How I’m updating my 2019 frequent flyer goals
With a new financial year looming, it's time to take stock of my points plans.
The end of the financial year is almost here, which makes it a perfect time to take stock of your current position. One key activity for me: reviewing my frequent flyer goals.
I wrote up my goals at the start of the year, but six months is a long time in the frequent flyer universe. So it's worth revisiting to see if anything's changed and if you need to tweak your goals a little.
My main goal for the year has been saving up enough for a oneworld round-the-world business class trip. That goal remains, but I'm going to need to stash a few more points for it.
From 17 September, the number of points needed for that reward is going to rise from 280,000 to 318,000. This is part of Qantas' big adjustment to the points you need for individual flights.
I don't think I'll have quite hit the 280,000 total by that date. While 38,000 points isn't a small amount to earn, some strategic wine purchases on top of my regular flying schedule should not make it too difficult. And using the points with this reward is better value than just redeeming for a single business-class flight.
My goal for my Velocity and Star Alliance points is the same: a casual business-class trip to New Zealand. The main blocker to me booking those is that I want to get a better sense of when my big oneworld trip is happening, so I can spread out my travel sensibly. But there's no risk of my Virgin points expiring (thanks to flybuys), so I don't need to lock that in just yet.
Whatever your plans for your points, it's worth checking at the half-year mark to see how you're tracking. Happy travels!
Angus Kidman's Findings column looks at new developments and research that help you save money, make wise decisions and enjoy your life more. It appears regularly on Finder.
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