Amex Offer: Get $200 or 20,000 Points for Spending $1,000 With Qantas

Jul 23, 2018

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Great news for American Express cardholders planning a trip to the South Pacific! There’s a new Amex Offer in which targeted cardholders can receive significant points or cash back bonuses on purchases with Australian flag carrier, Qantas.

For the uninitiated, Amex Offers are opt-in, limited-time deals specifically for targeted American Express cardholders, such as $100 cash back for spending $500 with Aerolineas Argentinas (offer available through 9/27), 20% cash back on Delta flights, 15% cash back on Starbucks purchases and more.

Now through September 23, targeted cardholders can get 20,000 bonus Membership Rewards points (worth $380 according to TPG’s latest valuations) or a $200 statement credit for spending $1,000 with the airline (in one or more transactions). The only major restrictions are that the flights must be booked on Qantas’ US website in USD and that they must originate in US. So, booking through an online travel agency — such as Orbitz, Expedia or even the Amex Travel portal — won’t qualify.

Cardholders have reported seeing it on The Premier Rewards Gold Card from American ExpressThe Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum® Card from American Express, though it could also be available on additional Amex cards. To see if you’ve been targeted — and to enroll in the offer — log in to your AmericanExpress.com account and scroll down to the “Amex Offers and Benefits” section. You may need to click “Load More” to see the offer.

Qantas is a member of the Oneworld Alliance and flies nonstop from Brisbane (BNE), Melbourne (MEL) and Sydney (SYD) to Los Angeles (LAX), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), New York (JFK) and San Francisco (SFO). Round-trip economy tickets between the US and Australia average around $1,000, so targeted cardholders should have no trouble meeting that minimum.

You can credit the flights to American to earn AAdvantage miles and elite credits with the airline. Plus, the earnings for Qantas flights are based on distance flown instead of dollars spent, so they can rack up pretty quickly for flights between the US and Australia.

Business class board Qantas
Business class board Qantas’ 787-9. Photo by JT Genter / The Points Guy

Not interested in this offer? There are plenty of other Amex Offers which can score you money-saving discounts on many general purchases as well as cash back on travel purchases charged to your Amex. And if you have multiple American Express cards, be sure to check each one’s offers.

H/T: Running with Miles

Featured image of Qantas’ 787-9 Dreamliner courtesy of the airline.

Bank of America® Premium Rewards® Visa® credit card

This card from Bank of America gets really interesting if you have a BofA checking, savings or investment account. Depending on the value of your combined accounts you can potentially get as much as 3.5x points on travel/dining and 2.625x points on other purchases making it the richest consumer banking bonus out there.

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More Things to Know
  • Receive 50,000 bonus points – a $500 value – after you make at least $3,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening
  • Earn unlimited 2 points for every $1 spent on travel and dining purchases and unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • If you're a Bank of America Preferred Rewards member, you can earn 25%-75% more points on every purchase
  • No limit to the points you can earn and your points don't expire
  • Redeem for cash back as a statement credit, deposit into eligible Bank of America® accounts, credit to eligible Merrill accounts, or gift cards or purchases at the Bank of America Travel Center
  • Get up to $200 in combined airline incidental and airport expedited screening statement credits + valuable travel insurance protections
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees
  • Low $95 annual fee
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.74% - 24.74% Variable APR on purchases and balance transfers
Annual Fee
$95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $10 or 3% of the amount of each transaction, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good

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