It’s that time of year again where our New Year’s resolutions come to light and the challenge becomes acting on them sooner rather than later – and if your resolution was to earn more frequent flyer points than you did last year, you’re in for pole position start.

That’s because several credit card issuers are ringing in the New Year in promising piles of Qantas frequent flyer points to new customers, with as many as 100,000 points to be had from a single application.

As it happens, the same cards with these great bonus deals also serve up some of Australia’s highest earning rates on your everyday transactions even after that initial boost to your balance has come and gone, so if one of these cards suits your particular needs, there’s no better time than January to apply.

1. American Express Platinum Charge Card

Tipping the scales this summer is the American Express Platinum Charge Card and its enticing offer of 100,000 Membership Rewards points, which can become 100,000 Qantas Points when converted across to Qantas Frequent Flyer.

You’ll need to apply by February 2 2016, pay an annual fee of $1,200 and spend a further $1,000 on purchases in the first two months – on which you’ll also earn three points per dollar at Australian restaurants and two points per dollar when travelling abroad or shopping online at a foreign store.

Added to that, two points per dollar spent with airlines, hotels, cruise lines, tour companies and travel agents in Australia, half a point per dollar with government bodies, most insurance companies and utilities, and one point per dollar everywhere else.

2. American Express Qantas Premium Card

Also from American Express this month is the Qantas Premium Card, promising a generous yet precise 82,500 Qantas Points against a $249 annual fee for new applicants until February 29 2016.

The bulk of that bonus comes after spending at least $3,000 on the card in the first three months (excluding the annual fee), with the final 2,500 Qantas Points offered after using the card with Qantas – such as to book a flight or when paying for your Qantas Club membership.

On top, you’ll also earn two Qantas Points per dollar spent with Qantas and at major supermarkets and petrol stations in Australia, half a point per dollar with utilities, most insurance providers and government bodies and one point per dollar elsewhere.

3. ANZ Qantas Frequent Flyer Black credit cards

ANZ joins the ranks with its dressed-to-impress Qantas Frequent Flyer Black American Express + Visa duo, delivering 75,000 Qantas Points to new customers who make an eligible purchase within the first three months.

For that you'll pay an annual fee of $425, but can earn a generous 1.5 Qantas Points per dollar spent anywhere American Express is accepted.

Your ‘backup’ Visa also churns out 0.75 Qantas Points per dollar everywhere else including at Aldi, Ikea and Thai Airways’ Australian website where you can’t use AMEX.

4. Citi Prestige Visa Infinite credit card

Despite Citibank’s recent credit card overhaul, spenders seeking Qantas frequent flyer points via the bank’s high-end Citi Prestige Visa Infinite credit card come off relatively unscathed in the changes and can even pocket an easy 70,000 Qantas Points with a new card.

Simply apply by April 29 2016, pay a total annual fee of $749 and use your card to make at least one purchase in the first three months and those bonus points are yours to keep.

What’s more, you can continue to rake in one Qantas Point for every dollar spent both at home and abroad with no limit to the number of points you can earn every month.

5. NAB Qantas Rewards Premium credit cards

Fifth but certainly not forgotten is the NAB Qantas Rewards Premium combo offering an American Express and a Visa on a single account for both maximum points and maximum acceptance and a cool 60,000 Qantas Points on the side.

You’ll get those by applying on or before February 14 2016, paying an annual fee of $250 and charging at least $1,500 of regular purchases to the card within the first 90 days, naturally excluding the amount spent on the annual fee.

As time goes by you’ll continue to pull in 1.5 Qantas Points per dollar via the AMEX, 0.5 Qantas Points per dollar on the Visa and one bonus Qantas Point per dollar on either card when spending with Qantas – so whip out your AMEX to watch your points balance fly.

Also read: The five best credit cards for free airport lounge access

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Chris Chamberlin

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Australian Business Traveller journalist Chris Chamberlin 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!

1 Comment

  • livejon


    16 Jan, 2016 01:18 am

    Does anybody happen to know if the AMEX Premium (80k point sign up) card considers someone an existing customer (and therefore ineligible for the bonus) if they have an amex card with their existing bank card (such as a westpac or ANZ Visa/Amex combo?). The T&Cs say:

    "The 80,000 bonus Qantas Points offer on the Qantas American Express Premium Card is only available to new American Express Card Members who apply online by 29 February 2016, are approved and meet the required eligible Card spend criteria. Card Members who currently hold or who have previously held any other Card product offered by American Express Australia Limited in the preceding 12 month period are ineligible for this offer."

    So the question is: does any amex count? Or only AMEX issued by AMEX Aus Ltd (and therefore your ANZ or Westpac AMEX is excluded)?

    It would be a pity to pay a $250 annual fee only to be deemed ineligible. 

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