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

Earning points tips

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 around [...]

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 [...]

Business Owners: How to earn points on ALL business payments with B2Bpay

As both a business owner and a frequent flyer points lover, I hate seeing money leave my business bank account to pay a bill and not earn any points in the process. The same goes for paying an expense with a credit card only to find that it earns no or reduced points - as often occurs with large payments to the tax office, government bodies, insurance companies and telco firms. So I was very pleased earlier this year [...]

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 [...]

Emirates introduces family pooling of Skywards miles

Emirates Skywards has introduced a new program called ‘My Family’ which allows family members to pool up to 100% of Skywards Miles earned on Emirates flights. This handy new feature can help Skywards members accumulate points for reward flights 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 Head. The following family members are eligible 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 [...]