ANZ's Frequent Flyer Black Visa credit card allows you to earn up to one Qantas Point per dollar spent up to $7,500 per monthly statement period (halved thereafter), and can be used either as your sole points-earning plastic or in tandem with a higher-earning American Express card to maximise your points.
But ANZ's top-of-the-line Qantas card offers more than just points: there are also more travel perks than you could poke a stick at, including lounge access with Qantas and the independent Velocé scheme, a substantial discount on ongoing Qantas Club membership, and of course, free international travel insurance.
Closer to home, ANZ's optional eDine program unlocks discounts of up to 50% at hotels and 20% at restaurants to keep you covered, and with an offer of 120,000 bonus Qantas Points and $150 back on your card (when you apply by March 31 2019 and spend $7,500 on eligible purchases in the first three months), you'll be able to fly there in style, and save on annual fees in the first year.
Plus, you get grab 75 bonus Qantas Status Credits when you apply by the same date and then book and travel on two new Qantas flights by June 30 2019, which could help you move up to the next frequent flyer tier or cement your current status for another year, depending on how many other Status Credits you've earned.
Rounding out the key list of features and perks is support for Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay, allowing you to purchase goods and services in-person without presenting your physical card at any business that accepts contactless payments via their EFTPOS terminal.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black credit card: fast facts
- Grade/tier: Black
- Card type: Visa
- Loyalty program: Qantas Frequent Flyer (direct earn)
- Qantas Points earned per dollar: 1 Qantas Point up to $7,500 per statement period, 0.5 Qantas Points thereafter (excludes ATO)
- Points capping: Tiered earning rates apply as above, but points earning is without limit
- Mobile wallets: Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay, Garmin Pay
Fees, charges and interest: 3/5
- Total annual fee: $425 (with a net cost of $275 in the first year via the $150 statement credit)
- Additional/supplementary cardholder fee: $65 with rewards
- Interest rate on purchases: 19.99% p.a.
- Interest-free days on purchases: Up to 55
- Interest rate on cash advances: 21.49% p.a.
- International transaction fee: 3.0%
- Minimum income requirement: $75,000 p.a.
- Minimum credit limit: $15,000
Earning points for free flights: 4.5/5
Apply by March 31 2019, be approved and you can earn 120,000 bonus Qantas Points plus $150 back on your card after spending $7,500 on eligible purchases in the first three months. On the points front, that's enough for a return Qantas business class flight from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Singapore or Hong Kong, plus a payment on the side to cover taxes, fees and other charges when booking.
There's also an offer of 75 bonus Qantas Status Credits when you apply by the same date and then book and travel on two new Qantas flights by June 30 2019.
You don't need to choose which offer to take, either: you can simply have them all!
As you continue to use the card, you'll also be earning Qantas Points at one of the highest rates in Australia for Visa spend, keeping your Qantas Frequent Flyer balance topped up.
Airport lounge access: 3.5/5
Every year, cardholders can request two complimentary Qantas Club lounge passes – valid in domestic Qantas Club lounges and the airline's own international business class lounges, except for Los Angeles and the Qantas Transit Lounge in Perth.
For more frequent travellers, Qantas Club membership can also be purchased via ANZ at a $497 discount in the first year over the full 'individual' price, while unlimited access to a range of independent airport lounges is also provided through automatic membership in the Velocé international lounge scheme.
Not to be confused with Virgin Australia Velocity, Velocé is an independent lounge network with locations around the world: but once you have your ANZ credit card, do sign up for an online account with Velocé to stay abreast of your lounge options, because participating lounges do change from time to time.
Free international travel insurance: 5/5
Charge just $250 of your international flight, accommodation or other associated travel costs to your ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Visa and ANZ's free travel insurance may provide cover on trips of up to six months.
Interstate flight inconvenience insurance and rental car excess cover are also available, as is extended warranty cover, 90-day purchase security insurance, and access to a telephone concierge service to help with your travel bookings and special arrangements.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Visa credit card: the verdict
With the annual fee partially offset in the first year, substantial discounts on Qantas Club membership and unlimited lounge access via Velocé, the ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Visa credit card can easily save you money: all while earning a high number of frequent flyer points on your everyday spends.
The only major downside is the high minimum credit limit of $15,000 compared to many Platinum-grade cards which usually begin at $6,000, which some people may find harder to qualify for if they already have several cards to their name.
Advanced frequent flyer users could also consider coupling the ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Visa with a separate, high-earning American Express card (such as the AMEX Qantas Ultimate Card) to earn the most points where AMEX is accepted, and a respectable number of points where it's not, courtesy of ANZ.