.e. less signup bonus. It seems their CC review is now done offshore, and seems the policies are now having to be complied with absolutely no common sense applied. Example – they asked for Bank Statements for last 3 months as proof of income, and it was the middle of the month so the last bank statement was dated 15 days ago, which I provided along with two monthly statements making a total of the 3 most recent months. They insisted upon an interim bank statement up to the current date, I’ve never been required to provide this before.
    To me this card is simply too much bother, and I wouldn’t go near St George again.

    • EH

      I’ve applied for 6 credit cards in 2017 and 2 in 2018 so far. Last week I applied for this card as my third CC for 2018 and was only asked for last 2 pay slips and got approved after a couple of calls to speed them up. I wonder what made your situation so troublesome? It sounds like it may be related to your income, if they even went through the trouble of getting you to submit more documents to prove your income?

      • Bails369

        Yes, what you describe has always previously been my experience, except in my case I’m not an employee, I am a self funded retiree. I’ve never had any problem with other Westpac owned banks before, however this time around, St George seemed to have a mission to make it as difficult as possible, to the extent that they seem to be discriminating against retirees. I plan to apply for an Amex in August/September, so will be able to compare the process then.

    • Zeb

      This card was my first rejection as well. There was no apparent reason for it and none was given.

      I have a 6 figure income, long-term and stable employment, properties, good credit history (I got worried and checked!), and an overall financial position that is well and truely in the black. Yet I got rejected.

      It is unfortunate as I wanted to use this card as a long term replacement for my current MasterCard. It was all part of a plan to transition homeloans from my current bank (due to AMEX related product devaluation) to another bank (eg St.George).

      Not to worry, I’ll never have to deal with them again – plenty of other banks.

  3. SIMON

    A quick update for those who still haven’t received their 90,000 bonus Qantas points. I called St Georges bank today which is a full 12 weeks after meeting the minimum spend requirement and they said that the bonus points have now been applied however they will be credited to my QFF account on my next statement cycle which is another 3 weeks away. . . .

  4. Ash

    Hi, it has now been over 3 and half months and I still am yet to receive the bonus 90k qantas points. I qualified mid Dec spending over 10 grand in hje first month!
    I called the amplify rewards hotline recently and these guys had no idea and redirected me to call Qantas FF 131313 ?? If anyone knows the best amplify number I can call to sort this out let me know!

  5. Simon

    Curious to know if anyone else is having delays with St George crediting the bonus 90k points to their QF account ?

    Most sign up bonuses through banks like American Express, Citi & Virgin Money gave the promotional bonus points within 1-2 weeks of meeting the requirements

    St Georges on the other hand haven’t issued me with the points even though i have been through 2 statement cycles and met the minimum spend within 2 weeks of getting the card

    any feed back would be great to know im not the only one still waiting impatiently

      • SIMON

        I actually called the several times and i got the impression i knew more about the promotion they did…
        the feedback i got from the agents was that the issuing of the points within the 12 weeks is random and please call back after the window. I’m astonished that there is no way of them verifying the requirements over the phone.
        i also went into the bank and was told the bonus points are issued after the 12 week window so in some respects i think they know less about their own promotion than i do.
        i deliberately spend over the minimum spend just in case a situation like this would arise so only time will tell now

    • Johnny

      Same problem here. Rubbish bank. Called them and they said “it’ll come any time now since it’s almost the 12 week end date”

      • Simon

        My deadline is 4th April before the 12 weeks elapses. Alas still no points and I’ll wait until the 5th because I’m waiting for them to say please wait until the 12 weeks has fully passed. I’m pulling my hair at this one and as soon as I receive the points that card will be canceled

  6. Rose

    Is there any min income requirement for the Signature Visa? Thanks! My husband and I have similar income, mortgage, asset, etc, but when I applied for Citi (and Virgin – run by Citi) credit cards on his behalf, it got rejected a few times and they hassled him so much. I hope these banks are better.

  7. Derek Puah

    The Qantas Bonus sound like better but I do like the flexibility of Amplify program. Can we sign up for Qantas program and convert to Amplify on the second month?

    • Dane

      It would be a big help if someone could answer this question as it appears that the welcome bonus of 90 000 qantas points is worth almost double the 90000 amplify bonus points, but the ongoing earn rate of amplify points is of more value and greater flexibility.

  8. Ben

    This is not necessarily related to the card, but about Qantas points in general.

    I notice next year from about mid-March onwards, Emirates is no longer flying A380s from Dubai to Perth and vice versa. I’m not sure if this is seasonal or a permanent change, although I would have thought demand picks up heading into the European summer.

    In my opinion this significantly devalues Qantas points….would be interested to hear your thoughts?

    • Keith Author

      It’s definitely a downgrade in Business Class, although First Class on the 777 is still excellent and not too different to that on the A380. In Economy, I would guess the A380 is definitely preferable. It would be significant if you had plans to fly from Perth to Dubai with Emirates using your points, but for others totally inconsequential – it sounds like you are in the former camp though.

      • Ben

        Yes, first class would be fine but in business it is a fair difference. I just went and checked again and the schedules are back to what they were before. Very strange indeed. I’m not sure whether this was a system error or whether an indicator that the schedules are about to change.

        Anyway, something for Perth travellers to keep an eye on travelling to Europe in particular using Qantas points to book Emirates flights.

  9. Hi I currently have the St George Amplify Visa card, can I apply for the BOM card and qualify for the bonus points. You could do it before I believe.

  10. Simon

    Can you get the $0 annual fee in the first year for existing customers for the St George Amplify card by signing up to a free transaction account and then applying for the credit card so there is not fee?

  11. Frank

    Despite the terms saying you get Qantas Club passes if in Amplify Qantas and Priority Pass if in Amplify Rewards, I’ve successfully received both the 2 QC passes and the 2 free PP visits in the same year and I’ve had this card for a while. Try your luck.

  12. Spero

    This is a dark horse credit card. One of the highest earner cards (Outside Citi Prestige/Amex) for points earn for Singapore airlines, especially the double points for overseas spend which Citi removed.

    The 10% birthday bonus is an excellent added extra. If only the credit card fee was lower, but with all the changes going on with Credit Card reware programs you have to take what you can get.

  13. I had St George Amplify Sugnature Black Card for a while. Love it….

    Pros: It is the best affiliated VISA card among the banks in the market.

    Con: It would be even better if St George bank also offers Amex affiliated card by having both Amex and VISA cards in 1 credit card Account.

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