I am looking for a credit card with maximum benefits.

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Harry123

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 07 Jan 2015

Total posts 2

I am looking for a credit card with maximum benefits. I travel 2-3 times in a year to USA/Singapore/India. The card will also be used to pay in hotels, utility bills etc. and more importantly for my business. Looking at a spend of approx. Please suggest a good card.

johnaboxall

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 24 Aug 2011

Total posts 384

What is your spend? Preferred airline alliance? Do your suppliers accept American Express?

Harry123

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 07 Jan 2015

Total posts 2

Spend is around 5K per month. Dont have any preferance with airlines but I prefer Cathay & Singapore Airlines. Not all accept Amex.

Serg

QFF

Member since 12 Apr 2013

Total posts 870

Some Amex cards offer serious perks, but at high annual fee, so you should weight one against other. Go to Amex website for comparison.

iFLYflat

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 20 Nov 2012

Total posts 40

Just FYI,

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Cheers

Steve

Andrew Barkery

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Mar 2011

Total posts 427

Max persk will also be max fees, think that the highest one I saw was Aud$399 per year.

Westpac has got some card accounts, that for an annual fee of that $399, you get 2 cards, you get a Visa Credit and also, at the same time, an AMEX card as well.

On the Visa Credit side, you do earn less points, 1.5 points per $1 spent, but for merchants that accept AMEX its 2 points per $1 spent.

Read somewhere too, that was it Westpac and Krisflyer that have had a falling out, or some bank and some airline's FF program had a falling out, and the earn rates have dropped.

Over all though, over the past 12 months or so, a lot of credit cards earn rates have (except AMEX) dropped from a 2 point earn per $1 spent to 1.5 points per $1 spent, or even worst 0.5 points per $1 spent.

Only banks offer (in Australia) Visa and Mastercard credit cards, the scheme themselves in Australia don't offer cards.  AMEX does have a range of cards, as does Diners.

MEL Traveller

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Dec 2014

Total posts 17

This is s a great card with many benefits, including a very good points earn for overseas spend. And it is currently fee free for life.

http://www.citibank.com.au/credit_cards/vedascore-offer.htm?cid=ATL-CreditCards-Facebook_VedaScore-CC112014

bob342

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 24 Apr 2014

Total posts 35

I recently got a Amex - Velocity Platinum which I'm quite happy with:

50k points for signing up,
Return domestic flight once a year.
THREE velocity points when you spend with Virgin and with a lot of restaurants in Australia.
2 points for international expenses + some travel operators
1 points for everything else essentially

Since I've had the Amex which is about 4 months, I've also got about $200 on various cash back promotions with Amex for spending money at Myer, David Jones, Dan Murphys etc.  There's been some good deals. 

I use that with my velocity high flyer card (visa) and I'm raking in a huge amount of points every month.  I think you really need to have the two cards for it to work.  The Velocity card has 1.25 points per every dollar spent.

The only downside to the Amex is the $349 annual fee, but your free flight really covers that. 

Merc25

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Jun 2013

Total posts 317

ANZ black Frequent Flyer card has a visa and an Amex  will give you lounge access at airports and free travel insurance also gives you up to 1.5 points for every dollar spent.go to the ANZ website and check it out.hope this helps

Joseph

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 05 Sep 2013

Total posts 28

Westpac Alitude Black Master Card with an AMEX is good but has a high fee $395PA and the points can be transfed to;

  • Virgin Australia's Velocity
  • Malaysia Airline's Enrich
  • Air New Zealand Airpoints
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
  • Cathay Pacific AsiaMiles
1.25 points per $ on and 3 points per $ AMEX but not Altitude points are only worth 0.5 airline miles. Plus the other features like Starwood Preferred Guest Gold Membership , two Priority Pass passes per year along with some other ones too 

 

Jono

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Jan 2013

Total posts 108

The bank/amex run programs can be great for hoarding your points and then transfering them to a program when you want to cash them in.

However, beware the conversion rate,, (as 1 Altitude point may not equal 1 frequent flyer point), as well as the admin as you'll need to go in and transfer points/maintain several different frequent flyer accounts.

I've got a NAB Velocity Platinum, which has a good point earn rate and a great annual fee. But the perks aren't nearly as good. No lounge invites, no free return airfares, no premium status at hotel/airline loyalty programs. 

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