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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.
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    Re: The view from my "office"

    PERfect day at my office in PERadise today :).


    JohnM Today, 04:00 PM Go to last post

    Re: The view from my "office"

    Gaahh! - don't remind me :shock:.

    JohnM Today, 03:58 PM Go to last post

    Re: The view from my "office"

    I have played that game 25 years ago, thought it may have changed with all the technology that has come since I played, i know that the even the prams have gone space age :mad:

    Bindibuys Today, 03:56 PM Go to last post

    Re: The view from my "office"

    Can't see the attachment Amaroo.. But I am trapped in a little room with only my phone :shock: the glamorous side of frequently flying :)

    UpInTheAir:) Today, 03:55 PM Go to last post

    Re: Qantas x PressReader

    I really think QF need to do a better job of making it clear how to use it with the App. For example when I upgraded and opened the app it said yep new feature - but in no way did it explain or have...

    RichardMEL Today, 03:54 PM Go to last post

    Re: Qantas launches "Aquire" business frequent flyer program.

    My account stopped working again for a few days but is ok again.

    I see Aquire gave me a 500 point anniversary present in early May

    Steady Today, 03:50 PM Go to last post

    Re: The view from my "office"

    I heard it was 30 years... :-o

    UpInTheAir:) Today, 03:50 PM Go to last post

    Re: Qantas x PressReader

    Thanks RedRoo.

    Perhaps it would help if the following wording was changed on that page:

    you can download the latest issues direct to your mobile or tablet up to 24 hours before your flight...

    BD1959 Today, 03:47 PM Go to last post

    Re: The view from my "office"

    QF649 CNS-BNE today was Captain Peter Caseys (sp?) last flight... A bit of a honour and very cool.


    wooley Today, 03:46 PM Go to last post

    Re: Velocity or Star Alliance (if so, which airline) for QF WP?

    Benefits I can use ;)

    Fair question. I use points on QF for upgrades, classic rewards flights (primarily long haul every couple of years for the family), and enjoy the benefits of WP for my...

    BJReplay Today, 03:43 PM Go to last post
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