If you are a regular Qantas flyer you might consider joining its Qantas Frequent Flyer program where you can earn points for flying, booking a hotel, hiring a car and also everyday things like restaurants, shopping and using a credit card. But sometimes it can be hard to decide whether going to the next step of getting a frequent flyer credit card is the right option for you.
Why get a frequent flyer credit card?
If you are looking for a frequent flyer credit card where you can earn points with Qantas in particular, it’s a good idea to first ask yourself the following:
- Do you pay your closing credit card balance in full each month? Interest rates on frequent flyer credit cards are typically around 20% p.a.
- Do you want to earn points to redeem for flights for either domestic or international?
- Are you already a Qantas Frequent Flyer member or are you keen to sign up?
A frequent flyer credit card might not be the best option if you:
- rarely pay off the balance,
- only plan to use your credit card occasionally or
- if you want to redeem points for other items like cashback, gift cards and shopping vouchers.
As a rewards-based card, it’s good to bear in mind that the costs of owning and using these types of credit cards can quickly cancel out the benefits of some frequent flyer offers. Check out Canstar’s hints and tips on rewards programs before signing up to a deal.
If a frequent flyer credit card sounds like a good option for your needs, it might be worth checking out a few of the best cards rated by Canstar that allow you to earn frequent flyer points with Qantas.
— Dr Darren Saunders (@whereisdaz) September 26, 2017
Some of our best Qantas frequent flyer credit cards
There is a range of Qantas credit cards out there that offer frequent flyer rewards, so it’s important to compare your options to find the right deal for you.
For a better chance of finding a frequent flyer credit card, you might want to consider one of the Qantas rewards credit cards rated by Canstar. You can see a snapshot of products with links to providers’ websites in the table below, sorted by Star Rating for frequent flyer credit cards on a $2,000 per month credit card spend.
What to look out for in a frequent flyer credit card
There are few things you should look out for when comparing frequent flyer credit cards to find which product is best for you. Some of these include:
- A frequent flyer rewards program – using a frequent flyer credit card that earns points for the airline’s program helps you maximise your rewards.
- Earn rate on points – check out the rate at which points are earned for each dollar spent.
- Annual fee – consider the annual fee on the card and whether or not it is worth the rewards earned.
- Promotional rates and features – make sure to be aware of the expenses of a frequent flyer credit card after the promotional period (typically six months) is over.
- Extras – some frequent flyer credit cards offer additional features such as complimentary travel insurance.
- Star Ratings – Canstar’s Research team gives products a star rating from 1 to 5. It’s a good idea to consider this when comparing frequent flyer credit cards.
If you are a disciplined spender and want to learn more about credit cards, check out Canstar’s roundup of the 13 benefits of using a credit card.