The popular ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures Visa credit card will no longer offer a complimentary Virgin Australia return flight every year, or entry passes to Virgin Australia lounges, from December 1.
The last day to make a new complimentary return flight booking, or to request Virgin Australia lounge passes, will be November 30.
Although government restrictions allow most Australians (except Victorians) to travel in some capacity, the bank claims the card’s perks are being changed “to reflect those benefits that may be most relevant to many of our customers.”
Through November, new flight bookings and lounge voucher requests can be made by calling the ANZ Rewards Centre on 1300 367 763, from 8am to 8pm AEST, Monday to Friday.
ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures cardholders are entitled to one complimentary return flight booking, plus two Virgin Australia lounge passes, every 12 months – measured in between the charging of each $225 annual fee.
As such, some cardholders may receive one final set of travel benefits before the December deadline, depending on when their next annual fee falls due: but the deadline for making any final free flight bookings remains the same.
Come December 1, any outstanding complimentary return flights that have not already been booked will be forfeited, as will any unrequested Virgin Australia lounge passes.
As has always been the case with the ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card, complimentary flight bookings must be made at least 60 days prior to departure, but can be for travel up to 11 months ahead of the booking date – including for travel in 2021 – subject to availability.
In recognition of the changes taking effect in December, the card’s total annual fee will decrease from $225 to $120, when next charged from December onwards.
The card’s other benefits, such as no international transaction fees on overseas purchases (including shopping online at foreign websites) will remain, although the ability to convert ANZ Rewards points into Virgin Australia Velocity Points remains suspended for now.