NAB is offering up to 120,000 bonus Rewards points for new cardholders of the NAB Rewards Signature Card. It is the highest points-earning card in the NAB Rewards line-up.

The card also offers 0% p.a. interest on balance transfers for six months, and the highest earn rate amongst the trio of NAB Rewards-linked credit cards.

The signup bonus is split into two parts, with the first 90,000 Rewards points to be received after spending $3,000 or more in the first 60 days from approval and an additional 30,000 Rewards points after the annual fee for the second year is billed on your account.

In this guide we look at the NAB Signature Rewards Visa – the other cards in the NAB Rewards line up are the NAB Rewards Platinum, a lower fee NAB Rewards Visa and NAB Rewards Business Visa.

As with the other NAB Rewards cards, the NAB Rewards Signature offers uncapped bonus points for overseas spend and at major department and hardware stores, which could be a useful bonus category if you spend frequently in these areas.

NAB Rewards has Velocity Frequent Flyer, KrisFlyer, Asia Miles, and Air NZ Airpoints as transfer partners, with the first three programs being very useful for those collecting and redeeming points in Australia.

The current bonus is equivalent to 60,000 Velocity points or 39,600 KrisFlyer/Asia Miles) with a minimum spend requirement of $3,000 within 60 days of account opening.

How you could use the bonus points from this card

All redemption figures above exclude any accompanying taxes, fees and charges. Points redemption price data is provided by a third-party. For an exact total redemption cost, please consult with the airline directly.


Digging into the details of the NAB Rewards Signature Visa

The NAB Rewards Signature Card is linked to NAB Rewards, which as a flexible points program, that allows you to earn points in NAB’s own rewards points currency which you can then redeem for merchandise or partner program points by transferring them at a later date.

Card Details

CardNAB Rewards Signature Card
Loyalty ProgramNAB Rewards
Points earned from spend1.25 Rewards points per $1 on everyday spend
2.5 Rewards points per $1 in major department stores and hardware stores
3.75 Rewards points per $1 on overseas spend
Points capuncapped
Earns points at ATONo
Insurance included7 complimentary insurances including overseas travel (PDS)
Overseas transaction fee3% of the converted amount
Annual fee$295

We love flexible points programs because you earn points today, but let you decide at a later time on the best partner or redemption option for your needs. This reduces program lock-in and increases the number of ways you can use your points.

There is a risk that programs like NAB Rewards can devalue too – they are able to change their transfer rates to their partners. But generally, across most banks and bank rewards programs, these changes happen infrequently, and with notice to customers.

NAB Rewards partners with Velocity Frequent Flyer, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer and Air NZ Airpoints so you can transfer NAB Rewards points to Velocity at a rate of 1 NAB Rewards points = 0.5 Velocity point, to Asia Miles and KrisFlyer at 1 NAB Rewards point = 0.33 Asia Miles/KrisFlyer Miles or Air NZ Airpoints at 1 NAB Rewards point = 0.005 Airpoints.

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Earning points with NAB Rewards Signature Visa

The NAB Rewards Signature Card earns 1.25 NAB Rewards point on all eligible everyday spend, which can be converted to 0.625 Velocity Points, 0.41 Asia Miles/KrisFlyer Miles or 0.00625 Airpoints.

When looking at competing cards at similar fee levels, these points earn rates are not compelling. However, if you spend heavily in the bonus categories (major department and hardware stores) – where you’ll earn twice as many points – that could make the card more appealing.

You’ll also pick up triple points – so the equivalent of 1.87 Velocity points per dollar – on overseas spend, but with an applicable 3% foreign transaction fee.

Effective Frequent Flyer Program Point Earn Rates

Frequent Flyer ProgramDomestic SpendOverseas SpendDepartment & Hardware Stores
Velocity Points0.625 point / $1.87 point / $1.25 point / $
Asia Miles0.41 mile / $1.23 miles / $0.82 mile / $
Krisflyer Miles0.41 mile / $1.23 miles / $0.82 mile / $
Air NZ Airpoints0.00625 point / $0.01875 point / $0.0125 point / $

There are no points caps applied for any NAB Rewards card too.

NAB Rewards points bonuses for overseas spend, department and hardware stores

The ability to earn bonus points at department or hardware stores as a general bonus category is unique to NAB Rewards cards, with no other bank cards on the market offering this yet.

The list of included retailers for extra points are as follows:

  • Kmart
  • Target
  • Big W
  • Myer
  • David Jones
  • Bunnings
  • Mitre 10
  • Total Tools
  • Stratco
  • Home, Timber & Hardware

NAB Rewards points expire

One of the downsides to NAB’s rewards program is the points expiry policy. This is outlined in the NAB Rewards PDS and states: Points in your points balance must be used to claim a reward within 36 months from the date the transaction which earned those points was processed to your rewards card account. Points that remain unused in your points balance after that period will be forfeited.

The points you earned into your NAB Rewards account first will be used first at the time of redemption, so you have three years from the date of earning the points to when they must be used.

This is a downside to the program for anyone who wants to earn large numbers of points and hold them for an extended period of time.

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Visa Signature Benefits

Visa offers a range of benefits for their Platinum, Signature and Prestige branded cards. They change relatively frequently but include some additional hotel amenities or upgrades if you book through Visa, concierge services and discounts on other travel booking options.

Travel & Purchase Insurances

The NAB Rewards Signature Visa also offers a range of travel and purchase protection insurances, which are:

  • Overseas travel and medical insurance cover
  • Interstate flight insurance cover
  • Domestic hotel burglary insurance cover
  • Transport accident insurance cover
  • Extended warranty insurance cover
  • Purchase protection insurance cover
  • Price protection insurance cover

You’ll need to read the PDS yourself to assess its suitability for you.

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.

Offer eligibility for existing cardholders

NAB has also confirmed to us that any existing customer on a NAB direct earn card can opt to take out a new NAB Rewards card too and if they are approved and meet the minimum spend they will receive the bonus points. If you have questions or concerns about your specific circumstances as an existing NAB cardholder you should contact NAB directly to discuss and check your eligibility.

NAB Apple Pay & Google Pay support

NAB cards support Apple Pay & Google Pay, meaning you can use their cards on your smartphone for easier payments. Find out more in our guides for each of the compatible services.

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Summing up – NAB Rewards Signature Visa

The key appeal of the NAB Rewards Signature Card is the ability to earn bonus points with the department and hardware stores bonus category. Otherwise, the points earn rates are adequate, but not market-leading.

It is also surprising to see no additional features or card benefits for the NAB Rewards Signature Card outside of earning points, such as complimentary lounge passes, access to a concierge service, the usual range of insurances that come with premium credit cards, and standard Signature Visa benefits which are available across other Signature Visas too.

Overall, while the card offers a competitive earn rate, it lacks a number of benefits that found in competing premium cards.

Up to 120,000 bonus NAB Rewards points on offer with NAB Rewards Signature Card was last modified: August 30th, 2019 by Daniel Sciberras