Best Australian credit card for Star Alliance flyer?

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phileas.fogg

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

Member since 11 Feb 2018

Total posts 6

Hi there. Long time listener, first time caller. I recently received my Australian PR, which opens up a vast number of new Australian credit card possibilities -- 457 visa holders are limited to very few cards. I'm currently examining my options.


I fly just over 125,000 miles a year, mostly in revenue discount economy (100k on *A internationally, 25k on Qantas domestically). which qualifies me for 1K on United without very much spend — overseas addresses are exempt from the minimum spends for all tiers on United. That 1K gets me 6 GPUs, upgrade instruments each good for a full Sydney to New York route, each year. I use these to upgrade my four trans-Pacific flights/year in coach, saving around AUD 10,000 per trip. With Qantas, of course, you have to spend much more money before you begin to access perks like that in practice.

With that in mind, what's the best Australian credit card for dumping points earned on it into my United MileagePlus account? Or failing that, into the account of another *A program that I can then use for awards/upgrades on United flights?

Fogg

Michael Kao

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 06 Nov 2014

Total posts 148

Most Australian CC won't earn UA directly. The easiest *A currency to earn from CC is via Krisflyer with SQ or Thai Royal Orchid with TG via Amex.

Last editedby Chris Chamberlin at May 21, 2018, 10:48 AM.

pkjames

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 21 Jan 2017

Total posts 42

But amex ~ spg ~ marriott package will get u a lot of UA points easily.

Last editedby Chris Chamberlin at May 21, 2018, 10:46 AM.

ptambrosetti

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

Member since 21 May 2018

Total posts 6

Anyone have a good recommendation for KrisFlyer or Thai Points earning cards that aren't Amex? Looking to diversify my plastic.

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