finder Rewards Roundup: Qantas, Heritage Bank, ANZ, AMEX | finder.com.au

Sally McMullen 25 November 2016

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Boost your Qantas Points, save when redeeming rewards and pick up plenty of ways to get cash back in your credit card account.

Whether you're looking to earn points, redeem points or get extra cash back in your credit card account, look no further than this week's hand-picked Rewards Roundup.

Quadruple your Qantas Points when you book your next holiday activity

Fancy a trip to Mount Fuji? Or have you always wanted to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge? What about a chance to get up close and personal with penguins, koalas and kangaroos on Phillip Island? Well, now you have even more reason to tick those adventures off your bucket list with Qantas’ latest bonus points offer. This Christmas, you can enjoy four times as many points when you book your holiday activity through the Qantas website. There are over 10,000 activities and tours in 800 destinations around the world to choose from. All you need to do is book your activity online before 31 December and you’ll receive 4 Qantas Points per $1 spent to redeem for your next holiday!

Enjoy up to 20% off at the Qantas Store during this weekend’s Flash Sale

Redeem your frequent flyer points at the Qantas Store and enjoy 20% off when you use the 20OFFAUS code at the checkout. The Qantas Store boasts a catalogue of everything from electricals to travel and fitness and fashion, so you could even turn your points into presents and save this Christmas. To sweeten the deal, Qantas is also offering 10% off gift cards and vouchers when you use the 10OFFGCAUS promo code. The Qantas Store offers gift cards with all of your favourite brands including David Jones, Myer, JB Hi-Fi, Country Road and Hoyts. As reported in last week’s Rewards Roundup, these deals will run at the same time as Qantas’ win back your points competition. So, if you use your points to take advantage of these discounts this holiday season, you could be one of the lucky 700 winners to win the value of your points back.

Win $1,000 cash back with a Heritage Bank credit card

With the holiday season coming up, lots of Aussies are in search of a new credit card to cover their Christmas costs. This means that the credit card market is saturated with bonus points offers, cash back rewards and low rate promotions to attract new customers. And Heritage Bank’s latest promo is a prime example. If you apply for a credit card before 31 December 2016, you could be one of five to win $1,000 towards your new card balance. The competition is open to Queensland residents over the age of 18 and the winners will be drawn on 1 February 2017. If you’re looking for a new credit card and want to be in the running to win $1,000 in your new account, check out the competition terms and conditions on the Heritage Bank website.

$250 back on your new ANZ Low Rate Platinum credit card

Give your credit card account a little boost with $250 back on your account with the ANZ Low Rate Platinum credit card. When you apply and approved for the card, you’ll be credited with $250 back from ANZ within two months of activation. While this $250 back doesn’t offset the need to meet the minimum repayment, it could help you cover some of your charges following the busy Christmas period. Plus, the card also comes with a 0% purchase rate for the first six months, which would help you avoid interest costs for the promotional period. You can compare the fees, features, eligibility requirements of the card with our review of the ANZ Low Rate Platinum credit card.

Last chance to earn $100 cash back with your American Express credit card

For the month of November, American Express has been rewarding cardholders with up to $100 cash back when they spend with partnered small businesses. When you use your American Express credit card to make a purchase of $20 at a partnered merchant, you’ll receive $10 back in your account. You can repeat this with up to 10 different partnered retailers of your choice, giving you the potential to pick up 100 bucks in total.

With less than a week to go until the promotion finishes, American Express brought out the guilt trip card to give its Shop Small promotion one last push. According to American Express’ Economy of Shopping Small: Custom Counts report, a quarter of participants admitted that running a small business had a negative impact on their mental or physical health, with two-fifths saying they’d given up leisure and relaxation time for work. The report also revealed that small business owners are overworked, with a third working more than 50 hours a week and one in six clocking in an excess of 60 hours.

With these statistics in mind, what better time to support your local business than while the Shop Small promotion is still up and running? Not only will you be supporting local merchants, you’ll also be rewarding your account in the process. The offer is only available to the first 125,000 cardholders who sign up and take advantage of the offer by 30 November 2016. So, make sure to register at the American Express website if you'd like to support local businesses and earn some extra cash back before Christmas.

finder Rewards Roundup highlights and compares the latest credit card, airline and frequent flyer rewards offers. Check back every Friday for the latest rewards deals and to find out how you can get more out of your points this week.

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