More than a million Australians have a credit card that earns Qantas Frequent Flyer points. In fact, according to Qantas, 1 in 3 credit card transactions in Australia are made using a credit card that earns Qantas points! But not all Qantas point-earning credit cards are created equal…
When choosing a point-earning credit card, you can opt for a co-branded credit card that earns points directly with one airline (such as Qantas, Virgin Australia or Emirates). Or, you can choose to earn credit card reward points – a flexible points currency that you can transfer to an airline of your choice later on. In Australia, almost all of the credit cards that offer the ability to earn Qantas points are co-branded cards. The only exceptions are the Amex Platinum and invitation-only Amex Centurion charge cards, which allow you to convert your Amex Membership Rewards Premium Ascent points to Qantas Frequent Flyer.
This does mean that earning Qantas points from your credit card spend requires a commitment to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program. Qantas points are valuable, but there are some downsides to this:
- Sticking to one program exclusively can limit your options when it comes to redeeming the points.
- With so many other Australians earning Qantas points, it can be difficult to find award availability when redeeming your Qantas points for reward flights.
- Qantas Frequent Flyer has high carrier charges, which need to be paid in addition to the points and taxes, on Classic Flight Reward tickets.
If you’ve decided that you do wish to earn Qantas points from your credit card spend, we’ve put together a list of the top Qantas point-earning credit cards in Australia as of March 2020. We’ve ranked the Qantas point credit cards in order of best earning rates, followed by the least restrictive earning caps and, finally, lowest annual fees. The earn rates quoted are based on everyday expenditure.
Unfortunately, many credit cards on the Australian market cap the number of points that can be earned each month at the full rate. Once this threshold is reached, some cards will award points for any remaining spend during that month at a reduced rate. There are even some cards with a fixed maximum number of points that may be earned each month. If you’re a high spender, it’s worth looking for a card that doesn’t have any earning cap.
Three of the credit cards featured below – Bankwest Qantas World, Macquarie Black & Macquarie Platinum – also have no international transaction fees on credit card purchases.
Without further ado, here are the best credit cards for earning Qantas points in 2020:
|Card||Annual Fee||Qantas points earned per $1||Cap on full earn rate|
|Frequent Flyer Diners Club (in World MasterCard combo)||$310||1.25||–|
|Qantas Amex Ultimate||$450||1.25||–|
|Westpac Altitude Black Amex (Altitude Qantas)||$499 (with Mastercard bundle)||1.25||–|
|Qantas Premier Titanium||$1,200||1.25||$12,500/month|
|Frequent Flyer Diners Club||$150||1||–|
|Qantas Amex Premium||$249||1||–|
|Westpac Altitude Platinum Amex (Altitude Qantas)||$249 (with Mastercard bundle)||1||–|
|Qantas Premier Platinum||$299||1||$10,000/month|
|ANZ Frequent Flyer Black||$425||1||$7,500/month|
|Bankwest Qantas World||$270||1||$5,000/month|
|NAB Qantas Rewards Signature||$395||1||$5,000/month|
|HSBC Qantas Platinum||$79||1||$2,500/month|
|Qudos Visa Platinum||$249||1||$2,500/month|
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Disclaimer: This article is not intended as financial advice. Consider your personal circumstances before applying for any type of credit.