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Ends Soon: Get 100,000 bonus Qantas Points and an annual $450 Travel Credit with the Qantas Amex Ultimate Card

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The Qantas American Express Ultimate Card is easily our top pick of Qantas cards on the market.

Not only does it let you accumulate points fast thanks to a very strong points earn rate on spend, but it also delivers a range of valuable travel perks. These include a $450 Qantas Travel Credit each year that fully offsets the card fee, four airport lounge entries per year, comprehensive travel insurance, and more.

It’s been a while since we last saw a big sign-up bonus with this card, so we’re very excited to partner with Amex to bring our readers a huge 100,000 bonus points offer!

Our readers will receive 100,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online via our Amex partner link by Tuesday 2 April 2024, are approved, and spend $3,000 on your new card within the first 3 months (new Amex Card Members only).

Those points could take you to many overseas destinations with Qantas and partner airlines or be used to pay for a holiday package deal (more on that later).

Points don’t expire so long as you keep your Qantas Frequent Flyer account active by earning or redeeming at least one point every 18 months. Plus, reward bookings are refundable if your plans change.

Here’s an overview of the card benefits you can enjoy.

1. Earn piles of points and fly with top airlines

You’ll turbocharge your points balance by earning 1.25 Qantas Points per $1 spent on everyday purchases – one of the highest Qantas Points earn rates in Australia.

You’ll receive 2.25 Qantas Points per $1 spent on selected Qantas products and services in Australia, and 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent with government bodies.

After a total of 100,000 Qantas Points is earned in a calendar year, the everyday earn rate will change from 1.25 to 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent. (For Card Members who applied between 1 July 2023 – 9 January 2024, this change will come into effect from 10 July 2024.)

Hundreds of thousands of merchants accept Amex in Australia, and that number is growing, so there’s no shortage of places where you can earn points with this card.

There’s no limit on the number of points

You can use those points to fly with Qantas and an array of international partners, including top airlines like American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Qatar Airways and more.

With so many partners to choose from, the whole world is within reach.

2. Take off with a $450 Qantas Travel Credit every year

You’ll get a $450 Qantas Travel Credit at the start of each card membership year, including when you first receive the card, which effectively offsets the card’s $450 annual fee.

The Qantas Travel Credit is redeemable for Qantas flights online at American Express Travel. It’s valid for 12 months and you can book any available flight in the future.

The Qantas Travel Credit is very flexible. While you need to use it in a single booking, that can be for one or more people, travelling one way or return, and on domestic or overseas flights. Plus, the booking can be in anyone’s name and doesn’t have to include you.

Eligible flights are standard Qantas flights with a QF flight number, so you’ll have plenty of routes to choose from.

Take off with a $450 Qantas Travel Credit every year

3. Enjoy four airport lounge entries each year

Relax before your next flight in style, even if you’re flying economy.

Each year, you’ll receive two Qantas lounge invitations valid for both domestic Qantas Clubs and Qantas International Lounges in Australia and overseas. These invitations will be activated in your Qantas Frequent Flyer account after your first card spend on selected Qantas products and services, such as flights.

You can use one of the Qantas lounge invites to bring in a guest, or transfer one or both invites to another Qantas Frequent Flyer member.

Relax in the lounge before you fly

You’ll also receive two entries each year to Amex’s exclusive The Centurion Lounge at Sydney Airport international or Melbourne Airport international, which are the two airports in Australia that have Amex lounges so far.

Simply present your physical card at the door to get in, and you may use one of the entries to bring in a guest (children under the age of 17 get in for free).

4. Travel securely with domestic and overseas travel insurance

You’ll receive comprehensive travel insurance cover when you pay for a domestic or international return flight with your card or use Qantas Points or the $450 Qantas Travel Credit to book.

This cover extends to your domestic partner and dependent children up to the age of 25 when they are travelling with you.

You’ll receive cover for:

  • inconvenience – flight delays, cancellations or missed connections, and delayed luggage
  • medical emergency expenses
  • damaged, destroyed, lost or stolen baggage, money or documents
  • trip cancellation and amendment costs
  • personal liability
  • COVID-19 related changes and costs.

If you’re currently paying for travel insurance and this cover meets your needs, you can save money by relying on it.

5. Enjoy a range of other benefits

There are many more perks to enjoy with this card, including:

  • up to 4 complimentary Additional Cards for family members or friends – an easy way to earn points faster
  • complimentary premium membership to Qantas Wine (worth $99) – get free delivery Australia-wide and earn 3 points per $1 spent
  • up to 44 days interest free on purchases
  • ‘buy now, pay later’ with American Express Plan It™ Instalments: pay off your card balance in equal monthly instalments with 0% interest and a fixed monthly fee
  • use your card with Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay
  • Amex Offers: save money and earn bonus points via regular offers with top brands
  • American Express Experiences: access sought-after events like music, theatre and film, including via pre-sale tickets, and enjoy exclusive lounges at selected events.

Plus a huge 100,000 bonus Qantas Points

Receive 100,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online via our Amex partner link by 2 April 2024, are approved and spend $3,000 on your new card within the first 3 months (new Amex Card Members only).

With your bonus points and the points earned on initial spend, you could:

  • fly as far as Los Angeles, Santiago or Tokyo in economy return with Qantas, costing 83,800 points from Australia’s east coast, or 102,400 points from Perth or Darwin, plus taxes and fees. (For longer trips like London or New York, you’ll need up to 110,400 points with Qantas or 132,400 points with partners).
  • upgrade to business class multiple times – starting at 5,400 points domestically and 11,900 points on international flights, depending on distance and fare class booked. For example, an Economy to Business Class upgrade between Brisbane and Tokyo costs 54,500 points, while a Premium Economy to Business Class upgrade between Sydney and London costs 65,400 points.
  • book a Qantas Holiday Package, where 100k Qantas Points covers around $1200 of the cost of a flight and hotel combo.

Use your points to enjoy business class comfort

The bonus points will also help you become a member of Qantas’ Points Club. Membership is automatic when you earn 150k points in a year, and benefits include two extra Qantas lounge passes, a $50 hotel voucher, a $50 wine voucher, the ability to earn Status Credits on reward bookings, and more.

This offer is only available to new American Express Card Members. That means you must not have held an American Express card in the last 18 months. However, you are eligible if you’re an Additional Card Member on someone else’s account (including a corporate account).

It’s very simple to apply for this card, including on mobile devices.

Don’t miss this opportunity to pick up a very rewarding card and a huge stack of Qantas Points.

To read more and apply on Amex’s website, click here.

Important: This article is not intended to suggest that you should apply for a card. You should seek independent, professional advice and consider your personal circumstances before deciding to apply for a card.

If you apply for a card via a link in this article, we may receive a commission from Amex. This income helps keep our site running, and we thank you for your support.

Read more in our Cards Disclosure.

Qantas unveils new A220 aircraft cabins

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Qantas has taken delivery of its first two Airbus A220 planes – with 27 more to come – which will replace the ageing fleet of Boeing 717s.

The Qantaslink A220s will fly between cities like Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane and Canberra as well to key regional cities like Coffs Harbour and Launceston.

With double the range of the former 717s, the A220 can fly between any two points in Australia and to several offshore destinations, creating new route options in future.

Here are some of the key features of the new aircraft unveiled today:

  • 10 business seats in a 2-2 configuration, with 37 inches of seat pitch
  • 127 seats in economy in a 2-3 configuration with 30 inch pitch
  • the largest windows of any single aisle aircraft and a cabin with a greater sense of space
  • fast, free Wi-Fi
  • an integrated personal device holder and USB A and C charging in both economy and business; additional wireless charging pad in business
  • reduction in noise footprint of up to 50 per cent and reduction in carbon emissions of 25 per cent.

Here are some pics of the business class seats.

And here’s economy.

The first A220 commercial flights are on sale today for travel from 1 March 2024 on Melbourne-Canberra and Melbourne-Brisbane.

This will expand to Melbourne-Hobart from July 2024, Melbourne-Coffs Harbour from October 2024 and Melbourne-Launceston from November 2024 as more aircraft are delivered.

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Get double Qantas Points or Status Credits on new bookings

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Great news, Qantas frequent flyers!

The airline has launched a rewarding promo offering travellers either double Qantas Points or Status Credits on new bookings.

This is a great opportunity to boost your points balance or accelerate your journey towards elite status.

It’s been a year since we saw such a big status credits offer, which we know is super popular with our readers.

To take advantage of this offer, you must register either via the Qantas app or website and choose either double points or status credits.

You can’t get both bonuses – so choose wisely.

Then, book any Qantas operated flight with a QF flight number by 27 February 2024 for travel between 28 February 2024 and 14 February 2025.

The booking must be one where Qantas Points or Status Credits are normally earned (ie. not a reward booking, unless you are a Points Club member in which case you will earn status credits).

Flights operated by Jetstar and other partner airlines will not be eligible for this offer.

You can book as many flights as you like, but make sure each person travelling on the booking registers independently.

Happy travels!

By the way, don’t miss the huge offer of 100,000 bonus Qantas Points, lounge passes and a $450 annual travel credit with our favourite Qantas card, the Qantas Amex Ultimate Card – ends soon!

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Earn double Velocity Points on flights booked this week

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Virgin Australia is back with one of its regular double points promotions – a great way to boost your balance if you have a trip in mind. 

Velocity members can earn double points on eligible Virgin Australia flights when they activate the offer and book by this Sunday 25 Feb 2023 for travel to 30 June 2024.

Double points are available for all domestic and international flights marketed and operated by Virgin Australia that normally earn points.

Reward bookings and codeshare services marketed or operated by partner airlines are not eligible.

There’s no limit on the amount of times this offer can be redeemed.

Happy travels!

By the way, if you love Velocity Points, don’t miss the huge offer of 100,000 bonus points, lounge passes and a complimentary flight every year with our favourite Velocity card, the Amex Velocity Platinum Card!

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Earn triple Qantas Points on hotel bookings

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Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn a hefty 9 Qantas Points per A$1 spent on hotels worldwide booked via Qantas Hotels until 22 February 2024.

That’s triple the usual earn rate of 3 points per dollar.

This is a great opportunity to boost your points balance if you have a trip coming up.

Qantas Hotels features thousands of properties, from lush tropical getaways to elegant city breaks.

Qantas members will earn 9 Qantas Points per A$1 value on all hotels booked through qantas.com/hotels except Classic Hotel Rewards, Airbnb, and holiday packages, for travel until 21 February 2025.

Bookings made for Accor hotel offers will also earn 9 Qantas Points per A$1 value instead of the usual 4 Qantas Points.

On top of all that, Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points.

Love Qantas Points? Don’t miss the huge offer of 100,000 bonus points plus airport lounge passes, an annual $450 travel credit and more with our favourite Qantas card, the Qantas Amex Ultimate Card – ends soon!

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How to earn Qantas Points or BP Points on fuel and in-store purchases at bp [2024]

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Fuel purchases are one of the easiest and most lucrative ways to earn loyalty points in Australia.

Most households spend a considerable amount on fuel, and over time the points earned on that spend can really add up, leading to valuable rewards.

BP Rewards is a flexible loyalty program that lets you earn points every time you fill up or buy items in store at bp.

Thanks to the program’s partnership with Qantas Frequent Flyer, customers can choose to earn either BP Points or Qantas Points.

If you haven’t yet joined BP Rewards, you can sign up for free here and start earning points straight away.

Here’s an overview of how the program works.

Earning points

When you sign up to BP Rewards, you can choose to earn either Qantas Points or BP Points on purchases, with the option of switching between the two points currencies later (more on that below).

Naturally, if you want to earn Qantas Points, you need to be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program and link your account to BP Rewards. If you’re not already a Qantas Frequent Flyer member, you can join for free here.

The points earn rate at bp is the same whether you’re earning Qantas Points or BP Points. Customers can receive:

  • 2 points per litre of BP Ultimate Unleaded
  • 1 point per litre of all other fuel
  • 1 point per $1 spent on eligible items in-store.

There’s no cap on the amount of points you can earn.

You can further boost your points tally by taking advantage of exclusive offers, which bp sends out by email. These offers can also be viewed online or in the BPme app.

Most in-store purchases are eligible to earn points. Some of the notable exclusions are purchases of smoking/tobacco products and accessories, gift cards, lottery products, and pre-paid mobile telephones and phone cards.

To earn points, simply scan your BP Rewards card or digital card in the BPme app before payment. You can also earn points automatically whenever you use the BPme app to pay for fuel from your car.

Alternatively, you can scan your Qantas Frequent Flyer card or Qantas App, which makes the process super easy.

Finally, you can effectively ‘double dip’ on points by paying with a Qantas Points-earning credit card (and get 100,000 bonus points with our favourite card for a limited time – don’t miss out!).

Earning points with a BP Plus fuel card

If your business or organisation has a BP Plus fuel card (which is an account that is paid off each month), you can also earn points with BP Rewards.

Simply register for BP Rewards, and when you scan your BP Rewards card and pay with BP Plus, you’ll earn:

  • 1 point per litre of BP Ultimate Unleaded
  • 1 point per 2 litres of all other fuel
  • 1 point per $2 spent on eligible items in-store.

BP Plus card holders also have the option of earning Qantas Points. All you need to do is join Qantas Business Rewards and continue to use your BP Plus fuel card.

Switching between earning BP Points and Qantas Points

One of the great features of BP Rewards is that you can switch between points options at any time. To do so, simply log into your account and go to the Choose My Points section.

If you switch from BP Points to Qantas Points, your BP Points balance will be converted to Qantas Points and transferred to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account.

If you switch from Qantas Points to BP Points, your Qantas Frequent Flyer balance does not change. Instead, any Qantas Points earned will remain in your Qantas Frequent Flyer account and future transactions will earn BP Points.

Using points

BP Points can be redeemed for dollars off at bp or for David Jones eGift Cards.

For example, if you have 1000 BP Points, you can get $10 off your bill at bp or a $10 David Jones eGift Card.

As savvy readers will already have worked out, that means you’re getting exactly 1 cent of value per BP Point redeemed, which is a solid deal.

You should opt to earn Qantas Points at bp only if you intend to use those points for travel.

That’s because using Qantas Points for reward flights or upgrades typically yields more than 1 cent of value per point.

However, using Qantas Points for other things (e.g. gift cards) usually gets you less than 1 cent of value per point, so you’re better off just earning BP Points in that case.

Summing Up

BP Rewards lets customers make their hard-earned money go further by earning either BP Points or Qantas Points every time they fill up or purchase items in-store at bp.

Those points can be used for dollars off at bp, gift cards or travel.

BP Rewards is flexible and easy to use, and any Aussie motorist who enjoys earning points and the option of flexible rewards should consider signing-up.

To find out more and join, visit BP Rewards here.

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Join Qantas Business Rewards for free, plus a chance to win 50,000 Qantas Points

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Qantas Business Rewards is Qantas’ loyalty program for small and medium-sized enterprises. It’s useful for business owners to join as you can earn points on everyday business expenses and enjoy benefits like flight savings and Qantas Club discounts.

Membership is open to all businesses, including sole traders. All you need is an ABN.

QBR often has lucrative promotions for members, like the current offer of a huge 150,000 bonus Qantas Points with the American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card.

QBR normally costs $89.50 to join but until 31 March 2024 it’s free.

In addition, if you book a flight or earn points with a partner, you can go into the draw to win one of 500 prizes of 50,000 Qantas Points.

For more information and to sign-up, visit Qantas here.

And don’t miss the huge offer of 150,000 bonus points and perks like lounge passes with the Amex QBR Card – it’s only available for a short time!

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Extended: Get 100,000 bonus Velocity Points with the Amex Velocity Platinum Card

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Customer notice: we may receive a commission from Amex if you apply for a card via a link in this article (read more in our Cards Disclosure). This income helps keep the site running, and we thank you for your support.

If you’re a savvy points collector, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to get a huge 100,000 bonus Velocity Points with Amex’s most rewarding Velocity card, the American Express Velocity Platinum Card. The offer’s been extended to 15 May 2024.

That’s enough points to book a reward trip to the USA or Asia in economy return or business class one way with Virgin Australia and partners like Singapore Airlines and United Airlines.

We’re very excited to partner with Amex to bring you this lucrative deal.

Our readers will receive a huge 100,000 bonus Velocity Points when you apply online via our Amex partner link by 15 May 2024, are approved, and spend $3,000 on your new card within the first 3 months (new Amex Card Members only).

This card also comes with a complimentary domestic economy return flight every year, a very strong points earn rate on spend, four airport lounge entries each year, comprehensive travel insurance, and the opportunity to earn 100 Velocity Status Credits each year.

Here’s an overview of the benefits you can enjoy with this card.

1. Earn piles of points and fly with top airlines

Turbocharge your Velocity Points balance by earning 1.25 points per $1 spent on purchases: one of the highest Velocity Points earn rates in Australia.

You’ll earn 2.25 Velocity Points per $1 spent with Virgin Australia and 0.5 points per $1 spent with government bodies.

Hundreds of thousands of merchants accept Amex in Australia, and that number is growing, so there’s no shortage of places where you can rake in the points with this card.

There’s also no cap on how many points you can earn.

You can use those points to fly with Virgin Australia and an array of partners, including:

  • Singapore Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • Qatar Airways
  • Air Canada
  • All Nippon Airways (ANA)
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • Virgin Atlantic.

With so many partners to choose from, the whole world is within reach.

2. Take off with a complimentary domestic return flight each year

You can book a complimentary Virgin Australia domestic economy return flight when you first receive the card and make a purchase with it, and then again on each anniversary of your card membership.

This gives you an opportunity every year to enjoy a holiday, explore somewhere new, or visit family and friends.

Best of all, this perk can offset most or all of the $375 annual card fee.

There are many eligible routes to choose from, as you can see in the table below.

Departure CityEligible Destinations
AdelaideAlice Springs, Brisbane, Canberra, Coolangatta (Gold Coast), Melbourne, Sydney
BrisbaneAdelaide, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Emerald, Hamilton Island, Hobart, Mackay, Melbourne, Newcastle, Proserpine, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville
HobartBrisbane, Melbourne, Sydney
MelbourneAdelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Coolangatta (Gold Coast), Hobart, Launceston, Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast), Newcastle, Sydney
PerthAdelaide, Kalgoorlie, Melbourne, Sydney
SydneyAdelaide, Ballina/Byron, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Coolangatta (Gold Coast), Hamilton Island, Hobart, Launceston, Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast), Melbourne
Other citiesClick here to see the routes from other cities.

It’s simple to book the flight online or over the phone, and you can reserve it for yourself or any person you choose.

3. Enjoy four airport lounge entries each year

Relax before your next flight in style, even if you’re flying economy.

Each year you’ll receive two passes to a Virgin Australia Lounge, which gives you access to stylish spaces around the country to relax in before your flight.

These passes will be automatically loaded onto your Velocity membership card, and you can use one of the passes to bring in a guest.

Virgin Australia Lounge

You’ll also receive two entries each year to Amex’s exclusive The Centurion Lounge at Sydney Airport international or Melbourne Airport international, which are the two airports in Australia that have Amex lounges so far.

Simply present your Amex card at the door to get in, and you may use one of the passes for a guest (children under the age of 17 get in for free).

4. Earn 100 Velocity Status Credits when you spend $50,000 in a year

Attain elite Velocity status faster by receiving 100 Status Credits when you spend $50,000 on eligible purchases within a membership year.

Eligible purchases are all spend made by you and additional card members, except cash type purchases like travellers’ cheques and foreign currencies, and interest, fees and charges on the account.

This is a very handy perk for frequent flyers chasing status, as you only need 250 Status Credits to attain Silver (200 to keep it in subsequent years) or 500 Status Credits to attain Gold (400 to keep it in later years).

The higher your status, the more perks you enjoy – like additional Virgin Australia lounge passes when you hit Silver and unlimited lounge access when you reach Gold.

5. Travel securely with domestic and overseas travel insurance

You’ll receive comprehensive travel insurance cover when you pay for a return trip with your card or use Velocity Points to book.

This cover extends to your domestic partner and dependent children up to the age of 25 when they are travelling with you.

You’ll be covered for:

  • inconvenience (flight delays, cancellations or missed connections, and delayed luggage)
  • medical emergency expenses
  • damaged, destroyed, lost or stolen baggage, money or documents
  • travel cancellation and amendment costs
  • personal liability
  • COVID-related trip change and cancellation costs.

If you’re currently paying for travel insurance and this cover meets your needs, you can save money by relying on it.

6. Earn more points, save money and enjoy lifestyle benefits

There are many other perks to enjoy with this card, including:

  • up to 4 complimentary Additional Cards for family members or friends over 16 years of age – an easy way to earn points faster
  • up to 55 days interest-free on purchases
  • ‘buy now, pay later’ with American Express Plan It™ Instalments: pay off your card balance in equal monthly instalments with 0% interest and a fixed monthly fee
  • use your card with Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay
  • Amex Offers: save money and earn bonus points via regular offers with top brands
  • American Express Experiences: access sought-after events like music, theatre and film, including via pre-sale tickets, and enjoy exclusive lounges at selected events.

Plus 100,000 bonus Velocity Points

Receive a huge 100,000 bonus Velocity Points when you apply online via our Amex partner link by 15 May 2024, are approved and spend $3,000 on your new card within the first 3 months (new Amex Card Members only).

With your points you could book reward seats:

  • from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne to Los Angeles or San Francisco with United Airlines, costing 89,600 points in economy return or 95,500 points in business class one-way (plus taxes and fees)
  • from anywhere in Australia to Tokyo with Virgin Australia, costing up to 69,600 points in economy return or 71,500 points in business class one-way, depending on your departure city (plus taxes and fees)
  • to many destinations across Asia with Singapore Airlines, costing up to 100,000 points in economy return or 92,000 points in business class one-way (plus taxes and fees).

To fly to Europe with Qatar Airways, Etihad or Singapore Airlines, you’ll be close to having the required 150,000 points for economy return or 139,000 points for business class one-way (plus taxes and fees).

Use your points to fly with partners like Singapore Airlines

This offer is only available to new American Express Card Members. That means you must not have held an American Express card in the last 18 months. However, you are eligible if you’re an Additional Card Member on someone else’s account (including a corporate account).

It’s very simple to apply, including on mobile devices.

We’re delighted to partner with Amex to bring our readers this huge offer. Remember, it’s only available for a short time via our partner link below, so don’t miss out – you could be booking a holiday in no time!

To access this offer and apply, click here (mobile friendly).

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Important: This article is not intended to suggest that you should apply for a card. You should seek independent, professional advice and consider your personal circumstances before deciding to apply for a card.

If you apply for a card via a link in this article, we may receive a commission from Amex. This income helps keep our site running, and we thank you for your support.

Read more in our Cards Disclosure.