Qantas to launch own-brand Platinum credit card next week

Qantas to launch own-brand Platinum credit card next week

Qantas will launch its own-brand credit card next Monday, June 5, as the airline seeks to become a power player in the Australian financial services industry.

It's estimated that 35% of all credit card spending in Australia is already done using a co-branded Qantas credit card under a partnership with banks, American Express and retailers such as Woolworths and David Jones.

But the new Platinum-grade MasterCard will carry only the Qantas brand and give the airline a larger slice of those plastic-generated profits.

The launch comes as Qantas celebrates the 30th anniversary of its frequent flyer program, which is now closing in on 12 million members across half of all Australian households and which the airline describes as a 'lifestyle brand' as much as a loyalty program.

Qantas has already teased card perks such as a high earning rate for frequent flyer points, 'exclusive travel benefits' such as special deals on Qantas airfares and lounge access, and the curiously-worded 'uncapped earning potential'.

So, in the lead-up to Monday's launch, we're asking Australian Business Traveller readers for some of the specific details you'd like to know about the new Qantas premium credit card.

Leave your questions and queries as a comment below and we'll do our best to put these to the representatives of Qantas Loyalty and card issuing partner Citi during the media briefing. 

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.


  • ajd


    30 May, 2017 01:03 pm

    * Will there be status credit benefits?
    * Will there be any travel benefits for non-Qantas services e.g. accommodation?
    * What's the future of Qantas Cash?
    * Will the card be usable as a replacement for the QFF card in airport checkin?
    Members who gave thanks

    fxdxdy, flyer72

  • fxdxdy


    30 May, 2017 01:18 pm

    Will it work with ApplePay and AndroidPay?
    Will it have the same security features like CBA cards have such as transaction lock/international transaction lock/online transaction lock?
    What are all the fees (not just the sign up fee)?
    Additional card holders?
    Will there be one for businesses later on?

    No member give thanks

  • Victor Perez


    31 May, 2017 11:59 am

    Qantas should really come out swinging and support both Apple and Android pay, the former being a further slap to the big banks. 
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  • Chris Ricks

    The Evil Muppet

    31 May, 2017 12:19 pm

    And pay Apple a percentage of every transaction in the process for adding zero value to the payment process?

    Android Pay and Samsung Pay do not require any sharing of the MSF, which is why they enjoy support from issuers that Apple Pay does not here in Australia.
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  • Victor Perez


    1 Jun, 2017 11:08 am

    This argument is tired and given that major banks in the other major Western countries have gotten on board it's time to let it go. Also, the banks do not pay Apple a percentage rather the company obtains a cut of the fee that merchants pay, and by merchants I mean consumers in some instances. 
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  • liamb


    30 May, 2017 01:23 pm

    1. Will there be any international transaction fees?
    2. If you're a Gold or above how will the already included lounge benefit be compensated?  Ie. You won't want to pay a large annual fee for lounge membership when you already have it. 
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  • Stuart Jackson

    Stuart Jackson

    30 May, 2017 01:26 pm

    -Will it have 1$ for 1 point earn rate
    -Will it be totally uncapped points earn
    -Will it have fee free international transactions 

    No member give thanks

  • Reg Davies

    Reg Davies

    30 May, 2017 02:01 pm

    It appears all QF are doing is watering down the existing benefits of the loyalty program
    No member give thanks

  • fftraveltimes


    30 May, 2017 02:21 pm

    Generous sign up points bonus (ie. 100000 QF points) plus no annual/ reduced annual fee the first year.
    Member who gave thanks


  • fresh  thoughts


    30 May, 2017 02:29 pm

    uncapped points earning 
    minimum of $1 to 1 point earn ratio
    don't care about sign up bonus or benefits 

    would be a very cool perk if it offered the ability to get status credits of reward seats, even for a cash price
    No member give thanks

  • Himeno


    30 May, 2017 02:51 pm

    How much does it cost?
    What would any online banking type interface be like?
    No member give thanks

  • Peter Gibbs


    30 May, 2017 03:05 pm

    Will it have lounge access?
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    30 May, 2017 04:09 pm

    What steps are QF taking to ensure those who switch to their card they won't see reduced benefits over time, something they are very good at. 
    Member who gave thanks


  • NBShone


    30 May, 2017 04:15 pm

    It would be nice to earn status credits instead of points. 
    No member give thanks

  • pdragh


    30 May, 2017 04:16 pm

    Earn rate at the ATO and other government agencies ?
    No member give thanks

  • wdeguara


    30 May, 2017 04:23 pm

    - Is there an interest free period (for repayments) ?

    Member who gave thanks




    30 May, 2017 05:05 pm

    As it's issued by Citibank how will it be any different than Citi's Emirates card? It's already evident it won't work with Apple Pay for that very reason
    No member give thanks

  • Colin Steven


    30 May, 2017 05:36 pm

    Any plans to allow access via Andriod Pay, Samsung Pay or ApplePay ?
    No member give thanks

  • sdtravel


    30 May, 2017 06:02 pm

    Will this be like the cx elite credit card which waives the annual fee for any status holding members. Ie cx silver and above. It also comes with loinge access go many lounges around the world including australia. Will this new card offer similar benefits
    No member give thanks

  • Deirdre


    31 May, 2017 12:12 pm

    Will we be able to earn points paying bills like ATO activity statements?

    No member give thanks

  • Andrew


    30 May, 2017 07:48 pm

    It may well have Qantas' brand, but I'm betting its simply a white-label Citi product, just like Virgin Money cards are.

    Obviously Qantas can sweeten the deal by providing more points (or a cheaper charge per point for Citi to offer), and could provide lounge access etc etc, but its still Citi customer service sitting behind it. 
    Member who gave thanks


  • Chris McKellar


    31 May, 2017 09:14 am

    Judging from last information in the article, I still think the new Qantas card will be issued in association with Westpac Australia and will have the most of the features of Westpac NZ Airpoints Platinum Mastercard card like travel insurance, discounted Qantas Club membership, earning Qantas FF Points on the $ amount spent, Status credits, etc.

    Westpac has spent alot time in developing the Air NZ Airpoints Mastercard credit/debit card programme. Air NZ is happy with the product that Westpac has given them.
    No member give thanks

  • sdtravel


    31 May, 2017 09:19 am

    This and the other ausbt article mentioned said it would be a Citibank card not westpac. 
    No member give thanks

  • Chris McKellar


    1 Jun, 2017 09:34 am

    I am aware that currently QF uses Citibank as one of its bank  partners  but Westpac could have been in discussions with QF over the QF branded Mastercard card.

    There has been no mentioned that will Citibank will be the QF Mastercard Card bank partner. At the moment, it is only  speculation that Citibank is going the QF Mastercard Card bank partner.  All will be revealed on 5 Jun 17.
    No member give thanks

  • Chris Chamberlin


    1 Jun, 2017 10:11 am

    Krisdude: Qantas has confirmed that Citibank Australia will issue the card and that it will be a Mastercard. This is known as a 'white label' arrangement, similar to how Citi also issues Suncorp, Virgin Money and Bank of Queensland cards.
    No member give thanks

  • melbcollege


    31 May, 2017 10:26 am

    I am so excited about the Qantas Master card. My problem is Citi bank, their service is in Philippines. Staff there has no idea how the credit card works in Australia. Sometimes they mixed up rules for Citi bank US and Citi bank Australia. It was terrible experience, I have to close my card as result. Can Qantas solve this issue?
    No member give thanks

  • draper


    31 May, 2017 10:53 am

    Is Travel Insurance is included and what are the spend requirements / restrictions. 
    Presently use ANZ card and have had no problems with claims.
    No member give thanks

  • Chris


    31 May, 2017 11:29 am

    Assuming the card comes with insurance, does it offer the pretty decent level of travel insurance provided by other platinum credit cards? 
    What other types of insurance is provided? Eg Product protection.
    No member give thanks

  • Chris


    31 May, 2017 11:31 am

    What if any bonus points are provided when the card is used for Qantas flights? Does this bonus extend to other Qantas offerings like health insurance?
    No member give thanks

  • sdtravel


    31 May, 2017 11:31 am

    If i use the card to purchase flights will you waive the credit card fees?
    No member give thanks

  • Chris Ricks

    The Evil Muppet

    31 May, 2017 11:33 am

    Will Qantas be getting access to the details of transactions made using the card? If so, will this data then be fed into the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to provide targeted promotions and advertising?
    No member give thanks

  • LPOS


    31 May, 2017 12:16 pm

    wondering if i'll be able to transfer points across from an existing Westpac altitude black card?  
    No member give thanks

  • Graham BLAMEX


    31 May, 2017 12:31 pm

    offer hotel program status like Velocity  HH Diamond etc
    Spouse / partner tier level 
    Lounge access not applicable for QF PL and Gold
    Offer corporate rates for flights 20% off?
    Needs to be compelling and beat AMEX
    No member give thanks

  • bl812


    31 May, 2017 12:33 pm

    first of all what is sign up bonus ?
    No member give thanks

  • Bavarian


    31 May, 2017 02:38 pm

    Will it be available for non Australian citizien and overseas Platinums?
    No member give thanks

  • Brett Segal


    31 May, 2017 06:16 pm

    - Sign on bonus
    - $1:1 point at least on ALL transactions including insurance premiums and ATO transactions.
    - Extra bonus for QF transactions
    - Associated hotel elite status
    - Free lounge access
    - Waived or reduced annual fee for Gold/Platinum/P1 members
    - No International fees - especially on AUD transactions abroad.
    - Companion Qantas Awards (similar to BA Amex companion certificates)
    - Fare discounts
    - 55 day interest-free period

    No member give thanks

  • T L


    5 Jun, 2017 02:15 pm

    Have they released it yet?
    No member give thanks

  • No member give thanks


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