Best credit cards for frequent flyer points with Qantas and Velocity
Kelly Emmerton | 24 Oct 2018
There’s one thing Aussies love more than travel - travelling for free!
Mozo recently announced our Mozo Experts Choice Credit Card Awards and one thing was abundantly clear: there’s plenty of value to be found for spenders looking to plump up their Frequent Flyer point stash - as long as you know where to look for it.
“This year, we analysed a total 199 cards from 67 providers. It was clear the Frequent Flyer cards were a huge category that many Aussies were really interested in, so we split it up to help spenders pinpoint the kind of card that’s perfect for them,” Mozo Data Manager Peter Marshall said.
So, ready to start spending your way to a free flight? Here are some of our editors top picks from the Qantas Frequent Flyer and Velocity Frequent Flyer Award categories.
American Express Qantas Ultimate Card
55,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online and spend $3,000 within 3 months
$450 annual Qantas travel credit
Earn 1.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases
Winner in the Qantas Frequent Flyer Premium Credit Card category, the American Express Qantas Ultimate is a top companion for any dedicated Aussie traveller. It comes with a tonne of points earning potential, plus perks like complimentary Qantas Club and American Express Lounge invitations, complimentary Qantas Wine Premium Membership and free international travel insurance.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
75,000 bonus Qantas Points + $200 cashback when you make a purchase in the first 3 months
2 Qantas Club Lounge visits each year
Save up to $475 in your first year of Qantas Club membership
The ANZ Frequent Flyer Black took home an award in the Qantas Frequent Flyer Premium Credit Card category - and it’s not surprising given all the extras on offer. You’ll earn 1 point per $1 on regular spends with this card, but where the value really lies is in the complimentary perks like a concierge service, international travel insurance, extended warranty and price guarantee.
Westpac Altitude Platinum with American Express
$0 in the first year ($199 after)
2 points per dollar on Amex, 1 point per dollar on Visa, uncapped
60,000 bonus Altitude Points on Visa and 15,000 bonus Altitude Points on Amex when you spend at least $3,000 on each card within 90 days
With two cards on offer, you’ve got plenty of opportunity to maximise your Qantas points earning with the Westpac Altitude Platinum with American Express. This offer won in the Qantas Frequent Flyer Premium Credit Card category, and comes with a bunch of bonus points, plus perks like a concierge service and international travel insurance. Plus, spend with the Amex card overseas, and you can earn up to 3 Qantas points per $1 spent.
American Express Explorer® Credit Card
100,000 bonus points when you apply online and spend $1,500 within 3 months
$400 travel credit each year
Earn 2 rewards points for every $1 spent
For all the globe trekking explorers out there, this piece of plastic from American Express comes with free international travel insurance, 2 complimentary lounge entries at Sydney International Airport and uncapped points earning power. Plus there’s great value when you’re at home too, with extras like purchase protection and smartphone screen insurance. No wonder it took out an award in the Velocity Frequent Flyer Premium Credit Card category.
Westpac Altitude Black with American Express
3 points per dollar on Amex, 1.25 points per dollar on Mastercard, uncapped
80,000 bonus Altitude Points on Mastercard and 40,000 bonus Altitude Points on Amex when you spend at least $3,000 on each card within 90 days of card approval
2 free visits to Priority Pass Lounges each year
If you’re serious about earning perks and points for your spend, then check out the Westpac Altitude Black with American Express. This high end option includes two cards to help you earn more, and took home an award in the Velocity Frequent Flyer Premium Credit Card category. Luxe extras with this card include uncapped points earning, a bunch of complimentary insurance covers and plenty of airport lounge access.
American Express Velocity Escape Card
$0 annual fee
Double Velocity points on spends with Virgin Australia
Spend with Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay
Want all the points earning power without the price tag? The American Express Velocity Escape Card has no annual fee, a regular points earn rate of 1 point per $1 spent (and double that when you shop with Virgin) and to top it all off, just took out an award in the Velocity Frequent Flyer Credit Card category. It also comes with perks including purchase protection and up to 4 additional cardholders for no extra fee.
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