finder Rewards Roundup: flybuys, Qantas and Velocity

Sally McMullen 11 August 2017

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How to pick up bonus points on everyday expenses ranging from your Opal card and smartphone to income protection insurance.

This week's Rewards Roundup is all about helping you maximise the points you can earn on everyday costs. We'll show you how you can earn bonus flybuys points when you top up your Opal card. Qantas Frequent Flyers will learn how they can enjoy bonus points offers on income protection insurance, Samsung smartphone upgrades and hotel stays. If you're a Velocity lover, you will discover how you can earn bonus points on activewear and fitness equipment.

Top up your Opal card for 250 bonus flybuys points

Your next train trip could help you redeem rewards faster with the latest offer from flybuys. If you top up your Opal card at Coles by 17 August 2017, you’ll earn 250 bonus flybuys points! This is on top of the regular 1 flybuys point per $1 spent you’d usually earn.

If you were topping up your Opal card with $80, you’d collect 330 flybuys points rather than 80 points while the promotion is in place. You just need to log into your flybuys account, activate the offer and present your flybuys card when topping up at the supermarket to snag the points.

You can check out our full coverage of the offer for more details and a full list of the participating Coles supermarkets.

Collect up to 100,000 Qantas Points when you purchase income protection insurance

Are you in the market for income protection insurance cover? If you sign up for Qantas Assure Income Protection Insurance by 31 August 2017 and your monthly premium is $40 or more, you can earn double the Qantas Points you’d usually earn. If you have a monthly premium of $160, you could earn the maximum 100,000 Qantas Points.

That’s enough points to get you a first class flight from Sydney to Singapore (90,000 points) or a business flight to San Francisco (96,000 points).

The insurance covers up to 75% of your regular income, up to $10,000 per month for up to five years if you’re unable to work because of an illness or injury. Although the points may be tempting, you should still compare other policies before applying.

Upgrade your Samsung smartphone and earn 20,000 Qantas Points

If the thought of a new phone isn’t enough to get you to upgrade your Samsung, this bonus points offer from Qantas could give you the push you need. If you upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S8 (RRP $1,199) or S8+ (RRP $1,349) by 31 August 2017, you’ll collect 20,000 Qantas Points. You could use that bonus to redeem an economy flight from Melbourne to Auckland (18,000 points).

As long as you show your Qantas Frequent Flyer card at the checkout, you can take advantage of this offer with the following retailers:

  • Telstra
  • Optus
  • Vodafone
  • JB Hi-Fi
  • Harvey Norman
  • Good Guys
  • Samsung Online
  • Samsung Store
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Qantas Q Store

Use Qantas Points to redeem 144,000 new hotel rewards

After launching Classic Hotel Rewards in March this year, Qantas Frequent Flyer has added another 144,000 hotel rewards to the program. Classic Hotel Rewards offers frequent flyers exclusive rates and allows cardholders to pay with points or cash (or a combination of the two) to get more value from their next hotel stay. Out of the 144,000 new hotels to join the program, some international favourites include Accor, Marriott, Hyatt and Shangri La.

To redeem your Qantas Points for hotel rewards, visit the Classic Hotel Rewards website and log in using your frequent flyer details. Then you can filter your choices by whether you want to pay with points or cash, the minimum star rating, the minimum average rate you want to pay and the type of accommodation you’re after to find the right reward for you.

Earn 500 bonus Velocity Points for every $60 spent with Onsport

Are you in need of some new active wear or need a new Fitbit? Onsport and Velocity are giving frequent flyer members more reason to invest in new fitness equipment this weekend.

While you usually earn 5 Velocity Points per $1 spent on onsport.com.au, you’ll collect a bonus 500 points for every $60 you spend at the checkout. So, rather than earning 300 points for a $60 purchase, you’ll earn 800 Velocity Points if you shop with onsport.com.au by 14 August 2017 (next Monday). Just make sure you enter your Velocity Membership Number before submitting your order.

If you join the Onsport High Flyer program, you’ll receive 5,000 velocity Points and enjoy priority access to new and exclusive Velocity offers. Plus, you can earn another 1,000 Velocity Points if you successfully refer a friend to join.

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

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