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American Express Qantas Ultimate Card

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Purchase rate
20.74% p.a.
Balance transfer rate
No current offer
Annual fees
$450
Interest free days on purchases
44
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Mozo editorial review American Express Qantas Ultimate Card

Last updated: 6 April 2021.

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What's hot
  • 2020 Credit Card Provider of the Year
  • Mozo Experts Choice Award winner 2020
  • 55,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online and spend $3,000 in the first 3 months
  • $450 annual Qantas Travel Credit
What's not
  • $450 annual fee
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With 55,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 on your new Card within the first 3 months (new Card Members only), an easy-to-earn points system and no cap or expiry date on the number of Qantas Points you can earn, the Qantas American Express Ultimate Card is... ultimately rewarding. Especially given that you can bag 1.25 Qantas Points for every $1 spent on eligible purchases. 

In fact, the Ultimate Card was found to be so rewarding that it was awarded a 2020 Mozo Experts Choice Award for best Qantas Frequent Flyer Premium Credit Card. 



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Key features

The Qantas Ultimate credit card from 2020 Credit Card Provider of the Year American Express has a high annual fee of $450, but the $450 Qantas Travel Credit you snag each year neatly cancels out that cost. 

Using this credit, you can book eligible Qantas flights online through American Express Travel. Standard card features include up to 44 interest free days, 20.74% purchase rate and there's the option of up to 4 additional Card Members for free, so you can get your partner to help build up those rewards points. But remember to pay those bills on time or you'll be hit with a $30 late payment fee.

For every $1 spent on standard purchases, you will earn 1.25 Qantas points per $1 spent (except at government bodies in Australia, where you will earn just 0.5 points). And for every dollar spent on Qantas products and services in Australia you will earn 1 additional Qantas Point.

The Qantas American Express Ultimate 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.

And let’s not forget the 55,000 bonus Qantas Points on offer. To score these points you’ll need to apply online and (once approved) use your new card to spend $3,000 in the first three months. Successful applicants can also receive a $200 statement credit when they meet the same conditions. Just keep in mind, you’ll need to be a new American Express Card Member to be eligible.


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Who is it good for

The Qantas American Express Ultimate 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.


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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.

Rewards program details

Rates and fees information correct as at 14 April 2021. Mozo has robust processes to ensure our site is updated to reflect the latest information from providers. There may be the odd occasion where updates are delayed, so please confirm information before purchasing.
What your points get you

Fly Sydney to London return

110,400 points

Fly Sydney to Melbourne one-way

8,000 points

$100 Giftcard

19,730 points

$100 Cash

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Points earning

1.25 points per dollar on Amex, uncapped

Rewards scheme

Points are automatically credited to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.

All rewards are redeemed via Qantas Frequent Flyer.

Earn 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent at government bodies, earn 2.25 Qantas Points per $1 spend on selected Qantas products and services.

$450 Qantas Travel Credit each year to use for eligible Qantas flights when you book and pay online at American Express Travel. Two complimentary Qantas Club and American Express Lounge invitations each year. Complimentary Qantas Wine Premium Membership.

Special offers

Receive 55,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 within the first 3 months. New Card Members only.

Value of rewards points

Spend $15,784 (AmEx)

Spend $6,400 (AmEx)

Spend $88,320 (AmEx)

Uncapped

Never

How do we calculate the rewards?

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 Australia Saver including baggage and Jetstar Starter 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, Malaysian, Etihad, Singapore, Cathay Pacific and Thai, 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.

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Rate and fee details

Rates
  • 20.74% p.a.

  • none

  • No current offer

  • no

  • none

  • 44

Fees
  • $450.00

  • none

  • none

  • none

  • $30.00

  • none

  • 3.00%

  • $10.00

  • $7.00

  • $0.00

Features
  • $30.00

  • 2.5

  • up to 4

  • none

Payment options

Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay

Rewards privileges

Travel Insurance,
Purchase Protection,
Account alerts by SMS

Customer Reviews

How are American Express credit cards rated by the Mozo community?

Overall
6.5/10
Price
5.6/10
Features
6.8/10
Customer service
6.7/10
Convenience
5.8/10
Trust
7.0/10

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