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Citi Qantas Rewards Program

Find out how you can earn Qantas Points for your spending on a Citi Signature or Citi Prestige credit card.

With either of these credit cards, you can choose to opt-in to Citi’s Qantas Rewards program for an annual fee of $49. You’ll then earn frequent flyer points per $1 spent, instead of Citi Rewards points. At the end of each month, the points you’ve collected are transferred to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account, where you can use them for rewards such as flights, upgrades and other travel perks.

As some other credit cards earn Qantas Points by default, this type of opt-in rewards program can sometimes be confusing when you’re not familiar with it. So, to help you get your head around it, this guide explains how to join Citi Qantas Rewards, the key details of the program and what else you should think about before deciding to sign up with one of these credit cards.

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Name Product Balance transfer rate Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Amount Saved Product Description
Citi Signature Qantas Credit Card
0% p.a. for 6 months
20.99% p.a.
$248 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($444 p.a. thereafter)
Receive 50,000 bonus Qantas Points, 2 yearly airport lounge visits and complimentary travel insurance. Plus, a discounted first year annual fee.
Citi Qantas Prestige Card
0% p.a. for 6 months
20.99% p.a.
$749 p.a.
Receive 70,000 bonus Qantas Points. Plus, unlimited airport lounge access with Priority Pass and complimentary travel insurance.

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How can I earn Qantas Points with my Citi credit card?

  • If you’re new to Citi

You can opt-in to Citi Qantas Rewards when you apply for either the Citi Signature or Citi Prestige. To do this, you need to provide your Qantas Frequent Flyer number in the “Additional options” section of the application form, and then follow the prompts to complete and submit it. You can then confirm this option with Citi when you activate the card.

  • If you’re an existing customer

If you already have a Citi Signature or Citi Prestige credit card, you can switch from Citi Rewards to Qantas Rewards by calling Citi on 13 24 84. You can also call Citi to request an upgrade from another Citi Rewards card to one of these cards if you are an existing customer and want to start earning Qantas Points. Note that upgrades to the Citi Signature or Citi Prestige are subject to Citi’s lending criteria and approval.

How many Qantas Points will I earn?

The earn rates vary between these cards, with different rates offered based on the type of purchase you make. The number of points you earn will also be different compared to the rates you’d get through Citi Rewards. With that in mind, below is a breakdown of the earn rates for each card.

Credit cardPoints earn rate
Citi Signature
  • 1 Qantas Point per $1 on eligible international spending.
  • 1 Qantas Point per $1 on Australian spending at major restaurants and restaurant chains, hotel chains, airlines (flights only), major travel agencies and major travel aggregators.
  • 0.75 Qantas Points per $1 on selected domestic purchases made at major petrol outlets, supermarkets and national retailers.
  • 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 for all other eligible spending (capped at $20,000 per statement period).
Citi Prestige
  • 1.5 Qantas points per $1 on eligible international spending.
  • 1.5 Qantas Points per $1 on Australian spending at major restaurants and restaurant chains, hotel chains, airlines (flights only), major travel agencies and major travel aggregators.
  • 1 Qantas Point per $1 on selected domestic purchases made at major petrol outlets, supermarkets and national retailers.
  • 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 for all other eligible spending.

What are "eligible purchases"?

This term covers most of your everyday spending but excludes transactions that are processed as cash advances, balance transfers, special promotions, BPAY payments, purchases of foreign currency and travellers cheques, transactions made in operating a business, payments to other Citi accounts, bank fees and charges and government-related transactions.

What else do I need to think about?

Weigh up these options so you can decide if opting in to Citi Qantas Rewards is right for you:

  • Citi Qantas Rewards annual fee. This $49 annual fee is charged in addition to your card’s annual fee, which means it adds to the upfront cost of the card.
  • Foreign transaction fees. While these cards offer high earn rates for international purchases, they also charge a 3.4% foreign transaction fee that is higher than many other cards.
  • Point transfer times. It may take up to 28 working days for points earned through your Citi credit card to be added to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account. Keep this in mind if you’re collecting points for a particular Qantas Frequent Flyer reward, as a lag in point-processing times could affect when you’re able to redeem it.
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer membership. You must be a current member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program and provide Citi with your membership number before you can start earning points. If you’re not already a Qantas Frequent Flyer member, find out how you can join for free to avoid the $99.50 sign-up fee.
  • Opting out. If you decide you don’t want to earn Qantas Points any more, you can call Citi on 13 24 84 and ask them to transfer your membership to Citi Rewards instead.
  • Other travel benefits. As well as being able to earn Qantas Points, the Citi Signature and Citi Prestige offer a range of travel perks. For the Citi Signature, this includes complimentary travel insurance and standard Priority Pass membership, with two free lounge visits per year. Benefits on the Citi Prestige include travel insurance, unlimited airport lounge access through Priority Pass, a complimentary hotel stay and a complimentary one-way airport transfer service. Both cards also give you access to exclusive offers through Visa Premium and Visa Luxury Hotels.

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Opting in to Citi Qantas Rewards gives you access to competitive frequent flyer earn rates – particularly for international purchases and spending with major restaurants, hotels, airlines and travel-booking partners. But remember to also look at the annual fee, interest rates, other costs and features offered on the Citi Signature or Citi Prestige, so you can decide if one of these cards is right for you.
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Amy Bradney-George

Amy is a senior writer at finder.com.au with more than 10 years experience covering credit cards, personal finance and various lifestyle topics. When she’s not sharing her knowledge on money matters, Amy spends her time as an actress.

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    NickMay 10, 2017

    What does 470000 Citibank platinum points convert to in qantas frequent flyer points?

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      HaroldMay 11, 2017Staff

      Hi Nick,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Here’s a guide on how to transfer your credit card rewards to your frequent flyer program.

      I hope this information has helped.


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