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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

    Cruiser Elite

    Re: Suites savers now available

    I actually turned down Suite flt tomorrow PVG-SIN to fly new F SIN-MEL - what's that you say?

    Ken Bruce has gone mad!

    Google that one kids - the old foggies will get it,

    Cruiser Elite Today, 08:23 PM Go to last post

    Re: Fantastic Service from the roo

    Perhaps these experiences confirm the notion that you don't know until you ask. I too have found when I explain a situation (or a silly error - such as the incorrect date) Qantas hotels and...

    Spongbob Today, 08:23 PM Go to last post

    Re: new AA buy miles promotion

    Totally agree, maybe not as good as some previous options but still pretty pretty damn good.

    burmans Today, 08:22 PM Go to last post

    Re: How do Hilton treat you as an Elite?

    Status: Diamond
    Property: Hilton San Francisco Union Square
    Rate: USD$1,391.31 (Room rate incl Taxes)
    Dates 16-21 April
    Booked: Urban Contemporary Two Beds
    Received: Skyline Bay View Two...

    JMFK Today, 08:18 PM Go to last post

    Re: Anyone getting check-in reminder emails?

    This weekend we got single reminder emails for flights that were the next day. No email received for "free" flights booked as Amex credit card reward.

    RB Today, 08:18 PM Go to last post

    Re: Starwood upgrade thread.

    That's not lucky. Lucky is one month in advance at the W HKG and W BCN. StR Princeville two weeks out before getting the Bali Hai suite within 24 hours.

    Jock28 Today, 08:15 PM Go to last post

    Re: The Signature card - no annual fee.

    It's definitely legit. I've benefited from it twice!

    Isochronous Today, 08:10 PM Go to last post

    Re: new AA buy miles promotion

    It's still a ****load less than discount business/first...��

    What threads like this highlight is that a heap of people 'trade up' in classes - thus the airline makes more $$ than they otherwise...

    trippin_the_rift Today, 08:07 PM Go to last post
    Danger UXB

    Re: Suites savers now available

    And you will have to learn to play the game hard to get back there again!! SQ suites probably need a government "advisory content "warning like CD's!!!

    Danger UXB Today, 08:04 PM Go to last post

    Re: Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo and some bites here and there

    Last course: dessert
    red bean, cherry blossom agar, milk mouse, cherry blossom leaf sherbet, sticky rice

    This redeemed the meal...
    Not too sweet, just right, various textures and flavours...

    KitKat Today, 08:04 PM Go to last post
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