ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card drops flight, lounge benefits

ANZ bids bon voyage to key Virgin Australia travel benefits on its Rewards Travel Adventures credit card.

By Chris Chamberlin, September 21 2020
ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card drops flight, lounge benefits

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.

Also read: ANZ suspends credit card Velocity points transfers

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.

14 Oct 2016

Total posts 72

$120 is still too much. I will most likely ditch the card

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

06 Aug 2017

Total posts 51

Agreed. They're taking away maybe $300-$400 worth of benefits and refunding $105. 

The only small reason to maybe keep the card is that ANZ gives the full reward points on government spending (rates, Australia post, etc). But you'd need to pay a lot of money to the government for even that to be worth a $120 annual fee.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Nov 2014

Total posts 362

I've already cancelled this card a couple of weeks ago. Just the no forex is not worth it especially the point earn is pretty crap.

If anyone is looking for a forex free card, o find the best value is CBA ultimate reward card. If you can spent up to $2500/mth, its fee free. The earn rate is much better for foreign transaction and more transfer partners with CBA. 

There are some world Mastercard perk that come with it as well (not great though). 

Virgin Australia - Platinum

26 Jun 2011

Total posts 79

Not surprised that the VA benefits have been removed.  The card hasn't been offered to new applicants since VA entered administration.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Dec 2015

Total posts 8

Will need to find a other which has travel insurance included, although who knows what that will look like with covid normal

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Jan 2018

Total posts 355

Take a look at the Amex Platinum Velocity FF Card, jaspalsb.  It might tick a few of your boxes (but not all, none ever do).

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Nov 2014

Total posts 362

CBA. You get travel insurance whether you use the card or not to purchase the trip. Just need to activate it. Covid-19 maybe excluded though, as with most travel insurance. 

04 May 2015

Total posts 265

That Amex card hasn't been open for new applications in months, unfortunately.

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

28 Jun 2019

Total posts 63

Latitude's 28 Degrees MasterCard offers 0% forex as well with a $0 annual fee.

That means a reduced $120 fee for the ANZ card is absolutely not worth the poor and capped earning rates for Reward Points and no other meaningful benefits, especially if you have another card that provides travel insurance. The only unique benefit to this card is that it does provide domestic travel and car rental insurance.

I'll be cancelling this before the next annual fee and moving over to the Latitude card. 

There aren't many 0% forex cards on the market in Australia, but a bit silly they didn't bother to make their offering more competitive with the few that do exist, especially given how much less forex spend most of us have these days. 

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