HSBC are offering $0 annual fee for the first year ($79 p.a. ongoing) for new cardholders of the Platinum Qantas Visa until 31 December 2019.
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 up to 7,500 points per statement period.
|Card||HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card|
|Loyalty program||Qantas Frequent Flyer|
|Points earned from spend||Earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent up to $2,500 per statement period on eligible purchases made in Australia and overseas. Every $1 spent thereafter will earn 0.5 Qantas Points.|
|Points cap||$2,500 per statement period then drops to 0.5 points up to 7,500 points per statement period|
|Included insurances||Extended Warranty, Purchase Protection, and Domestic & International Travel Insurance (PDS)|
|Overseas transaction fee||3% of the converted amount|
Earning Qantas Points with the HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
The HSBC Platinum Qantas Visa is left alongside only a few other 1 Qantas Point per dollar-earning Visa or MasterCard credit cards, such as the Qudos Bank Platinum Visa, Macquarie Platinum Visa and Woolworths Qantas Platinum cards.
When it comes to points earn, these cards are all quite similar, so you’ll be assessing whether the included insurances, interest-free periods and other soft benefits make a material difference to you if you are looking for a 1 Qantas point per $ earning card.
It will also be worth considering the sign-up bonus on offer at any given time with each as this would likely make a large difference to how many frequent flyer points you can rake in from both applying for and then using the card ongoing.
Flying in Qantas’ A330 domestic Business Class is one of the best uses of 60,000 Qantas Points
The key restriction with the HSBC Qantas Platinum Visa is the $2,500 per month cap for earning 1 Qantas Point per $1. However, if you are using this card as a separate Visa/MasterCard back up to an American Express with higher or uncapped points earn, like the Qantas Ultimate or Qantas Premium, then you may not get near to this cap.
If you spend over the $2,500 cap, then points earned are not reduced to nothing – you will still pick up 0.5 Qantas Points per $ on spend up to a maximum of 7,500 points per statement period.
HSBC Apple Pay & Google Pay support
HSBC cards supports Apple Pay & Google Pay, meaning you can use this card on your smartphone for easier payments. Find out more in our guides for each of the compatible services.
The value of the HSBC Qantas Platinum offering comes from the low annual fee and a solid 1 point per $ earn rate, with a ‘soft cap’ over the $2,500 monthly where you can keep earning points, albeit at a lower rate up to 7,500 points per statement period.
The included insurances may also be worthwhile looking into to see if they offer any value to you – the policy includes Extended Warranty, Purchase Protection, and Domestic & International Travel Insurance. You can read the full PDS here.
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.