Review: St.George Amplify Signature Visa

Take home up to 200,000 bonus Amplify Points, when you apply, are approved and meet the spending criteria.

By Chris Chamberlin, February 24 2020
St.George Amplify Signature Visa
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Notes
The Good
  • Uncapped frequent flyer points
  • Earn up to 0.825 Qantas Points per dollar spent
  • Two airport lounge visits each year, travel insurance
The Bad
  • No more bonus points on international spend
Added Value
  • 10% 'birthday bonus' on points

Introduction

Bridging the gap between the 'Big Four Banks' and everybody else, the St.George Amplify Signature Visa is your ticket to earning up to 0.825 Qantas, Singapore Airlines or Malaysia Airlines frequent flyer points per dollar spent – depending on which kind of card you choose – and with the backing of Westpac behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly.

Selecting the Amplify Signature Visa with Amplify Points card allows you to utilise the bank's Amplify Rewards program, from which points can be converted to other partner airline frequent flyer schemes.

What's more, eligible new customers can earn up to 200,000 bonus Amplify Points over two years – being 130,000 points in year one, and 70,000 points in year two: currently worth up to 100,000 KrisFlyer miles in total – when you apply for the Amplify Signature Visa with Amplify Points by September 30 2020 and spend $12,000 on eligible purchases each year for two years.

You'll also enjoy a reduced annual fee of $139 in the first year, a saving of $140 compared to the regular $279 charge. Naturally, that higher fee is payable from the second year onwards, including by Amplify Points customers in order to receive their full bonus points, if eligible.

St.George Amplify Signature card: fast facts

  • Grade/tier: Black
  • Card type: Visa Signature
  • Loyalty variants: Amplify Points (Amplify Rewards), or Qantas Points (Qantas Frequent Flyer)
  • Amplify Points earned per A$1 spent (Amplify Rewards): 1.5 (1.65 with 'birthday bonus')
  • 1.65 Amplify Points = 0.825 Velocity Points, 0.825 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles or 0.825 Malaysia Airlines Enrich miles via 2:1 conversion
  • Or, Qantas Points earned per A$1 spent (Qantas Frequent Flyer): 0.75 (0.825 including a 10% 'birthday bonus')
  • Points capping/tiering: None

Note: Following Virgin Australia's entry into voluntary administration and restrictions in place on Velocity Frequent Flyer members redeeming their points, manual points conversions from Amplify Rewards to Velocity are currently suspended.

Amplify Signature: fees, charges and interest

  • Annual fee: $279 (currently reduced to $139 in the first year)
  • Additional/supplementary cardholder fee: $0
  • Interest rate on purchases: 19.74% p.a.
  • Interest-free days on purchases^: Up to 55
  • Interest rate on cash advances: 21.49% p.a.
  • International transaction fee: 3.0%
  • Minimum income requirement: No defined minimum
  • Minimum credit limit: $15,000

Earning points for free flights:

St.George's Amplify Signature cards come with no points capping or tiering: so regardless of how much you spend each month or year, you'll keep earning the same number of points on every dollar charged to the card.

On both the Qantas Points and Amplify Points cards, there's also a nifty 10% 'birthday bonus' each year which looks at your spending for the past 12 months (or part-year for new applicants) and awards a boost of 10% more points as you celebrate your special day.

Choosing Amplify Points gives you more flexibility than opting for Qantas Points, as you can convert your rewards across to the program's various frequent flyer partners as you desire.

For instance, when planning one trip, converting Amplify Points to Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer program could bring great value, while for another, using Malaysia Airlines' Enrich scheme could also prove fruitful, depending on where you aim to travel.

Airport lounge access:

Cardholders receive two free airport lounge visits each year, tailored to type of card they hold.

Amplify Rewards cardholders net a free Priority Pass membership with two lounge visits included, after which they can continue using their Priority Pass card to access participating lounges at a cost of US$32 per visit.

Alternatively, members earning points via Qantas receive two complimentary Qantas Club passes after registering via the St.George website, valid in domestic Qantas Clubs and most Qantas-operated international business class lounges when flying Qantas or Jetstar.

Free insurance coverage:

As with most above-Platinum credit cards international travel insurance comes as part of the parcel. This may be activated on a per-trip basis by charging at least $500 worth of travel costs to the card before leaving Australia and when holding a return ticket for trips of six months or less.

Those travel costs could be your return airfare, airport/departure taxes, pre-paid hotel stays during the trip or pre-paid 'overseas itinerary items'.

Essentially, this may give you the flexibility to book international flights using frequent flyer points rather than cash, provided you still charge >A$500 worth of eligible costs to the Amplify Signature card before jetting off: although read the policy documents carefully to determine whether this cover is right for you and whether it meets your personal needs.

Restrictions to this cover may apply during the COVID-19 pandemic. For further information or to confirm whether your intended journey is covered by this policy, speak directly with the card issuer or insurance underwriter.

Also thrown in is extended warranty cover, purchase and price guarantees on eligible purchases, interstate flight inconvenience insurance, transit accident insurance and rental vehicle excess insurance in Australia.

St.George Amplify Signature: how it compares

If frequent flyer points are your goal, the St.George Amplify Signature card is one of the few Visa/Mastercard products to remain uncapped and un-tiered following the RBA's cuts to credit card 'interchange fees', with an earn rate of up to 0.825 airline frequent flyer points wherever Visa is accepted for purchases.

While it's a shame that bonus points on international transactions are no longer offered, as was available in previous years, the earn rate within Australia remains competitive in the current climate.

What's more, with up to 200,000 Amplify Points on the table simply by applying and meeting the spend criteria, you'll be well-placed to book your next business class flight using points.


Bank disclaimer: ^If your account has an interest free period for purchases, to be entitled to that interest free period, you need to pay off the “monthly payment balance” listed on your statement of account (not the full closing balance) by the relevant payment due date.

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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

27 Nov 2017

Total posts 15

Can Government charges (ATO, Council Rates, Land Tax) still earn points on this card?

04 May 2015

Total posts 257

Yep. So much better than Citibank cards which don't give you points on half the things you spend on! Nice earn rate for Krisflyer too if that's your thing.

03 Apr 2018

Total posts 6

Hi Chris

Do you have a contact number for Amplify rewards? I have yet to receive my bonus 90k QF points. I easily qualified back in mid Dec after spending over $10k in the first month.

You'll find contact information for St. George on the St. George website (or the back of your card).

03 Apr 2018

Total posts 6

For anyone reading this thread the contact number for Amplify rewards is 1300 489 586. There is an option to select Qantas Amplify rewards. It doesn't matter if you have BOM, St George or Bank SA branded card. This number will do the trick.

Was advised my points had been transferred but there is a lag of 2 weeks approx. between the Amplify system and QF actually crediting the points.

13 Dec 2017

Total posts 3

I hit $5k spend on 5/12/17, 90k points credited on 23/3/18 so they take 3-4 weeks longer than their 12 week claim.


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