American Express Qantas Ultimate Card

American Express

20.74%

0.99% for 6 months (1.00% handling fee)

$450

American Express Qantas Ultimate Card Review

Review updated: 1 July 2015

Review published: 18 January 2012

What's hot:

  • 1 free domestic return flight per year

  • 50,000 bonus Qantas Points

What's not:

  • $450 annual fee

  • 1% credit establishment fee for balances transferred

Mozo snapshot:

With up to 50,000 bonus reward points, an easy-to-earn points system and no cap or expiry date on the number of QFF reward points you can earn, the Qantas American Express Ultimate credit card is... ultimately rewarding.

Key features:

The Qantas AMEX Ultimate credit card has a high annual fee of $450. When you consider it includes a free domestic economy return flight every year this is great value. Standard card features include 44 interest free days, 20.74% purchase rate and it comes with a free additional card so you can get your partner to help build up those rewards points. Pay those bills on time or you'll be hit with a $30 late payment fee.

If you have a debt you want to transfer to the new card there is a 0.99% balance transfer rate for 6 months, but this also comes with an upfront 1% credit establishment fee for any balances transferred.

Ultimately, what makes this card stand out from the crowd is the 50,000 bonus points on offer if you apply and are approved before 30 September 2015. This is one of the highest bonus point offers in the market and is simple to accrue simply by using your card (5,000 points) and spending a min of $500 on the card (42,500) in the first three months and you will also get 2,500 points when you use the card for a Qantas purchase.

Cardholders can earn points a plenty. For every $1 spent on Qantas and at restaurants around Australia you will earn 3 points, you will earn 2 points for every $1 spent overseas and on eligible airlines, tour operators and cruises a 1 point per $1 spent on standard purchases (except on telecommunications, insurance, utility and government agency spends where you will earn just 0.5 points)

The Qantas Amercian Express Ultimate credit card also comes with those coveted AMEX service benefits such as free domestic and international travel insurance, refund protection and purchase protection insurance and global 24/7 customer service.


Who it's good for:

The Qantas AMEX Ultimate credit card is perfect for anyone that prefers flying within the Qantas network and pays off their full balance regularly, otherwise that 20.74% interest rate will sting. You'll also need to be earning more than $65,000 a year to be eligible.

Any catches?

If you're planning on using the free travel insurance attached the card you'll need to purchase the trip on your Qantas AMEX Ultimate credit card or with QFF reward points for it to be valid.

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Overall rating   7 / 10

Safe and, where accepted, useful card

I'm a long term (20 years) AMEX user. Pity they don't reward loyalty better.
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    Price   5 / 10

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Overall rating   8 / 10

Great customer services

American Express have a special feel about it but the best part is the linkage with Qantas points.
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    Price   2 / 10

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Overall rating   6 / 10

Frequent Flyer Points

I have this card to gain as many frequent flyer points as I can.
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Overall rating   8 / 10

Customer focused and value for money

Always helpful staff and responsive to queries, as well as providing other competitive products such as travel insurance etc.
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Always helpful staff and responsive to queries, as well as providing other competitive products such as travel insurance etc.

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Overall rating   9 / 10

Good support and benefits minimal costs

Good support and benefits minimal costs.
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Good support and benefits minimal costs.

    Price   7 / 10

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Revealing rewards

How do we do it?

To work out the "Rewards value minus fees" in our Rewards Revealer we:

  • calculate how many points you'd get each year,
  • figure out how many flights or gift cards or cashback credits you could get for those points,
  • work out what that's actually worth to you,
  • take off the annual fee you'd pay.

More details:

  • Our calculations are designed to help you compare the value of different rewards schemes. To do this, we've looked at earning a one-way Sydney-Melbourne flight excluding taxes and charges, a return Sydney-London flight excluding taxes and charges, a $100 shopping Gift Card and $100 cashback. Most cards will also offer other rewards, which may be worth more or less than the ones we've shown.
  • We have made no allowance for bonus points for using your card at specific merchants, introductory offers or special offers. We have not assigned any value to instant discounts, insurances, ticketing and concierge services or other such benefits.
  • Rewards value calculations do not take credit card interest into account. If you do not pay off your card each month you may be better off looking for a card based on interest rates than on the value of rewards.
  • In products that have more than one card, a different mix of spend between American Express / Visa / MasterCard will give different results. Mozo's Rewards Revealer lets you choose the mix based on the way you would use such a product, and gives you tailored results.
  • We assume flights purchased with airline points are 'classic' or 'reward' economy seats with restricted seat availability. 'Any seat' rewards will probably cost more.
  • To compare the value of flight rewards, we sample online retail flight prices once a quarter based on the average price on a Wednesday 3 months in advance but outside NSW school holidays. For domestic flights we take the lowest available fare from each flight on that day from Qantas Red e-deal, Virgin Blue Blue Saver including baggage and Jetstar Jetsaver including baggage. We calculate the average price excluding taxes and surcharges for each airline, and also the average across all airlines (which we use when rewards are travel agent vouchers). For international flights, we take the lowest available fares on that same Wednesday from each of Qantas, Emirates, Singapore, Virgin Atlantic and Malaysian, assuming a return flight 2 weeks later, calculate the average price before taxes and surcharges and use this as our assumed cost of a flight on any airline.
  • Shopping rewards are based on $100 gift cards from a major national department store.
  • We make every effort to ensure our calculations are correct and up to date but make no guarantees.

Rewards scheme

  • Points are automatically credited to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.
  • All rewards are redeemed via Qantas Frequent Flyer.
  • Earn 3 points per $1 for eligible purchases at thousands of restaurants and Qantas, 2 points per $1 on eligible travel purchases, 1 point per $1 dollar at all other providers; except 0.5 points per dollar at utilities, insurance, telecommunications, and government bodies.
  • One complimentary domestic economy return flight per year when you spend at Qantas.

Privileges

  • Travel Insurance
  • Purchase Protection
  • Account alerts by SMS
  • Refund Protection

Special offers

  • Apply by 30 September 2015 and receive up to 50,000 bonus Qantas Points when approved and meet the spend criteria.

Value of rewards points

  • Need to spend $15,100 ()

  • Need to spend $8,000 ()

  • Need to spend $128,000 ()

  • Uncapped

  • Never

Details behind our 'value of rewards' calculations

  • 1 point per dollar on Amex, uncapped

  • 15100 points buys a Myer $100 Gift Card

  • 8000 points buys a Qantas Syd-Mel flight

  • 128000 points buys a Qantas London flight

* How did we do it? Find out...

Rates

  • 20.74%

  • none

  • 0.99% for 6 months (1.00% handling fee)

  • no

  • none

  • 44

Fees

  • $450.00

  • none

  • none

  • none

  • $30.00

  • none

  • 3.00%

  • $10.00

  • $7.00

  • $0.00

Other financial bits

  • $30.00

  • 2.5

Features

  • unlimited

  • none

  • none

About American Express

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