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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: Infant in Row 4 on QF 738???

    So that's what they were!! I thought they were "sumptuously padded" - just as their J pax;)

    Groundfeeder Today, 10:48 AM Go to last post
    QF WP

    Re: Scams like these

    Hot into my email:

    Pity about their spelling or the fact that I don't know Dave..and I don't respond to people who say "Hey There"

    QF WP Today, 10:43 AM Go to last post

    Re: F MEL lounge opening times

    Outsourced to India

    clazman Today, 10:40 AM Go to last post

    Re: F MEL lounge opening times

    Thanks for the replies
    Apparently Qantas are changing supplier for spa services in the MEL F lounge so times may change and services offered.

    SRS65 Today, 10:37 AM Go to last post

    Re: QF selling more "extra legroom" Y seats - 80A/K,71D, Int. bullhead & Dom. Exit

    I was quite scathing in my criticism of this following a couple of recent trips. I'm presuming that many others gave negative feedback as well.

    Cossie Today, 10:28 AM Go to last post

    Re: Why is Domestic J so damned expensive????

    The majority of Euro-business is the same: 3+3 seat units will accommodate 2 pax with an empty middle. Pretty much all of them are going to 'slim-line' with 30' or so pitch (there may be some left...

    MEL_Traveller Today, 10:10 AM Go to last post

    Re: Why is Domestic J so damned expensive????

    Although I agree that not having anyone next to you is great, the price of the J ticket does not justify it - much cheaper to just buy a second economy seat. Because I am freakishly tall, legroom is...

    juddles Today, 10:05 AM Go to last post

    Re: Why is Domestic J so damned expensive????

    Armed with a double status credit offer I booked Mrscove PER-SYD-LAX return on QF on their super saver special which uses all their old product. Well she gets 1040 status credits and the price was...

    cove Today, 10:03 AM Go to last post

    Re: Bavaria, Lake Como, Madrid, Nthn Spain & Barcelona

    It looks beautiful even with the rain. What's the average max temperature for this time of the year there?

    love_the_life Today, 10:02 AM Go to last post
    Flying mermaid

    Re: Why is Domestic J so damned expensive????

    What European Business Class would you recommend? I was very unimpressed with the seats in BA Club Europe - just economy seats with the middle seat left empty. Food and service were fine and on...

    Flying mermaid Today, 09:57 AM Go to last post
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