Earn Qantas Points while you sleep
An enhancement to the Qantas Wellbeing app rewards you for NOT using your phone.
The Qantas Wellbeing app already lets customers of Qantas Insurance earn bonus Qantas Points for walking and other physical activities. Now it's being upgraded with an option that's potentially even less effort: earning points while you sleep.
To earn those points, you need to adopt better sleep habits by using your phone less before going to bed. That's widely recognised as a key to sleeping better. "Blue light from phone and computer screens at night can disrupt the production of melatonin – an important sleep hormone that regulates our internal body clock, lets us know when it's time to sleep and helps us have good quality sleep," said Dr Gemma Paech, sleep scientist with the Sleep Health Foundation.
From today until 28 February, you'll be able to earn 5 Qantas Points a night, provided you have the app installed and then follow these steps:
- Set a bedtime routine within the app.
- Put down your phone at least 30 minutes before your set sleeping time.
- Don't move your phone during the night.
After 28 February 2019, only customers with a Qantas insurance policy (health, life or annual travel) will earn 5 points a night. Everyone else will get 0.5 points per night.
That means that over a year, if you started using just the sleep option today and didn't have a Qantas insurance policy, you could earn a total of 308 Qantas Points in a year if you sleep "correctly" every night. Qantas calculates that if you don't have a policy but take part in all the other Qantas Wellbeing fitness challenges as well as the sleep one, you can earn 3,406 points in a year. (If you're an insurance customer, your total points earnings from any insurance-related activity like this are capped at 20,000 points a year.)
Every point is welcome, but realistically you could earn a similar amount to the sleeping option with one well-chosen flybuys bonus offer. To really supercharge your points total, credit card bonus sign-up offers remain the best bet, as you can earn 60,000 Qantas Points or more depending on the deal.
And remember: before signing up for any insurance policy, make sure you've compared and that it meets your needs. I'm reminded of deals that offer bonus points with mortgages. If the mortgage costs you more than the value of the points, it isn't worth it. The same goes for insurance. Spend time before you spend money.
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.com.au.