Think hard about the rewards you want

Annual fees for cards are on the increase – and the highest fees are usually on the cards with a rewards program attached. At the same time, the points earning rate is going down. Reserve Bank reforms forced on credit card providers mean they are no longer willing to offer frequent flyer points without charging card holders for the privilege. Either by a higher annual fee or introducing a dedicated rewards fee. It now pays to make sure you aren't paying for a reward program that you don't want. If you're chasing frequent flyer points make sure the benefits outweigh the costs, that is, the value of the points you earn each year in flights is more than the annual fee. This is becoming more difficult to achieve as many reward programs now offer less than one Qantas point per dollar spent.

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