20% Qantas Points transfer bonus this month: for American Express cardholders

A guide to Qantas Points transfer promotions from bank rewards programs

GUIDE: Earning Points
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate
TIME TO READ: 2 minutes
POSTED: August 6, 2018
UPDATED: August 24, 2018
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Qantas Frequent Flyer

Qantas Frequent Flyer is running a 20% bonus on transfers from credit cards that allow transfers to Qantas Points – in New Zealand, this includes the Amex Platinum Edge and Platinum Charge.

Emirates First Class

These bonuses help to offset some of Qantas’ higher points redemption pricing compared to their competitors like Asia Miles, and would also be good for transferring over if you have one of our best uses of Qantas Points in mind, such as for Emirates First or Business Class.

The current bonus offer

Qantas are offering a flat 20% bonus on transfers, with no apparent lower or upper limit.

The offer runs until 31 August.

Bonus points may take up to 15 days after the promotion ends to credit to your account, i.e. mid-September, so keep that in mind if you have a specific redemption to book.

These transfer bonus promotions are targeted (sort of)

The transfer bonus offer is usually targeted to members who have previously made a transfer, and Qantas don’t tend to publish the deal details online (maybe due to the limited potential uptake for it).

Email (or snail mail) are usually sent to everyone who is eligible, and members that receive them are usually those who have made a transfer to Qantas Points from their credit card in the past.

Emails usually explicitly state something to this effect:

This offer is available to members who have previously transferred reward points earned on a credit or charge card to Qantas Points and received an email and/or letter with the above offer and should not be shared.

If you have an American Express Membership Rewards card, it might be worth making a small transfer to Qantas outside of a bonus period so you have a greater chance of being included in the next promotion. No guarantees, but it’s worth a shot.

Cards that can transfer—not sweep—points to Qantas

Firstly, some definitions— direct-sweep cards move your points earned each month over to Qantas on a regular basis. This is the case for Qantas-linked credit or debit cards like the legacy ANZ Qantas cards, and the Qantas Cash Card.

Points transfers are initiated by you to the bank, made on-demand, and credit your Qantas account within a couple of days. There are two cards on the market in NZ that allow this functionality – the American Express Platinum Edge and American Express Platinum Charge.

The American Express Platinum Edge earns points into the American Express Membership Rewards program, and offers triple points at major supermarkets and double points at major petrol stations – so there are plenty of opportunities to fast track your points earn through your everyday spend.

American Express Platinum Edge - 20,000 Membership Rewards points

The American Express Platinum Edge Card has 20,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points on offer along with a complimentary domestic Air NZ return flight.

  • 20,000 Membership Rewards points
  • Earn 3 Membership Rewards Points per dollar spent at supermarkets, 2 Rewards points at major petrol stations and 1 Rewards point on all other purchases
  • Complimentary annual direct domestic return flight
  • Annual fee: $149 p.a.
  • Ability to transfer points to any of their seven airline partner rewards programs
  • Minimum spend of $750 within the first 3 months to receive bonus points. Available to new American Express cardholders only

Find out more or apply →

Point Hacks receive a maximum of $80 per applicant for this card. More about this →

The American Express Platinum Charge is going to be out of reach for most people with a $1250 annual fee but can earn you a heap of points—with Qantas or otherwise—if you can put a lot of spend through it.

American Express Platinum Charge - 80,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points

The American Express Platinum Charge card has 80,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points on offer with a $1,250 fee, along with a lot of perks and benefits. Read the Point Hacks guide for the full rundown.

  • 80,000 Membership Rewards Bonus Points
  • $200 travel credit annually
  • Complimentary Priority Pass membership
  • Complimentary Accor Plus program membership extended to September 2018
  • $1,250 p.a. annual fee
  • Earn 2 Membership Rewards points per dollar
  • Spend $1500 within the first 3 months to get the bonus

Find out more or apply →

Point Hacks receive a maximum of $180 per applicant for this card. More about this →

Offer history

DatesOffersNotes
August 2018 (current offer)20% on all transfers
June 201815% bonus up to 350,000 points
25% bonus over 350,000 points
40% bonus over 1.25 million points
March 201815% bonus up to 350,000 points
25% bonus over 350,000 points
40% bonus over 1.25 million points
November 201715% bonus up to 100,000 points
25% bonus over 100,000 points
35% bonus over 1 million points
September 201715% bonus up to 100,000 points
20% bonus over 100,000 points
30% bonus over 1 million points
May-June 201725% bonus up to 1,250,000 points
40% over 1,250,000 points
March 201715% up to 350,000 points
25% over 350,000 points
30% over 1 million points
December 201630% on all transfers
November 201615% up to 350,000 points
25% over 350,000 points
30% over 1 million points
August 201610% up to 100,000 points
15% over 100,000 points
20% over 500,000 points
25% over 1 million points
June 201615% up to 100,000 points
20% over 100,000 points
25% over 500,000 points
30% over 1 million points
not known if targeted
March 201615% up to 350,000 points
20% over 350,000
not known if targeted
December 201515% up to 350,000 points
20% over 350,000 points
not known if targeted
September 201515% up to 300,000 points
20% over 300,000 points
not known if targeted
June 201515% up to 300,000 points
20% over 300,000 points
March 201515% on all transfers
August 201415% on all transfers

Should you take advantage of the transfer bonus?

Each time this offer comes around it seems to be on a short-term basis, and with little predictability. Either way, it’s useful for those who have points balances they can transfer to Qantas – and another great reason to grab yourself an American Express.

The deal is particularly useful for those who have recently acquired a premium card like the American Express Platinum Charge and received the 80,000 bonus Membership Rewards points – this offer boosts their value by 20% if transferring these to Qantas.

Though note that there may be better-value redemptions available from other programs like KrisFlyer and Asia Miles if you’re willing to go looking.

20% Qantas Points transfer bonus this month: for American Express cardholders was last modified: August 24th, 2018 by Keith