Qantas adds status credits earning to AMEX, ANZ credit cards

Qantas adds status credits earning to AMEX, ANZ credit cards

Qantas travellers will now be able to earn status credits alongside frequent flyer points with a swipe of their credit card.

Don't get too excited – it's a once-off promotion and you'll be limited to 75 status credits – but if you're asked to choose between earning zero credits and 75 credits, we think we know the answer. So here's the drill on the new deal.

American Express and ANZ cards only: Qantas 'bonus status credits' offer applies to new applicants for the Qantas American Express Ultimate Card and ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Card.

Note that American Express is simultaneously revamping its Qantas card portfolio – we've got the full breakdown here.

Add 75 status credits to any Qantas flight: once you've been approved for either card, use that plastic to book any Qantas return flight and complete your travel by 30 September, 2017 to score a one-off bonus of 75 status credits on top of what you'd usually earn for that flight.

This includes even the cheapest economy fare on a short trip such as Sydney-Melbourne, which would usually yield just 20 status credits as a return trip.

The flight can be domestic or international, as long as you're flying on Qantas– (no codeshares or partner airlines, or Classic Flight Reward bookings for that matter.

And for those with their eye on Lifetime Silver or Lifetime Gold, it's worth, we've confirmed with Qantas that those 75 status credits also count towards your lifetime balance.

75,000 Qantas Point sign-up bonus: to further sweeten the pot, there's a sign-up bonus of 75,000 Qantas Points on both the Qantas American Express Ultimate Card and ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Card.

The conditions for pocketing those 75,000 points vary somewhat between cards.

For the Qantas American Express Ultimate Card, you have to spend $1,500 on eligible purchases in the first three months of approval.

For the ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Card, you'll need to splash out $2,500 on eligible purchases in the first three months of approval and "not currently hold or have held an ANZ Frequent Flyer card in the preceding 12 months."

Please note the 2017 publication date on this article, as offers mentioned here have now expired.

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

22 comments

  • downdata

    downdata

    7 Mar, 2017 02:25 pm

    75SC is a lot, im about to spend $600 chasing 60SC and thats under a double SC promotion..
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  • AusFlyer

    AusFlyer

    7 Mar, 2017 02:44 pm

    Unfortunately I already have both cards... although I'm about to get rid of the ANZ card because they have ceased their affiliation with Amex.
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  • motef

    motef

    7 Mar, 2017 03:15 pm

    As an existing holder of both these cards this really shits me. Loyalty is just dead. 
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  • Serg

    Serg

    7 Mar, 2017 03:52 pm

    No-one ever think about existing customers. They effectively force you to continuously jump between suppliers and I personally hate this practice.
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  • casanovawa

    casanovawa

    7 Mar, 2017 05:06 pm

    Ye I recently closed a NAB card and when i got a survey asking about how easy it was to close it and would I recommend NAB i put int he comments I was closing it as there were other offers and that banks seem to value gaining new customers to retaining existing ones (which is meant to be cheaper for businesses) but doubt the penny will drop...
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  • mviy

    mviy

    7 Mar, 2017 08:19 pm

    It is a big pain to have to change cards. If ANZ had offered me another 75,000 points if I spent another $1500 within 3 months I probably would have kept their card for that time, maybe even if it was just 40,000 points. Similar for NAB.

    I agree that it would be nice if banks thought more about existing customers.

    Now I need to hope either the bonus counts towards LTSC or that this "one-off" offer gets extended to a point where the extra SC are actually of some use. So rather than encouraging me to get an ANZ card again this encourages me to put off applying one till ~September to see if the offer will be extended.
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  • mviy

    mviy

    7 Mar, 2017 08:50 pm

    Oops I meant another $2,500 as that's the spend for the sign up bonus on the ANZ card.
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  • lazblue

    lazblue

    7 Mar, 2017 05:05 pm

    Totally agree - I hate it when they purely focus on acquisitions and not loyalty/retention - just gives incentive to keep jumping from one card to another.
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  • fftraveltimes

    fftraveltimes

    7 Mar, 2017 03:25 pm

    When is valid from? Now as I only applied recently?
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  • David Flynn

    David

    7 Mar, 2017 03:46 pm

    For American Express, from 2pm today; for ANZ, from tomorrow (March 8).

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  • Dr Al

    Dr Al

    7 Mar, 2017 06:11 pm

    I'm very glad I saw this comment right at the bottom of the thread.  I was about to sign up to the ANZ card, but thought it odd that I couldn't see any mention of status credits on the website.  only to come back here to check through the comments to find for ANZ it doesn't start until tomorrow.  It might be a good idea to put that into the main text of the article David.  Cheers.  I'll certainly sign up for a cheeky 75 SC.  David do you know if they will be like the other purchasable status credits offers and not count toward lifetime SCs?
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  • David Flynn

    David

    7 Mar, 2017 07:01 pm

    We've confirmed with Qantas that those 75SCs do count towards your lifetime balance.

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  • paulbnz

    paulbnz

    7 Mar, 2017 06:41 pm

    Wonder if any ANZ credit cards in NZ will have this? Or will we be the poor cousins again with no Status Points earning potential on our cards?
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  • Matt_01

    Matt_01

    7 Mar, 2017 06:48 pm

    I already hold the AMEX, looking at this offer ongoing earn rate is 1.5 per $1. I currently get an earn rate x3 with QF, 2 at hotels and x2 overseas. As long as they don't alter the existing terms I think I am better with the current card.
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  • Steve987

    Steve987

    7 Mar, 2017 07:38 pm

    This AND the dropping of AMEX - NAB, expect a call soon.
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  • mviy

    mviy

    7 Mar, 2017 08:02 pm

    Does this count towards lifetime status? If not given the timing the 75 SC aren't going to help me.
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  • David Flynn

    David

    8 Mar, 2017 08:54 am

    We've confirmed with Qantas that those 75SCs do count towards your lifetime balance.
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  • Robert Eastman

    eman

    7 Mar, 2017 09:49 pm

    Signed up and approved to QANTAS AMEX Ultimate on Sunday. Does this mean I need to withdraw and re-apply?

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  • TheRealBabushka

    TheRealBabushka

    8 Mar, 2017 04:22 am

    Just a one off? What a gimmick!
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  • jayman5663

    jayman5663

    8 Mar, 2017 11:07 am

    Does anyone know if the 75SC will count towards retaining Platinum One status. The loyalty bonus of 50SC or 8,000 points - the 50SC don't count towards retaining Plat One status - this may be the same.
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  • Dr Al

    Dr Al

    8 Mar, 2017 10:26 pm

    Th T+Cs for the ANZ card say" Bonus Status Credits will not contribute towards attaining or retaining Platinum One or Loyalty Bonus."
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  • Basalt

    Basalt

    24 Mar, 2017 11:43 am

    Since the 75 SCs take up to 10 weeks to post, if they post in the following membership year (i.e.. the qualifying flight was taken near the end of the previous membership year), do you know if the 75 SCs apply to the new membership year or to the previous year in which the flight was taken?
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