December's top Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card sign-up deals

December's top Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card sign-up deals

Christmas may be just around the corner, but there's still time to get yourself a nice present of frequent flyer points via this month's top credit card deals from American Express, ANZ, NAB and Westpac, which put close to half a million Qantas frequent flyer points on the table.

As an added bonus, American Express Australia has recently tweaked its sign-up rules: now, existing AMEX personal credit card customers can collect bonus points with a new AMEX personal charge card, and vice versa.

If you're new to American Express Australia, you can even earn bonus points on both a personal charge card and a personal credit card – including if you already have a bank-issued American Express card from ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB or Westpac.

Whatever the case, if you're in the market for a new credit or charge card, consider treating yourself this December to a haul of frequent flyer points via the deals below.

1. Qantas American Express Ultimate Card

Slip a Qantas American Express Ultimate Card into your wallet this month and you could pocket up to 102,500 Qantas Points if you don't already hold a credit card issued directly by American Express Australia.

Simply apply by January 30 2017 and you'll nab 5,000 bonus Qantas Points with your first purchase, a round of 95,000 Qantas Points after spending at least $1,500 on the card within the first three months and a final 2,500 Qantas Points after your first spend with Qantas.

There's a $450 annual fee to pay as well, but that's partially offset by a free return Qantas domestic flight each year. Plus, you'll also earn three Qantas Points per dollar spent with Qantas and at most Australian restaurants, uncapped.

You can also earn two Qantas Points per dollar on other travel-related spend including with hotels, other airlines and on all overseas charges; 0.5 Qantas Points per dollar with utilities, most insurers and government bodies; and one Qantas Point per dollar everywhere else.

2. American Express Platinum Charge Card

Look to the iconic American Express Platinum Charge Card for a bonus 100,000 Membership Rewards Ascent Premium points, which can be converted into 100,000 Qantas Points at a 1:1 rate.

You'll pay $1,200/year for this card and also need to spend at least $1,500 on other purchases within the first three months to earn those bonus points, but will too enjoy a $300/year Platinum Travel Credit to spend on flights or hotels.

Excluding for the annual fee, every dollar spent on this card also delivers the equivalent of three Qantas Points at most Australian restaurants, two Qantas Points on travel and all overseas spend, 0.5 Qantas Points with utilities, insurers and government departments, and one Qantas Point elsewhere.

3. Westpac Altitude Black American Express, MasterCard credit cards

Another with a six-figure offer this month is Westpac's Altitude Black American Express + MasterCard duo, serving up 100,000 Qantas Points for eligible new customers against an annual fee of $395.

Just note that this isn't Westpac's standard deal of 50,000 bonus Qantas Points – you'll need to search Westpac's website to find and apply for this special 100,000-point offer – but those points can be yours when applying by January 5 2017 and spending at least $5,000 on either card within 90 days of approval.

Choose the 'Altitude Qantas' rewards option and you'll also reel in 1.5 Qantas Points per dollar spent worldwide via the AMEX also when using the Altitude Black MasterCard abroad, or a lower 0.625 Qantas Points per dollar via the MasterCard within Australia.

Two exceptions apply: you'll earn an extra Qantas Point per dollar on spend in Australia with Qantas (that's 2.5 Qantas Points per dollar via the AMEX), although ATO payments earn 0.75 Qantas Points per dollar on the AMEX and no points at all when using the MasterCard.

4. ANZ Qantas Frequent Flyer Black American Express, Visa credit cards

ANZ's Qantas Frequent Flyer Black American Express + Visa combo is dressed to impress with an offer of 75,000 Qantas Points when you spend $2,500 on eligible purchases within the first three months, with no annual fee for the first year (normally $425).

An 'eligible purchase' is normally one that attracts frequent flyer points (such as retail spend) rather than things like cash advances which don't – but you're free to use either card to reach that threshold, or a combination of both.

You'll also earn 1.5 Qantas Points per dollar spent when using the ANZ American Express and 0.75 Qantas Points per dollar spent when using the Visa, uncapped, except on ATO payments where no points are earned.

5. NAB Qantas Rewards Premium credit cards

Over at NAB, applying for a new Qantas Rewards Premium American Express + Visa pairing could also land you a nice 75,000 Qantas Points when applying by January 2 2017.

An annual fee of $250 covers both cards, while spending a further $1,500 on everyday purchases within the first 90 days will unlock that cool serving of bonus points, with that spend again possible on either card or in combination.

Every dollar spent via the AMEX also earns 1.5 Qantas Points per dollar with the Visa churning out a lower 0.5 Qantas Points per dollar, although no points are earned on ATO payments or after spending $25,000 in a single monthly statement period.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin (ChrisCh)

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Chris Chamberlin is a senior journalist with Australian Business Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!


  • Looking


    18 Dec, 2016 11:42 pm

    Is the National 75000 pt promo only available online? I asked in two branches this week (Guyra and Dorrigo) and they had no information on a bonus beyond a 25000 promotion.
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  • Chris Chamberlin


    22 Dec, 2016 03:08 pm

    Hi Looking, it's featured on the NAB website.
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  • Peter Dyer


    22 Dec, 2016 03:57 pm

    The 75,000 bonus points is only available through using referral links on the websites of those that NAB has partnered with to make the offer (e.g. AUSBT). If you sign up without going via the partnered link, the offer is only 25,000 points (down from 50,000).

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  • Chris Chamberlin


    22 Dec, 2016 04:16 pm

    Hi Peter, we have no partnership or affiliation with NAB.

    The 75,000-point offer covered in our article is available on the NAB website and appears on the NAB homepage and credit card landing page from time to time (which is how we discovered it).

    As NAB runs multiple promotions at a time and some offer more points than others, there's an easy way you can find this one: search Google for "Qantas credit card selector", click the first (non-advertisement) result and you'll spot the NAB offer near the top with a (regular) link to the 75k deal. :)

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  • Himeno


    20 Dec, 2016 07:55 pm

    I had an ANZ FF credit account, but closed it a while ago because changes to their online banking system made it impossible to log in.
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24 May, 2018 06:44 am

Receive 55,000 Bonus Qantas Points
The Qantas American Express Ultimate Card

Receive 55,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 on your new Card within the first 3 months. 

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  • Receive 55,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 on your new Card within the first 3 months. This offer is available to new Card Members, as well as Bank-issued American Express companion cardholders
  • $450 Qantas Travel Credit each year. Use your Qantas Travel Credit for eligible international or domestic Qantas flights when you book and pay online at American Express Travel.
  • 2 American Express Airport Lounge entries each calendar year
  • 2 Qantas Club lounge invitations each year
  • Up to 44 Interest-free days and 20.74% p.a. interest rate on purchases
  • 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 American Express will transfer your points straight to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account each month
  • Earn 1.5 Qantas Points 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
  • Receive complimentary Qantas epiQure Premium Membership. This allows you to enjoy gourmet food, exceptional wines and exclusive access to food and wine events around Australia. 

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