The top five Qantas frequent flyer credit card sign-up deals this September

The top five Qantas frequent flyer credit card sign-up deals this September

Spring marks the beginning of many things, but none more than ‘spring cleaning’ – and with an array of generous Qantas frequent flyer credit card sign-up deals on the table, now is a perfect time to spruce up your wallet with a new piece of plastic.

These top five offers promise a total of almost 350,000 frequent flyer points, with as many as 100,000 Qantas Points to be had from a single application.

Of course, we’d not suggest anybody apply for every credit card – as doing so can have unintended effect on your credit report – but if you’ve been hanging out for a great sign-up deal that promises a sizeable chunk of frequent flyer points, here are the top five Qantas deals this September.

1. American Express Platinum Charge card

A whopping 100,000 American Express Membership Rewards points could be yours when opening a new American Express Platinum Charge card account.

Simply apply on the AMEX website by February 2 2016, be approved and spend just $1,000 on your card in the first two months to earn that full chunk of bonus points.

Those translate into 100,000 frequent flyer points with Qantas, but be forewarned: the card carrying a high $1,200 annual fee.

2. ANZ Qantas Frequent Flyer Black, Platinum credit cards

Look to ANZ for 75,000 bonus frequent flyer points on its Black Qantas Frequent Flyer card, or a still-impressive 50,000 frequent flyer points on the Platinum Qantas Frequent Flyer card.

For either the Black or Platinum cards, simply make an eligible purchase within the first three months of being approved and those points are yours.

You'll also pay an annual fee on both card tiers, being $295 on Platinum or $425 on the Black cards.

3. Citi Prestige Visa Infinite credit card

Temping travellers with 70,000 bonus points is the $749/year Citi Prestige Visa Infinite card with Qantas Rewards.

By linking your card to Qantas and paying the extra $49/year charge ($700 + $49), your 70,000 bonus Citibank Rewards points will be swept straight across to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account on a 1:1 basis.

Just apply by December 31 2015 and use your card at least once within the first three months to activate the full bonus – and if you eventually jump to a different frequent flyer program, the card can also earn points or miles with Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines and more.

4. Qantas American Express Ultimate card

American Express' dedicated Qantas frequent flyer cards are also giving away extra points this September with a 50,000-point bonus on the $450/year Qantas Ultimate credit card.

Apply by September 30 2015 on the American Express website and you’ll start with an easy boost of 5,000 bonus points after making your first transaction.

That's followed by an additional 42,500 Qantas frequent flyer points after spending at least $500 on your card in the first three months, and a further 2,500 points after making your first Qantas flight booking on the card, or using the card to pay for your Qantas Club membership.

5. Citibank Qantas Visa Signature credit card

Another entrant from Citibank: this time with a more reasonable $348/year annual fee with the Qantas opt-in and a bonus 50,000 Qantas Points.

As with the Citi Prestige, you'll again have until the end of the year to apply via the Citibank website, with 50,000 Qantas Points awarded alongside your first purchase.

You’ll also have three months to make that payment from the date your account is opened, providing plenty of time to earn easy points.

Also read: Five credit card strategies to maximise your points

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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

  • davar98

    davar98

    16 Sep, 2015 01:01 pm

    Just need to note that the AMEX Platinum offer is only for those who don't already have an AMEX card.

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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    16 Sep, 2015 02:48 pm

    Frequent flyer bonus deals with credit card sign-ups are certainly almost always only for new credit card customers to that particular issuer, not for people transferring between existing products or who take out a second card from the same bank. :)

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  • Looking

    Looking

    17 Sep, 2015 11:55 pm

    Having recently returned home to living in Oz after many years in London (and fee free banking) I find these card fees out of this world.

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  • Nalin Wickramasinghe

    wicks21

    18 Sep, 2015 10:15 am

    There are several others available with $0 ist year fees. NAB for 40k points, Commbank 40k as well as Qantas Credit Union 30k points. HSBC is offering 40k with $195 ist year fees. I've made 130k so far this year at $0 - hoping to collect a further 70k   :-)

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  • elchriss0

    elchriss0

    18 Sep, 2015 10:48 am

    Hi Chris, can you do an article to explain the best way to get VA bonus? I just got ANZ rewards black since I already have the AMEX velocity escape I couldn't apply for for the amex platinum.  Works out at really good earning rates (once converted to Velocity ) of 1 mile per $ on the VISA and 1.5 miles per $ on the AMEX plus 37500 velocity miles bonus with free annual fee for 1st year then $375, which is still not that bad considering the earning rates

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  • Raoul Dunk

    RP Dunk

    18 Sep, 2015 12:28 pm

    You really need to watch the T&Cs with how you earn FF points.

    When I got my most recent My NAB Qantas Platinum Statement, the FF points awarded were far less than I had calculated.  Seems they had changed the T&Cs in May and now awarded zero FF points on payments made to the Tax Office and any other expense they deemed "business".

    Of course the Bank still charges the Vendors the extra charge for AMEX, and this is why they have a surcharge on AMEX.

    So - I am back to using my CBA Diamond AMEX for ATO payments - they still give full FF points for these payments - for now.

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  • Nalin Wickramasinghe

    wicks21

    18 Sep, 2015 01:53 pm

    Interestingly, I have received an offer from Westpac Earth Black Amex of bonus 10,000 QFF points simply for paying TAO >$500 by 31 Oct

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  • Nalin Wickramasinghe

    wicks21

    18 Sep, 2015 01:54 pm

    I meant the ATO

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