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

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

Tempting travellers with almost 1.1 million Qantas Points on the table with as many as 120,000 bonus Qantas Points up for grabs from a single card application, this month's Qantas-centric credit card offers are some of the most rewarding we've seen in a while, delivering solid stacks of bonus points for those hunting for a new piece of plastic (or metal).

Without further delay, here are August 2018's top Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card sign-up deals, covering offers from American Express, ANZ, Bank of Melbourne, BankSA, Citibank, NAB, Qantas Money, St. George and Westpac.

1. Westpac Altitude Black cards, AMEX Platinum Card, AMEX Platinum Business Card

Topping the ranks this August, the American Express Westpac Altitude Black bundle, the American Express Platinum Charge Card and the AMEX Platinum Business Card, each with up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points on offer.

Westpac splits that offer into two chunks, beginning with 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply by November 27 2018 and spend $3,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days of card approval using the Altitude Black Mastercard (issued and serviced by Westpac).

That's joined by 40,000 bonus Qantas Points when spending a separate $3,000 on eligible purchases within the same 90-day period using the American Express Westpac Altitude Black Card (issued and serviced by American Express), on which you can also earn 1.25 Qantas Points per $1 spent on most everyday purchases in Australia.

Business owners with the American Express Platinum Business Card could instead net 120,000 bonus points in the Membership Rewards Ascent Premium scheme when applying by August 29 2018 and spending at least $5,000 on purchases in the first two months, with those points converting into Qantas Points at a 1:1 rate.

The card carries a $1,750 annual fee, but up to 99 additional cardholders can be attached to the account at no extra cost, with your business also earning up to two frequent flyer points per dollar spent on many everyday expenses like travel, business lunches, advertising and computer equipment purchases.

For personal applicants, the AMEX Platinum Charge Card clocks in at $1,450 with a similar offer of 120,000 bonus Ascent Premium points when you apply by August 30 2018, but delivered in three chunks: as 40,000 bonus points in each of the first three months where you've spent at least $1,500 on the card that month.

2. NAB Qantas Business Signature Visa

Next up, the NAB Qantas Business Signature Visa credit card, with 100,000 Qantas Points.

This one's exclusively for business owners, who apply by October 7 2018 and spend $5,000 on everyday business purchases within 60 days of account opening, unlocking those bonus points, with the card carrying a $295 annual fee.

3. St. George Amplify Signature Visa, NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card

Offering 90,000 bonus Qantas Points this month: the St. George Amplify Signature Visa with a reduced annual fee of $179 in the first year ($279 thereafter), and the personal, $395/year NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card.

With St. George, you'd need to apply by October 2 2018, select 'Amplify Qantas' as your loyalty option and spend $4,000 on purchases within 90 days of card approval, while also earning 0.75 Qantas Points per $1 spent on everyday purchases, plus a 10% 'birthday bonus' awarded in the month of your special day, taking that to 0.825 Qantas Points per $1 spent.

Read: How St. George's annual 'birthday bonus' boosts your points by 10%

(You'll also find this points offer on the near-identical Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature Visa and the BankSA Amplify Signature Visa credit cards – which, like St. George, are backed by Westpac Group, although there's no fee reduction in the first year with Bank of Melbourne or BankSA.)

NAB's offer instead requires new cardholders to spend $4,000 on everyday purchases within 60 days of account opening, with an annual fee of $395 and an earn rate of one Qantas Point per $1 spent up to $5,000 per month, and 0.5/$1 on monthly spends of $5,001-$20,000.

4. Qantas Premier Platinum credit card

With the promise of 80,000 Qantas Points, Qantas Money’s Premier Platinum Mastercard.

This is another offer served in pieces: first with 40,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply by August 31 2018, pay a $299 annual fee and spend $3,500 on purchases within the first month (on top of that annual fee), joined by an additional 40,000 bonus Qantas Points in the second month after charging a further $3,500 of expenses.

Cardholders can also earn 1.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent on foreign currency transactions and up to one Qantas Point per $1 spent in Australia.

5. ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Visa, Westpac Altitude Platinum

Rounding out this month's rankings with offers of up to 75,000 bonus Qantas Points, ANZ's Frequent Flyer Black Visa, and the American Express Westpac Altitude Platinum Bundle.

Apply for ANZ and you could earn that bonus – plus $200 back on your statement (reducing the $425 annual fee to $225 in the first year) – after your first eligible purchase within the first three months, along with one Qantas Point per $1 spent up to $7,500 per monthly statement period (0.5/$1 thereafter).

Over at Westpac, its Platinum-grade deal mirrors the Altitude Black combo by splitting your bonus points into two chunks: firstly, with 60,000 bonus points for new customers who apply for the Altitude Platinum card combo by November 27 2018 and spend $3,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days of card approval using the Altitude Platinum Visa (issued and serviced by Westpac).

Separately, you could also earn 15,000 bonus Qantas Points after spending $3,000 on eligible purchases within 90 days of card approval using the using the AMEX Westpac Altitude Platinum Card (issued and serviced by American Express), for a grand total of up to 75,000 bonus Qantas Points.

There's a $50/year Qantas Rewards Fee you'll need to pay as well, although the usual $150 annual fee on the Altitude Platinum Visa and the separate $49 annual fee on the Altitude Platinum AMEX are currently waived in the first year, cutting the usual yearly cost of $249 down to just $50.

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 (after your first spend within 90 days from card approval); 65,000 Qantas Points + $150 back on your statement via the ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum Visa (after your first eligible purchase in the first three months), and 55,000 Qantas Points on the Qantas AMEX Ultimate Card (spend $3,000 within the first three months).

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!
 

2 comments

  • Ladtsmt

    Ladtsmt

    12 Aug, 2018 11:28 pm

    Where's the information about the cost of the "reward system" over and above the yearly fee? It's hiding in the small print.
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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    13 Aug, 2018 09:21 am

    Hi Ladtsmt, is your question regarding one card or bank in particular? The Qantas Frequent Flyer program has no ongoing membership fees, and the only bank above to charge more when earning Qantas Points (compared to points with other partners) is Westpac. ANZ's "total annual fee" includes both the card fee and an ANZ-imposed rewards fee, but the cost is quoted in full, so there's nothing more for a primary cardholder to pay.

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