finder Rewards Roundup: Qantas, flybuys and Etihad

Sally McMullen 10 March 2017

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Six ways to boost your balance with bonus points from Qantas, Etihad Guest and flybuys.

This week's Rewards Roundup is all about maximising your rewards faster with bonus points. So, from earning bonus Qantas Points on fuel costs, cruises, credit card spending and your supermarket shopping, to collecting extra Etihad Guest miles when booking hotel accommodation and picking up more flybuys on your next gadget purchase, there are plenty of ways to get extra bang for your buck in this week's instalment.

Earn 10,000 Qantas Points with the new Caltex StarCard

Last month, we reported that Qantas launched its Business Rewards program to cater to corporate frequent flyers. A month later, Qantas Business Rewards and Caltex have partnered up to offer members a way to boost their points on fuel costs.

The StarCard allows cardholders to save on business-related petrol purchases, but Qantas Frequent Flyers can look forward to even more perks this month. If you open a Caltex StarCard fuel card account by the end of April, you can earn 10,000 Business Rewards Points, which can then be transferred to a personal Qantas Frequent Flyer account.

A StarCard costs $2.95 per month to hold and is the only fuel card that rewards business fuel expenses with Qantas Points. As well as the bonus points, cardholders can earn 1 Qantas Point every time they buy 1 litre of Vortex Premium fuels or 2 litres of regular petrol or diesel or spend $1 on eligible products in-store as well as services, repairs and parts.

Not everyone can take advantage of this offer, though. Applicants must have an ABN and belong to the Business Rewards program. If you don’t already, you can sign up to the business loyalty program for free until 14 March and save $89.50. Find out how your business can benefit from a Caltex StarCard below.

Score 1,000 bonus miles and earn 50% more Etihad Guest miles on every hotel booking

Start packing your suitcase! You can now earn extra Etihad Guest miles to put towards your dream flight when you book your next hotel stay through Kaligo.

If you’re a member of the Etihad Guest frequent flyer program, you can earn 50% more Etihad Guest miles on every booking. Plus, you’ll receive a welcome treat of 1,000 bonus miles on your first booking. These bonus points are included on top of the existing 10,000 Etihad Guest miles you’d already earn per night for hotel bookings made through Kaligo.

If you’re chasing the bonus points, make sure you book your hotel stays by 30 April 2017 for check-in dates until 31 December 2017.

Earn up to 10,000 bonus flybuys with six tech retailers

Whether you need to sign up for a new phone plan, connect to a new NBN plan or you just want to upgrade your gadgets, flybuys is offering tech-heads bonus points with six retailers this week. Exactly how many points you’ll earn will depend on the purchase and the provider, so we’ve broken it down to show you your points potential below:

  • 10,000 bonus flybuys with Telstra. You’ll collect 10,000 bonus points when you re-contract or sign up for a 24-month Go mobile plus plan with handset repayment contract with Telstra. However, you’ll only enjoy the bonus points if you sign up online through the flybuys eShop.
  • 5,000 bonus flybuys with Belong. Sign up with Belong Broadband on an ADSL2+ or NBN plan via the flybuys eShop and you’ll be rewarded with a bonus 5,000 flybuys points.
  • Triple your points with Microsoft, Dell, Kogan.com and Lenovo AU. If you make any purchase through the eShop with Dell, Kogan.com, Microsoft or Lenovo AU, you’ll receive 3 flybuys points per $1 spent. These brands usually only earn 1 flybuys point per $1 spent, so this is an easy way to get more value for your money when buying a new phone or laptop.

These bonus points are only available until Sunday 19 March, though, so get shopping!

Triple your Qantas Points by booking a cruise in March

Qantas is rewarding frequent flyers who seek adventure on the open seas this month. If you book any cruise at Qantas Cruises by 31 March 2017, you’ll be rewarded with triple Qantas Points per $1 spent. So whether you’re looking to cruise the shores of Australia, sail the mirrored waterways of New Zealand or relax on the beaches of Vanuatu, you now have three times as many reasons to making a booking and start packing your bags.

Earn Qantas Status Credits with ANZ and American Express

New ANZ and American Express customers can now earn more than just Qantas Points on their purchases. As we reported this week, frequent flyers who apply for the Qantas American Express Ultimate Card and the ANZ Frequent Flyer Black credit card can earn a one-off reward of 75 bonus Status Credits when they sign up. As loyalty members can usually only earn Status Credits when they fly with Qantas and its partners, this is an easy way to boost your frequent flyer benefits on the ground.

While you can use points to redeem rewards, Status Credits can be used to move up the Qantas Status tiers. Starting at Bronze and advancing to Silver, Gold and Platinum status, members can take advantage of perks including more competitive earn rates, airline lounge passes and flight seat upgrades as they move up the tiers.

This Status Credits offer isn’t a free lunch, though. ANZ and AMEX applicants must apply before 1 May 2017 and use their card to book any return Qantas flight and complete the travel by 30 September 2017 to receive the credits.

The frequent flyer benefits don’t end here, though. Cardholders who apply before 1 May 2017 and meet the spend requirements can also enjoy up to 75,000 bonus Qantas Points.

Convert your Woolworths Rewards to Qantas Points

Want to know how your next grocery shop could help you book a holiday?

If you’re a member of the Woolworths Rewards program and Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme, you can exchange your supermarket points for Qantas Points. Once you’ve earned 2,000 Woolworths Rewards, these will be converted to 10 Woolworths Dollars, which you can then transfer to 870 Qantas Points. This means you’ll earn 0.43 Qantas Points per $1 spent.

You can’t transfer your Woolworths Rewards points to Qantas Points in real time, though. For example, the next conversion by Woolworths will occur on 15 March 2017, meaning you need to select Qantas Points as your reward option in your Woolworths Rewards account by 9pm on 13 March 2017. Once Woolworths has converted your points, you can expect them to land in your account within seven days.

While it’s not the most competitive earn rate, it’s an easy way to pick up a few extra Qantas Points on an everyday expense like your grocery shopping.

finder Rewards Roundup lists and compares the best* credit card, airline and frequent flyer rewards 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 this week.

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