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

Earning points tips

ENDS SOON: Earn up to 14,000 bonus Qantas Points on 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. Fortunately, earlier this year I found a way around [...]

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 [...]

How to earn bonus points by referring a friend to American Express

One of my favourite perks of being an American Express card member is that I can earn points by referring family and friends to Amex. With a generous amount of points on offer for each successful referral, this is one of the simplest and most lucrative strategies I use to increase my points balance. Amex’s referral program is unique in Australia and it’s open to anyone who holds an eligible card issued directly by Amex Australia (i.e. it’s not [...]

Here’s where you can find the full list of offers from Velocity Points partners

I was browsing through the new Velocity Frequent Flyer website earlier and noticed a handy list of special offers from Velocity's credit card, travel, and everyday earn partners. It looks comprehensive: it lists opportunities to earn bonus points on everything from car hire to hotel stays and even pet insurance. I've bookmarked the page so I don't miss out on any deals, and if you're a serious Velocity Points collector, you may wish to do the same. You can find [...]

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 [...]