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Bonus points credit cards

Bonus points credit cards help you reach rewards status faster by offering introductory points to give your rewards balance a boost. Each rewards credit card will have different rewards point earnings rates, partner deals and bonus point criteria so be sure to get the one that suits your needs and card spending level.

Bonus points rewards credit card comparisons on Mozo - last updated 23 April 2021

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    St.George Amplify 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 28th September 2021.

    Rewards program
    Annual fee
    Bonus points
    Earn rate per $1
    Estimated points earned
    Amplify Rewards
    $279
    200,000
    1.5 points uncapped
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    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 and 45 days interest free (rate then reverts to 21.49% after). 1% BT fee. $250 annual card fee.

    Rewards program
    Annual fee
    Bonus points
    Earn rate per $1
    Estimated points earned
    Altitude Rewards
    $250
    150,000
    1.25 points uncapped
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    American Express Velocity Platinum Card

    Receive 50,000 bonus Velocity Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 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. Credit Card Provider of the Year in the Mozo Experts Choice Awards 2020 ^.

    Rewards program
    Annual fee
    Bonus points
    Earn rate per $1
    Estimated points earned
    Velocity Frequent Flyer
    $375
    50,000
    1.25 points uncapped
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    American Express Explorer® Credit Card

    Receive 90,000 Bonus Membership Rewards Points and get $300 back when you apply online by 3 May 2021, are approved and spend $3,000 on your new Card within the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. New Card Members only.

    Rewards program
    Annual fee
    Bonus points
    Earn rate per $1
    Estimated points earned
    Membership Rewards
    $395
    90,000
    2 points uncapped
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    St.George Amplify Platinum

    Earn 60,000 bonus Qantas Points (min $3,000 spend in the first 3 months). New cards only, Eligibility criteria and T&Cs apply. Offer ends 28th September 2021.

    Rewards program
    Annual fee
    Bonus points
    Earn rate per $1
    Estimated points earned
    Qantas Frequent Flyer
    $99
    60,000
    0.5 points uncapped
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    Westpac Altitude Platinum

    Earn up to 60,000 bonus Qantas Points ($3k min. spend in the first 90 days on eligible purchases). Enjoy up to 45 days interest free with a 0% balance transfer for 18 months (rate then reverts to 21.49% after). 1% BT fee. $99 + $50 Annual Qantas Rewards card fee for the first year.

    Rewards program
    Annual fee
    Bonus points
    Earn rate per $1
    Estimated points earned
    Qantas Frequent Flyer
    $200 $149 in the first year
    60,000
    0.5 points uncapped
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    American Express Qantas Premium Card

    Receive 30,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $3,000 on your new Card within the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. New Card Members only. Credit Card Provider of the Year in the Mozo Experts Choice Awards 2020^.

    Rewards program
    Annual fee
    Bonus points
    Earn rate per $1
    Estimated points earned
    Qantas Frequent Flyer
    $249
    30,000
    1 point uncapped
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    American Express Qantas Ultimate Card

    Receive 55,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply, are approved, and meet the minimum spend criteria of $3,000 in the first 3 months. T&Cs apply. Available to new Card Members only.

    Rewards program
    Annual fee
    Bonus points
    Earn rate per $1
    Estimated points earned
    Qantas Frequent Flyer
    $450
    55,000
    1.25 points uncapped
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    Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum

    Earn 60,000 bonus Qantas Points (min $3,000 spend in the first 3 months). New cards only, Eligibility criteria and T&Cs apply. Offer ends 28th September 2021.

    Rewards program
    Annual fee
    Bonus points
    Earn rate per $1
    Estimated points earned
    Qantas Frequent Flyer
    $99
    60,000
    0.5 points uncapped
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    BankSA Amplify Platinum

    80,000 bonus Amplify Points (min $3,000 spend within 90 days. 0% p.a. for 15 months on balance transfers requested at card application (1% BT fee). New cards only, Eligibility criteria and T&Cs apply. Offer ends 28th September 2021.

    Rewards program
    Annual fee
    Bonus points
    Earn rate per $1
    Estimated points earned
    Amplify Rewards
    $99
    80,000
    1 point uncapped
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    Westpac Altitude Platinum

    Earn up to 80,000 bonus Altitude Points ($3k min. spend in the first 90 days on eligible purchases). Enjoy up to 45 days interest free with a 0% balance transfer for 18 months (rate then reverts to 21.49% after). 1% BT fee. Only $99 annual card fee for the first year, $150 thereafter.

    Rewards program
    Annual fee
    Bonus points
    Earn rate per $1
    Estimated points earned
    Altitude Rewards
    $150 $99 in the first year
    80,000
    1 point uncapped
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Bonus Points Rewards Cards Perks

Rewards credit cards come packed with perks and so it pays to brush up on the ins and outs of earning and redeeming rewards. Too many people fall into the trap of going for the biggest bonus point sign up offer but then fail to take advantage of all the other great bonuses that come standard with their card like free wine when they dine, pre-sale tickets to shows and complimentary airline lounge passes.

In this guide, we’ll outline some of the best ways to get bonus value from your rewards card and some of the traps to watch out for.

What types of bonus points are available?

Sign up bonus offers: Many rewards card providers offer incentives for you to choose their card over another banks card and so when you sign up you'll get a block of bonus points for the program. You could get instant rewards points at sign up or sometimes you will need to spend a set amount on your card within the first three months for example to get the bonus points.

Need to know: Not all rewards points are equal. 10,000 bonus points with one rewards card could be worth more than 20,000 bonus points on another card. Look at the points earned per dollar amount and compare what you can buy with those points. Airline affiliated programs tend to offer better value due to their more favourable redemption rates.

Some rewards points are worth more than others

Bonus partner offers: Some cards are aligned with retailers or service providers and when you spend money with them you'll get more points than the standard earning rate per dollar spent.

Need to know: Learn your card's bonus partners so that you can boost your points totals but never spend more than you'd normally would or forgo a cheaper price just to earn bonus points.

What else should I look for in addition to bonus points?

Bonus points are great as they help you to get to the goal of being able to redeem freebies sooner but it's important when choosing a rewards card that you don't only think about the now, you also need to think about the long term. The reality is that for many of the top rewards like free international travel you'll need to accrue points over the long term so you'll need to factor in some other things like:

  • Annual fee. Rewards cards generally have higher annual fees than standard credit cards so factor this into your ongoing budget to make sure that the cost of the fee isn’t going to outweigh the value of the rewards points you will accrue each year.

  • Points caps. If you want to accrue points fast you’ll need a card that doesn’t have a cap on the amount of points you can earn in a month or year.

  • Points expiry. Some rewards programs do have expiry times for points usage so be sure you factor this into your choice of card.

  • Rewards choice. 50,000 bonus velocity points sounds like a great deal when you’re planning a trip to Hamilton Island this year, but will you always want to redeem your points for flights on Virgin? If you are not going to be an airline loyalist look for a rewards program that has broader options for redeeming rewards.

  • Insurance extras. If you are in the market for a high end card, many platinum credit cards come with complimentary insurances such as overseas travel insurance, extended warranty and price protection insurance.

  • Partner bonuses. Visa has its Visa Entertainment program, MasterCard has the MasterCard Priceless Cities program and American Express has exclusive member offers, look for a card program that will most suit your tastes so that you can take advantage of the perks provided.

Are there any traps to bonus point offers?

If you are savvy about using your card, and paying your balance back in full each month, bonus points credit cards can be a great way to getting lots of reward freebies fast.

The biggest traps to watch for are spend requirements needed to get bonus points as it can sometimes mean you put more on your credit card than you have budgeted for and you'll end up in debt. It's important to put the bonus points into perspective. If you have to spend $1000 to get an extra 500 points, ask yourself is it worth it? If those 500 points will get you a free flight then maybe it's worth it, but if you can buy a flight anyway for $500 there isn't any point in overspending to get points.

The other trap to watch is foregoing a sale just to get bonus points. If you see an item on sale at a store for way less than a store where you will earn points, still go for the sale item.

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Rewards credit card traps to watch out for.

Annual fees: Very often rewards cards will come with much higher annual fees than your standard credit cards.

Points caps: Some cards will have a cap on the amount of points you can earn in a month or year.

Points expiry: Some rewards programs have expiry times for points, meaning that if you don’t use them in time, they’ll disappear.

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What fees do bonus points credit cards have?

In addition to the card's annual fee and or any airline membership program fee, there will be standard credit card fees that you'll need to pay if you use your card for overseas transactions or cash advances.

For foreign transactions you will generally pay a foreign exchange fee which is normally around 2-3% of the transaction amount converted into Australian dollars. This will be charged for online as well as in-person overseas transactions. If you travel or shop online regularly, the cost of these fees can add up so you might be better off looking for a travel credit card that doesn't charge these fees.

Cash advance fees are charged when you use your credit card to withdraw cash from an ATM and when you use to card purchase things like gambling chips or foreign exchange. It is best to avoid using your credit card for cash advances, as not only will you need to pay a cash advance fee (normally around 4% of the transaction amount) you'll also start paying interest on the amount immediately.

Some cards will also charge a late payment fee if you are late with a repayment so it is best to set up automatic repayments each month to cover the minimum repayment.

Will a balance transfer count towards the spend requirements for a bonus offer?

No, if you transfer a balance from another card to your new bonus point offer card, this balance would not count towards any spend requirements that are required to earn your bonus points. If the card required you to spend $500 on the card in the first month to get bonus points you would still need to do this in addition to any balance you transfer across.

Just be aware that repayments need to go towards the highest interest accruing debt so if you make new purchases on the credit card, you will pay these off before you start repaying the balance transfer. Be sure to also have a plan to pay back the debt in the balance transfer period or you could find yourself paying high interest.

What’s the best way to compare bonus point card offers?

Because it is just as important to look at the overall value of the card, not just the sign up bonus points Mozo's Rewards Revealer tool should be your first step in narrowing down the choice of credit card for your annual spend.

Once you know the cards that will deliver you good value for the amount of money you'll spend in the year it is time to compare the bonus point offers to find out which one will be right for you. Due to the complexity of bonus points offers (eg, you need to spend $x over 3 months) our Rewards Revealer tool doesn't take into account bonus points offers in its calculations, so you will need to do this manually.

How? You'll need to check the redemption rates for points. This is a huge factor. For instance Card A and Card B might both offer an introductory bonus offer of 50,000 points, but those points may get you 7 Syd to Melb flights on Card A and only 2 flights on Card B.

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