How to opt-in to Qantas rewards with a credit card rewards program

Information verified correct on December 5th, 2016

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Did you know some credit card rewards programs let you opt-in to earn Qantas Points? Find out more and compare your options here.

While there is already a range of Qantas-branded credit cards available, there are also a number of credit card providers that give you the choice between earning their own rewards and earning Qantas rewards. This means you have even more options to choose from and compare when you want to find the right credit card for your circumstances.

This guide looks at the credit card reward programs that also offer Qantas Points, and what you need to do to get them.

Which credit card reward programs can be linked to Qantas?

There are currently seven major credit card reward programs that give you the option of their rewards or Qantas rewards. They are:

How can I choose to earn Qantas rewards with a credit card?

If you want to earn Qantas Points for a credit card that’s part of any of these reward programs, you’ll need to link your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership to the card. This process can vary between credit card issuers, so we’ve outlined the steps for each reward program here.

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Bank of Melbourne, BankSA and St.George Amplify Rewards

Bank of Melbourne, BankSA and St.George all offer credit cards linked to the Amplify Rewards program. These cards give you the choice between earning Amplify Rewards or Amplify Qantas rewards when you apply. You can choose Qantas rewards by following these steps:

  1. Select the “Amplify Qantas” option on the online application form.
  2. Enter your Qantas Frequent Flyer number, first initial and surname.
  3. Complete the rest of the credit card application.

If you already have an Amplify credit card, you can contact your issuer at any time to switch to Amplify Qantas rewards. Bank of Melbourne and St.George customers can call 1300 489 586 and BankSA customers can call 1300 490 641.

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Citi Rewards

The Citi Rewards Signature and Citi Rewards Prestige credit cards give you the choice of earning Qantas Frequent Flyer points when you choose to join Citi Qantas Rewards. Under this program, your points are automatically transferred to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program each month. Note that there is a $49 annual fee for being enrolled in Citi Qantas Rewards. This fee is charged in addition to the credit card’s annual fee, so you will have to pay both the Citi Qantas Rewards fee and the card’s annual fee every year that you choose to earn Qantas Points with your Citi Rewards card.

Current and new Citi Signature or Prestige customers can opt in to Citi Qantas Rewards when they apply or at any time taking the following steps:

  1. Activate your eligible Citi card.
  2. Call the Signature CitiPhone line on 1800 818 008 or the Prestige CitiPhone line on 1800 782 948.
  3. Follow the prompts to request to switch to the Citi Qantas Rewards Program.
  4. Provide your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership details and confirm the change.

You can also opt out of Citi Qantas Rewards at any time by calling the relevant CitiPhone number and requesting a transfer to the Citi Rewards program.

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CommBank Awards

To earn Qantas Points with a CommBank Awards credit card, you need to opt in to “Qantas Frequent Flyer Direct”. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Apply for your chosen CommBank Awards credit card.
  2. Select Qantas Frequent Flyer Direct when you apply.
  3. Enter your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership details.
  4. Complete the application.

Alternatively, you can switch to Qantas Frequent Flyer Direct at any time by calling 13 1661. Once you opt in, the points you earn with your card are transferred to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account on a monthly basis. If you opt in to Qantas Frequent Flyer Direct, you will pay an additional $30 annual fee for the program. This fee is on top of the annual fee you pay for your CommBank Awards credit card. For example, if you had a CommBank Platinum Awards credit card, you would pay the  annual fee for the card and the annual fee for enrolment in the Qantas program, totalling $279 in fees per year.

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David Jones Rewards

You can choose to earn Qantas Points if you have a David Jones Storecard or if you have one of the David Jones American Express or David Jones Platinum American Express credit cards. You can opt-in to earn Qantas rewards when you apply by following the steps below:

  1. Fill out all the required personal and financial details for the online application until you get to “Step 6”. During this step, you are given the choice of rewards program.
  2. Select “Qantas Points” and enter your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number.
  3. Complete the application.

If your application is approved, you will be able to start earning points as soon as you have received and activated your new card. Points will then automatically be transferred to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account on a monthly basis. You can also update your rewards program preferences at any time by calling David Jones on 1300 36 89 89.

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Westpac Altitude Rewards

The range of Westpac Altitude Rewards credit cards lets you earn Qantas Points when you opt in to the Altitude Qantas Rewards program. Follow the steps below to do this when you apply for the card:

  1. Follow the prompts and provide the required personal details for the initial steps of the application. The Altitude Rewards program options are provided during the “Step 2 - Finances” section of the application.
  2. Provide your financial information. When you get to the “Card Options” section of this page, choose “Altitude Qantas” as your rewards program.
  3. Enter the details of your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership and complete the rest of the application.

If your application is approved, you will be able to start earning Qantas Points once you activate and start using your card. If you have a Westpac Altitude Visa, Altitude Platinum Visa or Altitude Black, you can also switch to earning Qantas rewards at any time by contacting Westpac on 1300 130 961.

But if you already earn Altitude Rewards on an Altitude MasterCard, Altitude Platinum MasterCard, Altitude Platinum Plus card, Altitude Business card or Altitude Business Gold card, you don’t have the option of switching your rewards program from Altitude Rewards to Altitude Qantas. If that’s the case, you may want to consider switching to a new card that earns Qantas Points.

What if I’m not a Qantas Frequent Flyer member?

If you don’t have a current Qantas Frequent Flyer account, you will need to sign up before you can start earning Qantas Points through one of these credit card rewards programs. You can register to become a Qantas Frequent Flyer member at any time via the Qantas Frequent Flyer website by filling out an application with your required details. It’s important to note that Qantas charges a standard membership fee of AUD$89.50.

Currently, Bank of Melbourne, BankSA and St.George all regularly offer complimentary Qantas membership for new Amplify credit card customers that choose to earn Amplify Qantas rewards. Contact these providers directly for details on how to get the fee waived for your Qantas membership. David Jones and American Express also offer complimentary Qantas Frequent Flyer membership to new cardholders who opt to earn Qantas Rewards for their David Jones Storecard or credit card. To sign up, have your eligible card handy and go to www.qantas.com/joinffdavidjones.

Citi Rewards and CommBank Awards do not currently advertise complimentary Qantas Frequent Flyer membership. Check for promotions with these providers to see if you can sign up to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program without paying a fee. You may also want to consider looking at other ways to join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for free.

What are the other factors to consider?

  • Earn rate. If you opt-in to earn Qantas Points through these credit card reward programs, you will have a lower earn rate than you would with the standard reward option. For example, the St.George Amplify Signature earns 1.5 Amplify Points per $1 on Australian purchases and only 0.75 Qantas Points per $1.
  • Points caps. Reward credit cards often limit how many points you can earn per statement cycle or year, and there may be specific caps for Qantas Points.
  • Annual fee. Rewards credit cards often have high annual fees. To get the most value out of these accounts, make sure the rewards you earn are worth at least as much as the annual fee that you pay.
  • Qantas rewards fee. Some of these rewards programs, such as Citi Rewards and CommBank Awards, charge an additional annual fee when you opt in to earn Qantas rewards. Make sure you factor in this cost on top of the annual fee for the card.
  • Interest charges. Reward credit cards often have high interest rates for purchases and if you carry a balance, it will add to the cost of the card.
  • Lost points. If you already have a card linked to one of these reward programs and then choose to switch to earning Qantas rewards, you may lose your existing points or have a limited time to use them before they expire.
  • Bonus points. If you sign up for a card and then decide to switch to Qantas rewards, you may miss out on any bonus points available to new customers. You may also have less access to additional points offered by bonus partners or through seasonal promotions.
  • Processing time. Depending on the card, you may have to wait 5–10 business days after opting in to Qantas rewards before you can start earning points for your purchases. Check with your credit card provider for waiting times and other conditions that may apply.

While some credit cards include “Qantas” in their branding, these reward programs let you opt-in to earn either Qantas rewards or standard points. This gives you even more ways to boost your frequent flyer points balance – and to find a rewards credit card that suits your needs.

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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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