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 are still offering 120,000 Qantas Points, 75 bonus Status Credits and $150 back for new cardholders of the ANZ Frequent Flyer Black until 31 March 2019. 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.
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 April 2019.
The Westpac Altitude Black bundle also comes with lounge access, insurance, World Mastercard benefits and access to Amex Invites.
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 April 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.
While St.George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne are offering 80,000 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 $0 first year annual fee on offer for the St.George Amplify Signature – Amplify Rewards variant until 6 March 2019.
Virgin Money are offering a boosted bonus of 90,000 Velocity Points for new cardholders of the Virgin High Flyer Visa until 31 March 2019, along with travel credits and lounge passes. Ongoing, it earns 1 Velocity Point per $ across all spend up to $8,000 per month.
The ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures Visa gets you 80,000 Velocity points for signing up until 28 February, plus a complimentary Virgin Australia domestic return flight, two single-entry Virgin Australia domestic lounge passes and no overseas transaction fees on purchases.
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.
American Express are offering a Point Hacks exclusive 100,000 Gateway Membership Rewards Points for new cardholders of the American Express Explorer until 21 March 2019, along with a $400 travel credit, two American Express lounge passes and some unique perks like smartphone screen insurance.
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|
|ANZ Frequent Flyer Black||120,000 Qantas Points |
+ 75 Status Credits
+ $150 credit
|$425||31 March 2019|
|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 April 2019|
|Qantas Premier Platinum Mastercard||Up to 100,000 Qantas Points||$149 for the first year, |
|30 April 2019|
|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|
|St.George Amplify Signature - Amplify Rewards||Up to 100,000 Velocity Points|
|$0 for the first year, |
$279 p.a. ongoing
|6 March 2019|
|Virgin Money High Flyer Visa||90,000 Velocity Points||$289||31 March 2019|
|ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures Visa||80,000 Velocity Points||$225||28 February 2019|
|American Express Membership Rewards|
|American Express Platinum Charge||80,000 Ascent Premium Membership Rewards points||$1,450||No current offer end date|
|American Express Explorer||100,000 Gateway Membership Rewards points||$395||21 March 2019|
|Citi Prestige Visa||410,000 Citi Rewards points||$700||31 March 2019|
|Citi Signature Visa||310,000 Citi Rewards points||$195 for the first year,|
$395 p.a. ongoing
|31 March 2019|
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