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Score double passes to Coldplay, enjoy VIP service at Melbourne Cup, earn Qantas Points on takeaway orders and earn rewards with Samsung Pay.

Whether you’re looking for exclusive rewards perks from your credit card and frequent flyer membership or ways to earn bonus points, we’ve got you covered with this week’s Rewards Roundup.

Win an early entry double pass to Coldplay with American Express

American Express is offering cardholders the chance to score 1 of 30 early entry double passes to see Coldplay on their upcoming A Head Full of Dreams tour in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The early entry double passes include:

  • 2 x Gold General Admission tickets
  • 2 x Early Entry wristbands to get access to the venue before the general public

All you need to do is enter via the American Express website before midday (AEDT) on Thursday 10 November. Please note that you must be the primary cardholder to enter and you’ll need to include your full name, contact details and nominate which concert you’d like to attend in your entry.

The concert dates include:

  • Sydney show: Tue 13 Dec at Allianz Stadium
  • Melbourne show: Fri 9 Dec at Etihad Stadium
  • Brisbane show: Tue 6 Dec at Suncorp Stadium

Pick up rewards points with retail loyalty programs courtesy of Samsung Pay

Forget searching through your wallet to find that loyalty card at the checkout, Samsung Pay’s latest feature lets you earn points with your favourite retailer with convenience. The new extension lets you load your participating loyalty cards onto your Samsung Galaxy smartphone to collect points.

All you’ll need to do is tap to open Samsung Pay, select the relevant loyalty card and tap your smartphone against the merchant’s scanner. Your loyalty card’s barcode will be scanned and the points will be debited to your loyalty account.

See our coverage of the story for a full list of the loyalty partners you can earn points with through Samsung Pay.

Enjoy VIP service and exclusive perks this race season courtesy of Qantas and Velocity

Qantas and Velocity frequent flyers can look forward to special treatment on Melbourne Cup day and over the spring race season. Each offering their own unique race day experience, you can discover

Qantas’ Spring Racing Revitalisation pop-up

Qantas members can freshen up before or after their stint at the races with the Spring Racing Revitalisation pop-up inside the Qantas Club at Melbourne Cup.

Flyers with access to the Qantas Club can enjoy:

  • Rehydrating beverages including Botanica cold-pressed green juice and fresh young coconuts, as well as relaxing tea blends.
  • Hand, neck and shoulder massages by therapists from spaQ, courtesy of QT Hotels.
  • Post-event breakfast options including bacon and egg rolls; and ham and cheese toasties.
  • Post-event dinner options including hot chips with Sichuan salt, mini yeeros and Bloody Marys.

Plus, you can treat yourself to sparkling wine and strawberries in Sydney and Melbourne Qantas Clubs and Business Lounges if you’re travelling on Melbourne Cup Day.

The Spring Racing Revitalisation pop-up will operate at the Melbourne Domestic Qantas Club during the following times:

Post Derby DaySunday 30 October6am-12pm
Post Melbourne CupTuesday 1 November5pm-10pm
-Wednesday 2 November6am-12pm

Qantas will also serve sparkling wine and strawberries to customers travelling on Melbourne Cup Day in its Melbourne and Sydney Qantas Clubs and Business Lounges.

Virgin Australia’s Hat Valet

You’re not the only one who knows that Melbourne Cup isn’t about what you win, it’s about what you wear. Virgin’s Hat Valet will transport racegoers and their precious cargo (their hats and headpieces, of course) from Sydney to Melbourne in style this Spring Racing Carnival season. Located in Virgin Australia’s Sydney Lounge, the Hat Valet service ensures your headpiece is handled with premium care from the moment they arrive at Premium Entry in Sydney until they’re hand delivered to you in Melbourne.

And the perks don’t end there. Racegoers will be offered sparkling wine on arrival, a range of canapes created by the Virgin Australia chef. You can also get primped and preened for race day with pre-flight pampering options in the Sydney Lounge, including professional blow-dries and styling, make-up appointments and ModelCo take home kits. While the ladies are getting pampered, gents can make sure their kicks are looking their best with a complimentary shoe-shining service. Inspired by the ancient proverb “If you didn’t Instagram it, did it even happen?”, you can also take a photo in front of the flower wall in the Sydney Lounge and use the hashtag #virginaustraliahatvalet on social media to flaunt to your friends.

These exclusive services are open to Business Class guests and Velocity Platinum and Gold members travelling on selected flights from Sydney to Melbourne between Friday 28 October and Saturday 5 November 2016.

Hat Valet Service
Friday 28 OctoberAll day
Saturday 29 October- Derby Day6am-11am
Monday 31 OctoberAll day
Tuesday 1 November-Melbourne Cup6am-11am
Wednesday 2 NovemberAll day
Thursday 3 November-Oaks Day6am-11am
Friday 4 NovemberAll day
Saturday 5 November-Stakes Day6am-11am
Makeup & Blow-Dry Service
Saturday 29 October-Derby Day6am-11am
Tuesday 1 November- Melbourne Cup6am-11am
Thursday 3 November- Oaks Day6am-11am
Saturday 5 November-Stakes Day6am-11am

finder Rewards Roundup highlights and compares the latest credit card, airline and frequent flyer rewards offers. Check back every Friday for the latest rewards deals and to find out how you can get more out of your points this week.

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