Qantas AMEX Ultimate credit card’s 100,000 frequent flyer point bonus

By Chris Chamberlin, January 31 2018
Qantas AMEX Ultimate credit card’s 100,000 frequent flyer point bonus

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American Express is once again offering 100,000 bonus Qantas frequent flyer points for eligible new cardholders with its top-of-the-line Qantas AMEX Ultimate credit card – more than enough for a business class flight to Asia at 60,000 points, with plenty to spare!

Better yet, you can scoop up those points at no actual ‘cost’, thanks to a yearly travel credit on the card that negates the annual fee, and with extra perks like airport lounge access to boot: here’s what you need to know.

Qantas American Express Ultimate Card: the sign-up offer

Take home 100,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply as a new American Express Australia cardholder by April 9 2018 and spend $3,000 on your card within the first three months.

That could get you:

  • a business class or first class flight to Asia with points to spare, or
  • a round-trip upgrade from economy to business class on many of Qantas’ Asia-bound flights, or
  • a business class ticket to Los Angeles, or
  • two round-trip upgrades from discount economy to business class on east-west flights, such as Sydney-Perth, or
  • five round-trip upgrades on those same east-west flights from higher-priced flexible economy tickets

Of course, this doesn’t mean you should go out and drop $3,000 needlessly, just to earn points – savvy shoppers will pay for their normal purchases and expenses on this card to reach that requirement, being rewarded from money that would otherwise be spent anyway.

If you already have an American Express card from the Commonwealth Bank, NAB or Westpac, but don’t have any American Express cards issued directly by AMEX (or haven’t held one in the past 18 months), you qualify for the offer too.

You’ll also take home 1.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent on the card, uncapped, except on government spend (such as payments to the ATO) where the earn rate is 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent.

Payments made directly to Qantas – such as for flight bookings and Qantas Club airport lounge membership – attract an extra point per dollar spent, taking your haul on those purchases to 2.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent.

Qantas American Express Ultimate Card: the perks

Every year you keep the card, you’ll receive a $450 Qantas Travel Credit: essentially a voucher to put toward a Qantas domestic or international flight when making that booking via the American Express website.

As the card’s annual fee is also $450, equal to the amount of the travel voucher, that makes the card practically ‘free’ for anybody who’d normally spend $450/year on Qantas flights.

When you consider that just one Qantas booking can easily nudge north of $450 – particularly on international routes, when buying flexible fares or during school holiday periods – even if you’re not a high spender or a high flyer, you could still get value from this card.

Included as well are two Qantas airport lounge visits each year, good for entry to domestic Qantas Clubs and international Qantas-operated business class lounges (except in Los Angeles), plus two yearly visits to the purpose-built AMEX Lounge at Sydney Airport.

For a full list of perks and privileges attached to this card, read our review.

Qantas American Express Ultimate Card: how to apply

To qualify for this card, you’ll need to earn at least $65,000 before tax.

In fairness, that’s a big number for many people – but what often goes overlooked is that American Express considers your total household pre-tax income, not only your personal income.

That means if you live with your partner or spouse and they’re also employed, you can apply if the sum of your two incomes is at least $65,000.

In doing so, you can add your partner or spouse onto the account as an additional cardholder at no extra cost, so that any time either of you spends, you’ll be earning more Qantas Points!

You’re not limited to one supplementary cardholder, either – you can issue up to four additional cards if you desire, but remember, you’ll be liable for all purchases made on the account.

For more information about the card, its generous sign-up offer or to apply, head to the American Express website.


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The information provided on this page is purely factual and general in nature. 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.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 May 2014

Total posts 52

The link is only saying a 55K sign up bonus for me.

Try again soon: AMEX was supposed to have this live at 2pm Sydney time but it seems their systems are still loading the new offer in. Should be live shortly.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

20 Dec 2013

Total posts 33

Just went to the link (5.57pm) and it was still only 55,000 QFF points. No sign of the 100K points.

Yeah, they're still experiencing a bit of a delay in updating their site... best estimate now is tomorrow morning (so if you're holding out for this card, apply tomorrow and there should be a nice 100,000-point bonus waiting for you!).

Update: AMEX has fixed this all up, so if you try again now you'll see the 100k bonus.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

15 Jun 2016

Total posts 5

Sorry for my ignorance, but do holders of the David Jones Amex qualify for the points bonus? I have read in some articles its not considered strictly amex-issued for bonus purposes. Is this true?

To quote the T&Cs of this offer: "Card Members who currently hold or who have previously held any Card product issued by American Express Australia Limited, in the preceding 18 month period are ineligible for the Bonus Qantas Points offer."

The David Jones American Express cards are issued by American Express.

03 Jul 2017

Total posts 4

Hi Chris,

I called Amex last night and was advised:
1. The DJ Amex does NOT exclude you from the 100k bonus points offer.
2. The corporate Amex DOES exclude you from the 100k bonus point offer. As this affects me, I tried to argue the point as I rarely use it but it’s compulsory for my job.

What’s your take on this?

24 Jan 2018

Total posts 1

If I applied for the card a week ago, can I still get the 100k points sign up bonus or am I stuck with 55K?

18 Nov 2013

Total posts 48

Stuck with 55k unless you have any luck negotiating with them. I would suggest calling to try.

05 May 2016

Total posts 626

You are stuck with 55k points. However once you get the 55k points on your QFF statement you can cancel the card, wait out the exclusion period and then apply again. Currently I believe it’s 18 months but this may have changed by the time you’re ready to apply again (always read the T&Cs of the new card carefully).

31 Aug 2017

Total posts 5

I currently hold an Amex corporate green card, am I still eligible?

Hi Dc08, as always, we can't provide readers with personal financial advice. If you have any questions regarding your personal eligibility for AMEX's offer, your best contact here is AMEX.

31 Jan 2018

Total posts 1

I've got an AMEX Explorer in my name, and my partner is a supplementary cardholder. Any idea whether my partner would be eligible for the bonus points if he applied? The terms and conditions talk about 'basic cardmember' and 'supplementary cardmember', but I guess they both qualify as cardmembers. Can anyone throw light on that?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Jan 2018

Total posts 35

Yes, the supplementary cardholder, in my experience, is eligible.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Jan 2018

Total posts 3

My advice would be to tread carefully with this one, from my experience AMEX will go to great lengths to avoid paying the 100,000 bonus points. Apparently the AMEX Card I had back in 2001 made me ineligible even though it hadn't been used since 2005. It took them six weeks and a number of phone calls on my behalf before they could come to that decision. I then asked for a refund and to cancel the card, both of those requests were also refused so I am now stuck with the card until I use my $450 travel credit (assuming that's actually valid as well) then I'll happily kick them to the kerb.

Buyer beware.

Hi Andrew, regarding the card you said you hadn't used since 2005: was this credit card account still open when you applied (or in the 18 months prior to your application, even if you didn't spend on it), or did you completely close that account back in 2005?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Jan 2018

Total posts 3

They have a record of the call I made to close the account but they tell me that during that call I agreed to leave the account open? I don't remember or even know why I would do that, it had not been used in the 10+ years since that conversation and I have had no correspondence from AMEX since then time to indicate that I had an active card?

I'm not impressed at all with how it was handled.

12 Oct 2012

Total posts 12

So, I wonder if it makes sense to close my existing Amex card, issued by Amex, because I am ineligible for offers like this? At least then, in (say) 18m time assuming such offers continue, I would be eligible. I understand why they do these offers but it does leave a sour taste.......anyone else done this?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

31 Jan 2018

Total posts 3

The reason these deals are on the table at the moment is because banks are dropping Amex from their card offerings, I currently have one with NAB and they have advised that it will be cancelled on the 21st February 2018. Amex is just trying attract existing bank AMEX customers before they go elsewhere, their point of difference was always the points you could earn but recent legislation has negated that advantage to the point where Visa is now an attractive option and better accepted globally. Who knows what will be on offer in 18 months time.


01 Feb 2018

Total posts 1

Thanks Chris - the T&cs for the card do not exclude government charges and so as per your article am assuming this is one of the last few cards allowing ato payments as eligible purchases - can you confirm pls? Also can you let me know where Amex has the earn rate in writing for the ato payments. Thanks

Tcg: You'll find the following on the American Express website:

"Earn 1.5 Qantas Points for every $1 spent on Card purchases, except spend at government bodies in Australia where you will earn 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent"

"Certain transactions will earn 0.5 points per dollar with Merchants classified as "government", including the Australian Taxation Office"

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 Dec 2017

Total posts 1

Does anyone know if flights operated by Qantas JetConnect qualify for double credits?

12 May 2017

Total posts 5

This offer sounds very good but lets face it, when you add up the lovely taxes and charges that Qantas hits you for redeeming a points flight then sadly the appeal is lost very quickly. The reward points system of today is virtually worthless when you consider the extortionate taxes and fees that are added on.The current concept of frequent flyer points is deceptive marketing at its best. Doesn't stack up at all, especially compared to a straight out sale fare.

12 Sep 2014

Total posts 6

I currently have Westpac linked Amex MasterCard but that will becoming to an end. As so few places do not accept Amex I am just wondering if I am better off just using the Qantas cash card - bonus points are not an issue - I can rarely use the amount of points already have for booking reward flights. Opnions form anyone welcome

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