finder Rewards Roundup: Qantas, flybuys and American Express

Sally McMullen 8 September 2017

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Reward yourself with bonus points, free flights and reserved concert tickets with this week's round-up.

This week's Rewards Roundup is packed with a mix of ways to reward yourself on holiday and at home. If you're a Qantas Frequent Flyer, we'll show you how you can double your Qantas Points on your next trip to Europe as well as how to get in the running to win a free round-the-world trip. We'll also show you how you can pocket bonus points just for downloading an app.

Meanwhile, flybuys members can win their share of 5,000 free return flights with Virgin Australia this month. If you have an American Express card, we'll also show you how you can use it to get reserved tickets to Jack Johnson's upcoming Australian tour.

Double your Qantas Points on flights to Europe with Qantas or Emirates

Do you have a trip to Europe coming up? If not, this offer might make you want to book one anyway. If you buy a flight to Europe by 8 September 11.59pm (aka around midnight tonight!), you’ll collect twice as many Qantas Points.

Just make sure you’ve registered for the offer via the Qantas website and book your travel between 18 September 2017 and 6 September 2018. The flight can be with Qantas or Emirates as long as it has a QF flight number. If you’re travelling from Sydney to London in Flexible Economy, you’d usually score 12,400 points. You could nab 24,800 Qantas Points if you book your flights while this offer is in place!

If you’re lucky enough to travel to Europe more than once in the next year, you can also take advantage of this deal on multiple bookings once you’ve registered for the offer.

Earn bonus points on Qantas Hotel bookings

While you're doubling Qantas Points on your flight to Europe, you can also earn twice as many points on Qantas Hotel bookings this weekend. Regardless of where you're travelling, you can earn 6 Qantas Points per dollar spent on hotels worldwide until Saturday 9 September. You usually only earn 3 Qantas Points per dollar spent on any of the 200,000 accommodation options with Qantas Hotels, so this is an easy way to get more value from your next hotel stay.

Get your chance to win an around-the-world trip on a private Qantas 747

To show frequent flyers the different ways they can earn and redeem their Qantas Points, the loyalty scheme launched its “Why Not?” program this week. From flights and credit cards to shopping and dining, there is no shortage of ways to earn points. And if you earn points in a new way before 31 December 2017, you’ll go into the draw to win a Constellation Journeys around-the-world private Qantas B747 charter flight worth $59,000!

Leaving 22 April 2018, the three-week trip takes you to Vietnam, India, Africa, Morocco, USA, Cuba and Tahiti. Just make sure you register for the offer via the Qantas website and check out your Qantas account to see the new ways you can earn points to get in the draw.

Download the Qantas Money app to earn 300 Qantas Points

If you download the Qantas Money app by 17 September 2017, you can score 300 Qantas Points. As well as managing your Qantas Frequent Flyer account, you can also link your bank accounts to the app so you can manage your expenditure in one place. The app also breaks your spending down by category (such as bills, food and shopping) to give you an insight into your spending habits and to help you make better financial decisions.

As the app is free to download from the App Store or Google Play, it’s an easy way to give your Qantas Points balance a little boost.

Score your share of 5,000 return flights with Virgin Australia

To celebrate the lead up to the footy finals, flybuys and Virgin Australia are teaming up to offer members a chance to win their share of 5,000 return flights anywhere in the Virgin Australia domestic network! We don't know what that has to do with football finals, but we aren't complaining!

There are a few ways you can throw your hat in the ring and you're allowed to enter multiple times to increase your chances of winning.

You’ll get one entry for every $50 you spend when you scan your flybuys card. Plus, you can score an entry when you buy selected products from competition partners including Coca Cola, Cadbury, Mars, Smiths and Shapes. If you haven’t already, you can also receive a bonus entry if you link your flybuys and Velocity Frequent Flyer accounts. Unsure whether you want to link your accounts? Use our flybuys and Velocity calculator to see how many frequent flyer points you could earn on your average grocery shop.

You’ll also earn flybuys points along the way, so you can reward your spending regardless of whether you score the free flights. If you want to win your share of the 5,000 Virgin Australia flights, make sure you enter as many times as you can before the competition closes on 3 October 2017.

Secure your tickets to Jack Johnson’s Australian tour with American Express Invites

Jack Johnson and his band are returning to Australia this summer and American Express has got some tickets on hold for American Express cardholders. If you’re an American Express Invites member, you can score reserved tickets to your choice of the four shows Johnson is doing around the country in December.

On sale Monday 11 September, visit the American Express Invites websites for more details on how to grab your reserved tickets.

Tour details

  • Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Friday 1 December
  • Brisbane Riverstage, Sunday 3 December
  • Kings Park & Botanic Garden in Perth, Wednesday 6 December
  • Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Friday 8 December

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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