Both of these frequent flyer travel cards let you earn points as you spend. But which one is right for your next trip?
The Qantas Cash card and the Velocity Global Wallet are prepaid debit cards that offer you a way to load and spend funds in a range of different currencies. You can also earn frequent flyer points per $1 spent on purchases overseas and in Australia, making these debit cards convenient for travelling, shopping online or for earning more points when spending.
Here we compare the main features of Qantas Cash and Velocity Global Wallet cards side by side so you can decide which one is right for you.
Qantas Cash versus Velocity Global Wallet
If you’re a member of the Qantas or Velocity Frequent Flyer program, you may already have a preference for one of these cards based on the points you can earn. But alongside this perk, it’s worth comparing a range of other features, including what currencies you can load and spend, the minimum and maximum amounts you can load on each card, currency conversion charges, and other fees. Check the table below to compare all these key details against how you intend to use your travel money card.
Velocity Global Wallet
|Available currencies||AUD, AED, CAD, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD, THB, USD||AUD, CAD, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD, THB, USD, ZAR|
|Points earn rate per $1||1.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent in foreign currency|
0.25 Qantas Points per $1 spent in AUD
|2 Velocity Points per $1 spent in foreign currency|
0.33 Velocity Points per $1 spent in AUD
|Currency conversion fee||0%Note: Standard foreign exchange/currency conversion rates will still apply when you transfer funds between currencies, make a payment in a currency not loaded on the card or for any other transactions involving foreign exchange.||For currencies loaded on the card: 0%|
For currencies not loaded on the card: 2.25% of the AUD amount of the transaction made in a currency not loaded on the card
|Minimum load amount||$50||$1|
|Maximum load amount||$20,000||$25,000|
|Daily transaction limits||Point of sale: $15,000|
ATM: $3,000Cash withdrawals over the counter: $350
|ATM: $2,500Note: Velocity Global Wallet does not outline any other limits. But individual merchants may apply other limits to your transactions.|
|ATM withdrawal fees||AUD$1.95, USD$1.95, GBP£1.25, EUR€1.50, THB70, NZD$2.50, SGD$2.50, HKD$15.00, CAD$2.00, JPY¥160, AED6.50||AUD$1.95|
|Monthly inactivity fee||Nil||$1.95 (applicable monthly after 12 months of inactivity)|
Velocity Global Wallets activated before 1 September 2017
If you have a Velocity Global Wallet card that was activated before 1 September 2017, you’ll earn 1 Velocity Point per $2 spent in AUD (equivalent to 0.5 Velocity Points per $1 spent) until 1 October 2017. After this date, the updated standard earn rate applies.
Different international and domestic ATM fees also apply for cards activated before 1 September 2017, until 1 October 2017 when all ATM withdrawals attract a fee of AUD$1.95. Refer to your product disclosure statement for more information.
Other factors to compare
In addition to the above key features and fees, you should also compare the following when deciding which frequent flyer travel card is right for you:
- Additional cards. Qantas only allows one card per person but Velocity will issue a supplementary card for $10 as long as your primary card is currently valid. This is important to consider if you’d prefer to have a backup card in case your primary card is lost, damaged or stolen.
- Loading funds. You can top up either card with funds via BPAY, which can take up to two or three business days to process; or bank transfer, which can take up to one business day. While these two options have no charge with the Qantas Cash card, if you use BPAY to load funds onto the Velocity Wallet, you’ll pay a fee worth 0.5% of the total transferred to your card. Both cards also charge a 1% fee for any funds you load onto them using a debit card.
- Account management. Both travel cards let you check your balances, view transactions and transfer funds between currencies online or using a smartphone app.
- Worldwide acceptance. The Qantas Cash Card is supported by Mastercard, while the Velocity Global Wallet is supported by Visa. Both networks offer international global acceptance and security, but you may have a preference.
- Rewards program. Both cards have the dual purpose of a frequent flyer membership card and travel money card. You might want to base your decision on which rewards program you’d rather use to earn points. Or simply put, would you rather fly Qantas or Virgin? If you belong to both programs, you should also consider the earn rates and which card offers maximum points value depending on your spending plans. It’s also worth noting that applying for the Qantas Cash card gives you complimentary Qantas Frequent Flyer membership, saving you $89.50. There is no fee to join Velocity.
- Emergency cash and card replacement. The Velocity Global Wallet has a charge of $15 for emergency cash transfers up to $3,000, but replacement cards are free. Mastercard Global takes care of Qantas Cash emergency services.
It’s difficult to present an objective verdict because it depends how you want to use the card. Based on reward earn rates, the Velocity Global Wallet wins for both international and domestic spending, with 2 points per $1 and 0.33 points per $1 respectively. When compared to Qantas Cash, that’s an extra 0.5 points per $1 on your international spend and an extra 0.08 points per $1 on your Australian spend.
Note that the Australian dollar earn rates for both cards are quite low when compared to many frequent flyer credit cards. So if you’re goal is to earn points on everyday spending, it may be worth looking at other options that offer more points.
Frequent flyer points are only one way to compare these two travel cards. Other factors, such as where you’re travelling to, also play a part. For instance, the Velocity Global Wallet would be the better choice for a trip to South Africa as it supports the South African Rand and the Qantas Card doesn’t. The fact is there is no one “best” travel card to suit everyone, which is why it’s important to compare existing options based on your individual circumstances, so you can find one that ticks all your boxes.
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