NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card

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NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
90,000 Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 on everyday purchases in 60 days.
Seven complimentary insurances when you make an eligible purchase.
Reduced Annual Card Fee of $295 in first year (reverts to $395 after first year).
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What's good?

What's not so good?

90,000 Qantas Points when you spend $4,000 on everyday purchases in 60 days.
0% p.a. for 6 months on balance transfers. (2% balance transfer fee applies). Reverts to cash advance rate.
Up to 44 days on purchases.
Earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on everyday purchases up to $5,000 per statement period.
Reduced Annual Card Fee of $295 in first year (reverts to $395 after first year).
Seven complimentary insurances when you make an eligible purchase.
24 hour, 7 day Platinum Concierge Service.
Fast 60 second instant approval process.
After the balance transfer has ended any unpaid balances revert to the 21.74% p.a. cash advance rate.

*NAB may vary or end this offer at any time.

Our review

Our review of the NAB Qantas Rewards Signature CardReviewed by Yvonne Taylor

When a premium card is just not enough to complement your successful, adventurous lifestyle, there’s a new level of prestige card just for you: the Signature card. And for committed Qantas Frequent Flyers – or even those new to the scheme – there’s a very special card, the NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card. It has almost everything you could look for in a frequent traveller’s card, including a truly valuable first-purchase bonus points boost, lots of ongoing QFF points and one of the most comprehensive suites of complimentary insurance policies available with a credit card.

90,000 Qantas points bonus, just for normal spending

No one is going to pay for a premium card like this, and then leave it in their wallet. At this level, cardholders can usually spend $2,000 per month on card purchases without batting an eyelid. Do just that, by spending $4,000 in the first 60 days, and be richly rewarded with 90,000 bonus QFF points. Add the 4,000 regular points you will earn for the same spending, and you’re well on your way to a return economy flight to London or New York (120,000 points).

Best QFF ongoing points rate on a Visa card

This is a stand-alone Visa card, like all NAB credit cards now that they have dropped their Amex companion cards. It earns 1.0 QFF points for every dollar spent on eligible purchases, and that’s equal to the best rate going on any Visa card available in Australia at the time of writing.

You’ll also benefit from an extra 1.0 points per dollar if you use your card to purchase Qantas flights, Qantas Club memberships, or travel from the Qantas Travel service. So that’s a massive two points per dollar for all spending directly with Qantas on Qantas products.

Fairly generous points threshold and cap

Also unlike the NAB Qantas Rewards Premium Card, there is a very liberal points cap. The Premium Card is capped at $6,000 per month, but this Signature Card lets you earn 0.5 QFF points on monthly purchases between $5,000 and $20,000. The $20,000 cap is unlikely to worry you, but the $5,000 threshold, while potentially annoying, means that you still earn at least some points on major purchases or in big-spending Christmas and holiday periods.

Not a QFF member yet? Join at NAB’s expense

NAB will pay the $89.50 Qantas Frequent Flyer program joining fee for any new cardholder who is not yet a member.

Using your Qantas Frequent Flyer points

Accepted wisdom says that the best way to use your Qantas points is for award flights or seat upgrades with Qantas and its more than 50 partner airlines worldwide, and accepted wisdom is not wrong. The longer the flight, the higher the seat class, the greater your return is per dollar spent in earning points.

However, you may occasionally wish to redeem your Qantas points in other ways, and you can choose from:

  • An online merchandise catalogue
  • Retail, travel, car hire and entertainment gift cards and vouchers
  • Joining Qantas Club or renewing your membership
  • Wines and spirits
  • Qantas EpiQure wine and food events

But be aware that non-flight redemptions almost always deliver a much lower value per point than flights and seat upgrades.

Seven complimentary insurance policies to safeguard your lifestyle

Prestige cards usually get a good workout for both travelling and shopping, so NAB have included a wide-ranging collection of insurance policies – seven in total – to make sure that your purchases are protected as far as possible from unexpected problems and unforeseen extra costs:

  • Overseas travel insurance: covers emergency medical expenses, luggage and documents, unavoidable trip cancellation, rental vehicle insurance excess, and more
  • Interstate flight insurance: similar to overseas travel cover, but without emergency medical expenses
  • Domestic hotel burglary insurance: covers personal items stolen from a locked hotel room in Australia (a policy unique to NAB credit cards)
  • Transport accident insurance: compensation for loss of life or serious injury as a result of an accident in a plane, bus, taxi, train or ferry
  • Extended warranty insurance: doubles the manufacturer’s warranty up to a maximum of 12 extra months
  • Purchase protection insurance: purchased items covered for three months against loss, theft or accidental damage
  • Price protection insurance: refunds the price difference if you see a recently-purchased item advertised locally for a much lower price

In all cases, insurance is activated by purchasing with the card the goods and services for which cover is required. For the overseas travel insurance policy, $500 of pre-booked travel expenses must have been charged to the card, and for the remaining travel policies the card must have been used to pay the full fare.

Transfer your balance and enjoy a low interest rate for six months

If you already have a competing credit card, chances are you may have recently made a major purchase which has created a blip in your cash flow. This is your opportunity to bring your balance across to your new NAB card and pay a very low rate of interest on it for six months, while making monthly repayments of only 2 percent of the balance. There is a 2 percent upfront balance transfer fee to pay, which will slightly reduce your interest cost savings.

The only problem with having an unpaid balance transfer is that during this time you will sacrifice the normal interest-free days granted each month on purchases, in this case up to 44 days per month. So you’ll want to avoid using your card for purchases for the first six months if you have a balance transfer. This means that you’ll miss out on earning points and being covered by insurance.

Plan to pay off the balance in full at the end of six months in order to avoid the 21.74 percent p.a. balance transfer revert interest rate. This is also the cash advance rate, and the rate on unpaid purchase balances is 19.99 percent p.a.

All the premium level service and security you’ve come to expect

The Signature-level card features, designed for busy people like you, include:

  • NAB Concierge Service: a dedicated 24/7 global travel and lifestyle service for NAB Signature, Platinum and Premium cardholders only.
  • Visa Premium Access: jump the queue to get reserved seating for the hottest events, plus other privileges and discounts.
  • NAB Pay for Android: convert your smartphone into a digital wallet, tap and pay with your phone (secure fingerprint ID), block, unblock and control your card account features, use your account before your card arrives in the mail.
  • NAB Defence: proactive fraud detection, always on the lookout for suspicious transactions.
  • Verified by Visa: an extra level of security for online shopping, using a password or One Time PIN delivered by SMS.
  • Worldwide emergency assistance: help available around the clock if your card is lost or stolen.

A premium price, but get back more than you pay for

You’ll pay a reduced annual fee of $295 in your first year of holding the card (with no extra charge for supplementary cards), rising to $395 in subsequent years. This hefty amount will probably not come as too much of a surprise, given the high points earning rate and the many other benefits. The bonus points cover the fee several times over in the first year. But no one likes paying more than they need to, so consider what you get for the fee every year:

  • High points earning potential. If you put $5,000 per month through the card, you’ll earn 60,000 Qantas points, enough for a one-way economy fare to Europe or the US.
  • Complimentary insurance package worth an estimated $1,370 per year

Other cards to consider

$395 per year is a big commitment, so take a look at some competing cards before making your final decision. You’ll find all the major QFF points earning cards listed on our Qantas page in our Features section.

A card for travellers who have already arrived

The NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card will handsomely compensate you for the travel you need to do for both work and leisure, while at the same time making your life a little easier. So whether you’ve already arrived at the top of your field, or you merely have it in your sights, this card could be an ideal choice.

The basics

About this card

Card setup
Single
Card tier
Platinum
Card type
Visa
Card use
Personal
Credit rating
Any
Gambling transactions allowed
No
Joint application
No
Minimum age
18 years old
Minimum income
N/A
Minimum income for pensioners
Same as standard
Pensioners
Rewards program
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Temporary residents
Yes

Cardholders

Additional cardholders
1
Additional card fee
$0 p.a.

Credit limits

Minimum credit limit
$15,000
Maximum credit limit
$55,000

Repayments

Interest charged from
Purchase date
Interest free period
Up to 44 days on purchases
Minimum repayment
N/A

Balance transfers

The offer

Interest ratePeriodFeeLimitRevert rate
Balance transfers0% p.a.6 months2%90% of credit limit21.74% p.a.

Balance transfers to this card

Balance transfer earns rewards
No
Balance transfer fee payment due
First statement
Balance transfer from personal loan
No
Balance transfer processing time
10 - 14 days
Interest free days with unpaid balance
0 days
Maximum balance transfer
90% of credit limit
Available to existing customers
No

Banks you can't balance transfer from

You can't balance transfer to the NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card at the promotional balance transfer rate from:

  • NAB

Rates & fees

Promotional interest rates

Interest ratePeriodFeeLimitRevert rate
Balance transfers0% p.a.6 months2%90% of credit limit 21.74% p.a.
PurchasesN/AN/AN/AN/A N/A

Ongoing interest rates

MonthlyAnnually
Cash advances 1.81% 21.74% p.a.
Purchases 1.67% 19.99% p.a.

Fees

Annual fee
$295 p.a.
Annual fee 2nd year
$395 p.a.
Cash advance fee
whichever is greater, $2.50 or 2%
Dishonour fee
$5
Duplicate statement fee
$7
Foreign exchange fee
3%
Late payment fee
$15
Over limit fee
$0
Overseas ATM balance fee
$1
Overseas ATM withdrawal fee
$5
Overseas emergency card replacement fee
$0
Transaction verification fee
$5

Rewards & points

Cool stuff you can get with your points

Disclaimer: Points required accurate as of the 31st March 2018.

Earn rates

Spend typeSpend
Airline spend
Up to $5,000
1 pt per $1 spent
$5,001 to $20,000
0.5 pts per $1 spent
ResetN/A
Points cap20,000

Rewards program basics

First purchase bonus
90,000 points
Reward points expiry
Never as long as you keep your account active
Rewards program
Qantas Frequent Flyer
Spend required for bonus points
$4,000 in 60 days

Earning points with this card

Frequent flyer points
1 pt per $1 spent up to $5,000 then 0.5 pts per $1 spent $5,001 to $20,000
Overseas earn rate
Same as standard earn rate
Points cap per month
20,000
Points cap per year
240,000
Points earned on ATO payments
N/A
Reward points
1 pt per $1 spent

Additional benefits

Airport lounge access
No
Complimentary flight voucher
No
Concierge service
Yes

Minimum criteria for this card

What you need before applying

Be over 18 years old
You are a resident or citizen of Australia
Earn a regular any weekly income
You have your personal details ready to complete the online application
Have not applied for multiple credit cards recently
Temporary residents are eligible
Age Pension, Disability Pension, Overseas Pension, Veteran's Pension and Widower's Pension are acceptable.
Austudy, Carer's Allowance, Child Support Payments, Family Tax Benefits and Parenting Payments and Foster Care Allowance are acceptable.
Joint applications are not allowed
Youth Allowance is not acceptable.
Disclaimer: The minimum criteria are intended only to be a guide. Your application may still be rejected by the bank even if you can answer 'Yes' to all the minimum criteria. The final decision regarding your application is up to the bank.

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