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  • Best Frequent Flyer Credit Cards

    Frequent flyer credit cards are a great way to rack up points even when you’re not travelling. Anytime you make a purchase with the card you are awarded points or dollars that can be redeemed for flights or services. That means your shopping, hotel bills and car rentals can all be counted towards that next trip.
    If you make a lot of purchases with your credit card this works well. Just keep in mind many rewards cards have high interest rates, which means you need to pay off the charges promptly and spend a lot to get enough points to make it worthwhile.

    But if you are a Frequent Flyer and want to wade through the options, we’ve compared some of the more common Australian cards below. When deciding on a card make sure points earned can be transferred to your airline of choice, points won’t expire and there’s a low interest rate after the initial welcome period. Happy hunting.

    ANZ Frequent Flyer Visa
    Qantas say this card has the best earning potential for their flights. There are annual fees ($95) and a 19 percent interest rate but this is waived on balance transfers for the first six months and you get 10,000 bonus points on signing up. The great thing about ANZ is the convenience of using it in 29 million locations worldwide.

    National Australia Bank Rewards
    The Velocity NAB Credit Card is linked to Virgin Blue’s Velocity Rewards program. The annual card fee is $65 and the interest rate is a high annual 19.49 percent but there are low rates for the first six months. You can earn up to two points per $2 spent. Accounts come with two cards, the Velocity NAB American Express® Card and a Velocity NAB Visa card which earn 1.5 and 1 points respectively for every $2 spent. There is no cap or expiry on points.

    NAB also offers the NAB Qantas Credit Card with the same fees and interest rates. Points are tiered based on the monthly spend and capped above $3000. It comes with a NAB Qantas American Express Classic Card®.

    Commonwealth Bank Rewards
    These cards accrue points that may be redeemed for Air New Zealand Airpoints, Velocity Rewards or Qantas Frequent Flyer. There are Mastercard and American Express options earning 1.5 or 1 point respectively for every dollar spent. The points can be used for shopping, entertainment, travel or to repay your card. There’s an $89 annual fee and 19.99% interest on purchases.

    Points from Altitude cards can be redeemed for use on Virgin Blue, Malaysia Airlines, Air New Zealand or Singapore Airlines and there’s no points capping or expiry. The annual fee is slightly higher at $100 but there’s quite a good points accrual system (1-3 points for every $1 spent) and marginally lower interest rates.

    JetStar MasterCard
    The low-rate JetStar MasterCard has aimed to do for credit cards what the airline did for low fares. The every day rate is just 11.49%, the annual fee is only $49 and they have an easy accrual/redemption program. Customers accrue one cent in JetStar Dollars for every dollar spent. Points can be redeemed on vouchers to spend on flights.

    Some of the other options available in Australia include Woolworth Ezy Mastercard, Coles Myer Source Mastercard, David Jones Visa Card, CitiBank Rewards Program, Diners Club Rewards and HSBC.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: Due care was taking in preparting this article and we believe the information was correct at time of publication. You should check specific details with the financial institution(s) before taking any action.
  • Current Discussion


    Re: Best use of qantas FFpoints

    I can't imagine booking 12 months out as so much can change in that time. Thanks for the tip amaroo, grab the bag and go suits me much better.

    Welcome to AFF mr6ix.

    prozac Today, 12:40 PM Go to last post

    Re: Late gate change at SIN: not very impressed!

    Presumably most of them had the correct gate on their BP which would have helped a lot.

    whughes3 Today, 12:38 PM Go to last post

    Re: Local Champion is back and now available for Qantas & Velocity cards

    Only one per store and I'm pretty sure only AMEX control things, I don't think the store knows or has anything to do with the local champion.

    asterix Today, 12:36 PM Go to last post

    Re: Accompanying child access with a single use QP "Complimentary Invitation"

    I have always found QF to be generous with their child policy - I have 3 children and have always been able to enter as a family of 5 but YMMV - they don't have to.

    I think you should print off...

    Steady Today, 12:35 PM Go to last post
    Colin 2905

    Re: Local Champion is back and now available for Qantas & Velocity cards

    Funny...... The app tells me that the Big W near Canberra airport is 0.3km away, which sounds about right, but the Woolies petrol station is 14955.3km away. :lol:

    Colin 2905 Today, 12:34 PM Go to last post

    Re: Avianca "Life Miles" - Questions and Discussion

    Interesting point.

    Would you hold the same view do you think for AUS - USA ?

    I also try and work out pricing of a revenue ticket vs buying points and the obvious difference being the SC earn...

    CJEMNMAC Today, 12:27 PM Go to last post

    Re: Late gate change at SIN: not very impressed!

    Yes, I imagine it should do this, but on this occasion it certainly was not; I watched it for some time.

    Being wise after the event, I should have taken more care; I can only say that a very long...

    whughes3 Today, 12:24 PM Go to last post

    Re: Best use of qantas FFpoints

    No JL.
    Pretty sure if seen RJ

    cjd600 Today, 12:21 PM Go to last post

    Re: Locked out of account, membership doesn't exist!

    Just to be a pedant: email addresses are case sensitive. Email addresses are defined in a document called RFC 2821, and it says:

    So technically and are...

    minodude Today, 12:21 PM Go to last post

    Re: Avianca "Life Miles" - Questions and Discussion

    That's if you start in Europe. You won't get those fares originating in Aus.

    Guvner Today, 12:20 PM Go to last post
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