• Commonwealth Bank Awards adds 10 new airline, hotel points partners

    IN BRIEF | Commonwealth Bank Awards credit card points can now be converted into frequent flyer points with 9 new airline partners – spanning Oneworld, Star Alliance, SkyTeam and beyond – and into hotel loyalty points with InterContinental as well. Among the newly-added options are d...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2018 5 Comments

  • Commonwealth Bank axes American Express credit cards

    EXCLUSIVE | The Commonwealth Bank will stop issuing new American Express credit cards later this year and will cancel all existing CBA American Express cards in Australia before year's end. All current customers will find their CommBank Awards American Express cards disabled from November 1 2018...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2018 25 Comments

  • Have a Commonwealth Bank credit card? It’s time to cancel it NOW!

    The Commonwealth Bank may be Australia’s largest credit card issuer, but its range of frequent flyer credit cards are far from the best: in fact, under recent changes made by the bank, CBA’s cards are now among the worst in the country for earning frequent flyer points on your everyda...

    POSTED 16 Aug, 2017 34 Comments

  • Australia's 'Big Four' banks slash frequent flyer points

    ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac have all rolled out sweeping cuts to credit card frequent flyer points. The reductions affect almost every cardholder, with some cards soon to earn up to 85% fewer points per dollar spent than they do today. The changes come in response to the R...

    POSTED 5 May, 2017 10 Comments

  • Commonwealth Bank retains AMEX cards, slashes credit card points

    The Commonwealth Bank will continue to issue American Express credit cards in light of the RBA’s reforms of credit card ‘interchange fees’, but will significantly cut the number of frequent flyer points that can be earned per dollar spent from July. Notably, cardholders will so...

    POSTED 1 May, 2017 3 Comments

  • Top five credit cards for earning points on tax payments in 2017

    Nobody likes paying tax, but using the right credit card to pay your dues – including income tax obligations and HECS debt repayments – could deliver you a bounty of Qantas or Virgin Australia frequent flyer points. Savvy business owners can use their business or corporate credit car...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2017 9 Comments

  • Black credit cards are the plastic that's packed with perks

    Platinum credit cards? They're old school – and black is the new cool. Earn more frequent flyer points on every dollar spent, and in many cases without an artificial limit on how many points you can earn each month. Enjoy free entry into airport lounges around the world, and free room upg...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2016 7 Comments

  • How to convert Commonwealth Awards points into Velocity points

    Converting your Commonwealth Awards points into Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points is one of the best things you can do with your CBA balance. It’s a simple task: just login to NetBank, click the ‘Awards’ icon next to your points-earning credit card, select ‘...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2016 3 Comments

  • How to turn your credit card points into frequent flyer points

    Most Australian credit cards allow customers to earn frequent flyer points with Qantas, Virgin Australia and other airlines – and in many cases, the equivalent loyalty programs of hotel chains such as Hilton and Starwood. But often, you'll start by picking up 'reward points' in the card's ...

    POSTED 12 Aug, 2016 7 Comments

  • May's top Virgin Australia Velocity credit card sign-up deals

    If your current credit card doesn't meet your needs, consider one of these offers which could be a better-fit and could also lend your Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer points balance a helping hand. That's because a number of banks offer impressive bundles of bonus points to new credit c...

    POSTED 24 May, 2016 1 Comment

  • Best Virgin Australia credit card deals: pocket up to 237,500 Velocity points

    Using credit cards wisely is a great way to earn frequent flyer points on money you're already spending, and some cards also deliver hefty offers of bonus Virgin Australia Velocity points in exchange for switching banks or for signing up for your first-ever card. Among them: American Express Aus...

    POSTED 29 Apr, 2016 2 Comments

  • Fast-track to SPG Gold status with these five credit cards

    Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status usually comes as your reward for spending 25 nights or making 10 stays each year at hotels like Westin, St. Regis, Sheraton and W, but there’s a sneaky way to fast-track to Gold after spending just one night at a Starwood hotel. That’s thanks to a...

    POSTED 17 Feb, 2016 13 Comments

  • The week's top news for frequent flyers

    Travellers seeking Virgin Australia Velocity points from their credit card spend are in luck this month with a 15% transfer bonus on offer throughout November, while HSBC is delivering a bonus of its own to the tune of 25% on all spend until December 31 2015. Also in this week’s wrap, Citi...

    POSTED 6 Nov, 2015 0 Comments

  • Commonwealth Bank axes Awards points on credit card tax payments

    Commonwealth Bank is the latest financial institution to halt the earning of frequent flyer points when using your credit card to pay the Australian Taxation Office, with the well drying up from November 2 2015. Affecting CBA’s line of personal credit cards – including standard, Gold...

    POSTED 11 Sep, 2015 6 Comments

  • This week's wrap for Qantas, Oneworld, Star Alliance frequent flyers

    Want to fly from Australia to Bangkok in Thai Airways' first class cabin for $1,400? How about business class to Singapore with Singapore Airlines for around $1,000, or Sydney to New York in business class for less than $2,500? Those are some of the amazing deals you can line up courtesy of ...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2015 0 Comments

  • Commonwealth Bank shakes up free credit card travel insurance

    The Commonwealth Bank is tweaking the complimentary international travel insurance offered with its range of Gold, Platinum and Diamond Awards credit cards from July 1 2015 to become more ‘frequent flyer friendly’ across the board. For starters, cardholders will no longer need to pre...

    POSTED 11 Jun, 2015 7 Comments

  • Pick up 40,000 Qantas Points with Commonwealth Bank credit cards

    An easy 40,000 Qantas frequent flyer points are up for grabs when applying for the Commonwealth Bank Platinum Awards credit cards. As an added bonus, the normal $249 annual fee is waived in the first year – but you'll still be charged the bank's annual $10 fee in order to earn Qantas Point...

    POSTED 12 May, 2015 7 Comments

  • Maximise your points in the Commonwealth Awards credit card program

    Whether you’re chasing frequent flyer points with Qantas or Virgin Australia, the Commonwealth Bank Awards program gives you the flexibility to earn with either airline without having to switch credit cards if your preferences change. CBA customers can swipe their Awards credit cards to ea...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2015 1 Comment

  • This week's wrap for frequent flyers

    Jetting to Los Angeles or Abu Dhabi in Virgin Australia business class? Under a triple points promotion, Velocity Platinum members would earn enough points on the round-trip for another trek there in premium economy! Or if you’re working your way up the frequent flyer ladder, we’ll g...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2014 1 Comment

  • Earn double Qantas, Velocity points: Commonwealth Bank credit cards

    By whipping out your Commonwealth Bank Awards MasterCard over the coming months you could earn double Qantas or Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points on your everyday spend. Just use your Awards MasterCard between December 1 2014 and February 1 2015 and give CBA’s new ‘Lock...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2014 3 Comments

  • The best of black: the top frequent flyer credit cards

    Aiming squarely at the premium credit card market, the Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and ANZ have all added black credit cards to their roster of plastic. No doubt inspired by the exclusive, titanium-made American Express Centurion charge card, these bank-issued cards are at the top of the pile. B...

    POSTED 5 Aug, 2014 11 Comments

  • This week's frequent flyer points roundup

    It’s a points bonanza this week with cheap Qantas Points up for grabs, which you can then swap for upgrades to business class from Sydney to Melbourne for only $22.50, or from Sydney to Hong Kong or Singapore for just $140. Also in today’s wrap: how to earn triple Le Club Accorhotels...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2014 3 Comments

  • Commonwealth Bank slashes frequent flyer points on credit cards

    The Commonwealth Bank is set to slash the rate at which the bank’s American Express, MasterCard and Visa credit card holders earn Qantas and Virgin Australia frequent flyer points. The as-yet-unannounced changes to the per-dollar earning for CBA’s family of Commonwealth Awards cards ...

    POSTED 10 Sep, 2013 21 Comments

  • Reviews & compared: the best travel money cards in Australia

    Travellers are increasingly warming to prepaid travel money cards as the next best thing to carrying cash. Travel money cards such as the well-known Travelex Cash Passport and the relatively new American Express Global Travel Card combine the convenience of credit cards with the simplicity ...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2012 23 Comments

  • Best and worst credit cards for travel insurance: what's covered?

    Credit card travel insurance: the devil's in the detail Is free travel insurance with credit cards as good as independent policies -- and how do different cards' coverage stack up against each other's? We've spent a solid week reading the travel insurance policies provided by banks and credit c...

    POSTED 30 Oct, 2011 22 Comments

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