American Express Free Flight Destinations

Information verified correct on April 23rd, 2017

Discover how you can fly almost anywhere in Australia courtesy of your American Express credit card.

One of the many perks of having an American Express Platinum card is the free domestic return ticket you’re entitled to each year. Depending on the card, you can take your complimentary flight with either Qantas or Virgin Australia to anywhere from Sydney or Melbourne to Launceston or Brisbane. If you want to save on travel costs and take advantage of the complimentary flights, use this guide to compare the cards that offer complimentary flights, the possible routes you can take and the terms and conditions you'll need to be aware of.

Which cards give me a free flight?

If you have an American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card, American Express Velocity Platinum Card, American Express Qantas Ultimate Credit Card or American Express Platinum Reserve Credit Card (discontinued), you’re eligible to receive a complimentary domestic return flight every year. This reward flight represents savings of about a few hundred dollars, but some conditions must be met before you can take advantage of the offer.

Compare credit cards with complimentary flights

Rates last updated April 23rd, 2017.

American Express Velocity Platinum Card

0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers + 50,000 bonus points offers have been extended.

February 3rd, 2016

Qantas American Express Ultimate Card

Bonus points offer changed from 50,000 to 75,000 plus new earn rates have applied.

March 7th, 2017

Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer

1.5% BT fee has been added to the existing balance transfer offer which is valid until 15 June 2017.

April 3rd, 2017

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Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
Earn 2 Velocity Points on top of the standard earn rate per $1 spent within the first three months. Plus, save with a long-term balance transfer offer and a reduced annual fee in the first year.
20.74% p.a. 0% p.a. for 18 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee $64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter) Go to site More info
ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card
Pay no overseas transaction fee on purchases and receive complimentary domestic return flight and lounge passes each year you hold the card when you spend $500 on eligible purchases within the first three months.
20.24% p.a. $225 p.a. Go to site More info
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
Enjoy 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the spend criteria plus 75 Bonus Status Credits when you book and fly back with Qantas. Earn up to 2.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases.
20.74% p.a. 0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee $450 p.a. Go to site More info
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
Receive 50,000 bonus Velocity Points when you apply online, are approved and meet the minimum spend required, plus take advantage of the 0% p.a. for 12 months balance transfer offer. Also receive a complimentary return flight every year.
20.74% p.a. 0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee $349 p.a. Go to site More info

Depending on the card you hold, there are also restrictions on your flight origin and destination, which we have set out below.

Where can I travel with my American Express complimentary flight?

The available travel routes differ with each card and depending on where you’re flying out from. You can compare the different route options below:

American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card on Virgin Australia flightsamex-platinum-edge-card
Origin cityPossible destinations
AdelaideBrisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
BrisbaneAdelaide, Canberra, Hamilton Island, Mackay,
Melbourne, Newcastle, Proserpine, Rockhampton, Sydney
CanberraAdelaide, Brisbane, Coolangatta, Melbourne, Sydney
DarwinBrisbane, Perth
MelbourneAdelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Launceston,
Mildura, Newcastle, Sydney
PerthAdelaide, Brisbane, Broome, Karratha, Melbourne,
Newman, Port Hedland, Sydney
SydneyAdelaide, Albury, Ballina/Byron, Brisbane, Canberra, Coffs Harbour, Coolangatta,
Hervey Bay, Launceston, Maroochydore, Melbourne, Port Macquarie
American Express Qantas Ultimate Credit Card on Qantas flightsamex-qantas-ultimate-creditcard
Origin cityPossible destinations
AdelaideBrisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
BrisbaneAdelaide, Melbourne, Sydney
CanberraMelbourne, Sydney
MelbourneAdelaide, Brisbane, Sydney
PerthAdelaide, Melbourne, Sydney
SydneyAdelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne
American Express Velocity Platinum Card on Virgin Australia flightsAMEX-velocity-platinum-small
Origin cityPossible destinations
AdelaideBrisbane, Canberra, Coolangatta, Melbourne
CanberraAdelaide, Brisbane, Coolangatta, Melbourne, Sydney
HobartBrisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
MelbourneAdelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Coffs Harbour, Coolangatta, Hobart, Launceston, Maroochydore, Mildura, Newcastle, Sydney
PerthAdelaide, Broome, Karratha, Newman, Port Hedland, Sydney
SydneyAdelaide, Albury, Ballina/Byron, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Coffs Harbour, Coolangatta, Hamilton Island, Hervey Bay, Hobart, Launceston, Mackay, Maroochydore, Melbourne, Port Macquarie, Townsville
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How do I redeem my complimentary flight?

You may call AMEX directly using the phone number on the back of your credit card to book your complimentary flight.

Factors to consider before you redeem your free flight american express logo

Apart from the standard reserved rights to change any of these terms and conditions, American Express and their partner airlines have a few important conditions that you should be aware of before you redeem your complimentary flight:

  • Economy class. The free flight is for an economy class ticket, but you may pay to upgrade your ticket in the usual manner. Baggage in excess of 23kg may attract additional fees on Saver Fare flights.
  • No partner airline or codeshare flights. The flights above are strictly provided for by Virgin Australia and Qantas respectively, and you cannot redeem your ticket with a partner airline or codeshare flight.
  • Subject to availability. There is no guarantee that the flights you want will be available.
  • Ticket holder. You may book your free ticket in another person’s name, except an unaccompanied minor.
  • Ticket restrictions. You may not sell, transfer, endorse, refund or exchange your ticket for cash, or combine this offer with any other promotion, discount, negotiated or corporate rate.
  • Ticket changes. Any changes made after your initial booking will attract the usual ticket change fees, fare difference and applicable GST.
  • Conditions of carriage. Your travel conditions are subject respectively to ‘Virgin Australia Terms and Conditions of Carriage’ and ‘Qantas Conditions of Carriage’, depending on your card and flight carrier.
  • Yearly redemption. You are eligible for one free return domestic flight every 365 days, i.e. each membership year and not calendar year. Your flight must be booked before the end of that year, and cannot be carried over to the next.
  • Important clause for American Express Platinum Edge Credit cardholders. This flight offer is only available to members enrolled in the Ascent membership rewards program. Members who have enrolled in the Qantas Direct program are not eligible.

Complimentary domestic travel insurance cover

As with tickets that are paid in full with your American Express card, redeeming this free flight activates free domestic travel insurance cover for the trip. This insurance is provided for by Chubb Insurance Australia Limited, but note that only primary cardholders are eligible for travel insurance cover—supplementary cardholders are not covered.

Travel insurance benefits include:

  • Travel inconvenience cover. Delayed or cancelled flights, luggage delay, etc.
  • Medical emergency expenses cover. Repatriation, evacuation, cost of treatment, emergency dental treatment.
  • Resumption of journey cover. Cost to resume an interrupted trip due to death, imminent death, serious accident or acute illness of a close relative. (This cover does not apply for American Express Platinum Edge Credit cardholders)
  • Baggage, money and documents cover. Damaged, stolen, lost or destroyed personal baggage, money or documents during the trip.
  • Travel cancellation cover. Non-refundable deposits, prepaid travel and accommodation costs should you have to cancel the trip for certain reasons.
  • Personal liability cover. Damages for injury to persons or accidental loss to property.

AMEX complimentary travel insurance

Frequently asked questions about American Express free flights

What is ‘Saver Fare’?

TA saver fare flight is the standard Virgin Airline economy flight. A saver fare allows you to take up to 23 kilograms of checked luggage and up to 7 kilograms of carry-on luggage. You will be charged an additional fee for excess baggage.

Can I book the flight for someone else?

According to the free flight offer terms and conditions, you can book your flight in the name of another individual, but not in the name of an unaccompanied minor.

Am I covered by the complimentary domestic insurance policy when I redeem the free flight offer?

Yes, you are eligible for cover when redeeming your free flight offer with American Express, but your supplementary cardholder isn’t.

Which date does the annual complimentary flight reset on?

The complimentary domestic flight resets on the anniversary date of the applicable card account.

What is the difference between Ascent and Qantas Direct?

They are two different membership reward programs available to American Express cardholders. Ascent is offered in conjunction with Velocity and its partner airlines; Qantas Direct is offered in partnership with Qantas and its partner airlines.
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32 Responses to American Express Free Flight Destinations

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    Margaret | August 29, 2016

    I have an American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card and wish to use my free flight. Can I fly from Sunshine Coast to Maroochydore and if so, as soon as this weekend, ie Thursday/Friday 1 & 2nd September to Monday or Tuesday 5th & 6th September 2016

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      May | August 29, 2016

      Hi Margaret,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Please note that you’ve come through to we are an Australian financial comparison website and general information service, not actually AMEX.

      I suggest that you get in touch with AMEX directly to book your complimentary flights.


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    David | August 24, 2016

    Can I fly from Sydney to Maroochydore on my Platinum free flight?
    Thank you

    • Staff
      Anndy | August 25, 2016

      Hi David,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you are holding an American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card or American Express Velocity Platinum Card, you may take a free flight from Sydney to Maroochydore on Virgin Australia.

      You can book a flight by directly calling AMEX.


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    John | January 4, 2016

    Qantas American Express Card…does my free annual flight be booked only with Qantas Airlines??

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      Pete | March 5, 2016

      Can I book my free flight? I want to travel from Canberra to Adelaide and return.

    • Staff
      Sally | March 7, 2016

      Hi Pete,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you have a Platinum Edge and Velocity Platinum American Express card, you can take advantage of a free domestic flight with Virgin Australia.

      You can book return flights between Canberra and Adelaide.

      You’ll just need to book the Saver Fare flight with your American Express card.

      I hope this has helped.



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      | May 5, 2016

      I have ultimate amex card ..can i book my free flight from Canberra to Adelaide return. .thanks

    • Staff
      Anndy | May 5, 2016

      Hi Pete,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately, if you are flying from Canberra, Adelaide is not on the list of possible destinations for your card’s free flight offer.


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      Ally | January 5, 2016

      Hi John,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      Kindly note that is an online comparison service and does not represent any credit card issuer such as AMEX.

      Nonetheless, their bank page states that it is possible to use earned points for a one way, return or multi-destination Classic Flight Reward on over 50 partner airlines and their affiliates to over 1,000 destinations worldwide, depending on which AMEX Qantas card you use.

      For more information, I have emailed you a link to their Qantas series page where you can find the available AMEX Qantas cards and their detailed features. I have forwarded their customer service team’s contact number to you as well, in case you wish to seek direct assistance.

      I hope this has helped.


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    Michael | December 30, 2015

    Would like to know if I have a complimentary flight outstanding?

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      Sally | January 4, 2016

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your question. As you’ve come through to, not American Express, we’re unable to confirm whether you’re eligible for the complimentary flight.

      You might like to contact American Express on 1300 132 639 to confirm this information.

      I hope this has helped.



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    Robert | September 9, 2015

    Can I fly from Melbourne to Coffs Harbour using my Amex complimentary flight?

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      Jonathan | September 9, 2015

      Hi Robert, thanks for your inquiry!

      Unfortunately Coffs Harbour is not a listed destination for the AMEX complimentary flight. You may like to consider other frequent flyer cards and offers.



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    Noeleen | August 17, 2015

    can I fly out of Cairns?

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      Jonathan | August 17, 2015

      Hi Noeleen, thanks for your inquiry!

      Unfortunately Cairns is not on the list of eligible destinations.



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    jamie | August 13, 2015

    Why is Townsville not on the list?

    • Staff
      Jonathan | August 13, 2015

      Hi Jamie, thanks for your question!

      Unfortunately Townsville is not on the list of available destinations that American Express have provided. The list of eligible destinations for your complimentary flight is available on this page.



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    bob | July 27, 2015

    How do I transfer my rewards points to my Frequent Flyer account?

    • Staff
      Jonathan | July 28, 2015

      Hi Bob,

      Thank you for your question.

      Unfortunately transferring Membership Rewards points to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program is no longer supported by American Express. However rewards points can be used for purchasing flights from AMEX travel agency partners. For a list of other credit cards with frequent flyer program please refer to this page.



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    chrissy | July 6, 2015

    Have some of the features changed on the platinum reserve credit card? For example the free night hotel instead of complimentary free flight and also international destination selection? I can not find it on the American express website anymore.

    • Staff
      Sally | July 7, 2015

      Hello Chrissy,

      Thanks for your question.

      The American Express Platinum Reserve credit card is no longer available for new applications as of 1 October 2014.

      You may need to contact American Express directly to confirm what the updated features are.

      I hope this has helped.



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    Simone | May 31, 2015

    I have booked my Amex complimentary flight through Virgin but unfortunately I now need to cancel or even change the flight, is this allowed ? Or will I forfeit the free flight?

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      Jonathan | June 1, 2015

      Hi Simone, thanks for your inquiry!

      As per the terms and conditions cancellations are not allowed “Tickets for Flights may not be cancelled, transferred, endorsed, refunded or exchanged for cash.” Changes to the time/ date of a booking can be requested by contacting Virgin Blue directly; “After a Flight has been booked, no route changes are permitted. If you wish to change the time and/ or date of a booked Flight, such changes are at Virgin Blue’s discretion.” Please note that fees and charges such as the standard Virgin Australia Change fee and the difference between ticketed fare value and the fare for a new booking.

      I hope this helps.



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