NAB and Origin’s solar partnership: what you need to know

Ceyda Erem

28 Nov 2017

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It’s odd to think that a rewards card and an energy retailer would come together with the goal of helping Aussies save on their energy bill, but NAB’s latest rewards program with Origin is doing just that.

From today, NAB customers can use their rewards points for the installation of residential solar panels, with the option of redeeming 48,080 points to receive a $250 Origin e-voucher to put towards the cost of installing the panels.

It doesn’t stop there, however, with Origin are also offering customers an additional, one off $500 discount.

The new program comes in response to the growing number of homeowners interested in alternative energy options.

“This offer not only helps to reduce the cost of installing solar panels, but also has flow-on savings for a customer’s energy bills and the environment,” said NAB Executive General Manager of Consumer Lending, Angus Gilfillan.

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And if you’re a first home buyer armed with a deposit, you’ll be able to score 350,000 NAB Rewards points by taking out an eligible NAB Home Loan and Banking Bundle - equating to a further $2,250 worth of value to go towards the solar system for their home.

“We know that cost is a significant factor for consumers when making a purchase, so we hope this initiative makes it easier and more affordable for Australians to make the switch to solar,” said Gilfillan.

Mozo recently reported on the rising number of Aussies using renewable energy, with the 15,225 panels installed in August alone cutting an estimated $180 million off energy bills across the country. But according to Mozo Director, Kirsty Lamont, Aussies can still snag a great deal on their energy plan by switching providers.

“For those who can afford the setup and installation costs, solar is a great way to trim your energy bill. But you can also make great savings by switching to a more competitive, better value plan in your state,” she said.

If you’re now after a rewards credit card, whether it be from NAB or another provider,, here’s a quick look at some of your options, along with some other common plastic perks.

Rewards credit cards

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  • Apply By 30 November 2021

    Westpac Altitude Black

    Earn up to 150,000 bonus Altitude Points ($4k min. spend in the first 90 days on eligible purchases). 0% balance transfer for 18 months. 1% BT fee. $250 annual card fee. New cards only. Offer ends November 30th 2021. T&C's and exclusions apply.

    Altitude Rewards

    $250

    150,000

    1.25 points uncapped

    • -

    • 20.49% p.a.

    • 0% p.a. for 18 months and then 21.49% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    • 21.49% p.a.

    • 45

    • 3.00%

    • $15.00

    • 1.25 points per dollar on Mastercard, uncapped

    • Never

    • 150,000

    • 23,400 points

    • 318,000 points

    • 24,100 points

    • • Concierge

      • Travel Insurance

      • Extended Warranty

      • Purchase Protection

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Altitude Black

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  • NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card

    NABs fastest way to earn Qantas Points. 110,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $3,000 on everyday purchases within 60 days of account opening and keep the card open for 12 months. Access to 6 complimentary insurances when you make eligible purchases.

    Qantas Frequent Flyer

    $395 $295 in the first year

    110,000

    1 point up to $5,000/month, then
    0.5 points up to $20,000/month

    • -

    • 19.99% p.a.

    • 0% p.a. for 6 months and then 21.74% p.a. (2.00% balance transfer fee)

    • 21.74% p.a.

    • 44

    • 3.00%

    • $15.00

    • 1 point per dollar on Visa, up to $5,000 per month, then
      0.5 points per dollar on Visa, up to $20,000 per month

    • Never

    • 110,000

    • 8,000 points

    • 110,400 points

    • 19,010 points

    • • Concierge

      • Extended Warranty

      • Purchase Protection

      • International Travel Insurance

      • Transit Accident Insurance

      • Interstate Flight Inconvenience Insurance

      • Rental Vehicle Excess in Australia Insurance

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Qantas Rewards Signature Card

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  • Apply By 26 October 2021

    American Express Explorer® Credit Card

    Receive 150,000 Bonus Membership Rewards Points when you apply online by 26 October 2021, are approved and spend $3,000 on your new Card within the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. New Card Members only.

    Membership Rewards

    $395

    150,000

    2 points uncapped

    • -

    • 20.74% p.a.

    • No current offer

    • 55

    • 3.00%

    • $30.00

    • 2 points per dollar on Amex, uncapped

    • Never

    • 150,000

    • 15,600 points

    • 212,000 points

    • 20,000 points

    • • Travel Insurance

      • Extended Warranty

      • Purchase Protection

      • Account alerts by SMS

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Explorer® Credit Card

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  • St.George Amplify Rewards Signature

    Earn up to 200,000 Bonus Amplify Rewards Points over 2 years (100k yr 1, 100k yr 2) when you spend $12k on eligible purchases each year. New cards only, Eligibility criteria and T&Cs apply. Offer ends November 30th 2021.

    Rewards

    $279

    200,000

    1.5 points uncapped

    • -

    • 19.74% p.a.

    • 0% p.a. for 15 months and then 21.49% p.a. (1.00% balance transfer fee)

    • 21.49% p.a.

    • 55

    • 3.00%

    • $15.00

    • 1.5 points per dollar on Visa, uncapped

    • Never

    • 200,000

    • 15,600 points

    • 212,000 points

    • 22,200 points

    • • Concierge

      • Travel Insurance

      • Extended Warranty

      • Purchase Protection

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Amplify Rewards Signature

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  • Apply By 13 December 2021

    American Express Velocity Platinum Card

    Receive 120,000 bonus Velocity Points and 120 Status Credits when you apply online by 13 December 2021, are approved and spend $4,500 on your new Card within the first 3 months. New Card Members Only. Enjoy a complimentary domestic return flight with Virgin Australia to selected cities, each year after your first card spend.

    Velocity Frequent Flyer

    $375

    120,000

    1.25 points uncapped

    • -

    • 20.74% p.a.

    • No current offer

    • 55

    • 3.00%

    • $30.00

    • 1.25 points per dollar on Amex, uncapped

    • Never

    • 120,000

    • 7,800 points

    • 119,600 points

    • 19,500 points

    • • Travel Insurance

      • Purchase Protection

      • Account alerts by SMS

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Velocity Platinum Card

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5 common credit card perks

Travel insurance and travel extras - Complimentary travel insurance is a perk offered by many credit card providers that will not only cover you, but your partner and two children. With this, you’ll be covered against lost luggage, medical expenses, cancellations fees and more. And depending on your provider, you may even score a free domestic flight each year!

Purchase protection insurance - This is a type of insurance that will cover you if you lose or have an item stolen that you purchased using your rewards card. However, these claims may need to be made within 30 days of you losing your item and will only work if you purchased it within the last 90 days.

Price protection - This perk is for the shopaholics who hate seeing items they just bought at a lower price somewhere else. Price protection will reimburse the difference between the price you paid and the price advertised at another store - but remember, there may be a minimum or maximum amount you are allowed to claim.

Extended warranty - Along with the items regular warranty, your rewards card may provide an extended warranty. The is usually an extra 12 months.

Concierge service - Give yourself a temporary celebrity status through your card’s complimentary concierge service, which offers assistance for booking hotels, hotel recommendations and restaurant reservations.