Planning your 2017 holidays already? If you’re looking to save in airfares or want that business class upgrade without paying for it, then it’s worth considering a rewards credit card. These featured credit cards offer a helpful bonus of points to get your started, plus the ability to earn points from daily spending.

Using a credit card appropriately, they can serve as an great tool to travellers seeking the pointy end of the plane. Some of the cards featured below also include travel insurances and other benefits, such as our favourite: Amex Offers.

Not sure what to spend you’re points on? Scroll down – We’ve collected some Ideas for you below…

Remember: none of the information here constitutes personal advice that is relevant to your own financial circumstances.

Qantas Points Credit Cards

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1. Westpac Altitude – 100,000 points

Westpac’s high-end Altitude card is offering a whopping 100,000 points when you spend $5000 or more within the first 90 days. The card comes with a range of ‘Member Benefits’ such as travel insurance, a Priority Pass lounge membership, concierge service and uncapped points. If you don’t meet the higher spend and income minimum its worth checking out their Platinum Altitude card that’s offering 60,000 bonus points and for just $150 annual fee.
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2. NAB Platinum – 75,000 points

Looking for a good earn rate? The NAB Platinum has a solid 1.5 points per dollar earned on their Amex card. You’re also given a VISA which earns the standard 0.5 points per dollar. The card includes several insurances such as overseas travel, interstate flight and domestic hotel burglary insurance. With a $250 annual fee, the value from the bonus points, amex earn rate and insurances far exceed the first year’s fee.
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3. Citi Signature Visa – 50,000 points

With a reduced annual fee and 1 for $1 points earn, the Citi Rewards Visa is good stable card to consider. It has a 0% balance transfer for the first 6 months, offers complimentary Priority Pass membership each year and complimentary travel insurances. You can also switch over to Citi Rewards points later on if you’re interested in crediting future rewards to Velocity or Krisflyer.
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4. American Express Qantas Premium – 30,000 points

You can earn 30,000 points with our personal favourite card… Or up to 50,000 if you have a referral link. *Hint*. The reason we love AMEX cards is their 2 points per $1 earning rate with fuel and groceries. You will also get access to Amex offers, Amex invites, two lounge passes per year and complimentary insurances. Amex have a great mobile app and are ready to use with Apple Pay.
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Larita & I flying with points

Larita & I flying with points

Using your points

So what can these points be used for? Here are some suggestions below to get you thinking about your next destination… If you want more (and regular) insights into redeeming points we recommend connecting with Steve Hui and signing up for the Impulse Points newsletter.

Brisbane/Sydney to Honolulu (Hawaii) – 72,000 points return Economy
Retail price average: $900-$1500

Brisbane/Sydney to Auckland – 72,000 points return Business Class
Retail price average: $1600-$2000

Brisbane/Sydney to Singapore – 120,000 points return Business class
Retail price average: $4000-$7000

Brisbane/Sydney to Hong Kong – 120,000 points return Business class
Retail price average $6000-$8500

Sydney to Dubai – 144,000 points one way First Class
Retail price average $11,000-$12,500!! (each way)

 

Point of the story… Points are valuable!