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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.
  • Current Discussion


    Re: ATO (tax office) payments by credit card

    Bundy Bear sometimes I worry about you.
    I think I have 2 months left before I will need to pay anything as I rushed to beat the cut off date on 2 Westpac Black cards.

    cove Today, 02:11 AM Go to last post

    Re: F amenities - Open Access by J pax

    I guess everyone has their quirks.

    On my recent business class award flight(s) I can assure you I did not check who was using the toilets in business or if anyone in economy received a newspaper...

    JohnK Today, 01:54 AM Go to last post

    Re: Too many benefits ?

    Is it ME bank that comes with a purplelish coloured credit card?
    Edit: nope, its Beyond Bank that has a purple coloured card.
    BankWest vanilla yellowish colour?
    Bit off, ciderish.
    Ooh, never knew...

    AustraliaPoochie Today, 01:47 AM Go to last post

    Re: Seat Pocket Surprise

    I wonder if anyone has ever found P*** on their QFi/d long haul seat, horrid thought.
    Would QFi/d have to remove the whole seat, or just do a bear minimum basic decontaminate.
    Edit: I am going to...

    AustraliaPoochie Today, 01:42 AM Go to last post

    Re: Is it worth a minimum sectors run to get QF Silver prior to a 'big' QF J trip?

    Aye, I know, the QP is one of the most expensive things on earth, either to join, or to keep on being a member, or flying QFi J to get into the SYD J lounge.
    And people who are money smart don't...

    AustraliaPoochie Today, 01:38 AM Go to last post

    Re: Is it worth a minimum sectors run to get QF Silver prior to a 'big' QF J trip?

    Were you the only pax in your group with PS (OWS) status? I'm surprised they gave the whole lot of you free bags as here in Oz it's definitely only the status pax eg a WP flying domestically who...

    ozbeachbabe Today, 01:31 AM Go to last post

    Re: The view from my "office"

    It's not all about golf. I do have a soft spot for orchids.


    JohnK Today, 01:21 AM Go to last post

    Re: Is it worth a minimum sectors run to get QF Silver prior to a 'big' QF J trip?

    I'd find it hard to resist if it was a matter of one or two flights, especially if it meant hitting PS or even SG as he eluded to with that amount of flying....

    And if it's SG, what's a meal in...

    exceladdict Today, 01:15 AM Go to last post

    Re: Seat Pocket Surprise

    Bad use of the word civilised?

    Their behaviour needs to change. Not my peception.

    JohnK Today, 01:14 AM Go to last post

    Re: Is it worth a minimum sectors run to get QF Silver prior to a 'big' QF J trip?

    Yes, you got it. That was the main gist I was referring to in the OP's post. I still think its worth it catch that two QF coded flights to get PS before the US trip. But thats me.
    Eg, for me, to...

    AustraliaPoochie Today, 01:10 AM Go to last post
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