Ask Points Finder: Which cards earn Qantas and KrisFlyer points?

Posted: 28 August 2018 9:12 am

How to find a credit card that scores you points for travel across Australia, Asia and beyond.

Dear Points Finder, I'm looking for a card that offers the ability to earn both Qantas Points and KrisFlyer miles. What are the best options? Thanks, Singapore Slinger

While there are plenty of cards that let you earn points for Qantas or Krisflyer, there aren't many rewards programs that allow you to transfer points into both schemes. The most obvious option is to use an American Express card that earns Membership Rewards points. Currently, the only personal option that offers both KrisFlyer and Qantas redemption options is the Amex Platinum.

Some bank rewards programs, such as those for Commonwealth Bank or Suncorp, allow you a choice of earning Qantas Points or KrisFlyer points. Unfortunately, you can't earn in both at the same time. Another option would be to use a rewards program that allows you to transfer points to both KrisFlyer and Asia Miles, since Asia Miles can then be redeemed for Qantas flights. Again, Amex cards are an option to consider here.

One choice is to have two cards, one for Qantas Points and one for KrisFlyer. To make this work effectively, you'll need to balance spending carefully between two cards. We've compiled a full list of which credit card schemes allow you to transfer into a frequent flyer scheme which can help. Also note that Virgin Velocity Points can be transferred into KrisFlyer Miles at the rate of 1.35 to 1, which is another option for earning KrisFlyer Miles in Australia.

If you're aiming to score free flights and status upgrades, then concentrating on just one airline's scheme will get you there faster. But if you're regularly flying with both, then these approaches can help you build your totals. Happy flying!

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