Receive 100,000 bonus Qantas Points with the Qantas Amex Ultimate Card

By | 2018-02-17T12:54:58+00:00 31 January 2018|

American Express is offering a generous 100,000 bonus Qantas Points with the feature-packed Qantas American Express Ultimate Card.

This is my top pick of Qantas Points-earning Amex cards in Australia and comes with great perks like a very high points earn rate on spend, a $450 annual travel credit, airport lounge entries, travel insurance and more.

100,000 points is the biggest sign-up bonus we ever see for this card, so this is a great opportunity to boost your points balance and add a high-quality card to your wallet.

Here are 5 reasons I love the Qantas Amex Ultimate Card, with more details and a mobile-friendly application form available here.

1. Receive a very high points earn rate on spend

You’ll supercharge your Qantas Points balance by earning 1.5 Qantas Points per dollar on everyday purchases – the highest earn rate in Australia.

With a large and growing network of merchants accepting Amex, there’s no shortage of places where you can earn points with this card.

You’ll receive 0.5 Qantas Points per dollar spent at government bodies and 2.5 Qantas Points per dollar spent on selected Qantas products and services in Australia.

As a bonus, there’s no cap on how many points you can earn.

2. Take off with a $450 travel credit every year

You’ll get a $450 travel credit each membership year, which fully offsets the $450 card fee.

The travel credit is redeemable for Qantas flights online via Amex Travel and 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.

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

And you don’t even need to use travel credit for yourself – you can use it to book a flight for someone else.

3. Enjoy four airport lounge entries each year

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

Each calendar year, you’ll receive two entries to the Amex lounge at Sydney Airport international or the new lounge opening at Melbourne Airport international in early 2018. Simply flash your Amex card at the entry to get in.

You’ll also get two Qantas lounge passes (valid for both domestic Qantas Clubs and Qantas International Business Lounges) in each card membership year after your first card spend that year on selected Qantas products and services.

Selected Qantas products and services are Qantas flights with a QF flight number purchased with Qantas direct or some travel agents, and Qantas Frequent Flyer and Qantas Club membership joining and annual fees.

The Qantas lounge passes are electronic and can be managed (eg. assigned to a flight booking or forwarded to a family member) here.

I’d value these lounge entries at $50 each (at least) – so there’s easily $200 of value here.

4. Receive complimentary domestic and international travel insurance

I really like the travel insurance you receive when you pay for a return flight with your card or use Qantas Points or the $450 travel credit to book.

The insurance covers you, your partner and dependent children 22 years of age or younger for:

  • inconvenience (flight delays, cancellations or missed connections, and delayed luggage)
  • medical emergency expenses up to $2,500,000
  • damaged, destroyed, lost or stolen baggage, money or documents
  • travel cancellation costs
  • personal liability.

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

5. Enjoy other valuable features and perks

There are lots of other benefits to enjoy, like:

  • free supplementary cards for family members over 18 years of age
  • complimentary premium membership to the Qantas epiQure wine delivery service (worth $99)
  • a 0% balance transfer offer for 12 months
  • refund and purchase protection for selected purchases.

On top of that, as an Amex card member you get access to a range of special events, lifestyle perks and money-saving offers throughout the year.

Plus the 100,000 bonus points

Receive 100,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online by 9 April 2018, are approved and spend $3,000 on your new card within the first 3 months.

That’s enough points to enjoy a trip overseas, like from Australia’s east coast to Los Angeles in economy return (90,000 Qantas Points).

You could also treat yourself to a stylish Qantas business class flight between Australia’s east coast and Los Angeles (96,000 Qantas Points one way) or a luxurious Emirates first class flight to Singapore or Bangkok (90,000 Qantas Points one way).

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Use your points to enjoy Qantas business class

To be eligible for the bonus points, you must not have held a credit card issued directly by Amex Australia in the last 18 months. Note that you are eligible if:

  • you’ve held an Amex card issued by a bank (i.e. Westpac, ANZ, CBA or NAB)
  • you’ve held a David Jones Amex Card, or
  • you’re a supplementary cardholder on someone else’s primary card account.

The minimum personal or household income to qualify is $65,000.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to pick up a high-quality card and earn a stack of bonus points!

To read more and apply, click here.

Please note that we are not a credit services provider and this article is not intended to suggest that you apply for this credit product. You should seek independent, professional advice and consider your personal circumstances before making a decision to apply for a credit product. 

If you decide to apply for this card via the above link, we’ll receive a small commission from Amex. This income helps keep the blog running, and we thank you for your support. 

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About the Author:

Kris is the founder of The High Life and a total travel addict. Originally from Perth, he's now based in Melbourne - but he's happiest in the air travelling to somewhere new. In 2018, Kris is looking forward to exploring Thailand, southern Europe and north-eastern USA.


  1. Kelly Barnett 22 February 2018 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    It says the lounge passes are only valid in Sydney or Melbourne, are they not valid in Adelaide?

    • Kris Brankovic 22 February 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Hi Kelly, you can get four lounge entries each year:
      – 2 for the American Express lounge in Sydney or (opening soon) in Melbourne – these are the only cities so far where Amex operates its own lounges
      – 2 Qantas lounge passes, which are valid worldwide

  2. Javier 13 February 2018 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    if I understood properly, with the $450 credit I receive every year, I could pay the $450 annual fee. is that it?

    • Kris Brankovic 13 February 2018 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      No you can only use the travel credit to book a Qantas flight.

  3. Larni 11 February 2018 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Hi Kris,

    Can the lounge passes be used by the supplementary card holder on a flight or can only the primary card holder use them? Ie: the supplementary card holder travels on a qantas flight by themselves and not with the primary card holder.

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