It’s not everyday that you can earn Qantas status credits without flying. But over the past few months, it has been possible to earn limited amounts of status credits by shopping at Woolworths and filling up at BP.
The Woolworths & BP promos have finished. But thanks to a current Qantas Premier Platinum credit card offer, you can now earn 75 status credits – and a handy 80,000 bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer points – for as little as $199. Those status credits could help you to attain or renew your Qantas status, and we believe they count towards lifetime status too.
The Qantas Premier Platinum credit card comes with two annual complimentary Qantas Club passes, flight discounts, travel insurance and is a solid earner of Qantas Frequent Flyer points. It normally has a $299 annual fee, but this will be reduced to $199 in the first year if you apply by 30 September 2020. If you apply by the same date, you’ll also be eligible to earn up to 80,000 Qantas points and 75 Qantas status credits!
You’ll receive 75 status credits if you’re approved and make any eligible purchase by 30 November 2020. And you’ll earn 20,000 bonus Qantas points for each month that you spend at least $1,500 on the card on eligible purchases during the first four months. Qantas Money has a 12-month credit card offer exclusion period so to be eligible for this promotion, you must not have been the primary cardholder of a Qantas Premier credit card during the past year.
80,000 Qantas points is enough for 10 one-way Classic Flight Rewards between Sydney and Brisbane in Economy class, and almost enough for a return Business class flight from Australia’s east coast to Perth or Darwin (which would cost 83,000 points + taxes in total). And it’s more than half of the points you’d need to book a Oneworld round-the-world trip in Economy class (which costs 132,400 Qantas points + taxes). All of the points would also count towards Points Club membership!
Not sure if this credit card is right for you? We’ve put together some useful information about the Qantas Premier Platinum Mastercard…
Earning Qantas points
With Qantas Premier Platinum, you’ll earn 1 Qantas point per $1 spent on the card within Australia up to $10,000 per statement period (after which you’ll earn 0.5 Qantas points per dollar). You’ll earn an extra Qantas point for every dollar spent on Qantas flights and services, including with Qantas Wine.
For overseas purchases, you’ll earn 1.5 Qantas points per dollar. But there is a 3% international transaction fee, including for transactions that are processed outside of Australia.
The $1,200/year Qantas Premier Titanium card is the only personal Visa or MasterCard credit card in Australia to offer a higher everyday earning rate than the Qantas Premier Platinum card. The following Australian Visa and MasterCard credit cards also offer an equivalent 1 Qantas point per dollar spent (although all of these cards cap points earned at the full rate):
- HSBC Premier with Qantas Rewards (up to $10,000/month)
- BOQ Specialist Signature (up to $10,000/month)
- ANZ Frequent Flyer Black (up to $7,500/month)
- NAB Qantas Rewards Signature (up to $5,000/month)
- Bankwest Qantas World (up to $5,000/month)
- Macquarie Black (up to $4,000/month)
- Qudos Visa Platinum (up to $2,500/month)
- Macquarie Platinum (up to $1,000/month)
- HSBC Platinum Qantas (up to $1,000/month)
Card features and benefits
The Qantas Premier Platinum card comes with two annual Qantas Club lounge invitations, complimentary overseas travel insurance & interstate flight inconvenience insurance. The travel insurance is activated when you pay for return flights using the credit card, and covers the cardholder, their spouse and any dependent children.
Unfortunately, access to Qantas lounges is currently limited due to capacity constraints as Qantas gradually reopens its domestic airport lounges with social distancing in place. At the time of writing, some Qantas Club lounges were not accepting electronic lounge invitations – but this will change in the future as capacity restrictions are lifted.
Once per year, cardholders are also entitled to up to a 20% discount on Qantas and QantasLink domestic flights in selected fare classes. The discount applies to the base fare and can be claimed by calling the Qantas Premier Concierge.
This card is issued on behalf of Qantas Money by Citigroup Pty Ltd. Some Australian Frequent Flyer members have reported complications in getting their applications approved by Citibank staff, but many have applied successfully. There is lots of discussion about the Qantas Premier Platinum credit card on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum.
Rates and fees
Qantas Premier Platinum has a $299 annual fee, however this is being reduced to $199 in the first year if you apply by 30 September 2020. To apply, you’ll need to have a pre-tax income of at least $35,000.
Other key facts:
- Interest-free period on purchases: 55 days
- Interest rate on purchases: 19.99%
- Cash advance interest rate: 21.99%
- International transaction fee: 3%
- Balance transfers: 0% p.a. for 18 months
Want to apply or learn more?
Ready to take advantage of the reduced annual fee, 80,000 bonus Qantas points and 75 status credits? Visit the Qantas Money website to learn more about this card or to apply.
Disclosure: Australian Frequent Flyer may receive a small commission from the card issuer if you apply for this credit card.