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American Express Qantas Premium offering 30,000 Qantas Points and lounge invites

American Express are offering 30,000 bonus Qantas Points for new Card Members of the Qantas Premium card who sign up and spend $3,000 on eligible purchases within the first three months of approval.

There’s also 2 Qantas Club invitations each Card Member year and complimentary Qantas Wine Premium Membership included with the card, and the card offers a neat benefit of 2 Qantas Points per $ spent on Qantas products and services, and 1 Qantas Points per $ everywhere else (except for Government charges).

With a $249 annual fee, this is a useful card for committed Qantas Points earners.

How you could use the bonus points from this card

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Card Details

CardQantas American Express Premium
Loyalty programQantas Frequent Flyer
Points earned from spend1 Qantas Point earned per $1 spent on eligible purchases
1 additional Qantas Point per $1 on selected Qantas products and services in Australia
0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent at government bodies in Australia
Points capNone
Travel benefitsTwo free Qantas Lounge passes each year
Included insurancesDomestic and International travel insurance cover, purchase and refund protection
Overseas transaction fee3% of the converted amount
Annual fee$249

You might enjoy our guide to the best uses of Qantas Points here →

Digging into the details of the Qantas American Express Premium card

One of the Qantas Premium card’s biggest benefits is the solid earn rate of 1 Qantas Point per $1 on most eligible spend including utility payments, insurance and telecommunications.

The 2 Qantas Points per $ earned with Qantas spend is a welcome addition for anyone who spends cash, not just points, with Qantas.

The reduced earn rate of 0.5 Qantas Points per $ applies to government payments such as the ATO, Australia Post, and councils – this is common to most other American Express-issued cards.

For those looking for cards with category bonuses, other American Express cards like the American Express Platinum Edge or David Jones Platinum American Express both earn bonus points at Supermarkets and for Fuel.

The David Jones Platinum card also has a slightly higher annual fee at $299, but will earn 1.5 Qantas Points per $ on Supermarket / Fuel. If you’re gunning for maximum Qantas Points across the board, the Premium could work out a better option with the improved earn rate for all other spending.

The Qantas Premium Card offers a higher base rate of Qantas Point earn than the David Jones card, with 1 point per $ on the Premium vs 0.5 points per $ on the David Jones.

Two Qantas Club invitations each Card Member year

The Qantas Club invites can be used at any domestic Qantas Club in Australia, or for international Qantas Business Class lounges such as those in Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong, or Singapore.

That group of international lounges would be my pick for maximising the value of the lounge invitations, as Hong Kong and Singapore all offer varying degrees of on-demand dining and bar-service, and are well designed with good facilities. Unfortunately the invitations aren’t usable in the shared Qantas lounge in Los Angeles.

Aim to use the lounge invitations where they will be most useful to you. If you have a need to spend a lot of time in a domestic airport, then use them there instead.

Amex have transitioned to digital lounge invitations for the Qantas Premium Card, which are valid for a year and can be accessed via the Complimentary Invitations Portal once you have first spent with Qantas using the card.

New: Complimentary Qantas Wine Premium membership

Worth $99 a year, a premium membership to Qantas Wine, food & champagne portal gives you a bonus 3 points per $ spent as well as free delivery. This is on top of the Qantas point-earn when using a Qantas-branded card like the American Express Qantas Premium.

Plus, paying for these purchases with this Qantas-branded card will earn you a total of 4 points per $ spent on Qantas Wine products (3 points as an Qantas Wine Premium member + 1 points for regular spend on this card).

Included Insurances

American Express also include a range of travel and purchase protection insurances, including domestic and international travel cover, refund and purchase protection.

The full set of terms and the PDS for these products is here – you’ll need to look through and see if they will be useful to 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.

American Express Apple Pay & Android Pay support

American Express cards support both Apple Pay & Android Pay, meaning you can use this card on your smartphone for easier payments. Find out more in our guides for each of the compatible services.

American Express Qantas Premium offering 30,000 Qantas Points and lounge invites was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Keith

Eligibility criteria for bonus points for existing American Express Card Members

American Express are quite specific about whether existing Card Members will be eligible for bonus points if they apply for a card, are approved, and meet the minimum spend criteria.

If you hold a bank-issued American Express – such as from Westpac, Commonwealth Bank or NAB – that won’t affect whether you’re eligible for bonus points with an American Express branded card offer. There’s more in our guide to this here.

However American Express don’t allow existing Card Members, even for different types of American Express cards (e.g. Charge, Credit or Business) to be eligible for bonus points offers for cards in a different family.

American Express Qantas Premium offering 30,000 Qantas Points and lounge invites was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Keith

Summing up – Qantas American Express Premium

The Qantas lounge invites and Qantas Wine Premium Membership are nice additions to the offering, if you or a friend or family member will get good use out of them.

Otherwise, the $249 fee represents similar value to other American Express cards on the market offering this level of points earn and additional benefits, and the current signup bonus makes this an attractive offer.

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  1. Jimmy k

    hi there!
    i’m a bit confused about The Qantas American Express Ultimate Card.
    “Get rewarded with up to 2.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent. There’s no cap on the amount of Qantas Points you can earn, plus we’ll transfer your points straight to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account each month.
    Earn 1.5 Qantas Points11 for every $1 spent on Card purchases, except spend at government bodies in Australia where you will earn 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent
    Earn 1 additional Qantas Point per $1 spent on selected Qantas products and services in Australia
    No cap on earn rate. You’ll receive up to 2.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent, no matter how much you spend each month.

    Does it mean..if you spend $1 at Coles you get 2.5 Qantas Points? and if you spend $1 at Woolworths you also get 2.5 Qantas Points? Is there any difference of points (higher and lower) if you shop at Coles or Woolworths?


  2. Dylan Smith

    Hi Keith. I have (and love) my Qantas Amex Premium card but want to upgrade. How does an existing card holder go about that?

  3. Hi, I have applied for this card and received it not long ago – because I like the idea of lounge invites.

    But, I also happened to have booked a QF flight before I applied for this card, but I want to have an invite when I travel for this flight.

    Am I able to get an invite when I spend on ANY Qantas products (Qantas online store) or do I have to have purchased a QF flight using the card to get the invite?

  4. patricia

    Hi keith, to my knowledge DJ Amex Platinum earns 3 Qantas points per $1 for purch in supermarket & petrol station, while DJ Amex (with $99 Annual fee) earns 2.25 Qantas points per $1 .

    • Keith Author

      Hey Patricia – thanks for the comment, unfortunately both the Platinum and Regular cards have the same earn rate for Supermarkets and Fuel. I wish were the Platinum were higher 🙂

    • Keith Author

      You actually earn 0.5 points per $ with the ATO, so yes I believe this should be an eligible transaction. Not great value points earn with the ATO fee but if it helps you meet the minimum spend I guess it could work. Might be worth double checking with Amex to be sure.

  5. Will

    Hi, great website. I just applied today but will get a 5-10 day answer. Will I still be able to get the 80k points if approved?

    Thank you

  6. David

    Hi Keith,
    Great work by the way, do the 80000 points get added to the already existing points on your qantas ff card? And what is the 1% establishment fee? And any other hidden fee’s?
    Thanks heaps

    • Keith Author

      Hey David – yes, you link your existing FF account to this card and the points will get added if you are approved and meet the bonus points eligibility criteria.
      Fees are laid out pretty well on the Amex website, the establishment I believe is in relation to the balance transfer component if you take that up.

    • Keith Author

      Hey Greg – if it’s issued by your company and you didn’t apply for it personally, and you don’t pay it off personally, it should not impact your eligibility for the bonus points.

  7. Kevin

    Hi Keith! I’ve just got a few questions surrounding this card:

    If i’m currently not a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program do I also have to sign up for this ($90 AU)?
    Do the points earned stay in the QFF account even if I was to cancel the card after 1 year?


  8. Charles

    Is this correct, if I have an existing Amex card I can’t apply for this card? If this is the case it seems like an argument for card churn. So much for loyalty!
    PS. I’ve had a basic Amex card forever……….just as back for emergency.

  9. Belinda

    Do the points go directly to your qff. Or do they go to a seperate place like my anz reward which then 1/2 when I transfer them over?

    • Keith Author

      Yes, Paypal transactions are eligible spend (but don’t be tempted to Paypal yourself – both from a fee POV, and Amex also frown on you doing this)

  10. Kate

    Hello Keith – I have a bank issued Amex (linked with a MasterCard). Do you know if that makes me ineligible for this card. My reading is that I would still qualify because the Amex I have hasn’t been issued by American Express. I would be interested in your thoughts on this. Thanks!

  11. Adam

    Hi Keith! Would someone with a ANZ Frequent Flyer Black card (Qantas 75,000 points) be eligible for the 80,000 points bonus with this card, as the ANZ amex is bank-issued and this one is amex-issued?


  12. James

    i’m a bit stuck as to which way to go with this one, so I’m putting it out there. I need to make a purchase of around $8,000 USD in accomodation between now and September, with $1,300 due when I book this month.
    What’s the best way to make this purchase so as to meet the minimum spend criteria but not incur any hefty foreign currency exchange? Normally I’d use a QANTAS cash or something similar.

  13. peterd647

    What’s annoying here is that this Gold card which has a $249 annual fee, provides better rewards for Supermarkets and Petrol than then Platinum card with a $1,200. Generally, I would have thought Platinum status would provide everything Gold does plus more. The way Amex have structured this doesn’t make sense.

  14. Kurtis

    Hey Kieth, scroll to the bottom of that page and look at the notes. I have copied it in here, I originally spoke with the ANZ black card concierge service when I ordered the lounge passes and they advised me that I could use them at LAX. I was rudely surprised when I couldn’t.
    ‘+ Jetstar refers to Jetstar (JQ), Jetstar Asia (3K) and Valuair (VF).

    A oneworld marketed flight refers to a flight with a oneworld flight number, eg QF1 or AA222. A oneworld operated flight refers to the actual aircraft or ‘metal’ on which you fly, eg Finnair aircraft.

    Note: Complimentary invitations cannot be used in the Los Angeles oneworld lounge.’

  15. Kurtis

    Hey, we tried to get into the ‘Qantas’ Business lounge in LAX with our Q Club invites and were turned away. It is not operated by Qantas but by One World and therefore they did not accept the complimentary invitation. I would be very careful in advocating something contrary to this as I just checked again and this is still the case at the One World lounge. This was very annoying for us as we wasted a lot of time getting across to the lounge whilst the rest of our flight created large queues at the paid for dining options. Status cards (Gold+ and Q Club Membership) are fully accepted, but not Q Club invitations.

    • Keith Author

      To my knowledge, you have been turned away from that lounge incorrectly. Having seen the lounge invites that come with a range of cards (which should come with the same access rights, but one-time, as for Qantas Club members), from memory the terms are something like ‘access to Domestic Qantas Clubs, and Qantas International Business Class lounges’. I don’t have to hand to quote from.

      From Qantas’ own website, the lounge is explicitly declared the “Los Angeles Tom Bradley – International Business Lounge” with access for Qantas Club members stated as ‘Qantas Club Member: Next onward flight that day must be a Qantas, or Jetstar Airlines+ flight number’.

      If you have been turned away, I would be complaining to Qantas to see what they have to say.

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