From Melbourne to LA – where credit card registration points could take you

As travel returns for many Australians, it might be worth exploring where frequent flyer points could take you. Especially, since you can get a significant sum of frequent flyer points by signing up for a credit card.

For point hackers, the benefits that sign-up bonus points can provide could be the focus of your credit card comparison. As of this writing, there are three credit cards offering 120,000 Qantas points or more – enough to keep you coming back to London.

  1. Qantas Premier Titanium – 150,000
  2. ANZ Frequent Flyer Black – 130,000
  3. Westpac Altitude Black (Altitude Qantas) – 120,000

In fact, research by RateCity revealed that there are currently 24 credit cards in our database offering sign-up bonus points that pay for at least one return ticket to Melbourne.

If you want to know where your points can take you, we’ve put together a list. Let’s explore which credit cards can offer enough Qantas frequent flyer points to pay for the cost of your airfares to some of the most popular destinations for Australians.

Where you can travel with your Qantas frequent flyer points

As of this writing, the current cost in frequent flyer points for a domestic or international round-trip airfare is as follows:

Qantas frequent flyer points – domestic and international

Destination Cost of Qantas Frequent Flyer points
melbourne 16,000
Canberra 16,000
Brisbane 16,000
Adelaide 24,000
Hobart 24,000
Darwin 36,000
Denpasar (Bali) 36,000
Singapore 50,400
Honolulu 57,500
Japan 81,200
Los Angeles 83,800
London 110,400
Rome 124,400

Note: Based on Qantas frequent flyer points pricing for tickets 8/14-8/21 when searching 2/16. Based on lowest available ticket cost, including Jetstar flights. Based on the capital’s main airport (Heathrow, JFK, Narita, etc.). Discount applied at time of research – 20% off Points Plus Pay flights when you book by April 30, 2022. Data accurate as of 02/16/22.

Please note that the current border closures with Perth mean that there are no flights available for this comparison.

Qantas Frequent Flyer Credit Card Enrollment Points Offer

20,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points

50,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points

60,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points

70,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points

90,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points

100,000 Qantas loyalty points

110,000 – 150,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points

Source: RateCity.com.au. Data accurate as of 02/16/22.

Frequent Flyer Credit Card Comparison

It should be kept in mind that a credit card is not limited to the points offered. You may also want to take note of the purchase rate, cash advance rate, fees charged, and number of interest-free days offered by the issuer.

Also, the credit cards that offer six-figure bonus points usually tend to be your top-tier cards, such as Platinum or Black credit cards. These credit cards will typically have higher income thresholds, as well as higher minimum spending limits, which applicants must meet to gain approval.

You may also want to take note of additional insurance, if any, offered by the card issuer, such as domestic or international travel insurance, rental car insurance, etc. This can be particularly useful in the event of a Covid-related last minute flight or accommodation cancellation.

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