With six out of every ten frequent flyer points coming from sources other than actually flying—and credit cards earning the bulk of those—getting the right mix of cards in your wallet is important to planning your next trip. Here is a sample of highlights from credit card providers available now.
The Qantas American Express Ultimate is offering a Point Hacks Exclusive 100,000 bonus Qantas Points for new Members until 2 July 2019. The card has a host of perks including a $450 Qantas travel credit, complimentary American Express and Qantas lounge access twice a year and Qantas EpiQure Premium Membership.
The American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card have 120,000 Qantas Points on offer for new Card Member until 3 July 2019. The card is targeted at smaller business owners, looking for a Charge card with the ability to earn Qantas Points, and boost the Qantas Points they can earn from their business travel with Qantas.
Qantas Money are offering up to 120,000 Qantas Points, 2 Qantas Club lounge invitations and a discounted first year annual fee of $199 for new cardholders of the Qantas Premier Platinum until 2 October 2019. The card focuses on maximising points earn from day-day-spend with 1 Qantas Point per $1 up to $10,000 per statement period.
Westpac are offering up to 120,000 bonus Qantas or Altitude Points for new cardholders of the Altitude Black Mastercard and American Express bundle until 16 June 2019.
The Westpac Altitude Black bundle also comes with lounge access, insurance, World Mastercard benefits and access to Amex Invites.
Westpac are offering up to 100,000 bonus Qantas or Altitude Points and discounted first year annual card fee for new cardholders of the American Express Westpac Altitude Blended Bundle until 16 June – a new hybrid combo that combines the benefits of the Westpac Altitude Platinum and American Express Westpac Altitude Black cards.
ANZ are still offering 100,000 Qantas Points, $200 back for new cardholders of the ANZ Frequent Flyer Black. The ANZ Frequent Flyer Black is a good option for those looking for a non-American Express card but still want to pick up a healthy bonus. It also comes with two complimentary Qantas Club lounge access per year and a discounted Qantas Club membership for the first year.
NAB are offering 90,000 bonus Qantas Points for new applicants of the NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Visa. Comes with reduced first year annual fee of $295 and 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 6 months.
St.George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne are offering 90,000 bonus Qantas Points plus a reduced first-year annual fee of $179 with the Amplify Signature Visa – Qantas Rewards until 2 October 2019. Included are two complimentary Qantas lounge passes each year plus a unique ‘birthday bonus’ that gets you 10% bonus on all points earned from the previous 12 months.
American Express are offering up to 100,000 Velocity Points for new Card Members of the American Express Velocity Platinum until 19 June. The card includes one free domestic return flight on Virgin Australia and two complimentary lounge invitations each Card Member year.
Virgin Money are offering up to 90,000 Velocity Points for new cardholders of the Virgin High Flyer Visa until 30 June 2019, along with travel credits and lounge passes. Ongoing, it earns 1 Velocity Point per $ across all spend up to $8,000 per month.
Virgin Money are also offering a boosted bonus of up to 75,000 Velocity Points for new cardholders of the entry-level Flyer Visa card until 30 June 2019. The card a reduced first year annual fee, $129 travel credit and only requires a minimum annual income of $35,000, which makes it a great option for those on lower incomes.
The ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures Visa gets you 40,000 Velocity points, plus a complimentary Virgin Australia domestic return flight, two single-entry Virgin Australia domestic lounge passes and no overseas transaction fees on purchases.
While St.George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne are offering 90,000 bonus Qantas Points on the Qantas variant of the Amplify Signature Visa card as mentioned above, there is also up to 200,000 Amplify Rewards Points (equivalent to 100,000 Velocity Points when transferred) plus a discounted first year annual fee on offer for the St.George Amplify Signature – Amplify Rewards variant until 2 October 2019.
American Express Membership Rewards
American Express Membership Rewards points are amongst the most flexible out there, with the ability to be transferred to key frequent flyer programs like Velocity, KrisFlyer and Asia Miles, as well as Qantas for Platinum and Business Platinum Charge Card Members.
The American Express Platinum Charge has a Point Hacks exclusive 120,000 Ascent Premium Membership Rewards points on offer for new Card Members until 3 July 2019, along with an increased $450 Travel Credit, unlimited access to certain airline lounges and a number of other useful perks including a smartphone screen insurance.
American Express are offering 100,000 Membership Rewards Points for new Card Members of the American Express Explorer until 18 June 2019, along with a $400 Travel Credit, two American Express lounge passes and some unique perks like smartphone screen insurance.
Business owners can pick up 100,000 Ascent Premium Membership Rewards points as a new cardholder of the Platinum Business Charge card until 3 July 2019.
The top-of-the-line Citi Prestige card is offering up to 160,000 bonus Citi Rewards points for new cardholders until 31 January 2020, which transfer to most partners like Velocity, KrisFlyer and Asia Miles at a ratio of between 2:1 and 3:1. Do note a high $150,000 annual income requirement.
The Citi Signature card has an annual fee of $199 for the first year and is offering up to 130,000 bonus Citi Rewards points for new cardholders until 31 January 2020, which transfer only to Velocity, KrisFlyer and Emirates Skywards. Note the lower annual income requirement of $75,000 p.a.
|Card||Bonus Points||Annual Fee||Offer end date|
|Qantas American Express Ultimate||100,000 Qantas Points + |
$450 Qantas Travel Credit
|$450||2 July 2019|
|Qantas American Express Business Rewards Card||120,000 Qantas Points||$450||3 July 2019|
|Qantas Premier Platinum Mastercard||Up to 120,000 Qantas Points||$199 for the first year, |
|2 October 2019|
|ANZ Frequent Flyer Black||100,000 Qantas Points |
+ $200 credit
|$425||No current offer end date|
|NAB Qantas Rewards Signature||90,000 Qantas Points||$295 for the first year,|
$395 p.a. ongoing
|No current offer end date|
|St.George Amplify Signature - Qantas Rewards||90,000 Qantas Points||$179 for the first year, |
$279 p.a. ongoing
|2 October 2019|
|American Express Velocity Platinum||100,000 Velocity Points + one free domestic return Virgin Australia flight||$375||18 June 2019|
|Virgin Money High Flyer Visa||Up to 90,000 Velocity Points + $129 Virgin Australia flight credit||$289||30 June 2019|
|Virgin Money Flyer Visa||Up to 75,000 Velocity Points + $129 Virgin Australia flight credit||$64 for the first year, |
$129 p.a. ongoing
|30 June 2019|
|ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures Visa||40,000 Velocity Points||$225||No current offer end date|
|St.George Amplify Signature - Amplify Rewards variant||Up to 100,000 Velocity points |
|$179 for the first year, |
$279 p.a. ongoing
|2 October 2019|
|American Express Membership Rewards|
|American Express Platinum Charge||120,000 Ascent Premium Membership Rewards points||$1,450||3 July 2019|
|American Express Explorer||100,000 Membership Rewards points||$395||18 June 2019|
|American Express Business Platinum Charge||100,000 Premium Ascent Membership Rewards Points||$1750||3 July 2019|
|Citi Prestige Visa||Up to 160,000 Citi Rewards points||$700||31 January 2020|
|Citi Signature Visa||Up to 130,000 Citi Rewards points||$199 for the first year,|
$395 p.a. ongoing
|31 January 2020|