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Are there any US credit cards offering miles on QF?

Old Feb 5, 03, 11:12 am
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Are there any US credit cards offering miles on QF?

Hi,

I am based in the US and would like to get a credit card that gives me QF miles for $ spent. Any ideas? If not, does anyone have suggestions for cards that earn miles that I can convert to QF points at a good fee. I don't like to pay big credit card annual fees for the privilege of having the card, so that's a consideration.

Thanks,
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Old Feb 5, 03, 2:38 pm
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The only options may be Americal Express and Diners Club. In Australia, both of their rewards programs can transfer into QF (if yoiu join the right rewards program offered). I am not sure if US members of their rewards programs can transfer to QF, but it probably worth you asking the question of them. Please let us know their answers.

Otherwise you might need to use an intermediate program like Starwood and then transfer into QF.

Remember that once points hit the QF program you cannot transfer them out into any other program.
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Old Feb 6, 03, 12:15 am
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Unlike the airline redemption choices for Diners Club members residing in Australia (Qantas, Air New Zealand, & Regional Express),

http://www.dinersclub.com.au/s16_rew...redemption.asp

Diners Club members residing in North America do not have the choice of converting points to miles with QF or the other two. However, they have 26 other U.S. and international airlines to choose from. (!)

http://www.citigroup.com/dinersus/cg...s/pnts2mls.htm

Because of the much more generous points/ miles awarded in Australia due to the value of the Australian Dollar, apparently Diners Club want to keep the systems entirely separate.

This works to the detriment of North Americans who might like to earn QFF points, and also to the detriment of Australians who would prefer points on some of the other carriers.

One "solution" might be to get an account in the other country, but you'd need an address there and some sort of taxpayer ID number, too.

Anyone applying for a US Diners Club, my sponsor code is SSZG2183 .

Seriously, I'd do a search on the American Express Board, and if no luck, ask your question there.

There are, of course, Starwood points, which can be earned with the Starwood Amex.
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Old Feb 6, 03, 2:02 am
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[QUOTE]One "solution" might be to get an account in the other country, but you'd need an address there and some sort of taxpayer ID number, too.
[QUOTE]

This however would probably cost more than the benefit of the points.

You would pay/loose a percent or two in the transaction when the purchase is converted from the $US to $AUS (selling $AUS) and then another percent or two in the currency rate when you send $US to AUS (buying $AUS to pay for the CC Bill.

Though you may luck out on currency fluctuations in the positive or negative.

[This message has been edited by michaelblain (edited 02-06-2003).]
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Old Feb 6, 03, 2:37 am
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You could get a starwood amex - starwood points can be converted 1 for 1 into QF points. It's just a pity that the old 2-1 transfer ratio isn't in place, or this would be a very good card for your purposes.
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Old Feb 11, 03, 4:53 am
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Both American and BA have US-based credit cards and allow redemption for Qantas flights (so do Continental and US Air, but there is some risk those links might end, whereas the BA-QF-AA link is part of OneWorld and likely to stick around). You have the option of using miles on those cards for either QF flights or, at higher mileage levels, One World itineraries. I recently used BA miles to obtain 2 Qantas business class tickets to fly JFK-SYD-CNS, with a return from MEL.
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