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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.

    Westpac Altitude Rewards
    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.
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    I haven't looked into it, but I suspect DXB is the issue, its a bad time of year for fog delays I believe. The whole airport was shut down for a while due to an unauthorised drone a couple of days...

    Aussie_flyer Today, 09:11 PM Go to last post

    Re: Qf9 mel dxb lhr

    Are there delays to QF1/2 as often as on 9/10? The aircraft change in LHR (QF1 returns to AU as QF10, QF9 returns as QF2) and they have 5-6 hours between flights at LHR to recover most delays.

    Himeno Today, 09:00 PM Go to last post

    Taxi drivers. Best and worst. ?

    What is it with (SYD in this instance) taxi drivers who think by pumping the accelerator pedal constantly makes for a comfortable ride! 😠

    GPH Today, 08:55 PM Go to last post

    Re: Article about $$ offered in USA to take the next flight

    Often hear such at gates in the USA.

    My schedules have always been such that I could not contemplate taking any offer.

    Most recently was as I posted for a 90 minute flight MCI-MSP on Delta:

    serfty Today, 08:53 PM Go to last post

    Re: To book or not to book, that is the question, whether tis nobler...

    One could, but it would be nicer to be able to redeem the points for a fare with little cash cost on top of it, if a way can be worked out.

    ffhound Today, 08:53 PM Go to last post

    Re: QF WP goes across Australia...a live TR adventure

    Sorry, I read your posts as asking for some advice. I spent 20 yrs in GI so I thought a "financial planner" may have appreciated some help:lol:

    RB Today, 08:46 PM Go to last post

    Re: Gluten Free Food & Inclusive Fares

    Can you please explain your idea of "proper food"?

    RB Today, 08:42 PM Go to last post

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    Re: Qf9 mel dxb lhr

    The reason why at the moment is the tight schedule, QF10 to Melbourne turns around as QF9 to London, and the flight from London is getting in late more often than not. I'm not sure why it is getting...

    Aussie_flyer Today, 08:40 PM Go to last post

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