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Credit cards with signup points that can take you to LA or London: March 2022

Credit cards with signup points that can take you to LA or London: March 2022

As more and more Australians consider taking to the skies and travelling again, it may be worth exploring how far March’s credit cards with frequent flyer points on sign up could take you.

There are several credit cards offering bulk sum frequent flyer points when you sign up. And points hackers may be considering prioritising credit cards offering bonus points on sign up in their card comparison.

At the time of writing, these are the credit cards offering 120,000 Qantas points or more - which is enough to get you to London or Rome return.

  1. Qantas Premier Titanium150,000
  2. ANZ Frequent Flyer Black130,000
  3. Qantas American Express Ultimate Card – 130,000
  4. Westpac Altitude Black (Altitude Qantas)120,000

RateCity research has found that as of March, there are currently 22 credit cards in our database offering bonus-points-on-signup that pay for at least a return ticket to Melbourne.

To help you with your frequent flyer credit card comparison, we’ve created a list that offer enough Qantas points to pay for the cost of a return ticket to some of the most popular destinations.

Where you can travel with your Qantas frequent flyer points – March 2022

At the time of writing, the current frequent flyer point cost for a return plane ticket domestically or internationally from Sydney airport are as follows:

Qantas frequent flyer points – domestic and international

DestinationQantas Frequent Flyer points cost from Sydney
Melbourne11,200
Brisbane11,200
Canberra16,000
Hobart19,200
Adelaide21,600
Darwin27,000
Perth30,600
Denpasar (Bali)36,000
Singapore35,200
Honolulu44,000
Japan52,000
Los Angeles83,800
London110,400
Rome132,400

*See below for disclaimers

Qantas frequent flyer credit card signup points on offer

20,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points

Card nameProviderQantas frequent Flyer points at sign up
Platinum Qantas Credit CardHSBC

20,000

Platinum Card (Qantas Rewards)Macquarie Bank

20,000

Black Card (Qantas Rewards)Macquarie Bank

20,000

50,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points

Card nameProvider

Qantas frequent Flyer points at sign up

Qantas Platinum MastercardBankwest

50,000

60,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points

Card nameProviderQantas frequent Flyer points at sign up
Amplify Platinum (Amplify Qantas)Bank of Melbourne

60,000

Amplify Platinum (Amplify Qantas)BankSA

60,000

Amplify Platinum (Amplify Qantas)St. George Bank

60,000

Qantas Rewards Premium CardNAB

65,000

70,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points

Card nameProviderQantas frequent Flyer points at sign up
Frequent Flyer PlatinumANZ

70,000

Ultimate Awards (Qantas Points)Commonwealth Bank of Australia

70,000

Altitude Platinum (Altitude Qantas)Westpac

75,000

80,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points

Card nameProviderQantas frequent Flyer points at sign up
Qantas Premium CardAmerican Express

80,000

Qantas Premier PlatinumQantas Money

80,000

90,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points

Card nameProviderQantas frequent Flyer points at sign up
Amplify Signature (Amplify Qantas)Bank of Melbourne

90,000

Amplify Signature (Amplify Qantas)BankSA

90,000

Amplify Signature (Amplify Qantas)St. George Bank

90,000

100,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points

Card nameProviderQantas frequent Flyer points at sign up
Premier QantasCiti

100,000

Prestige (Qantas Rewards Program)Citi

100,000

110,000 – 120,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points

Card nameProviderQantas frequent Flyer points at sign up
Qantas Rewards Signature CardNAB

110,000

Altitude Black (Altitude Qantas)Westpac

120,000

130,000 – 150,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points

Card nameProviderQantas frequent Flyer points at sign up
Qantas American Express Ultimate CardAmerican Express130,000
Frequent Flyer BlackANZ130,000
Qantas Premier TitaniumQantas Money150,000

Source: RateCity.com.au. Data accurate as of 17/03/22.

Comparing frequent flyer credit cards

There is more to a credit card than the points being offered. Points hackers who are prioritising cards with bulk points on sign up may also want to keep in mind the potential interest rate charges, fees and number of interest free days offered by the issuer as well.

You may also want to compare any complimentary insurances that are offered with said credit cards before you sign on the dotted line. This may include domestic or international travel insurance, medical coverage, rental car insurance and more.

Take note of whether the insurer offers coverage in the event of Covid-related flight or accommodation cancellations as well.

Disclaimers for Qantas frequent flyer points table:

Note: Based on Qantas frequent flyer points pricing for tickets dated 17/09 – 24/09 when looking on 17/03. For Singapore and Honolulu, ticket dates are 18/09 – 25/09, and London tickets are 19/09 – 26/09, due to lack of availability.

Based on lowest points available ticket cost, including Jetstar flights. Based on travel to major airport in the capital city (Heathrow, JFK, Narita etc.) from Sydney, Australia.

Discount applied at time of research - 20% off Points Plus Pay flights when you book by 30 April 2022. Data accurate as of 17/03/22.

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This article was reviewed by Personal Finance Editor Mark Bristow before it was published as part of RateCity's Fact Check process.

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