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.
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 2 June 2019.
The Westpac Altitude Black bundle also comes with lounge access, insurance, World Mastercard benefits and access to Amex Invites.
The Qantas American Express Ultimate is offering 100,000 bonus Qantas Points for new Members until 6 May. 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.
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 2 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.
Qantas Money have extended their offer up to 100,000 Qantas Points, 2 Qantas Club lounge invitations and a discounted first year annual fee of $149 for new cardholders of the Qantas Premier Platinum until 30 May 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.
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 have extended their offer of 80,000 bonus Qantas Points plus a reduced first-year annual fee of $179 with the Amplify Signature Visa – Qantas Rewards until 22 May 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.
Virgin Money are offering up to 90,000 Velocity Points for new cardholders of the Virgin High Flyer Visa until 30 April 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 April 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.
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 cardholders.
The American Express Platinum Charge has 80,000 Ascent Premium Membership Rewards points on offer for new cardholders, 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.
The American Express David Jones Platinum Card currently has a boosted offer of 50,000 DJ Membership Rewards or 25,000 Qantas Points bonus for new cardholders until 14 April. The David Jones American Express card range is a sleeper hit for savvy points collectors thanks to their ability to earn bonus Qantas Points for specific spend categories.
The top-of-the-line Citi Prestige card is offering up to 410,000 bonus Citi Rewards points, 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 $195 for the first year and is offering up to 310,000 bonus Citi Rewards points for new cardholders, 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|
|Westpac Altitude Black Bundle||Up to 120,000 Qantas Points||$250 p.a. + $50 for Qantas opt-in fee for the Mastercard|
$199 p.a. for the Amex
|2 June 2019|
|Qantas American Express Ultimate||100,000 Qantas Points + |
$450 Qantas Travel Credit
|$450||6 May 2019|
|American Express Westpac Altitude Blended Bundle||Up to 100,000 Qantas Points||$0 for the first year, $150 p.a. ongoing + $50 for Qantas opt-in fee for the Mastercard|
$199 on the Amex Black card
|2 June 2019|
|Qantas Premier Platinum Mastercard||Up to 100,000 Qantas Points||$149 for the first year, |
|30 May 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||80,000 Qantas Points||$179 for the first year, |
$279 p.a. ongoing
|22 May 2019|
|Virgin Money High Flyer Visa||Up to 90,000 Velocity Points + $129 Virgin Australia flight credit||$289||30 April 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 April 2019|
|American Express Membership Rewards|
|American Express Platinum Charge||80,000 Ascent Premium Membership Rewards points||$1,450||No current offer end date|
|David Jones Platinum American Express Card||50,000 DJ Membership Rewards (25,000 Qantas Points)||$295||14 April 2019|
|Citi Prestige Visa||410,000 Citi Rewards points||$700||No current offer end date|
|Citi Signature Visa||310,000 Citi Rewards points||$195 for the first year,|
$395 p.a. ongoing
|No current offer end date|
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