Friday's frequent flyer credit card wrap

By Chris Chamberlin , June 27 2014
Friday's frequent flyer credit card wrap
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Executive Traveller may receive a commission when you apply for these credit cards via our links.

You should seek independent advice and consider your own personal circumstances before applying for any financial product.

Overseas travellers are often stuck in a catch-22 situation: shell out for the high international transaction fees on their credit cards, or pay even more to exchange their dosh at the airport.

Each week we review a credit card that's fit for high flyers, and this week, we've solved that conundrum with a card that serves up points without costly foreign transaction fees.

Also in today's wrap: what you'll want to watch out for in Woolworths' Everyday Rewards program next month, and how you could grab an easy 40,000 Emirates Skywards miles through Citibank.

No foreign transaction fees: the Bankwest Qantas Platinum MasterCard

Earning 0.75 Qantas Points per $1 spent, the Bankwest Qantas Platinum MasterCard is perfect for road warriors as it comes without extra charges for using it abroad.

That's a saving of 2-4% on your travel costs, which adds up quickly when you're forking out for flights, hotels and hire cars across the planet.

New, approved customers can grab a cool 8,000 points just for signing up – appearing in your Qantas account after using the card once within the first two months…

Read more: Bankwest Qantas Platinum MasterCard review

Hot deal: up to 40,000 free Skywards miles through Citibank

Up to 40,000 Skywards miles are up for grabs in the launch of Citibank’s new Emirates World MasterCard, which also comes with perks like free airport lounge access, Chauffeur Drive service for economy bookings and Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status.

After your first spend, a cool 15,000 miles are yours, which can be swapped for flights with Emirates, Qantas, Korean Air, Japan Airlines and with Emirates’ other partners.

Once three months have passed, you’ll net a further 25,000 miles if you’ve charged at least $6,000 to the card – although that excludes cash advances and balance transfers…

Read more: New Emirates Citibank World MasterCard with 40,000 free Skywards miles

Big W halves Everyday Rewards Qantas points

Things aren't so peachy for Woolworths Everyday Rewards members, who will soon see their Qantas points halved when shopping at Big W stores.

Currently, members earn one point for every dollar spent – excluding the first $30 of each transaction. From July 10, that drops to just one point for every two dollars.

The $30 minimum spend before points are earned remains unchanged.

Customers using the Big W website are unaffected, with the current point-per-dollar rate untouched.

Next week…

On Monday we'll give ANZ’s new and uber-elite Rewards Black cards a grilling.

Through ANZ Rewards customers can earn points with Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific, or Airpoints dollars with Air New Zealand.

Including the added cost of the rewards program, the cards come with a staggering $375 annual fee – we’ll show you if it’s worth the outlay.

Read credit card review: ANZ Rewards Black cards

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Disclaimer

Executive Traveller may receive a commission when you apply for these credit cards via our links.

You should seek independent advice and consider your own personal circumstances before applying for any financial product.

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.


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