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 October 2018:
1. ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures – 80,000 Velocity points
This offer doesn’t come with quite as many points as some of the other sign-up deals for October 2018. But for all-round value, it’s hard to beat! You can currently earn 80,000 bonus Velocity points with the ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card. The card has a $225 annual fee, but comes with a free annual return Virgin Australia domestic flight! You’ll also receive two annual Virgin Australia lounge passes, and the card has no foreign transaction fees. To receive the bonus points, you’ll just need to spend at least $1,500 in the first 3 months. The card has a minimum income requirement of $35,000/year. This offer expires on 30 October 2018.
This deal is being discussed on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: 80,000 Velocity Points – ANZ Traveller
2. 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. But the Amex companion card’s fee (normally $199) will be waived if you apply by 27 November 2018 (which is also when this offer expires). To earn the full suite of bonus points, you would need to spend $3,000 on each card within 90 days of approval.
3. Virgin Money Velocity High Flyer – 120,000 Velocity points
There are up to 120,000 bonus Virgin Velocity points available with the Virgin Money Velocity High Flyer card. That’s enough for a return Virgin Australia Business Class flight from Melbourne or Sydney to Hong Kong! 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 31 October 2018.
4. 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.
5. Amex Velocity Platinum – 75,000 Velocity points
Earn 75,000 bonus Velocity points with the Amex Velocity Platinum card. That’s enough for a one-way Virgin Australia flight from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Los Angeles in Premium Economy! This card has a $375 annual fee, but offsetting this is a free annual return Virgin Australia flight, Virgin Australia lounge passes and Amex lounge passes. With this card you’ll also earn 100 Velocity status credits (which count towards Virgin Australia status) each year that you spend at least $50,000 on the card. To receive the bonus points you would need to spend $3,000 on the card within the first 3 months. This offer expires on 14 November 2018.
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.