finder Rewards Roundup: Qantas, Velocity and Starwood Preferred Guest

Sally McMullen 6 October 2017

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Book your next holiday faster with the latest bonus points offers and three different ways to win free flights.

In this week’s Rewards Roundup, we’ve handpicked a bunch of the latest bonus points offers from the likes of Qantas Frequent Flyer, Velocity and Starwood Preferred Guest to help you get more points for your dollar. We’ve also slipped in a few ways for you to score some free flight vouchers as well as some new ways to earn points and status credits. Happy points hunting!

Collect your share of 30 million Qantas Points and win 1 of 30 free flights

If you need more motivation to get into shape before summer, Qantas’s latest points offer could give you the kick you need. To celebrate its 30th birthday, Qantas Frequent Flyer is giving members the chance to collect their share of 30 million Qantas Points.

You just need to download the Qantas Assure App to track your steps and beat the national average of 7,400 steps taken every day. Once you’ve reached 8,000, you’ll collect 30 Qantas Points and an entry into the draw to win 1 of 30 Qantas flight vouchers worth $1,000 each!

Don’t have the Qantas Assure App? You can download it for free via the App Store or Google Play and pick up 150 Qantas Points.

The competition closes at 11:59pm on 31 October 2017, so you better tie up those running shoes if you want to boost your points balance in the next few weeks. See our coverage of the competition for more details.

Update your Qantas details for your chance to win flights vouchers

If you’re a Qantas Red Email subscriber, you could win one of seven travel vouchers if you update your email preferences by 10 November 2017.

Take a few minutes to update your details and you could win a $20,000 Qantas Flight voucher, a $1,000 Qantas Cruise voucher or one of five $500 Qantas Hotels vouchers.

The more details you update, the more chances you’ll have to win. You’ll gain 1 entry into the draw when you update your personal details, 5 entries when you update all of your preferences and 10 entries when you provide your Qantas Frequent Flyer number.

You can now earn Qantas Points with the NRMA

Vehicle breakdowns now have a silver lining. Qantas Business Rewards members can earn 4 Qantas Points per $1 spent on roadside assistance for business vehicles with the NRMA. Unfortunately, this new way to earn points isn’t currently open to standard Qantas Frequent Flyers.

Earn status credits with the Velocity American Express Platinum credit card

Velocity American Express Platinum credit card holders can now earn status credits as well as points as they spend. You can redeem up to 100 bonus status credits every year, but you’ll need to spend $50,000 on eligible purchases within the 12 months to get them.

While you can redeem points for rewards, you can use status credits to move up the Velocity tiers to enjoy exclusive perks. Some of these include advanced seat selection, priority boarding and higher earn rates.

You can earn status credits when you fly with Virgin Australia or its partners and when you link your flybuys card to your Velocity Frequent Flyer account and shop at Coles, Liquorland or First Choice Liquor. With these retail partners, you can collect 1 status credit per $100 spent. This means that you’d need to spend $10,000 to collect 100 status credits while shopping for groceries. So you could spend ⅕ as much at Coles to redeem the same number of status credits you could get from the Amex Velocity Platinum card.

You could also look forward to earning bonus points and Velocity Points per $1 spent, so check out our review of the American Express Velocity Platinum credit card for more information.

Link your Velocity and flybuys accounts to win a family trip to Hong Kong

Velocity is giving you one more reason to link your flybuys and frequent flyer account this month.

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Velocity and flybuys union, they’re giving members the chance to win 1 of 10 holidays to Hong Kong! If you link your Velocity and flybuys accounts by 31 October 2017, you’ll automatically receive 1,000 entries!

Valued at over $10,000, each prize pack includes four return economy flights with Virgin Australia (including express line return tickets and MTR passes) and four nights' accommodation at the Park Lane Hong Kong. You can save time and money on your itinerary with four tickets to Ocean Park, the Ngong Ping 360 cable car and the Big Bus Tour. You’ll also receive two five-day SIM cards to stay connected on your trip.

Even if you’re not one of the lucky winners, you can still look forward to having the option to exchange your flybuys points for Velocity Points.

Earn bonus Starpoints on your next hotel stay

If you’re a member of Starwood Preferred Guest, you could score up to 10,000 bonus points on your next hotel stay. You’ll collect 1,000 bonus Starpoints per stay at St.Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Le Meridien, Westin, Sheraton, Tribute Portfolio and Design Hotels. You could also earn 500 bonus Starpoints when you stay at Aloft, Element and Four Points.

If you’re lucky enough to stay in a hotel for 25 or more nights, you’ll earn a whopping 10,000 bonus Starpoints! These bonus points offers are in addition to the standard earn rates you’d expect with Starwood Preferred Guest. Preferred Guest entry level members earn two Starpoints per $1 spent, whereas Gold and Platinum members can earn three points per $1 spent.

To snag the bonus points, just make sure you register for the deal by 30 November 2017 and book your stays for before 15 January 2018.

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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