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 March 2018:
1. NAB Qantas Rewards Signature – 100,000 Qantas points
This excellent NAB offer has been extended to 17 June 2018. The NAB Qantas Rewards Signature card has a $395 annual fee but comes with a whopping 100,000 bonus Qantas points if you spend at least $4,000 on the card within 60 days of opening. That’s enough points for six return trips from Sydney to Melbourne! With this card you’ll also earn 1 Qantas point per dollar spent, but only up to 5,000 points per month.
2. Amex Explorer – 100,000 Amex Gateway points
This offer was featured last month but is still the best bonus available for a non-Qantas credit card. This offer expires 9 April 2018. This card’s $395 annual fee is offset by a $400 travel credit and two annual visits to the Sydney Amex Lounge (or the soon-to-open Melbourne Amex Lounge). The 100,000 Amex Gateway points can be converted to 75,000 frequent flyer points with Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Australia and several other programs. That’s enough Cathay Pacific Asia Miles for a return Qantas Premium Economy trip to the USA, South Africa or South America.
Alternatively, those 100,000 Amex Gateway points can be converted into 50,000 Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) points. 50,000 SPG points are worth 60,000 American Airlines AAdvantage or Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles – both highly valuable point currencies!
3. St George Amplify Signature – 90,000 Qantas points
This great deal was featured in January but is still valid until 18 April 2018. For an annual card fee of $289, you can earn 90,000 Qantas points. The St George Amplify Signature card also comes with two annual Qantas Club passes, and you can use it for ATO payments. To receive the points you’ll need to spend $5,000 within 90 days of approval. Bank of Melbourne and BankSA (which, along with St George Bank, are owned by Westpac) are also offering similar sign-up deals at present.
4. Westpac Altitude Platinum – 60,000 Qantas points
Westpac has extended its recent sign-up bonus of 60,000 Qantas points for new Westpac Altitude Platinum cardholders. This card’s annual fee is just $150. To receive the points you’ll need to opt-in to Qantas rewards (rather than Altitude) and spend $3,000 within 90 days of approval. This offer now expires on 11 June 2018.
5. Emirates Citi World – 60,000 Emirates Skywards miles
The Emirates Citi World Mastercard is the only Emirates co-branded credit card in Australia. You can transfer points from several other credit card rewards programs (e.g. Amex Membership Rewards) to Emirates. But if you’re a frequent flyer with Emirates and use Skywards as your main program, this offer may be of interest to you.
You can earn 50,000 bonus Emirates Skywards miles just by signing up for this card and making a purchase within 90 days of approval. You can also earn an extra 10,000 Skywards miles (bringing the total to 60,000 miles) by spending at least $500 on Emirates flights within 90 days. The card’s annual fee is $299 (halved in the first year) and comes with two annual Emirates lounge passes and a complimentary Emirates Chauffeur Drive service. This offer expires on 30 June 2018.
One final thing… most banks will not award bonus sign-up points to existing customers. But if you currently hold a bank-issued Amex companion card, you’ll still be eligible for an American Express sign-up bonus.
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.