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Up to 200,000 Amplify Rewards points plus reduced first-year annual fee with the St.George Amplify Signature Visa

St.George are offering up to 200,000 Amplify Rewards points plus a reduced first year annual card fee of $179 for new cardholders of the Amplify Signature Visa – Amplify Rewards variant until 22 May 2019.

The bonus points is spread over 2 years with 100,000 Amplify points to be credited after spending a minimum of $12,000 for the first year and another 100,000 Amplify points on the second year, again after spending an additional $12,000. This is equivalent to spending just $1,000 per month for 2 years. An advantage of having a lengthy eligibility period is that a yearly cycle should encompass larger bills that mightn’t need to be paid in shorter eligibility time periods, such as 3 or 4 months.

There’s also 80,000 Qantas Points plus a reduced first year annual card fee of $179 for new cardholders of the St.George Amplify Signature Visa – Qantas Rewards variant also until 22 May.

The Amplify family includes cards offered by St.George, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA and they continue to offer decent points earn rates from your day-to-day spend. This guide covers the different earn rates, caps and benefits of the St.George Amplify Signature Visa – Amplify Rewards.

Amplify Signature cards – Up to 200,000 Amplify Rewards Points

Amplify Signature cards – 80,000 Qantas Points

Up to 200,000 Amplify Rewards points plus reduced first-year annual fee with the St.George Amplify Signature Visa was last modified: March 7th, 2019 by Daniel Sciberras

Digging into the details of the St.George Amplify Signature Visa – Amplify Rewards

The St.George Amplify Signature Visa – Amplify Rewards offers 1.5 Amplify Rewards Points (which is equal to 0.75 Velocity Points, KrisFlyer or Enrich Miles) per dollar spent with no points cap.

The card is worth considering for the relatively high flexible points program earn rate outside of American Express.

The additional benefits of the Amplify Signature credit card include a 10% points ‘birthday bonus’ on your spend for the previous year, which effectively increases your points earn rate on all your spend if you keep the card active. The Amplify Rewards variant also two single entry Priority Pass lounge passes, insurances and access to Visa Luxury Hotels booking service.

Card Details

CardSt.George Amplify Signature Visa - Amplify Rewards
Loyalty programAmplify Rewards
Points earned from spend1.5 Amplify points per $ spend
Plus 10% points bonus for your birthday
Points capNone
Travel benefits2 x Priority Pass invitations
Access to the Visa Luxury Hotels program
Included insurancesAmplify Signature Travel Service, international travel insurance, purchase security insurance, extended warranty cover plus more (PDS)
Overseas transaction fee3% of the converted amount
Annual card fee$179 for the first year, $279 p.a. ongoing

Effective Frequent Flyer Program Point Earn Rates

Frequent Flyer ProgramEffective earn rate
Velocity Points0.75 point / $
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles0.75 mile / $
Malaysia Airlines Enrich Miles0.75 mile / $
* Qantas Points are only earned if selected upon receiving the card

Amplify Rewards vs Qantas Points

The St.George Amplify Signature Visa also has a Qantas Rewards variant that earns 0.75 Qantas Points per $ on spend. Otherwise, earn rate is 1.5 Amplify Rewards Points per dollar on eligible purchases on the Amplify Rewards variant.

We cover the details of the Amplify Rewards and its frequent flyer transfer partners in a separate guide.

The Birthday Bonus

Both variants of the Amplify Signature Visa comes with a unique benefit of a 10% bonus on all points earned from spend over the previous 12 months (excluding any bonus points) on your birthday each year.

Lounge access

You’re also offered two complimentary single-entry lounge passes each year and for the Amplify Rewards variant, you’ll receive a taste of Priority Pass membership.

Other benefits

The Amplify Signature Visa comes with access to the Visa Luxury Hotels program, which offers:

  • Best available rate guarantee
  • Automatic room upgrade upon arrival (when available)
  • 3pm check-out (when available) at over 900 luxury hotels
  • Free in-room Internet
  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • VIP Guest status
  • US$25 food or beverage voucher

You can check out the available deals at participating hotels at visaluxuryhotels.com—the program may be of use to you, or it may not, depending on the hotel you’re looking into.

You’ll also get access to the Amplify Signature Travel Service, which is a dedicated phone service with Travel consultants available to cardholders, with access to some specific packages. Worth looking it if you’re likely to use it.

And finally, there’s also a range of included insurances:

  • Complimentary Overseas Travel insurance for up to six months
  • Complimentary Purchase Cover for up to four months
  • Extended Warranty Cover for up to twelve months
  • Transit Accident insurance
  • Certain medical and hospital expenses overseas—unlimited cover (except emergency dental and bed care patient allowance)
  • Unexpected cancellation of your travel arrangements and associated expenses—unlimited cover (maximum of AUD $10,000 for a family)
  • Up to $500 per person for travel delays
  • Up to $550 per person for loss or damage to travel documents
  • Up to $20,000 per person for accidental loss or damage to eligible personal property
  • Up to $5,500 of excess cover for loss or damage of a rental vehicle

As I always say with credit card insurances, only you can decide if they offer value for your circumstances, so make sure you read the PDS for them to decide if they meet your needs. Read the full PDS here for St.George.

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.

Summing up

The St.George Amplify Signature – Amplify Rewards variant could be a useful card for those who are looking for a non-Amex card with decent points earn and flexibility in how you use them.

Bonus offers on this card can be hit and miss but when they are good like this offer now, the card is well worth considering. The travel and lounge access perks are also handy extra benefits.

Up to 200,000 Amplify Rewards points plus reduced first-year annual fee with the St.George Amplify Signature Visa was last modified: March 7th, 2019 by Daniel Sciberras

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  1. Dr George

    Just checking. Council and Water authority bills will accrue points (as long as not paid via bpay) but do they count towards the bonus points?
    Thanks for your help.

    • Daniel Sciberras Author

      Hi Dr George

      Yes, generally points that normally accrue will also accrue for bonus points qualification purposes.

  2. amy grant

    I can only seem to see a reduced fee of $179 rather than green the first year for the st George amplify. Is this right?

  3. Tingka

    Hi Daniel,
    I only just saw this article today and tried to apply it but the website is already closed.
    Is there any chance I can apply through point hack again with this amazing deal, thanks!

  4. SC

    A little bit underhanded to tout 2 different timelines in the title benefits.

    200,000 points over 2 years but only 1 year fee free…

    • Daniel Sciberras Author

      Hi SC

      It’s a shame you had to use a negative word such as ‘underhanded’ to ask your question. Point Hacks writers go out of their way to ensure that all information provided on this site is accurate and reflects the details of an offer, and this article is no exception.

      We specifically chose to use the words ‘up to’ 200,000 points as the bonus points are accrued over 2 years, which is clearly reflected in the article. The first year annual fee is $0, and the full annual fee of $279 is charged in subsequent years.

  5. Eric

    Note for others interested to apply but wanting to accumulate Qantas Points (instead of Amplify/Velocity):

    My intention was to change from the Amplify program default to Qantas before spending my first $1 on it. But ONLY if this switch doesn’t jeopardise my bonus points (100k + 100k).

    The support team is bit confused and divided on this one at first (I made 3 separate call enquirers). But each time I politely asked that they check with their supervisor and provide a definite response I can contractually rely on (since the T&C were silent on this as far as I could tell).

    They agree in the end that
    1. Any points accumulated on Amplify prior to switch to Qantas is forgone (doesn’t apply to me)

    The bonus is still available on the new program assuming I meet the criteria ($12k in 12 months)

    Happy to hear from anyone with contradicting (or corroborating) advice received. I’m still a bit doubtful if I have mucked up my eligibility to the bonus by adding this layer of complexity :p

  6. Novi

    If I activate my Priority Pass Membership now (Feb) and then cancel my St George Signature card, will I be able to use the complementary Lounge Pass in September?
    Thank you!

    • Daniel Sciberras Author

      Hi Novi

      Your Priority Pass membership will very likely get cancelled upon cancellation of the St George Signature card.

  7. Yasmine

    Another question – this one is more general though – if I actually get this card and I travel during the first 3 months, can I use the complimentary lounge passes? Or do I need to wait until spending $4k for 3 months?

    • Daniel Sciberras Author

      Hi Yasmine

      Yes, you would be able to use your lounge passes when you receive them. The minimum spend requirement relates to getting the bonus points.

  8. Yasmine

    Hi Eric,

    Have you heard back about the $279 fee and whether you still have to pay it if you withdraw your membership prior to 12 months from the date of purchase?

    I have applied for the card and one thing that is VERY obvious is that you need to be a pre-existing St George customer in order to be eligible for this card (this is because my friend and I applied, we are both on the same salary and basically the same overall circumstances but she is not a pre-existing customer and I am).

    I think this is complete BS because the advertisement clearly states that the $0 annual fee for the first year is only available to NEW St George Amplify cardholders…which means alot of completely new St George customers would be expected to apply. The other thing is that because of the attractive QFF bonus points, alot of QFF members would be interested in purchasing this card and being a QFF and having a St George account are certainly not connected!

    Anyway, thanks for the heads up about the exhausting paperwork process to actually get this card if you are even accepted as eligible…

    Hi Jack, what do you mean by Accountants Letters? :S I hope they don’t annoy me too much!

    • jch

      I was surprised to get knocked back as well… Oh well will wait a month and go for the virgin high flyer instead…

    • Eric

      Hi Yasmine and David,
      Sorry I didn’t check back to this page til now. Here are my experiences:

      $279 annual fee. I called up the bank. The helpful guy confirmed the text being standard issue by the bank and was not updated for cards issued through Point Hacks’ $0 first year fee promotion.
      I ran the scenario with him where I terminated the card 11th month in. Again he confirmed I won’t be charged 11/12th of the fee chargeable on the anniversary. I can quit without recourse, so to speak.
      Not true that’s you must be a prior St G customer. I’ve never considered banking with them until now.

  9. Eric

    Hi Dan,
    I went through to apply for the card using your link (thanks!) to take advantage of the $0 first year fee-free promotion.

    My card is now sitting in the branch waiting for collection. Meanwhile, I received the Welcome pack from the bank. There’s a clause in the Credit Account Offer letter under Fees and Charges which is potentially concerning… it reads:

    “Annual card fee
    Initial annual card fee – will be debited 12 months from the date of the statement following the date we debit your first cash advance, credit purchase or balance transfer transaction to the account [fair enough]…

    … Total fees and charges which are DEFINITELY [emphasis mine] payable = $279.00”

    It’s late now but i’ll call them tomorrow to clarify if this means if the card was terminated midway through the first year that i’ll still be liable to pay the prorated amount of that $279.

    I hope this is not the case as I have had only positive experiences with St George. If so, it’s very sneaky how they promoted it to be $0 fee but bites you in the back… I’ll report back but happy to hear your thoughts as well. Cheers.


  10. Mike

    Hi Daniel,
    Im sorry for the confusion, I meant, I am Already a supplementary card holder on my partners St Goerge Amplify Signature Card. I would be applying in my own name and wondered if that would make me ineligible for the bonus offer?

    • Daniel Sciberras Author

      Hi Mike

      No worries, I see what you mean now. Technically you would be a new cardholders as you don’t currently have an account in your name, however the terms and conditions don’t explicitly cover this particular situation and whether you would be required to be removed as a supplementary cardholder from your partner’s account before applying.

      My advice would be to contact St. George and advise them that you wish to apply for this card and get the bonus points and what you would need to do to become eligible for the offer. Specifically, you should ask them 2 questions:

      1. Will I need to be removed as a supplementary cardholder from my partner’s account? and
      2. If so, would I then be considered a ‘new cardholder’ and become eligible for the bonus points?

      I hope this helps. Please get back in touch if you have any any other questions. Thanks!

  11. Mike

    Would l be eligible for this bonus if l am already a supplimentary card holder to my partners account. Is there any min income requirements for this card

    • Daniel Sciberras Author

      Hi Mike

      The terms and conditions are silent on this point, however supplementary cardholders are generally not eligible for bonus points.

      I would recommend calling St. George to confirm this, or alternatively look to apply for this card separately in your own name.

    • Daniel Sciberras Author

      Hi Luciana

      There is no stated income requirement, however as a guide, most banks require around $75,000p.a for their top-tier cards.

  12. I agree with Dr Ev, this car is nightmare, had to go to branch plus had to give my tax returns, accountants letter and heaps of documents. I would never recommend this credit card as they are hopeless in their call centre, rather get AMEX

  13. John

    Are the points awarded each year once the minimum spend is met for to you need to wait until the end of each year until it is credited?

    • Daniel Sciberras Author

      Hi John

      The bonus points will be credited to your points balance within 12 weeks after the eligible spend criteria is met for each year.

  14. Dan K

    Can you please make it clear when you actually receive the points? Is it straight after spending $12,000 in say five months, or after 12 months? Also what about the second 100,000 points? Very vague.

    • Daniel Sciberras Author

      Hi Dan K

      The bonus points will be credited to your points balance within 12 weeks after the eligible spend criteria is met.

    • Daniel Sciberras Author

      Hi Keith C

      This card doesn’t state a minimum income requirement, however as a guide, most banks require around $75,000p.a for their top-tier cards.

      Also be mindful that income is just one criteria that banks use to determine the suitability of the card for your son.

  15. Dr Ev

    Sweet deal!
    Be warned though, you need to jump through a lot of hoops to get this card approved.
    I never had the slightest problem getting approval for a credit card until I applied for the St George Amplify last year.
    Took about 2 months and I had to go into a branch. (I am a medical specialist)
    Good luck!

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