The best Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card sign-up deals this April

The best Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card sign-up deals this April

Need a boost to your frequent flyer points balance after a nice Easter holiday? Then take a look at this month's top Qantas credit card sign-up offers, which deliver as many as 120,000 bonus Qantas Points from a single card application, with over 1.2 million bonus frequent flyer points on the table overall from these offers alone.

Here's what's currently available to supercharge points from your spending with American Express, ANZ, Bank of Melbourne, BankSA, Citibank, NAB, Qantas Money, St. George and Westpac.

1. Westpac Altitude Black cards, American Express Platinum Business Card

Tying for first place this month is the new Westpac Altitude Black American Express + World Mastercard credit card combo for individuals, and the American Express Platinum Business Card for businesses, each with an offer of 120,000 bonus Qantas Points.

With Westpac, you'll need to apply by June 11 2018, and then the bonus comes in two chunks: firstly, as 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when spending $5,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days of card approval using the Altitude Black Mastercard, plus 40,000 bonus Qantas Points when spending a separate $3,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days of card approval using the Altitude Black American Express card.

All up, that's 120,000 bonus Qantas Points, and when using the AMEX, you can also earn 2.25 Qantas Points per $1 spent direct with Qantas, two Qantas Points per $1 spent abroad, 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent on government payments, and 1.25 Qantas Points per $1 everywhere else. The Mastercard instead has a flat earn rate of 0.75 Qantas Points per $1 spent.

If you're a business owner, the American Express Platinum Business Card is dishing out those bonus points for new AMEX customers who apply by July 2 2018 and charge at least $5,000 of business expenses to the card during the first three months, in addition to paying the card's $1,500 annual fee.

These points will be awarded as 120,000 Membership Rewards Ascent Premium points with American Express, which you can convert to Qantas at a 1:1 rate (120,000 Qantas Points). You can also earn up to two points per dollar spent on a range of categories such as travel expenses, advertising and computer equipment, earning one point per dollar spent on most other charges.

2. AMEX Qantas Business Rewards, NAB Qantas Rewards Signature

Next in line with offers of 100,000 bonus Qantas Points are the AMEX Qantas Business Rewards and NAB Qantas Rewards Visa Signature credit cards.

Another option for business owners is the AMEX Qantas Business Rewards card. Apply by July 2 2018, spend $3,000 on purchases within the first two months and pay an annual fee of $450 to earn that same bonus, plus up to 1.25 Qantas Points per dollar of everyday spend.

Finally, NAB's offer requires you to apply by June 17 2018, pay a $395 annual fee and spend $4,000 on everyday purchases within 60 days of account opening, with a similar deal available via NAB's comparable Qantas Business Signature Card for entrepreneurs, except with a $295 annual fee.

3. St. George Amplify Signature Visa credit card

Another offer comes with the St. George Amplify Signature Visa credit card, tempting with 90,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply by September 26 2018, spend $4,000 on purchases within 90 days of card approval and pay a $279 annual fee, while also earning up to 0.825 Qantas Points per $1 spent.

Just be sure to choose ‘Amplify Qantas’ as your loyalty option if Qantas Points are the goal, which promises 0.75 Qantas Points per $1 spent each month, plus a 10% ‘birthday bonus’ in the month of your birthday on all the points you’ve earned on the card over the past year (except for the sign-up bonus), taking your total haul to 0.825 points per $1.

If you prefer to bank with the Bank of Melbourne or BankSA – which, like St. George, are both part of the Westpac Group – you can avail of the same offer through the Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature Visa and the BankSA Amplify Signature Visacredit cards, which also have the same frequent flyer earning rates and fees

4. American Express Platinum Charge Card

Close behind St. George is AMEX, with 80,000 bonus Qantas Points on the American Express Platinum Charge Card for customers who apply, spend $3,000 on the card within the first three months and pay an annual fee of $1,200.

You'll earn your bounty as 80,000 Ascent Premium points, on-par with 80,000 Qantas Points when transferred at a 2:1 rate.

Spend at most AMEX-accepting restaurants in Australia also attracts the equivalent of three Qantas Points per $1 spent, while payments to airlines and hotels, plus all overseas charges, provide two Qantas Points per dollar spent. Most other purchases award one Qantas Point per dollar spent, except for utility, insurance and government payments, where you'll earn 0.5 points per $1.

5. ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Visa, Qantas Premier Platinum Mastercard, Westpac Altitude Platinum

Closing out the ranks this month, ANZ, Qantas Money and Westpac: all offering 75,000 bonus Qantas Points with a new ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Visa, Qantas Premier Platinum Mastercard or Westpac Altitude Platinum AMEX + Visa card pair.

With ANZ, you'll pay no annual fee in the first year (a $425 saving) when you apply and spend $2,500 on eligible purchases within three months, on which you'll also get one Qantas Point per $1 spent up to $7,500 per month, and 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent thereafter.

Or, the Qantas Premier Platinum card features a reduced annual fee of $149 in the first year ($299 ongoing) for customers who apply by April 30 2018 and spend $3,000 within 90 days of card approval.

Westpac's offer instead provides two chunks of bonus points. First, you'll need to apply for the new Westpac Altitude Platinum AMEX + Visa combo by June 11 2018, and you'll get 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 on eligible purchases using the Altitude Platinum Visa within 90 days of card approval.

Joining that is a further bonus of 15,000 Qantas Points when you spend a separate $3,000 on eligible purchases using the American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum Card within 90 days of card approval, for a grand total of 75,000 Qantas Points.

Some of the other offers on the table this month include 70,000 bonus Qantas Points with Citibank's Citi Qantas Prestige Visa credit card, but as this product requires a minimum income of $150,000/year to apply for a minimum credit limit of $30,000, it's not one for everybody.

Those more accessible include 65,000 Qantas Points on the ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum Visa with no annual fee in the first year (spend $2,500 within the first three months), and 60,000 Qantas Points on the St. George’s Amplify Platinum Visa (spend $3,000 within 90 days of card approval via ‘Amplify Qantas’), among others.

Chris Chamberlin
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!
 

8 comments

  • John Goss

    Travelwell

    6 Apr, 2018 03:23 pm

    Thank You Chris for doing the leg work on these offers. I find it very helpful in determining which card to apply for. Much apprciated
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  • Greg Clarke

    Clarkey

    6 Apr, 2018 03:42 pm

    Thanks Chris. With Qantas Cash ceasing earn on ATO looking for a Mastercard for ATO and Utilities earn.Any of these qualify?
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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    6 Apr, 2018 05:35 pm

    Hi Clarkey, as a media outlet, we can't provide readers with what's considered 'personal financial advice' in response to questions about financial products. We can simply publish factual stories based on public or confirmed information.

    Because of this restriction, I can't suggest you look at any particular product, but can simply elaborate that of the two Mastercards covered in the article above, being the Westpac Altitude Black Mastercard and the Qantas Premier Platinum Mastercard, neither provides points on ATO payments, which each bank outlines on its website.

    That said, you might consider posting your question in AusBT's Community area for some 'peer support' from other readers.

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  • Kevin Jackson

    Kevin Jackson

    7 Apr, 2018 01:45 am

    For the last 10 days, I have tried to sign up to the Qantas/Amex Ultimate card, but am overseas and unable to provide the required documents.
    I have had a Wesrpac/Amex/MC for over 20 years with impeccable payments records.
    My Accountant called and gave verbal details of my financial standing and I called the Help Line, ended up in India.
    They had all the details so far on file and said they considered it all OK. They even had my Accountants name and phone number.
    Then I receive a text message, starting all over again.
    I give up.
    It appears AMEX do not want my business.
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  • hchalmers

    hchalmers

    7 Apr, 2018 08:07 am

    Kevin - similar experience with the qantas AMEX ultimate card - my electronically generatesd payslips didnt meet their requirements - after three tries I just withdrew my application as I can’t believe they can make it so hard . My business can stay where it is ..
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  • Scott Henderson

    scotchnwry

    7 Apr, 2018 07:22 am

    Why no mention of the NAB Qantas rewards Signature card.
    100,000 points sign up bonus after a spend of A$4k in 60 days.
    Better sign up bonus and better points earn than some of the bank issued cards mentioned above.
    No kickback from NAB?
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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    7 Apr, 2018 09:12 am

    Please actually read the article before commenting - you'll find NAB's offer clearly detailed at the #2 rank above.
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  • Elton Edwards

    ERE

    12 Apr, 2018 07:27 pm

    Keen to identify the best deal for ATO payments. Their lowest fees are for MasterCard, so that is a preference. VISA 2nd choice. There are very few options. CBA 0.4 Qantas pts /$ I think. Almost nothing else. Any suggestions?
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12 Dec, 2018 07:52 am

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