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.
ANZ is offering 120,000 Qantas Points, plus $275 back for new cardholders of the ANZ Frequent Flyer Black, this is a limited time offer and can be withdrawn without notice. 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 is offering up to 120,000 Qantas Points for new cardholders of the Qantas Premier Platinum until 26 February 2020, comes with 2 Qantas Club lounge invitations and a discounted first-year annual fee of $199. 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 up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points for new applicants of the NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Visa, this is a limited time offer and can be withdrawn without notice. Comes with a reduced first-year annual fee of $295 and 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 6 months.
The American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card have 100,000 Qantas Points on offer for new Card Member until 29 January 2020. 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.
Westpac is offering up to 80,000 bonus Qantas Points and discounted first year annual card fee for new cardholders of the American Express Westpac Altitude Blended Bundle until 31 March 2020. This is a hybrid combo that combines the benefits of the Westpac Altitude Platinum and American Express Westpac Altitude Black cards.
St.George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne are offering 80,000 bonus Qantas Points plus a discounted first year annual fee of $139 with the Amplify Signature Visa – Qantas Rewards until 12 February 2020. 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.
St.George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne are also offering up to 200,000 Amplify Rewards Points (equivalent to 100,000 Velocity Points when transferred) plus a discounted first year annual fee of $139 for new cardholders of the St.George Amplify Signature – Amplify Rewards variant until 12 February 2020.
Virgin Money are offering up to 100,000 Velocity Points for new cardholders of the Virgin High Flyer Visa until 24 February 2020, along with travel credits and lounge passes. Ongoing, it earns 1 Velocity Point per $ across all spend up to $8,000 per month.
Westpac is also offering the option to receive up to 100,000 bonus Velocity Points and a discounted first year annual card fee for new cardholders of the American Express Westpac Altitude Black Bundle until 31 March 2020.
The ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card has 75,000 Velocity points for new cardholders, this is a limited time offer and can be withdrawn without notice. Includes a complimentary return economy domestic flight operated by Virgin Australia, two Single Entry Virgin Australia Domestic Lounge passes and no overseas transaction fees on purchases.
American Express is offering 50,000 Velocity Points for new Card Members of the American Express Velocity Platinum, this is a limited time offer and can be withdrawn without notice. The card includes one free domestic return flight on Virgin Australia and two complimentary lounge invitations each Card Member year.
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 have 80,000 Ascent Premium Membership Rewards points on offer for new Card Members, 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.
Business owners can also pick up 120,000 Ascent Premium Membership Rewards points as a new Card Member of the American Express Platinum Business Charge card until 15 January 2020.
|Card||Bonus Points||Annual Fee||Offer end date|
|ANZ Frequent Flyer Black||120,000 Qantas Points |
+ $275 credit
|$425||No current offer end date|
|Qantas Premier Platinum Mastercard||Up to 120,000 Qantas Points||$199 for the first year, |
|26 February 2020|
|NAB Qantas Rewards Signature||Up to 120,000 Qantas Points||$295 for the first year,|
$395 p.a. ongoing
|No current offer end date|
|Qantas American Express Business Rewards Card||100,000 Qantas Points||$450||29 January 2020|
|American Express Westpac Altitude Blended Bundle||Up to 80,000 Qantas Points||$150 p.a. + $50 for Qantas opt-in fee for the Mastercard|
$99 for the first year on the Amex Black card ($199 p.a. ongoing)
|31 March 2020|
|St.George Amplify Signature - Qantas Rewards||80,000 Qantas Points||$139 for the first year, |
$279 p.a. ongoing
|12 February 2020|
|St.George Amplify Signature - Amplify Rewards variant||Up to 100,000 Velocity points |
|$139 for the first year, |
$279 p.a. ongoing
|12 February 2020|
|Virgin Money High Flyer Visa||Up to 100,000 Velocity Points + $129 Virgin Australia flight credit||$289||24 February 2020|
|American Express Westpac Altitude Black Bundle||Up to 100,000 Velocity Points||$250 p.a. + $50 for Velocity opt-in fee for the Mastercard|
$99 for the first year with the Amex Black card ($199 p.a. ongoing)
|31 March 2020|
|ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card||75,000 Velocity Points||$225||No current offer end date|
|American Express Velocity Platinum||50,000 Velocity Points + one free domestic return Virgin Australia flight||$375||No current offer end date|
|American Express Membership Rewards|
|American Express Platinum Charge||80,000 Ascent Premium Membership Rewards points||$1,450||No current offer end date|
|American Express Business Platinum Charge||120,000 Premium Ascent Membership Rewards Points||$1750||15 January 2020|