Earning points tips2018-01-15T12:10:14+11:00

Earning points tips

Earn and use Qantas Points on holiday packages with TripADeal

Qantas Frequent Flyers can now use their points on a huge range of holiday packages in a deal that sees the airline take a majority shareholding in the Australian-made travel business, TripADeal. The stake allows Qantas Loyalty to immediately expand its exposure to the estimated $13 billion online packaged holiday booking market, which is experiencing significant growth as leisure demand booms and the shift to e-commerce continues. Over the past decade, TripADeal has built thousands of direct supplier relationships with [...]

Qantas partners with ‘buy now, pay later’ provider Zip

Qantas customers can ‘fly now, pay later’ thanks to the airline's brand new partnership with Zip. Both domestic and international flights are now bookable on qantas.com using Zip, and you'll earn Qantas Points on the transaction. In addition, Qantas Frequent Flyers can choose to earn Qantas Points through Zip’s loyalty program, Zip Rewards, when making everyday purchases, providing another way for members to maximise the points they earn 'on the ground'. Specifically, frequent flyers can earn: 3,000 points when they [...]

Qantas launches ‘green’ membership tier offering bonus points and status credits

Qantas Frequent Flyers will today start earning rewards for making sustainable choices at home and when they travel as Qantas switches on its new Green membership tier. The Green tier will sit alongside existing flying tiers – Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One – to encourage and reward the airline’s 13 million frequent flyers for everything from offsetting their flights, to staying in eco-accredited hotels, purchasing sustainable wine and supporting environmental initiatives. Members who achieve Green tier status by completing [...]

Join Virgin Australia’s Velocity program and earn double points on your first flight

If you're not yet a member of Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty program, you can now join and earn double points on your first flight. Velocity is free to join and earning points is easy. As well as on flights, you can earn Velocity Points with a range of partners in the retail, travel and finance sectors. With the current promotion, simply join Velocity as a new member by 30 September 2022, then book and take an eligible flight [...]

Why savvy points collectors choose Membership Rewards points

This article is sponsored by American Express. We may receive a commission if you apply for a card via a link in this article. With so many card loyalty programs operating in Australia, it can be hard to decide which one will help you get the most from your everyday spend. Each program has its own benefits and limitations, and few people have the time to consider the options in depth. But ultimately what it comes down to is [...]

Earn flybuys points (convertible to Velocity Points) at Bunnings and Officeworks

Two of Australia's most popular retailers, Bunnings and Officeworks, have joined the flybuys loyalty program, with customers now able to earn flybuys points on eligible transactions. Bunnings is the leading retailer of home improvement and lifestyle products in Australia while Officeworks is Australia’s leading retailer of stationery, furniture, technology and student supplies. At Bunnings, customers can earn 1 flybuys point per $1 spent in-store. Points are not awarded for gift card purchases, donations, sausage sizzles, services (e.g. hire shop), delivery [...]

Qantas and Optus announce new points-earning partnership

Qantas and Optus have partnered to provide frequent flyers the opportunity to earn Qantas Points on mobile phone plans. From today, Qantas Frequent Flyer’s 13 million members can earn up to 20,000 bonus Qantas Points and up to 10 points for every dollar spent on their monthly plan fee through three new Optus SIM Only mobile plans, including a plan with international roaming included. The three plans are: $39 SIM Only Plan: Includes 30GB of data. Earn 5,000 bonus Qantas [...]

Qantas and Accor launch new perks for customers, including double-dipping on points

Qantas and Accor have today announced the details of their new partnership, which was first flagged late last year. It will see members of the companies' loyalty programs simultaneously earn both Qantas Points and ALL – Accor Live Limitless Reward Points on both Accor hotel bookings and Qantas flight bookings when they link their accounts. QFF members will earn 3 Qantas Points per $1 spent with the hotel group, in addition to the usual ALL Reward Points. Stays must [...]

Velocity and 7-Eleven launch points-earning partnership

Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer program has teamed up with 7-Eleven to let customers earn Velocity Points whenever they shop for food, coffee, convenience items and fuel at 7-Eleven. With more than 700 7-Eleven stores located in neighbourhoods across Victoria, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Western Australia, Velocity members will earn: 2 Points per $1 on eligible 7-Eleven in-store purchases 2 Points per litre on premium fuel at 7-Eleven 1 Point per litre on regular fuel at [...]

Save money and earn bonus reward points with top brands via Amex Offers

One of my favourite perks of being an American Express Card Member is saving money and earning bonus points with leading brands through the Amex Offers program. Amex Offers is a complimentary benefit that delivers compelling value to Card Members. Depending on the offer,  you can get a credit on your Amex account when you make an eligible purchase with a participating merchant (similar to a ‘cashback’ scheme) or earn bonus points on such a purchase. Over time, the [...]

Join BP Rewards to collect points on fuel and in-store purchases at bp

This article was produced in partnership with bp. Fuel purchases are one of the easiest and most lucrative ways to earn loyalty points in Australia. After all, most households spend a considerable amount on fuel, and over time the points earned on that spend can really add up, leading to valuable rewards. BP Rewards is a flexible loyalty program that lets you earn points every time you fill up. Thanks to the program’s partnership with Qantas Frequent Flyer, bp [...]

Qantas launches home insurance product, with bonus points on offer

Qantas has expanded its insurance portfolio to give frequent flyer members the ability to earn Qantas Points on their home insurance. From today, members can earn up to 40,000 Qantas Points when they sign up for a Qantas Home Insurance policy by 28 February 2021, and a further 1 point per $1 spent on their premium. Qantas Home Insurance includes home, contents, renters’ and landlord insurance, allowing customers to tailor their level of protection to suit their property and [...]

Score an easy 1,000 Qantas Points with TerryWhite Chemmart

The pharmacy chain TerryWhite Chemmart became a Qantas partner last year, giving Qantas Frequent Flyer members the opportunity to earn points when shopping in-store. TerryWhite Chemmart has over 450 pharmacies across Australia. Customers earn 2 Qantas Points per $1 spent, excluding dispensary and prescription items and baby formulas. To earn Qantas Points, you need to sign up to the TerryWhite Chemmart Rewards program and link it to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account. If you haven't already done so, Qantas [...]

Qantas and BP launch partnership: earn points on fuel and in-store purchases

Qantas and BP Australia have launched their much-anticipated tie-up that sees Qantas Frequent Flyer become the cornerstone partner of BP’s new loyalty program, BP Rewards. The BP Rewards program allows customers to earn either BP Points or Qantas Points on fuel and eligible in-store purchases across participating BP retail sites. To earn Qantas Points with BP Rewards, customers must select the Qantas Points option. You'll earn two points per litre of BP Ultimate Unleaded fuel, one point per litre [...]

Qantas launches Points Club to reward big points earners ‘on the ground’

Qantas has launched its much-anticipated Points Club, a program that rewards Qantas Frequent Flyer members who earn lots of points 'on the ground' with benefits like lounge access and status credits for points bookings. This initiative recognises that many Qantas Frequent Flyer members don't fly regularly but are still valuable customers by virtue of their spending habits. The Points Club will have two tiers as follows: people who earn 150,000 points in their QFF membership year will join the [...]

How to pool your family’s Emirates Skywards miles

A few years ago, Emirates Skywards introduced the ‘My Family’ program which allows eligible family members to pool up to 100% of Skywards Miles earned on Emirates and flydubai flights, and through bonuses or promotions. This handy feature can help Skywards members accumulate points for rewards more quickly. Emirates Skywards has a global membership of 20 million and all members are eligible to join ‘My Family’. Each account can have up to 8 family members including a nominated Family [...]

Business Owners: Earn Qantas Points when business customers pay you with B2Bpay

Business owners who love earning Qantas Points and credit card reward points can already use the payment service B2Bpay to pay all of their business expenses with a card, even where the biller doesn’t accept card payments directly (we've written a whole article about that here). But did you know that you can also earn points when your business customers pay you via B2Bpay? By becoming a B2Bpay Biller, you can accept card payments from business customers via your [...]

Business Owners: How to earn points on ALL expenses with B2Bpay

As both a business owner and a points collector, I love being able to pay a business expense with a credit card to earn points. It's one of the quickest and easiest ways to stockpile points that I can later redeem for high-value rewards like flights (in business class, of course!). The problem is, many billers don’t accept card payments directly, and many card issuers don’t award full points on certain transactions, like payments to the ATO, government bodies, [...]

Qantas launches Qantas Car Insurance

Qantas has added yet another financial product to its suite of offerings with the launch of Qantas Car Insurance. The insurance, underwritten by Auto & Genera, offers Qantas Frequent Flyer members different types of cover along with the opportunity to earn Qantas Points. The three cover options are: comprehensive; third party property, fire and theft; and third party property only. Customers will earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 of the premium paid. They can also earn up to 6,000 bonus [...]

Qantas and Woolworths revamp partnership, with more rewards for members

Woolworths Rewards and Qantas Frequent Flyer have revamped their decade long partnership. From today, the conversion rate from Woolworths Rewards to Qantas Frequent Flyer points will increase by close to 15 percent. It means 2,000 Woolworths Rewards Points will now convert to 1,000 Qantas Points, up from 870 points. Woolworths Rewards members will also benefit from faster access to their Qantas Points, with conversions to be processed automatically when members hit 2,000 Woolworths Points rather than once every three months. [...]

Here’s where you’ll find all current Velocity Points offers from Velocity partners

Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer program makes it easy to keep track of points offers from its many partners by listing them on this page on the Velocity website. This list looks quite comprehensive, with opportunities to earn points on everything from car hire to financial services. I've bookmarked the page and check it regularly so I don't miss out on any deals. If you're a serious Velocity Points collector, you may wish to do the same! Here's the [...]

Join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program for free

Qantas is one of the few airlines in the world to charge a fee for joining its frequent flyer program - or to be more precise: Australians and New Zealanders have to pay to join. The rest of the world gets in for free. Crazy! It's a testament to how popular and dominant the loyalty program is here. The cost is $99.50 for Australians and $60 for New Zealanders. But the good news is, there are several ways to get [...]

BP announces new partnership with Qantas, replacing Virgin Australia

Qantas and BP Australia have today announced a new customer loyalty partnership that will see Qantas Frequent Flyer become the cornerstone partner of BP’s new customer loyalty program, BP Rewards - replacing the current arrangement between BP and Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer program. Set to launch in early 2020, the BP Rewards program will allow customers to earn Qantas Points on fuel and eligible in-store purchases across participating BP retail sites. In addition, BP Plus fuel card will [...]

freedom teams up with Velocity to reward shoppers with Velocity Points

The popular furniture and homewares retailer freedom has teamed up with Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer program to reward shoppers with points. Under the new partnership, members of freedom's loyalty program, myfreedom (which is free to join) will earn 1 Velocity Point per $1 spent in store and online with the retailer. As a special promotion, this has been doubled to 2 points per $1 spent until 23 September 2019. Another incentive to join myfreedom is that members also receive [...]

Qantas Restaurants is back – earn 100 points per person at restaurants in 12 countries

The popular Qantas Restaurants table booking platform, which was shut down unexpectedly late last year, has been rebooted thanks to a new partnership between Qantas and Quandoo. It launches tomorrow 15 August 2019. The collaboration with Quandoo, a worldwide booking platform that connects diners to restaurants, will enable frequent flyers to earn Qantas Points when they make reservations through the Qantas Restaurants portal on Qantas.com and the Qantas app. Qantas Frequent Flyers will be able to earn 100 points [...]

The best way to book ultra-luxurious hotels and resorts using points

Here at The High Life, we usually focus on using points to fly at the 'pointy end' of the plane - in a comfy seat, with good service and dining, and lots of free-flowing champagne, of course! As you probably already know, this is one of the best ways to maximise value from your hard-earned points. Booking a business or first class award seat gets you so much more value than redeeming points to fly economy. But luxury travel [...]

Earn Velocity Points every time your rideshare with Ola

Virgin Australia has teamed up with the rideshare app Ola to offer Velocity Points for every ride: a great way to boost your points balance if you use rideshare services. Ola entered the Australian market only recently but its presence is growing quickly. It says it already has a bigger pool of drivers than Uber - no doubt because it takes a much smaller cut of fares - but geographically Uber is more widely available. Uber has a tie-up [...]

Qantas unveils sweeping changes to frequent flyer program

Qantas has unveiled sweeping changes to its frequent flyer program in a move it claims will make it easier for members to book reward seats when they want to travel, while often paying less to do so - though unfortunately not at the pointy end. Central to the change is the promise of a million extra reward seats each year, most of which will cost fewer points in economy but more in other cabins - and upgrades will cost [...]

Earn 3 Velocity Points per $1 spent on hotel bookings through Virgin Australia (powered by Expedia)

Virgin Australia has a new hotel booking service powered by Expedia which allows Velocity members to earn points on hotel stays. It can be found at https://expedia.virginaustralia.com and bookings earn a handy 3 points per AU$1 spent. This service is similar to the hotel booking site that Qantas has operated for some time. But whereas Qantas provides access to around 200,000 hotels worldwide, Virgin Australia has upped the ante with access to over 650,000 hotels! Personally, I wouldn't use [...]

How to earn more frequent flyer points by shopping online

You can rapidly increase your frequent flyer points balance by doing more of your shopping online. I earn up to 10 Qantas and Virgin Australia Velocity points per dollar when I buy clothes, shoes, and personal and household items online - and when you consider how much money you spend on these items each year, the points add up very quickly. I also like online shopping for other reasons: it saves time and avoids the hassle of visiting stores during busy holiday [...]

How to purchase Virgin Australia Velocity Points

Both Qantas and Virgin Australia allow their frequent flyer members to buy points in order to 'top up' their accounts. The airlines say this is designed to help members who are a little short of the points required to redeem a reward, but it's also a nice way for them to earn more money, as buying points this way is relatively expensive. You're generally much better off earning points through credit card spend or making use of the airlines' [...]

How to earn Qantas Points on Airbnb stays

Airbnb stays are very popular these days, with over 3 million homes in 191 countries available for booking. As well being affordable and convenient, Airbnb stays also provide an easy opportunity to earn Qantas Points. All you have to do is search and book via the Qantas website here, making sure to enter your Qantas Frequent Flyer details when prompted. For this small amount of effort, you'll earn 1 Qantas Points per $1 spent. That's not especially exciting, but [...]

Love wine? Here’s how to earn stacks of Qantas Points when buying it

One of my favourite ways to earn Qantas Points is to buy wine through Qantas' wine club, which used to be called epiQure but is now Qantas Wine (though the website is still at the 'old' address of qantasepiqure.com.au).  Not only is this a convenient way to make wine purchases, but the quality tends to be very good and you can earn a stack of Qantas Points with each case. Qantas Wine regularly runs bonus points promotions, typically with up to [...]

New to Uber? Earn 2,000 bonus Qantas Points

If you're not an Uber customer yet, here's an easy way to pocket a handy 2,000 Qantas Points with your first Uber ride. Qantas is offering 2,000 bonus points when you link or set up an Uber account via the Qantas app or at qantas.com/uber and subsequently request your first ride within Australia through either the Uber or Qantas app. Each Qantas Frequent Flyer member can earn a maximum of 2,000 Qantas Points under this offer. It cannot be combined with [...]

How to prevent Qantas and Velocity Points from expiring

Earlier this week I shared a news article on Facebook about Qantas Frequent Flyer members who were "furious" about their points expiring. Articles like this have been popping up in the media fairly regularly lately. I’m always amazed to hear that people have allowed their points to expire. Sure, mistakes do happen and sometimes I sympathise with people's stories, but that’s not the case when they haven't bothered to find out what the rules are and then decide to complain [...]

Qantas Frequent Flyer switches on points earn with energy retailer Red Energy

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now earn Qantas Points on eligible energy bills with Red Energy, Snowy Hydro’s energy retailer – giving them a new way to earn points on their everyday household expenses. This is Qantas' first partnership with an energy retailer. Members have the choice of signing up to the Qantas Red Plus plan to earn seven Qantas Points per dollar on their bill or they can opt for the Qantas Red Saver plan and access a [...]

Woolworths joins the Qantas Online Mall: earn 2 Qantas Points per dollar spent

Shopping for everyday items online via the Qantas Mall and Velocity eStore is a simple way to earn more points, as I've written about many times in the past. Both Qantas and Virgin Australia can connect you to dozens of retailers, from department stores to specialty outlets, allowing you to earn more points than you would by simply going to the retailer directly. The Qantas Mall has added Woolworths to its mix of retail partners, which means you can now [...]

How to earn frequent flyer points on rent (and make sure it’s worth it)

For many of us, rent is one of the biggest costs in life. We spend thousands of dollars each year on rent, with the money usually flying out of our bank accounts as a direct debit - and without earning any rewards points. But what many tenants don't realise is that there may be a way to leverage this spending and earn points by paying with a credit card. If you're a tenant and you haven't looked into this, [...]

How I earned over a million frequent flyer points in 2017

Each year I aim to earn at least 500,000 frequent flyer points by channeling all my spending through high-earning credit cards, taking out the occasional new card, being tactical about where I shop, special points offers, and more. Last January, I wrote about how I earned over 800,000 points in 2016 - my best year on record - and that I didn’t expect 2017 to be as lucrative because of the looming changes to the credit card market. Well, it turned out [...]

How much should you “pay” for a point?

It’s so easy to earn points these days but often those points have a cost. That might be due to a credit card surcharge, paying more to shop with a specific retailer, or another factor, like the time and effort required. Many people refuse to pay extra to earn points, but I think that can be a mistake. If you want to travel more (or better) you should be actively considering opportunities to earn points at a cost, so [...]

How my partner and I earned a million points in six months

Back in January, I wrote about how I earned 800,000 points in 2016 and that I doubted I could match that feat this year because of the looming changes to the credit card market. The other day, I did a quick tally of the points I earned so far in 2017, and I was pleasantly surprised, as it looks like this is going to be my biggest year yet. In fact, with my partner also playing the points game [...]

How I earned over 800,000 Qantas Points in 2016

Every year I aim to earn at least 500,000 frequent flyer points through strategic credit card sign-ups and spending, shopping, flying and other means. In 2016, I aimed even higher and finished with a haul of 819,875 Qantas Points (plus a handful of Virgin Velocity points) – my best year yet! As you can imagine, I’m pretty excited about all the stylish travel this will bring. That's easily enough points for two business class trips overseas for me and my [...]

How I earn over 500,000 frequent flyer points each year without even flying

I easily earn over 500,000 frequent flyer points every year without stepping foot on a plane. That’s enough points for an overseas holiday each year in business class, plus a few domestic flights as well. Here’s how I do it. credit cards – my wallet holds several high-earning credit cards and I usually take out a new card each year when it comes with a big sign-up bonus I pay for all of my everyday spending with those high-earning credit cards, including [...]

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