It’s no secret that frequent flyer points are your ticket to flying in business or first class for the price of economy. It’s what we do at Flight Hacks, and we aim to inspire you to fly the same way!

It’s a longstanding myth that to earn frequent flyer points you need to fly a lot. This couldn’t be further from the truth!

These days the easiest and fastest way to earn those frequent flyer points is by taking advantage of the many frequent flyer credit card deals in the market. But which cards are the best value and will get you to the front of the plane faster?

We’ve compiled our top 4 card deals on right now which can earn you between 75,000 to 120,000 frequent flyer points. To put this in perspective, that’s more than enough points to take off in business and even first class!

American Express Velocity Platinum Card

Get: Up to 100,000 Velocity Points

For a limited time you could up to 100,000 bonus Velocity Points when you apply by 15 July 2019, are approved and meet the minimum spend criteria – that’s 25,000 points for each month you spend $1,000 in the first 4 months. This offer is available to new Card Members only.

  • Up to 100,000 Velocity Points when you apply by 15 July 2019, are approved and meet the minimum spend criteria (25,000 points for each month you spend $1,000 in the first 4 months. This offer is available to new Card Members only.)
  • Complimentary Virgin Australia domestic return flight after your first card spend each anniversary year.
  • Frequent Flyer Points Earn Rate: Earn 1.25 Velocity Points per $1 spent, except government bodies where you will earn 0.5 Velocity Points per $1 spent
  • Earn 1 additional Velocity Point per $1 spent on selected purchases with Virgin Australia
  • 4 complimentary lounge passes each year: 2 Virgin Australia lounge passes (for use at selected airports), and 2 Amex Lounge passes for use in Sydney or Melbourne International Airport
  • Complimentary domestic and international travel insurance when you pay for eligible travel on your card
  • 0% p.a. on balance transfers for the first 12 months — A one-off establishment fee of 1% applies
  • 100 Velocity Status points when you spend minimum $50,000 within 1 membership year

Click here to get this deal via American Express

ANZ Frequent Flyer Black

Get: 100,000 Bonus Qantas Points

The ANZ Frequent Flyer Black comes with one of the biggest sign-up bonuses in the market. For a limited time, you will even get $200 back to your card which helps offset the annual fee. The card also comes with Qantas Club Lounge access passes which is fantastic.

Here are the benefits:

  • 100,000 bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer Points when you spend $4,000 or more on eligible purchases within the first 3 months of card approval
  • 2 Qantas Club lounge access passes each year you hold the card
  • $200 back to your new card
  • Discounted Qantas Club membership for the first year
  • Unlimited international lounge access through Véloce World
  • Complimentary Qantas Frequent Flyer membership, saving you $99.50
  • 24/7 Concierge service to assist with bookings and reservations
  • Earn 1 Qantas Frequent Flyer Point per $1 spent on eligible purchases, capped at $7,500 after which the earn rate reduces to 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent

Click here to get this deal online via ANZ

NAB Qantas Rewards Signature

Get: 90,000 Bonus Qantas Points

NAB Qantas Rewards Signature comes with a whopping 90,000 bonus Qantas points. In addition, the card now has a reduced annual fee for the first year which saves you $100.

Here are the benefits:

  • 90,000 bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer Points when you spend a minimum of $4,000 on everyday purchases in the first 60 days of the account opening.
  • Reduced annual card fee of $295 for the first year ($395 each year after that).
  • Earn rate of up to 1 Qantas points per $1 spent (up to $5,000 per month) after which it reverts to 0.5 Qantas points per dollar spent (up to $20,000 per month).
  • Seven complimentary insurances: Overseas Travel insurance, Transport Accident insurance, Interstate Flight Inconvenience insurance, Domestic Hotel Burglary insurance, Purchase Protection insurance, Extended Warranty insurance and Price Protection insurance. Read the PDS to see if these will cover your needs and to see details about eligibility and T&Cs.
  • 0% p.a. on balance transfer for up to 6 months (2% balance transfer fee at the end of the balance transfer period, the balance transfer reverts to cash advance rate).

Click here to get this deal online via NAB

Qantas Premier Platinum MasterCard

Get Up To: 120,000 bonus Qantas Points

Earn up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points. 0,000 bonus Qantas Points will be awarded each month when you spend $1,500 or more on eligible purchases per month, for a total of 120,000 points over the first 6 months. You will also enjoy a reduced annual fee of only $199 in the first year.

Here are the benefits:

  • A whopping 20,000 bonus Qantas Points will be awarded each month when you spend $1,500 or more on eligible purchases per month, for a total of 120,000 points over the first 6 months
  • Earn Rate: 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent, up to $10,000 per statement period. If you happen to spend more than $10,000 per month, the earn rate will drop to 0.5 points per $1 after the first $10,000.
  • $199 reduced annual fee for the first year (normally $299)
  • Minimum income: $35,000 p.a.
  • ATO Earns Points: No
  • Overseas Transaction Fee: 3% of the converted amount
  • Minimum Credit Limit: $6,000

Click here to get this deal online via Qantas Money

Where can you go with these points?

Here are a few ideas on how you can spend your frequent flyer points! Note that these prices are for outright ticket redemptions in business or first class; this is when you get the best value compared to upgrading.

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greg perfrement

thanks for this, i was good until the end.
I am trying to work out how many points i will need to fly Sydney to Bangkok QANTAS business class and should I buy the cheapest ticket I can and then upgrade or use points for the lot.
I can’t get a clear answer.

Immanuel Debeer
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Hi Greg, thanks for the feedback. From Sydney to Bangkok is going to cost you 60,000 points one way + taxes in business class. That’s for an outright redemption, you can check this easily on the Qantas website https://www.qantas.com/fflyer/do/dyns/auth/PointsRedeemed

I always advice against using points to upgrade because the price difference isn’t much compared to an outright redemption. To upgrade on the cheapest ticket would cost you 50,000 points one way with no guarantee that you get the upgrade. Hope that helps, cheers!

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greg perfrement

that’s where it gets a bit crazy – the calculator there says 60,000points and then when you go to the next section it says something like 300k points for 1 leg. is there something I’m doing wrong?

Immanuel Debeer
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Hi Greg, what you want to look for is the “Classic Flight Reward”. It’s a check box on the search page, otherwise you will pay an extortionate amount of points. I recommend you have a read through our guide on Qantas Classic Flight Rewards here: https://flighthacks.com.au/guide-to-qantas-classic-flight-rewards/

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greg perf

thanks for that.
there are just no business class flights available through Qantas Reward for Sydney to BKK.
absolutely none!

Immanuel Debeer
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Hi Greg, yep it’s not always easy to find awards (if it was easy everyone would be flying up front). Having flexibility and booking flights in advance is usually the bets way to score flight awards.