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Extended: 100,000 Qantas Points for new Card Members with Qantas American Express Ultimate

American Express have extended their offer of 100,000 bonus Qantas Points for new Card Members of the Qantas American Express Ultimate until 6 May 2019.

This card is targeted at Card Members who want to maximise the Qantas Points earned from spend on an American Express, as well as receiving a range of travel-related benefits.

You can fly Cathay Pacific First Class for as little as 26,000 Qantas Points (Hong Kong to Taipei)

You’ll also receive:

  • a $450 Qantas Travel Credit to use when booking Qantas flights through American Express Travel;
  • two Qantas lounge invitations as well as two entries to the American Express Lounge Sydney or Melbourne each membership year; and
  • a complimentary Qantas Wine Premium Membership

Qantas Sydney International Business Lounge

How you could use the bonus points from this card

All redemption figures shown are examples only and exclude accompanying taxes and fees. Points redemption price data is provided by a third-party, so inaccuracies may be present. Please check with the airline directly for a complete and accurate total redemption cost.

Digging into the benefits of the Qantas American Express Ultimate credit card

The Qantas American Express Ultimate has increasing competition in the premium credit card market, but still holds its own when it comes to the points and benefits on offer.

Card Details

CardQantas Ultimate American Express
Loyalty programQantas Frequent Flyer
Points earned from spend1.25 Qantas Points earned per $1 on eligible purchases
1 additional Qantas Point per $1 spent on selected Qantas products and services in Australia
0.5 Qantas Points per $1 at government bodies in Australia
Points capNone
Travel benefits$450 Qantas Travel Credit each cardholder year
2 American Express Airport Lounge entries each year
2 Qantas Club lounge invitations each year
Included insurancesMedical emergency expense cover, travel cancellation cover, baggage/money/documentation cover, transport accident cover and inconvenience insurance (if your flight is delayed) when you pay for travel with the card (PDS)
Overseas transaction fee3% of the converted amount
Annual fee$450

Earning Qantas Points from spend

With the Qantas American Express Ultimate, there is no points cap on what you can earn, and the card will sweep over your points to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account on a monthly basis, as you’d expect.

If you find yourself booking several hundreds of dollars in Qantas flights on a regular basis, the 2.25 points per $ on Qantas spend will quickly rack up to boost your Qantas Frequent Flyer balance.

Other than that, you’ll earn a solid 1.25 Qantas Points per $ spent on most purchases, except government spend which earns 0.5 Qantas Points.

This card is also enabled for American Express ‘Local Champion’ program which allows you to nominate up to 10 specific local retailers at which you earn an extra bonus point per dollar spent. More on this in our guide linked below.

$450 Qantas Travel Credit

This benefit gives cardmembers $450 towards the purchase of a Qantas domestic or international flight through American Express Travel.

The Qantas Travel Credit is designed to give Card Members more flexibility than the return domestic flight previously offered, and helps to directly offset the $450 annual fee.

You can access the Qantas Travel Credit after you have paid your annual fee and as long as your account is current and in good standing. Do note that if you do not use the entire credit in one booking, you forfeit the remaining balance, so try to save it for a booking over the value of $450.

You can use your Qantas Travel Credit for a Qantas flight in any class on any domestic or international flight

You’ll receive the credit each year you have your card but you can use it to book travel into the future, e.g. if credit expires on 5 July, you can book travel for 21 October.

It is unclear whether the credit is restricted to Qantas-operated and -marketed flights, or if codeshare flights, e.g. an Emirates flight with a QF flight number, are also eligible. Please comment below with your experience and we can clarify for other readers.

As for points earn on the booking, the Qantas Travel Credit terms and conditions state:

Your booking and travel will accrue Qantas Points in the usual way, except for the $450 Qantas Travel Credit portion of your booking which will not earn Qantas Points.

Customers can only book hotels, car hire or experiences if a Qantas flight is within the same transaction, i.e. Card Members will not be able to use their Qantas Travel Credit solely towards hotel, car or experience bookings.

As the taxes and fees on an award redemption using Qantas Points must be paid directly to Qantas through their website or over the phone and the Qantas Travel Credit is only available to use through the American Express Travel website, you cannot use your Qantas Travel Credit to pay the taxes and fees on an award redemption.

Lounge access

Card Members are eligible to receive two Qantas lounge invitations.

You can access domestic Qantas Clubs, International Business Lounges (except at Los Angeles) and International (Premium) Lounges in Brisbane, Singapore, Hong Kong and London.

The Qantas Club Melbourne

Note that the lounge pass does not admit any guests—only you—however, you could use your two passes for two people.

An important note is that in order to receive the Qantas lounge passes, you need to first make an eligible purchase with Qantas using the card, which is defined as:

Qantas passenger airfares with a QF flight number purchased directly from Qantas Australia by you (or by a travel agent on your behalf) that appear on your Qantas American Express Ultimate Card statement as a Qantas transaction; Qantas Frequent Flyer and Qantas Club membership joining and annual fees; and Qantas Travel shop purchases.

So, basically, you must first purchase a Qantas flight or purchase a Qantas Frequent Flyer or Qantas Club membership before you can use your lounge passes. This seems to exclude paying the taxes and fees on an award booking using this card.

Two weeks after you do so, you’ll be sent an email and your two digital lounge passes will be attached to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account. You could then choose to transfer them to another Qantas Frequent Flyer member.

The full terms and conditions of the Qantas Club lounge benefit are available here.

Another benefit of the Qantas American Express Ultimate card is access to the Sydney and Melbourne American Express Lounge. Card Members can bring their children into the Amex lounge for free (aged 2-17) however additional guests over 17 may be subject to an entry fee. Unlike the Qantas lounge passes, you do not need to make an eligible purchase before receiving entry to this lounge.

American Express Lounge Sydney

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.

Plus, paying for these purchases with this Qantas-branded card will earn you a total of 4.25 points per $ spent on Qantas Wine products (3 points as a Qantas Wine Premium member + 1.25 points for regular spend on this card). It’s a bit weird that this doesn’t qualify as a purchase of a Qantas product or service, earning 2.25 points.

Insurances and other benefits

In the travel insurance bucket you’ll get medical emergency expense cover, travel cancellation cover, baggage/money/documentation cover, transport accident cover and inconvenience insurance (if your flight is delayed) when you pay for travel with the card. Read the PDS here.

You’ll need to dig into the various PDS of these policies if you intend on relying on this cover to make sure they work for 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.

Extended: 100,000 Qantas Points for new Card Members with Qantas American Express Ultimate was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Daniel Sciberras

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.

Extended: 100,000 Qantas Points for new Card Members with Qantas American Express Ultimate was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Daniel Sciberras

Summing up: Qantas American Express Ultimate

The Qantas American Express Ultimate Card has a high annual fee but offers a high points earn opportunity for the die-hard Qantas Points collector.

The Qantas Travel Credit each year is a useful bonus to offset the annual fee, and the lounge passes and complimentary Qantas Wine Premium membership top off a solid offer.

Extended: 100,000 Qantas Points for new Card Members with Qantas American Express Ultimate was last modified: April 15th, 2019 by Daniel Sciberras

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  1. Elliot

    Hey all,

    Does anyone know how to access the free qantas epiquire/wine membership with this card?

    “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.”

    I can’t work out how to sign up to epiquire WITHOUT paying the $99.

  2. Jeremy

    Does purchasing wine from the Qantas wine store count as an eligible spend for the lounge passes or must the spend only be in relation to flights?

  3. Dougal

    Sorry if this has been covered.
    Can paying an ATO bill (say quarterly BAS) with this AMEX card count towards meeting the minimum spend requirements for achieving the 100,000 sign-up bonus? (I am presuming the ATO accepts AMEX)

    I realise the points earn-rate would be lower on a government transaction. I’m interested to know whether this is a valid way to meet the sign-up bonus.

    • Daniel Sciberras Author

      Hi Dougal

      Only eligible purchases will count towards bonus points spend and according to the T&Cs, payments to the ATO are not excluded from being an eligible purchases. Therefore, your ATO bill will count.

  4. Ryan

    Wondering if anyone knows the answer to this:

    Ive got the QF ultimate; I’ve used the travel credit and gotten my bonus points.
    I’m going to refer my wife to the program (extra 10k for her and bonus 30k for me). She is going to add me as a supp. card holder (if the deal is still on, then its another 3k for her).

    If I as the supp. card holder spend the minimum (I’ve got a big $3000+ purchase in March), will that qualify the whole account for the minimum bonus spend?

  5. Lloyd

    Just a question, if I book an international flight and use the $450 credit to pay a part of it, am I still covered by the travel insurance? Just getting confused with the “full fare” wording. Thanks.

  6. Ben

    Will holding either of the Westpac American Express Altitude Black or Platinum cards (branded Westpac but issued by American Express) make you ineligible to receive the 55K bonus Qantas points offered as part of this card?

  7. Charmain


    I understand the 18month waiting period, my question is; my partner is a supp card holder, to my AMEX card, and has nearly finished her 18month waiting period. Would being a supp card holder to my amex disqualify her from getting the bonus points?

  8. JB


    I recently spent on my new qantas ultimate card and have received my first statement. My account is in good health etc however where I should have a substantial amount of points for my spending (on non-government sites and not including my bonus offer points) I have under a quarter of the points I should have earnt. I have viewed the T&C’s and do not see why I have not received points for my spending.

  9. Chris

    Hi, I am a little confused. I have the AMEX card and want to buy two return tickets to Melboune from Sydney. This, I understand HAS to be do done via AMEX travel website. All good. AMEX told me that would give me the $450 off for those tickets. All good so far. However, under the heading “Lounge Access” (in your article above) you say: “So, basically, you must first purchase a Qantas flight or purchase a Qantas Frequent Flyer or Qantas Club membership before you can use your free flight benefit. In the last sentence it says “free flight benefit”. Should this say “before you RECEIVE your free lounge access passess” rather than the words “free flight”? Thank you

  10. Corey

    Just wondering how quickly the $450 travel credit becomes available each year. As you can use it to book travel into the future, would it be possible to use it towards booking a one way flight on the last day the credit is available, and then in the following day or two use the new travel credit to purchase the return trip? Or would you have to wait to pay the annual fee in the following statement period?

    • As stated in the guide:

      You can access this travel credit after you have paid your annual fee and as long as your account is current and in good standing.

      So you could buy the one-way flight with the first year’s credit, then pay your second year’s annual fee and you’ll get the second travel credit after that.

      • Mel P

        What if you paid the $450 credit on the 2/4/18 and spent the credit, but then received another $450 credit again on the 2/4/19 but the annual fee is not actually going to be deducted until the end of the billing period ie 28/4/19. Can you use the new credit but then cancel the card say on the 26/4/19 and have no financial reprocussions?

      • Daniel Sciberras Author

        Hi Mel P

        I would suspect that if you used your $450 credit allocation for the 2019 year, American Express would charge you the annual fee and make you pay that and any other outstanding balance before being able to close the account.

        It is recommended that you verify this with American Express.

  11. Joanne

    Sharing my experience and asking a question.

    My experience – signed up last Oct, did min spend, points were promptly credited to my QFF automatically (within a week or two), with no contact from me. One phone call to receive 2 x lounge passes – took a while for those to arrive, at least a month.

    My question – My partner has just signed up, and would like to buy a prepaid EFTPOS or VISA card to help get to the minimum spend. Will this purchase count towards the minimum spend?


  12. Andrew

    Hi. I’m already a QFF Gold Member and receive lounge access. Do I still get the complimentary Qantas lounge passes (subject to meeting the terms and conditions)? I’d like to transfer them to someone else.

  13. Renee S

    Just wondering if the prices to purchase flights via Amex in order to use the $450 travel credit are more expensive than buying elsewhere? If qantas has a special on will these also be avaialable via Amex?

  14. Imelda

    Hi there
    I stumbled across your site in my search for a new c/card + FF bonus points.
    Any idea if these cards require us to sign up for a minimum membership?
    A friend claims she card hops between providers in order to build up her FF points balance. Apparently that’s how she funded a US flight for 5 family members last year and plans to do the same again soon.
    But it sounds too good to be true. Surely there would be some mechanism built in somewhere to stop us all from jumping ship as soon as we receive our bonus points? Also how would that approach affect the often-outrageously priced annual membership fee?

    • Generally, if you’ve paid an annual fee for the whole year, then there is no reason to cancel the card. Once it comes up to your first-year anniversary, then you can weigh up whether it’s worth keeping the card or cancelling it.

  15. Jeremy

    When applying for this card (or any other Amex) card do people usually use a new account or use their old account from when they used to be an Amex cardholder?

    For example I used to be a cardholder and have waited the 18 months since closing but should I create a brand new account or is it safe to use my existing/old account.

    • I think you’re referring to online account, right? If you have waited more than 18 months between cancelling all of your Amex cards and applying for a new one, then you should be eligible for a new sign-up bonus. More info here.

  16. Traveller87

    Can the $450 travel credit be used by someone else or only the primary cardholder? Also If flights were to be booked for work related purposes- is a tax invoice provided (showing $450 as one method of payment? Thanks

  17. Jimmy

    Hi there!
    I currently hold an AMEX platinum Edge card. Am i able to apply for the Qantas American Express Ultimate and be eligible for the bonus points offer?

  18. Dan

    If I purchase QF international economy tickets from the Amex website using the $450 travel credit, will I be able to upgrade them later to premium or business with QFF points?

  19. Caitlin

    I know you have to spend the $450 travel credit within a membership year, but do you have to actually conduct the travel within the year or can the travel itself be pushed out if already paid for?

  20. Caitlin


    Apologies if this has been answered elsewhere, I understand the travel voucher needs to be used within the membership calendar year, however, does that extend to needing to travel in that time? Or can you book and pay within the calendar year, but travel when you are into your next membership year.

    Many thanks in advance.


  21. Kevin

    Hi, I had a question around the Qantas club access. If i use my $450 travel credit to book a flight that costs more than this through the AMEX Travel portal, does the addtional spend that is put on my card count as spend that triggers the Qantas Club passes?

  22. Benno

    Applied for one of these cards and got a rejection letter saying unable to approve application, no reason because ‘selection is confidential’. This was in spite of our household income being over 4 times the minimum income requirement and minimal mortgage repayments. Does anyone have an insight into their ‘selection process’?? I’m just curious as my retired father had no issues getting one.
    Also, is there a time frame we have t wait before we reapply?? Maybe they were spooked by my request for a $10K limit rather than a nominated one by them.

  23. Anthony S

    Hi, If we have 2 card holders is it $450 per card holder, or $450 per account? Also, can I use the $450 to purchase a ticket and use my points to upgrade to Business?

    • There is no cost to add a supplementary cardholder, so just $450 all up.

      I’m not 100% sure about the upgrade eligibility but I’d vouch that your fare would be eligible as I can’t see anything in the travel credit terms and conditions that prohibits it. On a related side note:

      Your booking and travel will accrue Qantas Points in the usual way, except for the $450 Qantas Travel Credit portion of your booking which will not earn Qantas Points.

  24. Clare

    Thought I’d share my experience. Signed up to the card, spent $1500 in the first month, received the 100,000 points (took about 3 weeks and 2 phone calls to Amex to see them in my FF account).

    Booked a domestic QF flight on the card and haven’t redeemed the $450 travel credit but will do next year.

    Asked repeatedly about lounge passes, was told on the phone that I could call a couple of days before my international flight and they would send me Qantas Lounge passes (as opposed to Amex passes). Called 2 days before my flight and they told me that I needed to have paid for the flight on my Amex and given them 2 weeks notice. They said this was an ‘additional benefit’, even though other support team members had told me otherwise. This was new information to me. They couldn’t manually override this though, so I had no choice but to use the Amex lounge.

    The Amex lounge was accessible by just showing the card. But we flew on a Monday morning and there were no seats left. So we ended up leaving.

    I think signing up for the card was worth it for the bonus points and the flight, but the lounge passes are overrated and not worth the hassle of getting the correct information out of Amex. I’ll be redeeming the flight credit next year and will promptly cancel my card after this.

    • Edward

      I had similar experience with trouble getting the Qantas passes. Even though the terms and conditions say you can book the eligible flight through a travel agent, they now tell me Flight Centre bookings are not eligible. The T&C should be updated to reflect that

  25. Christine

    Hi Keith,
    I signed up for the new AMEX Qantas credit card a few months ago and have received my 85,000 bonus points, my husband is the secondary card holder. I received my 85,000 points and am now looking at the best way to utilise the $450.00 flight credit.
    However I understand that you have to book via Amex and these flights are approximately twice the price available elsewhere. I cannot see the benefit in this and tbh it seems to be a bit scandalous. Also I am confused regarding the spend required on Qantas services before you can access the $450 credit? I was told on the phone by an amex representative that this must be used by 31st March 2018. Am I correct in assuming that it is worthless after this date. I am feeling rather disillusioned, or perhaps I am missing a vital point.

    • Hmmmm, some incorrect information there.

      You can access this travel credit after you have paid your annual fee and as long as your account is current and in good standing, i.e. you do not need to spend on Qantas products/services – that’s to access the two Qantas lounge passes.

      The travel credit is valid for your whole cardholder year (one year from when you were approved for the card).

      And sometimes Amex has prices that are higher than found on the official airline’s websites but double the price does not sound normal. It should be the same price or just above, so perhaps search for different routes or dates.

      Hope that helps!

    • Matthew

      I just booked MEL>SYD>MEL through Amex using my travel credit and the price was exactly the same as on the Qantas site. In fact, as I was able to select 4A (737) on both legs without status and without a fee, so technically the Amex method is cheaper.
      Bear in mind that if you do not use the entire credit in one booking you forfeit the balance.

  26. Chris

    Hi Keith,

    I signed up to this card when the bonus points were 100,000 points. I can no longer find infomation on that deal. Just wondering was the minimum spend of $1500 over 3 months the same for the 100,000 points? For some reason I seem to remember it being $1200 over 2 months, but I may be wrong.


  27. Alex

    Can the $450 travel credit be used on codeshare airlines with a QF flight number booked through QANTAS? ie. Ek to AKL on QF8xxx?

    • Here is what the terms and conditions state:

      The $450 Qantas Travel Credit can be redeemed for any eligible Qantas flight booked (i.e. a QF flight number on your ticket)…

      And the marketing states:

      A $450 Qantas Travel Credit each year to use for eligible international or domestic Qantas flights…

      So it seems that a codeshare flight on another airline with a QF flight number may work but we aren’t 100% sure on that. As this benefit comes into effect today (31 October 2017), we’d love to hear if anyone has any success seeing the discount on the booking page of a codeshare flight.

  28. Vicky

    Hi Keith,
    Two ques I’m hoping u can help answer
    1. I just joined the Amex Ultimate card before Oct 2 so was eligible for the 100K QFF reward points but I’ve forgotten what was the spend qualification and until when do I have to spend that amount? The info they sent me didn’t state it and the web now has a diff offer of 55K points which was not the deal when I signed up. Would u happen to know?

    I’m new to epicure – how exactly do u access the free premium membership w the card?

    Thank you in advance!

    • Steven [mod]

      Hi Vicky,

      The minimum spend requirement for the previous 100K offer was $1,500 within the first 3 months, it would be best to contact Amex to confirm this for your account.
      As for Epiqure, you should be able to find the instructions on how to access it on your welcome pack, it will take effect 31st October. If you need more information, please call Qantas directly.

  29. Katie

    Hi there,

    Are the x2 Qantas lounge entries only available to the cardholder or can partners access the lounge if travelling on the same QF flight?

  30. Thomas


    I just read the T&C on the 2 Qantas Club invitations and it seems that you have to spend on Qantas products before you are eligible to receive these. I have booked a flight to Europe on Qatar for May 2018 and wanted to use the lounge access in Perth as well as on a domestic flight to Melbourne, however it seems that I won’t be able to get the invitations for either as I did not spent with Qantas and Domestic Business Lounge is also excluded from the pass!? Could you confirm this as this would seriously lower the value I get from my card.

  31. Marilyn

    I’ve received my card today and doesn’t say how I can get the points on my FF membership? Do I need to apply/link to get the 100K points after a spend? I can’t find info on the 100K promo anymore. Thanks!

    • Hi Marilyn, if you applied by 2 October 2017, then you will be eligible for the 100k bonus points offer and you don’t need to click on anything else – just meet the minimum spend requirement.

  32. luke

    I signed up to get the bonus points before the deadline to get 100k qantas points but now I can’t find any info on that deal anywhere and I’m sure I got in before cutoff date. Doesn’t seem worth it that my mate got 30k points just for his referral and I get 55k ?

    • As long as you applied by the offer end date, you will be eligible for those bonus points. Offers change periodically, so that’s why you can’t ‘see’ the previous offer now.

  33. Jess

    Do I need to be a Qantas FF to use points ?? Or can it just be used through Amex site?. If so can I join with my card once I receive it, to get extra Qantas points ? How do I linked to card? Thanks

  34. Chris

    Hi Keith,

    It says offer valid until 2nd of October. Do I just need to apply before then or do I need to be approved by then or actually have the card by then? And how long does it generally take for approval?


  35. johnsmith101


    It says in this guide that you would earn 1.5 Qantas Points/dollar spent at the Epiqure store (in addition to the 3 points as an Epiqure member).

    I would have thought that Epiqure purchases would be counted as the selected Qantas products and services and thus attract 2.5 Qantas points/dollar.

    Could anyone confirm whether or not this is the case?

  36. Edward

    According to the PDS to get the new Qantas lounge passes you have to buy a qantas flight directly or through a travel agent.

    If I purchase flights through say Flight Centre, how will Amex know the payment is for a qantas flight?

  37. Rachel

    Hi Keith, just wondering if you could compare this card to the Explorer, maybe in another article?

    Can’t seem to decide which one to apply for between the two, and I believe I’m not the only one. Comments seem to suggest that the change of free flights to the $450 travel credit may not be as flexible as the travel credits for the Explorer?


  38. GerryL

    thinking of getting this. but i’m unsure if I will be double-dipping with my train of thought. & if it even works.

    because the minimum cost for the 100K bonus points is a $1500 spend, if I decide to purchase a multi-city business class seat to NZ (BNE-SYD-NZ) in December, it easily goes beyond $2200. with the $450 travel credit (after 31 Oct), does that bring the price down to $1750? Do I also get the multiple points per dollar spent for purchasing a Qantas product?

    FYI, i’m purchasing the seats because i’m new to this whole travel hacking thing & i’m thinking of saving points at this early stage first, before using them.

  39. Jason

    Can you confirm that you also get 2 free entries to qantas lounges in addition to the Sydney/Melb Amex lounge entries? There is no mention of this on the Amex website (it only details the 2 entries to the Amex lounge)

    • Yes, the two Qantas lounge passes are in addition to the two Amex Lounge passes. The Amex website will update on 31 October but both existing and new cardholders will receive this new benefit.

  40. Deb

    Hi everyone,

    I’m planning to fly to Melb for work so work will pay for the flight anyway and this will activate my Qantas Travel Credit – I’m wondering if I can use the $450 travel credit to pay for the ‘fees’ for a points flight to Japan next year?

    Also, is the annual travel credit eligible from our card anniversary date? Not calendar year?


    • No, that travel credit can only be used through American Express Travel, which only provides the ability to purchase a flight, not pay the taxes and fees on a points redemption. But good question!

      You’re right in that the benefits are based on cardholder year, not calendar year.

  41. jdog88

    Looks like it needs to also be on QF metal to use the flight credit. QF 5759 is a codeshare with JQ BNE-HBA but doesn’t appear in the search on the amex travel site.

    • Correct, it needs to be on a Qantas-operated flight, i.e. not Jetstar.

      “…giving cardmembers $450 towards the purchase of a Qantas domestic or international flight through American Express Travel – no other airlines are eligible.”

  42. Kim Morrow

    I’m still a bit confused on the bonus points eligibility. My husband is a supplementary cardholder to my Amex issued card. If he applies for his own Amex does that make him ineligible for the bonus points as he is a current supplementary cardholder?


  43. Matt

    I spoke with an AMEX rep on the phone the other day and she mentioned that if you add a supplementary cardholder over the phone with AMEX you receive a further 5000 QFF points. This is an August promotion. You can only receive the 5000 points over the phone, this is not valid if you add a supplementary cardholder online (as you complete your application) and you do not have to supply any financial information of the supplementary cardholder which they do ask for in the online process.

  44. rock


    The free flights are also being changed come 31 October, to $450 travel credits. However, there do look to be some caveats & it might not be as flexible as other AMEX cards travel credits.

  45. Alex

    Hi Keith,

    I have a company issued green corporate amex, which was assigned to me in Dec 2015. Does this card exclude me from the 100k QF bonus points?


  46. David


    Further to my previous comment, I can confirm I received the 75,000 bonus points on the Amex Ultimate card despite holding a David Jones Amex within the preceding 18 months.

  47. David

    Hi Keith

    I’ve previous held a David Jones Express card within the last 18 months. I called Amex to ask if this would make me ineligible for the 75,000 bonus points offer and was told that David Jones cards are exempt (in the same way as bank-issued cards are exempt), therefore making me eligible for the bonus points. I queried the wording of ‘any Card product’ and was assured that DJ’s cards are not treated as ‘Amex issued’ for this bonus offer. Further, the person I spoke to offered to record notes on my account confirming same. I will let you know how it plays out!

  48. David

    Hi Keith,

    I hold an American Express Velocity Platinum card.

    I read your rundown on whether or not I am eligible for bonus points + status credits, but I am still confused.

    Would I be eligible?

  49. Ben

    Definitely keen to take up this offer (or the Explorer card) as the Amex on my ANZ card is about to go soon.

    This might be a stupid question but do you have to have a qualifying Qantas spend every single year to get the free annual flight or is it just a one-off once you first get the card?

    Looking at the comments above there is still some uncertainty over the options available to activate the free flight as well.

    Any advice on all this is greatly appreciated.

    • The spend is required annually. In terms of options, a Qantas flight is outlined in the terms and conditions. Other options might work, but no guarantees – they could stop working at any time. Qantas Gift Vouchers are another easy one, along with Qantas Carbon Offsets, that we have heard may work.

  50. Con

    Hello again Keith,
    Another related question concerning the free flight trigger – can you confirm that purchase of a Qantas Gift Certificate would qualify?

    Cheers, Con

  51. Con

    Hi Keith,
    You mentioned a while back that you believe that a Qantas points top-up purchase qualifies as the free flight trigger.
    Can you confirm this?

  52. dazzo

    Hi Laura and others, just to confirm, by using the ‘Carbon Off-set’ method as described above, my free flight and the bonus 2,500 became available to me with this method.
    I did this on the most recent Saturday and the statement on my account showed up on the Monday:
    QANTAS AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA $11.21 22 2,511 2,533
    – Qantas First Spend Bonus 0 2,500
    – Qantas Airlines 0 11
    – Call 1800507104 to redeem your QF flight

    As you can see, my offset was $11, which was for a planned flight im taking to Tokyo (with points naturally), it is more than I probably needed to spend, but I genuinely am interested in offsetting my carbon footprint…

    So, from my single example, this appears to work nicely.

    All the best,

  53. Hey Laura – usually the points will show up in your Amex points statement online immediately after the transaction that takes you over the $1500 clears, and then will hit your FF account in the next monthly sweep. Are you an existing cardholder of another card? You probably wouldn’t get the bonus if so.

  54. Tom

    Any updates on this Keith for what will trigger it?

    Qantas Flights
    Qantas Gift Vouchers ($50 minimum)
    Qantas Epiqure purchases
    Qantas Carbon Offsets (make sure you do $1 or more) – http://www.qantasfutureplanet.com.au
    But no guarantees on any of the above, that’s all from anecdotal reports – any of those might trigger the Qantas-related component of the signup bonus / the flight.

    If the Carbon off is correct this may be the cheapest work around if it works?

    • I don’t have the card so can’t personally test it, but have heard from others who have used the Qantas Future Planet option – and which has worked for them to trigger the bonus. Carbon offsets can be done for less than $1, but would suggest a transaction with more than that to ensure it credits as a points earning transaction.

    • In short, we believe the list is…

      But no guarantees on any of the above, that’s all from anecdotal reports – any of those might trigger the Qantas-related component of the signup bonus / the flight.

  55. Beerad

    One aspect that has not been mentioned, and that I cannot find on the terms and conditions is regarding a cancellation fee. If, after say, 11 months, I decide that I do not want to use the card anymore, is there a cancellation fee? Does anyone know the answer?

  56. ryana

    I’m still a little confused about the sign up eligibility.
    I hold an Commonwealth Platinum Awards American Express card.
    Does this mean I am eligible for the American Express Qantas ultimate?

    • Yes, you’d be eligible for the bonus points – have to be specific about that, Amex still have to assess your credit-worthiness for the card when you apply, but if you don’t hold another personal Amex-issued American Express then you’ll be eligible for the bonus that comes with it if you are approved.

  57. Mark

    Good point – what exactly is spend at ‘Qantas
    Travel shops’ – and what is the minimum spend to get the flights? Anyone know this one?

  58. Matthew

    The T&C’s for a free flight state that you must purchase selected Qantas products to qualify:

    “Selected Qantas products and services are: (a) Qantas passenger flights
    with a QF flight number purchased on the Qantas merchant account i.e.
    directly with Qantas or some travel agents or (b) purchases from Qantas
    Travel shops. Excludes: Qantas Holidays, Qantas Freight, Jetstar and
    Qantas branded non-airfare products operated by third parties e.g. Qantas
    Box Office.”

    Not sure a key ring will cut it…!

  59. Matt

    Looking at the fine print you need to spend with Qantas to get the free flight. It seems like buying from qantasshop.com.au would qualify from the T&C’s – can anyone confirm? Far cheaper to buy a keyring than a flight…

  60. Michael

    Hi Keith,

    You are now also entitled to two entries into The American Express Sydney Airport Lounge per calendar year with this card. The entries may be used by the basic Card Member, Supplementary Card Member or a guest travelling with a Card Member. Complimentary access is available for the Card Member’s children between the ages of 2-17. Not bad.

    • Indeed – I’m visiting the lounge in a couple of weeks with a review in mind. Once thats up, I’ll update all the guides to cards which get complimentary access with some pictures. It’s a decent benefit – kudos to Amex.

Links to this article

  1. American Express Sydney Lounge review & the eligible cards
  2. American Express Velocity Platinum & Velocity Escape Guide

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