Qantas Frequent Flyer is running an up to 25% bonus on transfers from credit cards that allow manual transfers to Qantas Points.

Note: this excludes most cards except American Express Membership Rewards Ascent Premium and Business Ascent, ANZ Business Rewards and Westpac Altitude Business cards.

Qantas run these promotions every three months or so. The bonus at the bottom tier is average and the higher tier below-average.

These bonuses help to offset some of Qantas’ higher points redemption pricing compared to their competitors like Asia Miles. They’d also be good for transferring over if you have one of the best uses of Qantas Points in mind, such as for Emirates First or Business Class.

Emirates First Class
Emirates First Class

Options for credit cards that transfer points from flexible points programs to Qantas Points are few and far between. Most cards don’t offer this option, locking you into monthly sweeps to Qantas instead of transferring on-demand.

This guide runs through the few cards that do offer this option which is great for additional flexibility when it comes to using your points.

The current bonus offer

  • 15% bonus on transfers up to 500,000 points
  • 25% bonus on transfers over 500,001 points
Qantas transfer bonus Sep 2019

The offer runs until 30 September. Here is the offer page.

Note that:

This offer is not applicable to any card products listed at qantas.com/cards or other credit or charge products where the Card Partner automatically transfers your credit or charge card reward points to Qantas Points on your behalf on a monthly basis.

Bonus points may take up to 15 days after the promotion ends to credit to your account, i.e. late September/first half of October, so keep that in mind if you have a specific redemption to book.

These transfer bonus promotions are targeted (sort of)

The transfer bonus offer is usually targeted to members who have previously made a transfer. Qantas does not tend to publish the deal details online (maybe due to the limited potential uptake for it).

Emails (or snail mail) are usually sent to everyone who is eligible, and members that receive them are usually those who have made a transfer to Qantas Points from their credit card in the past.

Emails usually explicitly state something to this effect:

This offer is available to members who have previously transferred reward points earned on a credit or charge card to Qantas Points and received an email and/or letter with the above offer and should not be shared.

If you are a member of an eligible card/bank rewards program, it might be worth making a small transfer to Qantas outside of a bonus period so you have a greater chance of being included in the next promotion. No guarantees, but it is worth a shot.

Cards that can transfer—not sweep—points to Qantas

Firstly, some definitions—points transfers are initiated by you to the bank, made on-demand, and credit your Qantas account within a couple of days. Cards that offer this are few and far between.

Direct-sweep cards move your points earned each month over to Qantas on a regular basis. This is the case for the majority of Qantas-linked credit cards, but there are a few exceptions.

Otherwise, you are limited to just a few cards on the market now:

Offer history

DatesOffers
September 201915% bonus up to 500,000 points
25% bonus over 500,001 points
April 201915% bonus up to 500,000 points
25% bonus over 500,000 points
40% bonus over 2 million points
January-February 201915% bonus up to 500,000 points
25% bonus over 500,000 points
40% bonus over 2 million points
November 201815% bonus up to 500,000 points
25% bonus over 500,000 points
45% bonus over 2 million points
August 201820% bonus on all transfers
June 201815% bonus up to 350,000 points
25% bonus over 350,000 points
40% bonus over 1.25 million points
March 201815% bonus up to 350,000 points
25% bonus over 350,000 points
40% bonus over 1.25 million points
November 201715% bonus up to 100,000 points
25% bonus over 100,000 points
35% bonus over 1 million points
September 201715% bonus up to 100,000 points
20% bonus over 100,000 points
30% bonus over 1 million points
May-June 201725% bonus up to 1,250,000 points
40% over 1,250,000 points
March 201715% up to 350,000 points
25% over 350,000 points
30% over 1 million points
December 201630% on all transfers
November 201615% up to 350,000 points
25% over 350,000 points
30% over 1 million points
August 201610% up to 100,000 points
15% over 100,000 points
20% over 500,000 points
25% over 1 million points
June 201615% up to 100,000 points
20% over 100,000 points
25% over 500,000 points
30% over 1 million points
March 201615% up to 350,000 points
20% over 350,000
December 201515% up to 350,000 points
20% over 350,000 points
September 201515% up to 300,000 points
20% over 300,000 points
June 201515% up to 300,000 points
20% over 300,000 points
March 201515% on all transfers
August 201415% on all transfers

Summing up: should you take advantage of the transfer bonus?

Each time this comes around it seems to be on a short-term basis, and with little predictability. Either way, it is useful for those who have points balances they can transfer to Qantas but with the limited cards that offer it, that is not going to be too many of us.

The deal is helpful if you have a premium card like the American Express Platinum Charge, and you know you will want to use your point balance for Qantas Frequent Flyer redemptions or upgrades.

However, there are better-value redemptions available from other programs like KrisFlyer and Asia Miles if you are willing to go looking.

Qantas offering 15-25% point transfer bonus this month [targeted] was last modified: September 4th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt