Credit card sign-up bonuses are one of the easiest ways to accumulate frequent flyer points quickly and relatively cheaply! And there are some stellar credit card sign-up deals for August 2018, with up to 120,000 frequent flyer points up for grabs with three different cards.
Plus, right now you can earn an extra 10,000 bonus Qantas points with any new Qantas credit card! This is on top of the regular bonus points, as shown below. To qualify, you would need to register for this deal on the Qantas website by 19 August, and make a transaction on a new card that earns Qantas points by 20 September 2018.
You can discuss this Qantas deal on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Register on Qantas Website for an Additional 10,000 Points
Here is a selection of the top Australian credit card sign-up deals for August 2018:
1. Westpac Altitude Black MasterCard & Amex Bundle – 120,000 Qantas points
Earn up to 120,000 bonus Qantas points with the Westpac Altitude Black MasterCard and American Express bundle. Once you add on the 10,000 bonus Qantas points from this month’s promo, you’re just 10,000 Qantas points short of a Oneworld round-the-world award which costs 140,000 points for Economy class.
You can earn 80,000 bonus Qantas (or Altitude) points with a new Westpac Altitude Black credit card. You can also earn an additional 40,000 bonus points by bundling this with the new American Express Westpac Altitude Black card. Plus, the annual fees of both cards are being waived if you apply by 5 September 2018! (These cards normally have annual fees of $250 and $199 respectively, plus a $50 fee to opt-in to Qantas rewards.) To earn the full bonus points, you would need to spend $3,000 on each card within 90 days of approval. With no annual fees for the first year and up to 130,000 Qantas points available, this offer is fairly hard to beat!
2. Amex Platinum – 120,000 Amex Membership Rewards Ascent Premium points
The Amex Platinum Charge card has a high annual fee of $1,450. But it also comes with many benefits including lounge access, status with multiple hotel chains and an annual travel credit. Plus, you’ll earn 120,000 Amex Membership Rewards Ascent Premium points if you sign up by 30 August 2018. To earn the full bonus points you’d need to spend $1,500 on the card each month for the first 3 months.
Amex Ascent Premium points are valuable because they can be converted at a 1:1 rate to your choice of 10 airlines including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. 120,000 KrisFlyer miles, for example, is more than enough for a one-way Business Class ticket to Europe with Singapore Airlines!
3. Virgin Money Velocity High Flyer – 120,000 Velocity points
There are up to 120,000 bonus Virgin Velocity points available with this sign-up offer. That’s enough for 15 one-way flights between Sydney and Melbourne! But there is a catch – you’d need to spend $3,000 on the card per month for the first 3 months of holding the card to receive the full amount of bonus points. 40,000 Velocity points are awarded for each month that this target is reached in the first 3 months. This offer expires on 2 September 2018.
4. St George Amplify Signature – 90,000 Qantas points
For an annual card fee of $279, you can earn 90,000 Qantas points with this offer – or 100,000 points if you register for this month’s Qantas deal. That’s enough points for return Business class trip from Sydney to Denpasar or Jakarta. To receive the points you’ll need to spend $4,000 within 90 days of approval. You’ll also need to opt-in to earning Qantas points. This offer expires on 26 September 2018.
5. NAB Rewards Qantas Signature – 90,000 Qantas points
You can also earn 90,000 Qantas points this month with the NAB Rewards Qantas Signature card. Again, combine this with the current Qantas promo to earn 100,000 bonus points. This card has a $395 annual fee which is currently being reduced to $295 for the first year. To earn the bonus points you would need to spend at least $4,000 within 60 days of opening the card. No expiry date has been listed for this offer.
Most current credit card sign-up deals are discussed on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Current Credit Card Promotions
Disclaimer: This article is not financial advice. Be sure to seek professional advice before applying for credit cards, or any kind of credit for that matter.