The best* credit cards to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer Points

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Earn up to 75,000 bonus points, maximise your Qantas Points and redeem rewards faster with the best* credit cards for earning Qantas Frequent Flyer Points.

There isn’t one best* credit card to earn Qantas Points with per se, but you can try to find the right card for you. Use this guide to compare a range of cards based on their earn rates, bonus points offers, interest rates and fees to see which card matches your spending habits, financial situation and rewards goals.

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Qantas Frequent Flyer Credit Card Offer

Earn Qantas Points with HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card and benefit with complimentary insurance covers.

  • Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 on eligible purchases within the first three months from card approval.
  • Earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent up to $2,500 per statement period when you use your card on eligible purchases made in Australia and overseas and earn 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent thereafter.
  • Enjoy complimentary international travel insurance.
  • Up to 55 days interest-free on purchases when you pay the full closing balance (including any balance transfer amount) by the statement due date.
  • Offer available to new and approved applicants who apply by 31 December 2016.

    Compare Qantas Frequent Flyer Credit Cards

    Rates last updated October 21st, 2016.

    NAB Qantas Rewards Card

    Bonus points, purchase and balance transfer offers have been extended until 22 January 2017.

    October 3rd, 2016

    NAB Qantas Rewards Premium Card

    Bonus points, purchase and balance transfer offer have been extended until 22 January 2017.

    October 3rd, 2016

    American Express Qantas Discovery Card

    The spend criteria for the bonus points has been changed from $300 to $750.

    October 4th, 2016

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    Bonus Points Rewards Points per $ spent (VISA/MC) Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Annual fee
    HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
    HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
    60,000 bonus points 1 0 $199 p.a. Go to site More info
    Westpac Altitude Black - Exclusive Offer
    Westpac Altitude Black - Exclusive Offer
    100,000 bonus points 1.25 3 $395 p.a. Go to site More info
    Citi Qantas Signature Credit Card
    Citi Qantas Signature Credit Card
    50,000 bonus points 1 0 $199 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
    NAB Qantas Rewards Card
    NAB Qantas Rewards Card
    15,000 bonus points 0.5 1 $95 p.a. Go to site More info
    ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
    ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
    75,000 bonus points 0.75 1.5 $425 p.a. Go to site More info
    NAB Qantas Rewards Premium Card
    NAB Qantas Rewards Premium Card
    25,000 bonus points 0.5 1.5 $250 p.a. Go to site More info
    American Express Qantas Premium Card
    American Express Qantas Premium Card
    30,000 bonus points 0 1 $249 p.a. Go to site More info
    American Express Qantas Discovery Card
    American Express Qantas Discovery Card
    7,500 bonus points 0 1 $0 p.a. Go to site More info
    ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum
    ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum
    50,000 bonus points 0.5 1.5 $295 p.a. Go to site More info
    ANZ Frequent Flyer
    ANZ Frequent Flyer
    25,000 bonus points 0.5 1 $95 p.a. Go to site More info
    American Express Qantas Ultimate Card
    American Express Qantas Ultimate Card
    50,000 bonus points 0 1 $450 p.a. Go to site More info
    St.George Amplify Platinum - Amplify Qantas
    St.George Amplify Platinum - Amplify Qantas
    30,000 bonus points 0.5 0 $0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info

    How to find the best* credit card for earning Qantas Frequent Flyer points

    When comparing Qantas Frequent Flyer credit cards, it’s important to consider the following factors:

    • Direct or indirect earn card. There are two types of credit cards you can use when it comes to earning Qantas points:
      • Direct earn Qantas Frequent Flyer credit cards are directly linked to your Qantas membership account, such that you automatically earn Qantas points as you spend, with points credited periodically.
      • Indirect earn credit cards usually let you earn points with your card provider’s rewards program first. You can then manually convert these into Qantas points and transfer them to your Qantas membership account later. Learn more about converting rewards points to Qantas points in our guide to transferring frequent flyer points.

    choosing a credit cardDepending on your needs, you may prefer one to the other. For instance, you’d choose a direct earn credit card if your sole wish was to acquire Qantas points. You may, however, prefer an indirect earn credit card if you’d like the option of redeeming other rewards and don’t mind the inconvenience of having to convert and transfer your points to Qantas when necessary.

    • Earn rate per dollar. A card’s earn rate is simply the number of points you receive for every dollar spent on eligible purchases. When comparing earn rates, do note that a card may charge a higher annual fee for a better earn rate. You should always consider if a card’s fees are worth its earn rate in the context of how much you are likely to spend in a year and how many points that would earn you.
    • Bonus sign-up offers. The introductory bonus offer is an attractive “freebie” that credit card providers use to entice you to their card. This is a one-off promotion that new cardholders are entitled to, usually framed as a bonus points giveaway if you fulfill certain requirements within a certain amount of time. For example, earn 70,000 Qantas points if you make your first eligible purchase within three months of card approval.
    • Points limitations. Your ability to earn points could be limited in one of two ways:
      • Capping is when your credit card imposes an upper limit on the number of frequent flyer points you can earn within a period. For example, you can only earn a maximum of 50,000 Qantas points in a year, or you can earn two Qantas points per $1 spent up to 6,000 Qantas points a month (after which you only earn one point per $1).
      • Expiry automatically happens after your Qantas Frequent Flyer account experiences 18 months of inactivity. However, this won’t happen as long as you continue to use any credit card linked to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account, as you only need to earn one point in order for your account to stay active.
    • Interest rates. As always, a credit card’s interest rate plays a huge part in determining its suitability for you. If you are not one to carry an outstanding balance, this may be less of a consideration. Otherwise, lower is always better since you don’t want to be accruing debt in the form of interest just to earn frequent flyer points.
    • Annual fee. Some cards come with zero annual fees but lack the benefits you may wish for. High annual fees usually accompany premium features such as a higher earn rate, complimentary travel insurance, airport lounge access and more. When deciding on a card, you may wish to do some simple calculations to see if the card’s annual fee is worth the benefits you’ll derive from it. Unfortunately, intangible benefits like airport lounge access and personal courier services may be difficult to measure against dollars and cents.
    • Other fees. Do thorough research and consider the other fees you may incur with your chosen credit card. Fees you may encounter include a joining fee, administrative or account fees and even ATM fees when it comes to withdrawing cash. Accumulated miscellaneous fees tend to outweigh the benefits of a card, so it is wise to know what you might be paying for.
    • Extra features. As mentioned above, some cards come with more frills than others. Premium services such as travel and medical insurance benefits, airport lounge access, personal concierge services and more usually cost more in the way of annual fees. Carefully consider if these are perks you’ll use and if they justify the higher card cost.

    Other factors to consider

    Since there’s no perfect credit card that will satisfy everyone’s needs across the board, you should consider your own habits and preferences when choosing your card:

    • How much do I spend on my card?

    This is a highly pertinent question, because your expenditure determines when you will break even by earning enough frequent flyer points to offset your annual fee.

    How much does Angela need to spend to be rewarded?

    girl with credit card and laptopAngela got a credit card with a $200 annual fee so that she could earn Qantas points at a rate of two points per $1 spent. She wants to earn enough points for an Economy flight from Sydney to Tokyo. According to our Qantas Frequent Flyer Points Analysis, this fight redemption values one Qantas point at about 0.757 cents (given that the $512 flight costs 67,600 Qantas points). This means that Angela needs to earn at least 26,420 Qantas points to break even, which equates to spending above $13,210 in the year.

    If you’re a low spender, it may be advisable to get a card with zero or low annual fees, as  it would be hard for you to earn enough rewards points to justify the cost of your card. It does also depend on how and when you use your rewards points, as different rewards are priced to value your Qantas points very differently.

    How to get the most value out of your Qantas Frequent Flyer points

    • Are my purchases eligible purchases?

    Make sure that you’re considering only eligible purchases when making your preliminary cost-benefit calculations. Not all transactions earn you rewards or frequent flyer points, and these commonly don’t:

      • Cash advances. You don’t earn Qantas points or rewards points on ATM withdrawals, cashouts or gambling transactions.
      • Credit card repayments or fees. You can’t earn points for paying off your credit card balances or credit card fees.
      • Balance transfers. Transferring a loan balance isn’t eligible for earning points.
      • Government charges. Government charges such as stamp duty and fines are not eligible purchases either.
    • Is Qantas my primary airline of choice?

    This may be the most important question to ask yourself. There is no incentive or reason to be earning Qantas points if you prefer a different airline. Expand your options by comparing other Frequent Flyer Credit Cards if that’s the case.

    When comparing options, it’s useful to bear in mind your own needs and spending habits. This way, you won’t be swayed by less relevant factors and can effectively pick the right Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card for you.

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    50 Responses to The best* credit cards to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer Points

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      | July 13, 2016

      which qantas visa card gives:
      travel insurance for card holder at 83 years old?
      gives frequent flyer points on paying government charges eg. income tax?

      • Staff
        May | July 15, 2016

        Hi Robin,

        Thanks for your question.

        Most insurance companies that are partners of credit card issuers offer CC complimentary travel insurance for cardholders and their dependents provided that they are under 80 years old. On this page, you can find information whether or not your card’s complimentary travel insurance covers 80 years olds and above.

        As for the credit card that lets you earn Qantas frequent flyer points while paying government taxes, please feel free to check this page.

        I hope this has helped.


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      Eva | November 10, 2015

      I spend about $45,000 on my current Woolworth Qantas Credit Card.
      In a month’s time it won’t be linked any longer to Qantas Frequent Flyer points.

      Could you advise me which card would be most suitable for me.
      I’m looking for one that has a high cap level, a rate of 1 Frequent flyer point for every dollar spent and one that doesn’t cost a fortune, say around $ 90 to a $ 115 annual fee.

      Looking forward to hearing from you,


      • Staff
        Jonathan | November 11, 2015

        Hi Eva, thanks for your inquiry!

        The comparison table on this page will allow you to compare Frequent Flyer points based on bonus points, reward points per $1 spent and annual fees.



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      | August 15, 2015

      I have just started a new business and looking 4 a credit card and bank who will give me one I can keep my business and bring my wife back from the Philippines

      • Staff
        Jonathan | August 17, 2015

        Hi Robert, thanks for your inquiry!

        Please refer the following link for a comparison and list of Business credit cards.



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      Veronica | June 11, 2015

      I would like to know how many points do I have?

      • Staff
        Jonathan | June 11, 2015

        Hi Veronica, thanks for your inquiry!

        To allow me to assist you further could you inform us to which frequent flyer’s program you are a member of please?



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      Bob | June 10, 2015

      How come you tell me to look up
      and this other screen and rubbish come into view. All I want to do is update my email address.

      • Staff | June 11, 2015

        Hi Bob,

        Just to confirm, you have come through to, not Qantas Frequent Flyer.

        You should be able to update your profile (including your email address) via the Qantas Points website under the ‘Your Account’ tab. You’ll need your Membership number, last name and PIN to login though. I’ve sent the link to you via email.

        If you’re still experiencing trouble, you may wish to contact the Qantas Frequent Flyer Customer Service team directly to update your contact details.

        I hope this has answered your question.



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      Diane | March 19, 2015

      is there any difference between qantas points and qantas frequent flyer points?

      • Staff
        Jonathan | March 20, 2015

        Hi Diane, thanks for your inquiry!

        Qantas Points and Qantas Frequent Flyer points are the same product. Please refer to this page for more information on the Qantas Frequent Flyers program.



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      Alex | February 26, 2015


      Can you please tell me what is the best card to get the maximum QFF points for ATO payments. I need to pay $40,000.00 in preferably 1 transaction.

      Many thanks

      • Staff
        Jonathan | February 26, 2015

        Hi Alex, thanks for your inquiry!

        At the moment American Express is the only credit card issuer whose terms and conditions state that you can earn points by paying tax in the Australian market, given that you don’t use BPAY. Please see this page for a list of cards that can earn you frequent flyers points by paying your tax bill by credit card.



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      Sandy | February 5, 2015

      We have an ANZ Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold Card. We spent $14000 last month, but only received 1000points. Could you please let me know if this is correct, and, if so, which would be a better card to change to, as we’ll be paying the balance of a trip at the end of the month. ANZ used to be the best card, but now it seems to be the worst.

      • Staff
        Jonathan | February 5, 2015

        Hi Sandy, thanks for your inquiry!

        Please refer to the email I have sent to you containing the full terms and conditions for ANZ’s Frequent Flyer program.



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      Lee | September 23, 2014

      We currently have ANZ Platinum cards – Visa/Amex.
      Our points will be capped from next month.
      I am looking for an alternate card where the points are not capped. We need the flexibility of a Visa card. What is the best package?

      • Staff
        Shirley | September 26, 2014

        Hi Lee,

        Thanks for your question.

        Please see this page for a comparison of credit cards with uncapped rewards points earning.


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      steve | July 5, 2014

      there are 3anz credit cards which offer 50000 bonus pf flyer points. If I takeout all 3 cards, can I get the bonus points 3 times or just once?

      • Staff
        Shirley | July 7, 2014

        Hi Steve,

        Thanks for your question.

        You’ll receive the points once as the fine print it states that, “the bonus Qantas Points offer applies only once per new ANZ Frequent Flyer, ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum or ANZ Frequent Flyer Black credit card account. Your application must be approved and you must make $1500 worth of eligible purchases (excluding fees, cash, cash equivalent transactions, balance transfers and premiums for ANZ credit card insurance) within three months of approval to receive the bonus Qantas Points.”


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    Receive a full annual fee refund and save $149 if you meet the $6,000 spend requirement. Enjoy a balance transfer offer and platinum card benefits such as complimentary insurances and concierge services.
    19.99% p.a. 0% p.a. for 15 months $149 p.a. Go to site More info
    NAB Low Rate Credit Card
    The NAB Low Rate Card offers 0% p.a. on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months. This card also comes with a low annual fee.
    0% p.a. for 15 months (reverts to 13.99% p.a.) 0% p.a. for 15 months with a one off 3% balance transfer fee $59 p.a. Go to site More info

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