American Express Qantas Ultimate Card - 100,000 Bonus Qantas Points, Complimentary Domestic Flight ($450 Annual Fee)

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EXCLUSIVE PARTNER OFFER: Receive 100,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online by October 31 2017, are approved and spend $1,500 on your new Card within the first 3 months. This introductory offer is available to new Card Members, as well as Bank-issued American Express companion cardholders.
(Deal goes live at 9AM 17/07/17 - not available through referral)

Reward Yourself
With the Qantas American Express Ultimate Card there is no cap on the amount of Qantas Points you can earn, while having them automatically transferred to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account each month.

  • EXCLUSIVE PARTNER OFFER: Receive 100,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online by October 31 2017, are approved and spend $1,500 on your new Card within the first 3 months
  • Earn 1.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases. See Reward Yourself section for more details
  • Complimentary Qantas domestic return Economy flight every year after your first Card spend on selected Qantas products and services
  • Enjoy complimentary access up to two entries per year to the American Express Lounge at Sydney International (Kingsford Smith) Airport T1
  • 0% p.a. on balance transfers for the first 12 months— A one-off credit plan establishment fee of 1% applies. Learn More
  • Complimentary domestic and international travel insurance
  • Eligible for use with Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay

You can also earn points faster by getting a Supplementary Card for family members at no additional cost
In addition, take advantage of a promotional balance transfer offer of 0% p.a. for the first 12 months to help you save on interest repayments and pay your other balances sooner. A one-off 1% credit plan establishment fee applies and you can transfer up to 70% of your approved credit limit to a maximum of $10,000. This offer is for new applicants only. See how much you could save with our Balance Transfer Calculator.

Travel
You can enjoy a complimentary Qantas domestic return Economy flight every year between selected Australian capital cities after your first Card spend in Australia on selected Qantas products and services. You'll also enjoy extensive protection for you and your family when you pay for travel on your Card.

  • Medical Emergency ExpensesCover up to $2,500,000
  • Transport Accident Cover up to $400,000
  • Travel Cancellation Cover up to $12,500
  • Baggage, Money and Documentation Cover up to $10,000
  • Travel Inconvenience Insurance up to $200 if your flight departure is delayed

World-class service
The Qantas American Express Ultimate Card doesn't just look after things when you travel. There are also numerous features that make shopping and managing your account trouble free.

  • Refund Protection - we'll credit your account if you're refused a refund on an unused eligible item within 90 days of purchase
  • Purchase Protection repairs or refunds eligible items if they are accidentally broken or stolen within 90 days of purchase
  • With our Online Fraud Protection Guarantee you won't be held responsible for any unauthorised charges online as long as you notify us immediately upon discovery of the fraudulent transactions
  • Emergency Card replacement - with our global network of offices, we can usually get a replacement Card to you within 48 hours virtually anywhere in the world
  • Global Card support means you can enjoy account assistance any time of the day or night

Eligibility
To save time before you apply for your Qantas American Express Ultimate Card, it's best to make sure you can say yes to the following:

  • I am aged over 18
  • I am an Australian citizen or permanent resident or hold a current Business Long Stay Visa (subclass 457)
  • I have a personal gross (pre-tax) annual income of $65,000 or more
  • I have no history of bad debt or payment default

Comments

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    current david jones card holders would be excluded from this offer wouldnt they

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    When I click on the link it only says 55k in points and its 9:23AM. Am I missing something other than the 45k points?

  • +1 vote

    sweet been waiting for this offer to come back. Thanks so much ~!!

  • +33 votes

    Card Members who currently hold or who have previously held any Card product issued by American Express Australia Limited, in the preceding 18 month period are ineligible for the Bonus Qantas Points offer.

    That means every man and his dog in Ozb is not eligible.

    • +3 votes

      if that condition is removed I'd move from the expiring ANZ Frequent Flyer Black VISA/AMEX duo in a heartbeat.

      • +1 vote

        Wait - i though bank issued amex was still OK? was planning to jump on this offer and cancelling a previously issued westpac amex/mastercard.

        • +2 votes

          Answered my own question.. on the link page - T&C says it's OK:

          Bonus & Eligibility: The Exclusive Partner Offer of 100,000 bonus Qantas Points is only available to new American Express Card Members who apply online via this landing page for the Qantas American Express Ultimate Card by 31 July 2017, are approved and spend $1,500 on eligible purchases on their new Card in the first 3 months from the Card approval date. This is a limited time offer which may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. Card Members who currently hold or who have previously held any Card product issued by American Express Australia Limited, in the preceding 18 month period are ineligible for the Bonus Qantas Points offer. Previous and existing bank-issued American Express companion cardholders are eligible for this offer (cards issued by: Australia New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, Westpac Banking Corporation).

        • -1 vote

          @spikiii:

          Haha but i currently also have an AMEX platinum edge card.

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    Hi OP. I got the ANZ Frequent Flyer Black VISA/AMEX at the start of the year, but they cancelled the AMEX card on us. I am looking at getting a new AMEX card, would there be any leeeway for circumstances such as this in regards tot he bonus points?

    • +2 votes

      As long as you do not hold any cards issued by AMEX, then you are still eligible. In this case you hold one issued by ANZ so it's good. Please ask customer support to confirm though.

    • +1 vote

      Per wildstone's response - T&C says it's OK =)

      Bonus & Eligibility: The Exclusive Partner Offer of 100,000 bonus Qantas Points is only available to new American Express Card Members who apply online via this landing page for the Qantas American Express Ultimate Card by 31 July 2017, are approved and spend $1,500 on eligible purchases on their new Card in the first 3 months from the Card approval date. This is a limited time offer which may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. Card Members who currently hold or who have previously held any Card product issued by American Express Australia Limited, in the preceding 18 month period are ineligible for the Bonus Qantas Points offer. Previous and existing bank-issued American Express companion cardholders are eligible for this offer (cards issued by: Australia New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, Westpac Banking Corporation).

    • +1 vote

      Hi dalepop, ANZ and other bank issued Amex cards don't count so you're good to go for a "real" Amex issued card with full bonus of 100k.
      You can even keep the ANZ card open and use it for merchant that don't accept amex. ANZ black visa isn't the worst deal for non amex spend as long as you don't go over 10k per month.

      •  

        I'd suggest the new Qantas Premier card issued by CitiBank (currently they're running a 60k QFF pts/3mth/$3,000 spend as well)
        https://www.qantasmoney.com/

        IMO, ANZ FFB charges why too high annual fee.

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          $50/year for an additional card holder per year is crazy steep though.

          Do they not want us spending more money by having multiple cards for the wife etc? It's never made sense to me.

        • +1 vote

          @buckster:

          The idea is to give the wife the first card, the poor husband/bread-earner's card is optional

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        What about the green corporate AMEXs issued by my company?

        • +1 vote

          If it's issued by your company you will still be eligible to apply for the 100k bonus. Unless the company is yours and the card is linked to you as the main account holder.

    • +1 vote

      great, thanks everyone, will jump on this one. Cheers.

  •  

    Hmmmm this or amex explorer or velocity platinum

    decisions decisions

    • +2 votes

      Few considerations to keep in mind. If you need flexibility in redemption partners, go for Explorer. If your main balance is QF, go with the Ultimate. If you're primarily collecting Velocity points go for the Velocity Platinum with 100k.
      The earn rate works out the same but the Explorer bonus is slightly lower when converted to miles. It's the price you pay for flexibility i guess :)

      •  

        I'm confused, I'd thought Explorer gives back more bucks per point spend?

        The Amex Explorer offer gives 100k which gives you 740 cash back without converting points. As for Qantas, tried to apply all my points to flight last time and 40k Qantas points only deduct 200 ish off from the flight.. Maybe I shouldn't use the point this way?

        •  

          Points plus pay isn't the most efficient use of points.
          I find the 65k points for Perth-Europe to be my favourite redemption.

        • +1 vote

          When searching for Qantas redemption flights, you need to make sure you select "Classic Flight Rewards" (which requires you to be logged in to your QFF account). If you search for "Points + Pay", it'll give you a points cost based on the cash cost of the airfare which is not what you want.

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          Hi Chen, you should always use the classic reward option to use your points. Points + pay is a really bad way to spend them.
          Same goes for turning them into $$
          Explorer earns 2ppd but converted to airline points this is 1.5

        • +2 votes

          @points4life:
          Actually points plus pay can be an excellent option if you purchase far enough in advance as you get the status credits and points for the flights.

          Got any seat award points plus pay ticket on 10 Oct 2016 for MEL-LHR return flight in August 2017. Used up 141,880 points plus $666.99 tax to get the ticket. Will get 140SC. Normally it would cost 128,000 classic but went ASA as will get 21,700 bonus points (as QF Gold) and the Classic award tax would have been about $667 anyway.

          This flight is also classified as a cheap ticket as opposed to Classic and so you have some upgradeability leeway as well as the SC.

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          Thanks @KayDat, @Tiggrrrrr, @illumination, @points4life, @danielh.

          Didn't know that point + pay and the classic flight rewards are so different :/

          Anyone know if this rule is the same for krisflyer? I converted mine from 130k amex points to 90k kris flyer (I think) and it actually become much less points to dollar conversion wise. I think I should have gotten very close to 1k dollar cash back but instead less then 950 aud

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          @chen: for Kris flyer you always want to go for the saver award. Standard awards are way overpriced.

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          @points4life: Is there a direct link to search directly using saver award? At least there is a link in qantas search result, but I couldn't find it in singapore air website

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          @chen: make sure you're logged in, than select the "redeem flight" option on the search field. Enter your destination and date and search.
          Mobile app for SQ is also pretty good for searching rewards.

      •  

        Velocity Platinum is only 50k now :/ Any other good Velocity-based cards around? I want nothing to do with Qantas/Jetstar anymore.

    • +5 votes

      My two cents: if domestic travel is your objective, Velocity by a mile - points harder to get than Qantas, fewer points needed for redemptions, and lower taxes when redeeming.

      If your aim is international flights, Explorer is the best, as Krisflyer is far and away the best regional airline program for redemptions in all classes, but especially if you want to experience the extremely luxurious suites (since a recent devaluation, Krisflyer's taxes have also dropped to less than $80 one way, compared to $300+ leaving Australia with Qantas in premium classe).

      If you want to fly specifically with Emirates (first class suites with onboard showers and business class bar), or want to redeem for flights to South America, go with Qantas.

      Sign up bonuses aside, Velocity is also better value, at $100 cheaper, with two lounge passes included with your annual flight. I find their lounges generally more pleasant than Qantas Club, also.

  •  

    "You can enjoy a complimentary Qantas domestic return Economy flight every year between selected Australian capital cities after your first Card spend in Australia on selected Qantas products and services. "

    What are the selected Qantas products and services? I guess my question is, what is the easiest/cheapest way to meet this requirement?

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      Hi patsparty, scroll to the bottom of this post, i've listed them all for you: https://flighthacks.com.au/amex-qantas-ultimate/

      •  

        Why and how this card is better than Amex Velocity Plantinum card?

        • +1 vote

          It's the same card but for Qantas points collectors :)
          Virgin VS Qantas

        •  

          IMHO it's not better.

          The Velocity card gives you access for two to ANY Virgin lounge in Australia.
          This one is the Amex lounge in Sydney only.

          I guess thats ok for Sydney-siders, but my home loan attached CC gives me access to the Sydney AMEX lounge anyway.

        •  

          @points4life: No. Velocity card gives Velocity lounge access. This "Qantas" card only states Sydney AMEX lounge.

        •  

          @Tiggrrrrr: You get 2 QF club lounge passes + Amex lounge access. VA gives 2 Virgin lounge passes

        •  

          @points4life: Where exactly does it say that on the web page link?

          Highlights
          1. PARTNER EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Receive 100,000 Qantas Points when you apply online by 31 July 2017, are approved and spend $1,500 on your new Card within the first 3 months. This offer is available to new Card Members, as well as Bank-issued American Express companion cardholders3
          2. Earn 1.5 Qantas Points6 for every $1 spent on Card purchases, except spend at government bodies in Australia where you will earn 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent
          3. Complimentary Qantas domestic return Economy flight every year4 after your first Card spend on selected Qantas products and services7
          4. Enjoy complimentary access up to two entries per year to the American Express Lounge at Sydney International Airport5
          5. 0% p.a. on balance transfers for the first 12 months8 — A one-off credit plan establishment fee of 1% applies. Learn More
          6. Complimentary domestic and international travel insurance9

        • +2 votes

          @points4life: NO Velocity Amex gives Virgin lounge passes AND AMEX lounge passes. ie from the Velocity Amex site

          Enjoy two complimentary single entry passes to the Virgin Australia lounge5 each year at selected domestic airports
          Enjoy complimentary access up to two entries per year to the American Express Lounge at Sydney International (Kingsford Smith) Airport T110

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          @Tiggrrrrr: I stand corrected, for some reason i convinced myself that they offered QF passes too

        • +3 votes

          @points4life: Qantas are shifty. Thats the reason I went for Velocity Amex previously. Well that and getting 110,000 points.

        • +1 vote

          @Tiggrrrrr:

          Velocity is so worth it given you can now book Singapore First Class not sure if it's the same as Suite.

        •  

          @nightelves: Plus one on booking Singapore Airlines

    •  

      And ind regards to meeting minimum spend requirement. It's only $1500 in the first 3 months. Bills + groceries + petrol come to mind.
      If your expenses are less than $500 a month. I salute you! :D

    •  

      ref min spend on qantas products. i just brought a $10 toy lego plane at a qantas store in the city a few years ago and got the bonus points for the discovery card.

  •  

    Is their a fee for additional cards , and how many supplementary cards can you have?

    • +2 votes

      No fee for sup cards. I believe you can have up to 6. Perfect for when shop small comes around or Harvey Norman does a promo ;)

      •  

        Can I assume then that each supplementary card is a unique number? No one has expressway states it and i have been almost burnt with westpac and CBA sup cards.

        • +1 vote

          Yes they are all unique and have their own sup account as well. You will be able to easily distinguish card member spend across cards. Unlike others that just mix it all together (Bankwest comes to mind)

  • +1 vote

    Was planning to take up the Explorer card offer. How does this compare?

    • +2 votes

      Flexibility. Personally i'm a big fan of the explorer because it transfer to a wide range of partners that offer great redemption value, example of this would be Asia Miles for redemption on Cathay Pacific, Qantas or other OW partners. The downside would be that the sign up bonus for explorer isn't 100k when converted to frequent flyer points. I reviewed this card here and it's my every day spender: https://flighthacks.com.au/amex-explorer/ the other feature i really like about explorer is the phone screen insurance (already saved me $500). Another thing to consider is Qantas free return flight vs $400 travel credit explorer offer.

      If you're purely after Qantas points the ultimate is the best option out there.

  •  

    Stupid Question - I still have a 6 month wait until my 18 months is up since I cancelled my last Amex issued card, there is no work around for the 18 months is there? This card is what I am looking for now that ANZ and all the other banks are tightening up on the rewards

    •  

      Safest option would be to wait.
      Personally i've always had amex bonuses post but it's a risk you need to decide on.

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    Meaning if I'm on platinum edge now, I won't be able to take up this offer?

    •  

      Technically no. Amex requires a 18 month wait time after you close all your accounts.
      As i mentioned before, sometimes bonus posts regardless but there's a big chance it won't

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    Is the annual fee paid in the first year?

    •  

      Yes, it hits in the first month. Keep in mind that this is offset by the free domestic return flight (frequently sold on OzBargain)

  •  

    I was about to sign up to the Explorer card this morning before this offer came up. What are the restrictions in terms of the free flights? Think I might still go for the Explorer with the flexibility of points..

    Also can I convert my Explorer bonus points in Qantas FF points? Thanks

  •  

    "I have a personal gross (pre-tax) annual income of $65,000 or more" on the AMEX website it says "I have a personal or household gross (pre-tax) annual income of $65,000 or more", please clarify?

    •  

      Most likely an error in their marketing template. I would go with the conditions on the offer page. Amex has always had a household income requirement in the past so don't see why they would change that.

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    So if i already have the Qantas discovery card by Amex, can't apply and get the points?

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    So $450 is worth the trade for a free flight and 100,000 points? What are the limitations of the free flight?

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    Does the DJ Store Card considered as AMEX-issued card?

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    EDIT - never mind - partner offer only.

  • +2 votes

    Complimentary Qantas domestic return Economy flight every year after your first Card spend on selected Qantas products and services => Selected Qantas products and services are Qantas passenger flights (with a QF flight number) purchased on the Qantas merchant account i.e. directly from Qantas and Qantas Frequent Flyer and Qantas Club membership joining and annual fees. Excludes Jetstar, Qantas Holidays and Qantas branded non-airfare products. Subject to the Qantas American Express Cards Points Terms and Conditions.
    so you have to buy a ticket somewhere first to get a second ticket free?

    • -3 votes

      No you don't have to buy a ticket. All you need to do is call up Amex and book the flight, can be booked in any name, not just the card holder.
      I believe that t&c section refers to the fact that the free flight is booked through Qantas directly.

      • +2 votes

        You need to actviate the flight by having some spend with qantas directly. I called customer service to clarify this yesterday.

        • +3 votes

          That will be a massive turnoff for a lot of people. It's essentially what is stated in the T & C's so the OP shouldn't really be going around telling people you don't need to spend with Qantas to get the flight.

  • +2 votes

    The annual fee is the killer. Most of the flights in east coast cost around $100-$200 one way. And Perth somehow is missed from the network. Would it make more sense to purchase the ticket instead? I fail to see the value of this card.

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