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It’s all about the points, and only about the points, and that’s good news for dedicated Qantas Frequent Flyer points collectors who are sick of paying for bells and whistles they neither need nor want. The ANZ Frequent Flyer Credit Card lives up to its name, delivering Qantas points and little else, and in the process presenting one of the lowest annual fees for a rewards program card.
First year annual fee waived, but no mate’s rates after that
The very reasonable $95 p.a. annual fee has two components – a basic fee of $40 plus a rewards program service fee of $55 – and it’s waived completely in the first year. Plus you can have up to 3 supplementary cardholders to help you earn those valuable points. All good news so far. Unfortunately, after the first year waiver expires you’ll pay $65 ($10 + $55) for each and every additional card as well as the $95 p.a. for your own, so you need to be pretty sure your partner/child/parent is going to earn enough points to offset the steep cost. Even at an optimistic value of 1.5 cents per QFF point, each supplementary cardholder needs to spend $4,333 per year before they enter positive territory.
Most cards – even rewards cards – don’t charge for additional cardholders, so ANZ is going out on a limb with this high charge.
Big points boost to get you started
That’s all down the track in the second year, however, because at first it’s handout heaven, with 25,000 points injected into your account provided you spend$2,500 in 3 months. You could use the 25,000 points for three one-way economy flights between Sydney and Melbourne. You’ll need to be a new ANZ cardholder to qualify for the bonus points, not just switching from another ANZ card.
Complimentary Qantas Frequent Flyer membership
Qantas charge a $89.50 joining fee for new entrants to their frequent flyer program, but ANZ will pay this fee on behalf of a cardholder who is not already a member.
Reasonable points earning rate for a Visa card, but it’s capped
It’s a recognised fact that Visa cards don’t earn rewards points at the same rate as AmEx cards, and this is a stand-alone Visa card. The 0.5 points per dollar earning rate is also not as high as the scale offered by the ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum and Black credit cards, but it’s realistic given the much lower annual fee for this card.
Unfortunately, there’s a very low $500 monthly points cap, after which the rate falls to a disappointing 0.25 pts per $1 spent. The fact that the minimum credit limit of $1,000 is double the amount of the cap makes it seem even more restrictive.
Bonus partner points
The fact that ANZ has organised a number of bonus point partners takes some of the sting out of the low cap. When you use your card to make purchases from these businesses you get an additional one point per dollar. This is on top of the standard 0.5 points automatically earned. The bonus partners are:
These bonus points are uncapped. You can still earn them when you have exceeded the monthly spend cap for regular purchases.
Standard interest rates
It’s a frequent flyer points card, front and centre, so there are no special interest rates or other financial inducements. There are Up to 44 days on purchases each month, not the more accommodating 55 days, and there’s no introductory interest-free purchase period or interest-free balance transfer option.
If you don’t pay off your purchase balance in full each month you’ll lose your interest-free days and start paying interest on the daily balance at 19.99% p.a. That’s a fairly typical credit card rate, and so is the 21.49% p.a. on cash advances.
Up-to-the-minute technology and security
ANZ Visa cardholders can take advantage of ANZ Visa payWave to make contactless purchases without a PIN for amounts under $100. ANZ’s goMoney app provides a way to manage your card account on your iPhone or Android. The card is also eligible for use with Apple Pay, Android Pay and ANZ Mobile Pay, to allow you to tap and pay securely with your smartphone or other mobile device instead of using your card.
ANZ Falcon monitoring offers constant protection against potentially fraudulent transactions, and worldwide emergency card replacement lets you travel with confidence.
Visa Entertainment the only complimentary benefit
The card comes with Visa Entertainment membership, giving you access to special events, entertainment packages and pre-sale concert tickets.
There are no complimentary travel, extended warranty or other types of insurance policy with this card.
Optional extra if you want to pay
ANZ has added a link on its card website to an optional extra that you actually have to pay for, making it more of a marketing exercise than a benefit. By paying a premium of 0.6% of your card account’s closing balance each month (that’s 60 cents per $100) you can get Credit Card Insurance to help you with repayment of your card account balance in the event of your serious illness or injury, involuntary unemployment, permanent disability or death.
A card for QFF enthusiasts
There’s no doubt that this is an ideal card for keen Qantas points collectors with an eye for cost effectiveness and no interest in other 'benefits’ they may not use. It’s a pared-back card with no nonsense about free insurance but plenty of tempting offers in the first year. However, after receiving the bonus points you’ll need to be prepared to see your points accumulate at only a moderate pace.
I love that I get frequent flyer points for every dollar spent on my credit card. It’s like having an extra bonus that can be used in the future to offset my travel. It definitely gives ANZ the competitive edge.
I would recommend this card to anyone looking for a reliable credit card service.
This card has a very good 50K Qantas FF points opening bonus. The card’s yearly fee is quite low and it comes with a free travel insurance policy, which is a good deal for any traveller.
You get a Visa and AmEx at the same time, so you have the extra convenience of having two cards instead of one. AmEx earns more points but Visa is more widely accepted.
I switched to this card on recommendations from ANZ staff, and found them to be very helpful. They explained the benefits of the switch and it was completed with minimal fuss. To my understanding, this card better suits my situation than my previous card. I wish I had consulted ANZ staff earlier to receive better value.
It’s a good card with great perks (travel insurance is great). I’ve been using this card for many years now and have always been happy/impressed with the ease of use and quality of service.
Accumulating frequent flyer points is easy and very useful due to travel arrangements. ANZ has been reliable in their service and I’ve not had any issues when using the card/accessing the account. The fee is reasonable for the service you are getting.
This card is really good. I have had no problems really, as it is backed by one of the big banks whom I trust.
I love the fact that the FF points are automatically linked and transferred too. It also includes insurance when travelling overseas when you use the card to spend approximately $250 towards your travel.
This is a good credit card with rewards. To make the most of the card you need to pay all the closing balance each month by the due date specified — great if you are disciplined.
Using the American Express card earns you more points, however not as many outlets take American Express.
This card is easy to use, with great functionality. Yearly fees are high, however.
Your rewards points don’t get added until three months after the goods are purchased. High fees are charged when used overseas.
It’s not worth keeping this for Qantas points any more, as ANZ is continually reducing the amount of Qantas Frequent Flyer points you can earn.
1 point for every $2 spent, yearly fees over $100, and a short interest-free period. There are better rewards cards out there. The statements are mailed really late so it’s easy to miss a payment, and their online banking is difficult to set up. I think for the yearly fee there are better deals available.
I have had this card for over 10 years and it works for me. I have accumulated sufficient points for several Aussie adventures. It has never been refused on overseas trips or here in Australia. Replacement when lost was easy and quick.
I am considering looking around to see if I can find a better deal which will give me at least 1 point for every dollar spent instead of the 1 point for each $2 spent, but I still want it to be a Qantas rather than Virgin-linked card.
I pay the balance each month so the interest rate is of lesser importance, though certainly it is unreasonably high.
ANZ Frequent Flyer allows you to live your life comfortably. Don’t dream of flying away from your bad credit and debts. Live grounded with ANZ, a big bank that allows you to dream big without compromising on essentials. Live a little, frequently.
ANZ has conveniently located ATM machines, branches and internet availability.
|Cash advances||1.79%||21.49% p.a.|
Waived Qantas Frequent Flyer joining fee
Valuation based on $89.50 Qantas Frequent Flyer joining fee spread over 5 years.
|Total estimated value||$18|
|Net customer value||$18|