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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: QF to sell lounge passes

    Totally. I guested someone in to the plaza premium lounge recently who had a 8 hour layover.
    Agree with Andy that a 3 hour prior to departure rule would need to be in force (like plaza premium...

    trippin_the_rift Today, 05:32 PM Go to last post

    Re: Mini TR - Bali flying Garuda Y staying at the Conrad

    There are some rooms that have lagoon access. I originally thought this seemed like a bit of a novelty and would just lack privacy. As it turns out, most people seem to stick in the main pool and...

    Daver6 Today, 05:30 PM Go to last post

    Re: Mini TR - Bali flying Garuda Y staying at the Conrad

    Around the gardens. If this is the view from a garden view room, not too bad! Nice and quite too.

    Off to the main/lagoon pool today for something different

    Daver6 Today, 05:27 PM Go to last post

    Re: Meandering in Madagascar & a little more ambling in Africa…via the Hunter Valley

    And he's got the lay of the land so to speak for his upcoming house sit?

    love_the_life Today, 05:25 PM Go to last post
    Cruiser Elite

    Re: Priority Pass digital Card

    There is a digital card? I sure hope is the case. We lobbed at LGW week or so back and the Ette had 3 different physical PPs in wallet - ALL failed so we paid her access - she promises to imm track...

    Cruiser Elite Today, 05:24 PM Go to last post
    Awesom Andy

    Re: QF to sell lounge passes

    Given the current flight schedules, it would be pretty difficult to find an off-peak time for SIN and HKG as well. Perhaps for QF72, where they board before the east-coast pax arrives, and QF6,...

    Awesom Andy Today, 05:22 PM Go to last post

    Re: QF to sell lounge passes

    Would anyone see value in $99 for HKG and SIN lounges? They are nice lounges but for $99 that's a really expensive visit to the lounge.

    JohnK Today, 05:22 PM Go to last post

    Re: Queries on New York-Montreal

    just an update as the trip's done:
    - got to experience the FLounge in Sydney for the first time - unfortunately didn't have time for a spa, and it was breakfast time so no fancy food, but good...

    kitkatff Today, 05:20 PM Go to last post

    Re: QF to sell lounge passes

    This has to be extended to Dubai's lounge(s) ... absurd that it's their key partner to Europe but for ex a family of 3 with just one status pax can't get into the lounge. At least having the option...

    kitkatff Today, 05:12 PM Go to last post

    Re: QF to sell lounge passes

    $49 is way too cheap. Many people will be better off buying 1 time passes instead of renewing QC each year.

    This move also legitimises a way for reception to not allow you more wiggle room on...

    trippin_the_rift Today, 05:11 PM Go to last post
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