Credit card sign-up bonuses are one of the easiest ways to accumulate frequent flyer points quickly and relatively cheaply! Just by applying for a credit card and paying the annual fee, you can earn thousands of frequent flyer points towards your next trip.
If you’re thinking about applying for a new credit card, why not take advantage of these great sign-up deals and top up your frequent flyer points? To help you out, here is a selection of the top Australian credit card sign-up deals for December 2018:
1. ANZ Frequent Flyer Black – 120,000 Qantas points + 75 Qantas status credits
One of the best sign-up deals at the moment is this ANZ Frequent Flyer Black offer. ANZ is offering 120,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points to new cardholders. That’s almost enough Qantas points to book a Oneworld round-the-world award in Economy! This card has a $425 annual fee, but ANZ is currently offering $150 cashback on this annual fee. To get the bonus points and $150 cashback, you would need to spend at least $7,500 on the card within 3 months of approval.
In addition to this, ANZ is offering 75 bonus Qantas status credits if you apply for the card by 31 March 2019. To receive the status credit booster, you would need to book a new return Qantas flight (or 2x one-way flights) using your ANZ Frequent Flyer Black card and travel before 30 June 2019.
This deal is being discussed on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: ANZ QFF Black
2. Qantas Premier Platinum – 100,000 Qantas points
Qantas is currently offering up to 100,000 points if you sign up for a new Qantas Premier Platinum credit card. That’s enough Qantas points for 10 Melbourne-Sydney Business Class upgrades from an Economy red-eDeal fare, or 20 upgrades on Flex fares.
This card has an annual fee of $299, which is currently being halved to $149 in the first year. You’ll earn 70,000 bonus Qantas points by spending at least $3,500 on the card within 90 days of approval, and another 30,000 Qantas points when renewing the card (at the full rate) for a second year. This offer expires on 28 February 2019.
3. Amex Explorer – 100,000 Amex Gateway points
Earn 100,000 Amex Membership Rewards Gateway points with this month’s Amex promotion. That’s equivalent to 75,000 Velocity points, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles or Etihad Guest miles, provided you redeem the points by mid-April 2019. For an annual fee of $395, the Amex Explorer card also comes with a $400 annual travel credit and two annual Amex Lounge visits. To receive the 100,000 bonus Amex Gateway points, you would need to spend at least $1,500 on the card within the first 3 months. This offer expires on 7 January 2019.
4. 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. That’s enough points for a return Qantas Business Class ticket from Australia to Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong or Manila.
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. The Westpac Altitude Black card has a $250 annual fee, plus a $50 fee to opt-in to Qantas Rewards. The Amex companion card has an annual fee of $199, so in total you’d be spending $499 per year. To earn the full suite of bonus points, you would need to spend $3,000 on each card within 90 days of approval. This offer expires on 2 April 2019.
5. NAB Rewards Qantas Signature – 90,000 Qantas points
You can still earn 90,000 Qantas sign-up points with this ongoing offer from NAB. The NAB Rewards Qantas Signature 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.
Most current credit card sign-up deals are discussed on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Current Credit Card Promotions
Note: 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.