Top reward credit cards

Doing all the math, to work out which cards have more rewards.

I'd like to use my bonus reward points for:

Convert your credit card signup bonus reward points to gift cards, for Coles, Woolworths, Bunnings and more.

HSBC points
$600 profit after meeting spend requirements
$0 faf.
120,000 points
Spend $3,000 in 90 days
$0 first year annual fee, $129 thereafter
Modified 08/11/21

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Westpac points
$571 profit after meeting spend requirements
$49 faf.
140,000 points
$15,000 min credit limit
Spend $6,000 in 120 days
Larger required spend to earn bonus.
$49 first year annual fee, $250 thereafter
Offer Expires in a month (30/06/22)
Modified 24/03/22
Already had a card? Add it in your card history and get alerted when 12 months have past and you can apply again.
American Express points
$590 profit after meeting spend requirements
$395 faf.
110,000 points
Spend $4,000 in 90 days
$400 Travel Credit extra bonus.
Modified 21/03/21
Qantas points
$575 profit after meeting spend requirements
$425 faf.
160,000 points
$15,000 min credit limit
Spend $3,000 in 90 days
$225 Cashback extra bonus.
Modified 29/03/22
American Express points
$540 profit after meeting spend requirements
$395 faf.
100,000 points
Spend $4,000 in 90 days
$400 Travel Credit extra bonus.
Modified 29/03/22
Qantas points
$525 profit after meeting spend requirements
$450 faf.
110,000 points
Spend $3,000 in 90 days
$450 Qantas Travel Credit via Amex Travel extra bonus.
Modified 09/05/22
CitiRewards points
$490 profit after meeting spend requirements
$150 faf.
130,000 points
$15,000 min credit limit
Spend $4,000 in 90 days
$150 first year annual fee, $300 thereafter
Offer Expires in a month (29/06/22)
Modified 01/02/22
Westpac points
$470 profit after meeting spend requirements
$0 faf.
110,000 points
$6,000 min credit limit
Spend $3,000 in 90 days
$0 first year annual fee, $150 thereafter
Offer Expires in a month (30/06/22)
Modified 24/02/22
Qantas points
$500 profit after meeting spend requirements
$450 faf.
100,000 points
Spend $3,000 in 90 days
$450 Qantas Travel Credit via Amex Travel extra bonus.
Modified 09/05/22
CitiRewards points
$441 profit after meeting spend requirements
$49 faf.
100,000 points
$6,000 min credit limit
Spend $3,000 in 90 days
$49 first year annual fee, $149 thereafter
2nd Year Bonus 75,000 bonus points, $149 annual fee.
Offer Expires in a month (29/06/22)
Modified 01/02/22
CitiRewards points
$450 profit after meeting spend requirements
$150 faf.
$15,000 min credit limit
Spend $2,000 in 90 days
$150 first year annual fee, $300 thereafter
$600 Cashback extra bonus.
Offer Expires in a month (29/06/22)
Modified 01/02/22
Bank of Melbourne points
$421 profit after meeting spend requirements
$29 faf.
100,000 points
$6,000 min credit limit
Spend $3,000 in 90 days
$29 first year annual fee, $99 thereafter
Offer Expires in a month (30/06/22)
Modified 04/03/22
Westpac points
$421 profit after meeting spend requirements
$49 faf.
110,000 points
$6,000 min credit limit
Spend $3,000 in 90 days
$49 first year annual fee, $150 thereafter
Offer Expires in a month (30/06/22)
Modified 12/03/22
Qantas points
$455 profit after meeting spend requirements
$425 faf.
130,000 points
$15,000 min credit limit
Spend $3,000 in 90 days
$255 Cashback extra bonus.
Modified 18/05/22
Qantas points
$430 profit after meeting spend requirements
$295 faf.
110,000 points
$6,000 min credit limit
Spend $2,500 in 90 days
$200 Cashback extra bonus.
Modified 29/03/22
ANZ points
$370 profit after meeting spend requirements
$0 faf.
80,000 points
$15,000 min credit limit
Spend $2,000 in 90 days
$0 first year annual fee, $375 thereafter
Modified 03/11/21
Westpac points
$341 profit after meeting spend requirements
$59 faf.
$500 min credit limit
Spend $4,000 in 120 days
$400 Cashback extra bonus.
Offer Expires in a month (30/06/22)
Modified 24/02/22
Qantas points
$325 profit after meeting spend requirements
$0 faf.
70,000 points
$6,000 min credit limit
Spend $2,500 in 90 days
$0 first year annual fee, $295 thereafter
Modified 11/11/21
$300 profit after meeting spend requirements
$0 faf.
$4,000 min credit limit
Spend $1,500 in 90 days
$0 first year annual fee, $89 thereafter
$300 Cashback extra bonus.
Offer Expires in a month (30/06/22)
Modified 08/03/22
Qantas points
$301 profit after meeting spend requirements
$49 faf.
75,000 points
$6,000 min credit limit
Spend $4,000 in 90 days
$49 first year annual fee, $150 thereafter
Offer Expires in a month (30/06/22)
Modified 13/02/27
CitiRewards points
$301 profit after meeting spend requirements
$99 faf.
$6,000 min credit limit
Spend $2,000 in 90 days
$99 first year annual fee, $149 thereafter
$400 Cashback extra bonus.
Offer Expires in a month (29/06/22)
Modified 01/02/22
BOQ points
$291 profit after meeting spend requirements
$129 faf.
150,000 points
Spend $3,000 in 90 days
Offer Expires in 2 months (31/07/22)
Modified 03/11/21
ANZ points
$220 profit after meeting spend requirements
$0 faf.
50,000 points
$6,000 min credit limit
Spend $1,500 in 90 days
$0 first year annual fee, $95 thereafter
Modified 03/11/21
American Express points
$200 profit after meeting spend requirements
$0 faf.
Spend $0 in 90 days
$0 first year annual fee, $195 thereafter
$200 Travel Credit extra bonus.
Offer Expires in 7 days (31/05/22)
Modified 04/05/22
NAB points
$205 profit after meeting spend requirements
$95 faf.
60,000 points
$6,000 min credit limit
Spend $1,000 in 60 days
$95 first year annual fee, $195 thereafter
2nd Year Bonus 20,000 bonus points, $195 annual fee.
Modified 11/11/21
NAB points
$225 profit after meeting spend requirements
$295 faf.
100,000 points
$15,000 min credit limit
Spend $3,000 in 60 days
Larger required spend to earn bonus.
2nd Year Bonus 40,000 bonus points, $295 annual fee.
Modified 11/11/21
Qantas points
$176 profit after meeting spend requirements
$99 faf.
60,000 points
Spend $3,000 in 90 days
Offer Expires in a month (30/06/22)
Modified 02/11/21
Qantas points
$175 profit after meeting spend requirements
$225 faf.
80,000 points
Spend $3,000 in 90 days
$225 first year annual fee, $299 thereafter
Offer Expires in a month (29/06/22)
Modified 02/03/22
Qantas points
$171 profit after meeting spend requirements
$279 faf.
90,000 points
$15,000 min credit limit
Spend $6,000 in 90 days
Larger required spend to earn bonus.
Offer Expires in a month (30/06/22)
Modified 03/11/21
Qantas points
$151 profit after meeting spend requirements
$249 faf.
80,000 points
Spend $3,000 in 90 days
Modified 10/03/22
Qantas points
$130 profit after meeting spend requirements
$295 faf.
90,000 points
$15,000 min credit limit
Spend $3,000 in 60 days
Larger required spend to earn bonus.
$295 first year annual fee, $395 thereafter
2nd Year Bonus 20,000 bonus points, $395 annual fee.
Modified 01/11/21
Qantas points
$125 profit after meeting spend requirements
$300 faf.
90,000 points
$15,000 min credit limit
Spend $4,000 in 90 days
2nd Year Bonus 30,000 bonus points, $300 annual fee.
Offer Expires in a month (30/06/22)
Modified 13/02/26
Qantas points
$50 profit after meeting spend requirements
$250 faf.
65,000 points
$6,000 min credit limit
Spend $2,500 in 60 days
Modified 16/11/21
Qantas points
$1 profit after meeting spend requirements
$99 faf.
20,000 points
$6,000 min credit limit
Spend $3,000 in 90 days
Modified 11/11/21
Suncorp points
$-129 loss after meeting spend requirements
$129 faf.
130,000 points
$6,000 min credit limit
Spend $3,000 in 90 days
Offer Expires in 2 months (15/07/22)
Modified 08/12/21
Qantas points
$-100 loss after meeting spend requirements
$450 faf.
70,000 points
$6,000 min credit limit
Spend $5,000 in 90 days
Larger required spend to earn bonus.
Offer Expires in a month (30/06/22)
Modified 01/02/22
American Express points
$-200 loss after meeting spend requirements
$1,450 faf.
150,000 points
Spend $5,000 in 90 days
Larger required spend to earn bonus.
$450 Travel Credit extra bonus.
2nd Year Bonus 50,000 bonus points, $1,450 annual fee.
Very High annual fee $1,450 annual fee.
Modified 02/04/22
Qantas points
$-450 loss after meeting spend requirements
$1,200 faf.
150,000 points
Spend $5,000 in 90 days
Larger required spend to earn bonus.
Very High annual fee $1,200 annual fee.
Offer Expires in 5 months (26/10/22)
Modified 15/02/22

How credit card reward programs work

There are three basic parts

  1. Spend money, earn points
  2. Sign up points bonus
  3. Redeem gift cards with your points

When you spend money on a credit card with a reward program, you earn points for each dollar you spend. The rate you earn points depends on the card - it might be 1 point per dollar, 2 points or 1/2 a point.

Most credit cards with reward programs also give you a sign up bonus of some large number of points - think 100,000 points.

Each credit card provider has their own reward program, and you can use this to redeem your points for goods or gift cards. All the dollar values on this site are the values of Woolworths or Coles gift cards redeemed with points. The point requirement is different in each program. Generally, using Qantas points for gift cards is worse than using the banks own reward program.

Each credit card comes with an annual fee. Often credit cards will wave the annual fee for the first year. I generally don't keep a card longer than a year, to avoid the second year annual fee. Some credit cards split their bonus points over two years, e.g. 80k the first year, and 20k the second year. This means you have to pay two annual fees. Sometimes its worth it, sometimes its not.

What is credit card churning?

Credit card churning is where you move between different credit cards, signing up to earn the sign up bonuses.

Credit card churning has 4 steps

  1. Sign up for a new credit card
  2. Spend the spend requirement to earn the sign up bonus
  3. Redeem the sign up bonus for gift cards
  4. Cancel the card
  5. Repeat from step 1.

Each Bank/provider generally has a period you have to wait, before you can sign up again and be eligible for another sign up bonus. The period is normally 12 months, but for some its 18 months (like AMEX).

This means, if you signed up for an credit card card on Jan 1st, earned the bonus within 3 months and cancelled it, you could be eligible to sign up again, and earn another signup bonus by April the next year.

Scoring

All the cards are graded on a curve on four categories:

  • Churn Score - the overall performance of the card, factoring in all the factors below.
  • First Year Annual Fee Score - how high the first year annual fee is. The annual fee often goes up the second year, so I always churn away before paying that fee.
  • Bonus Value Score - how much gift card credit you will end up with after you: pay the first year annual fee, meet the spend requirement, earn the bonus points and the points you gained from reaching the spend requirements, and then redeem it for gift cards from the card's reward program.
  • Bonus Difficulty Score - how hard it is to reach the requirements to earn the bonus - often spend $X in Y days.
  • Earn Score - how easy it is to earn another gift card, after you earn the bonus. Some cards, you earn 2 points per dollar, some cards, have cheaper points for gift cards.

Will this affect my credit rating?

Yes, credit card enquires do affect your credit score - it's more a question of the amount. There are three different credit score providers in Australia: Illion, Equifax and Experian. Find out more from the gov. Since I started credit card churning for a few years, my credit score has dropped from "excellent" to "very good", which I am fine with. I monitor my credit score with these three services:

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