Qantas dumps credit cards from Frequent Flyer program

Qantas has announced that it will delete 12 credit cards from its Frequent Flyer program from next April as part of the airline’s plans to revamp and sell of its Frequent Flyer system.

Qantas has announced that it will delete 12 credit cards from its Frequent Flyer program from next April as part of the airline’s plans to revamp and sell of its Frequent Flyer system.

Under the new arrangements, only 12 credit and debit cards will continue to offer new customers the ability to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points on everyday spending.

These cards (known as Direct Earn Cards by Qantas) will offer users who make eligible purchases from 350 Qantas partners the chance to double their rewards – once with the card and once with the other partner.

These cards are:

  • Westpac Earth
  • Westpac Earth Gold
  • Westpac Earth Platinum
  • ANZ Aust Frequent Flyer Visa
  • ANZ Aust Frequent Flyer Visa Gold
  • ANZ Aust Frequent Flyer Visa Platinum
  • Qantas American Express Card
  • Qantas American Express Premium Card
  • Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
  • Frequent Flyer Diners Club (Aust) Charge Card
  • Qantas ANZ NZ Visa Classic
  • Qantas ANZ NZ Visa Platinum

But 12 cards that were previously linked to the Qantas’s Frequent Flyer program will be dumped. These cards fell under the “other rewards program” section of Qantas’s program, and allowed customers to earn rewards point on their credit card and then transfer them to the Frequent Flyer program.

These cards are:

  • American Express Membership Rewards Ascent (Aust)
  • American Express Membership Rewards (NZ)
  • ANZ Rewards Visa
  • Citibank Rewards
  • Citibank Platinum Rewards
  • Commonwealth Awards Program
  • Diners Club Rewards
  • NAB Gold Rewards
  • NAB Ant Rewards Program
  • St George Private Bank Platinum Choice Rewards
  • Suncorp Clear Options
  • Westpac Altitude

Cannex financial analyst Frank Lopez says customers need to get in touch with their card provider and figure out how these changes will affect their credit card account from April next year.

“In the majority of cases you may even be better off under the new Frequent Flyer arrangements, but you’ve certainly got time to look around and see which points program is going to reward you the most.”

 

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