finder Rewards Roundup: Velocity, flybuys, AMEX, Qantas, Visa

Sally McMullen 31 March 2017

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Reward yourself with everything from bonus flybuys points for staying fit to pre-sale tickets to Splendour in the Grass.

This week’s finder Rewards Roundup is packed with some of the most competitive rewards and credit card perks on the market. Velocity lovers can earn bonus points on everything from travel insurance to wine, while Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn even more points when booking a taxi through ingogo. Fans of flybuys can reward themselves for staying fit, while new American Express customers can look forward to up to 100,000 bonus points and Visa cardholders can access exclusive pre-sale tickets to Splendour in the Grass.

Read on to find out how you can treat yo’ self with this week’s rewards deals.

Earn double Velocity Points and receive 10% off your next Cover-More policy

We all know you can earn Velocity Points on flights and accommodation, but did you know you can also reward yourself for taking out travel insurance? If you apply for comprehensive travel insurance with Cover-More, you can collect 3 Velocity Points per $1 spent.

And if that's not reason enough to take out travel insurance, Velocity is currently offering double points to frequent flyers who apply for a Cover-More comprehensive travel insurance policy by 14 April 2017, meaning you’ll earn 6 Velocity Points per $1 spent. Plus, Cover-More will also offer frequent flyers 10% off their policy when they apply before this date. Just make sure you enter your Velocity number and the promo code VAEASTER17 when you fill out your quote to pick up the bonus points.

Collect 1,000 bonus Velocity Points plus free wine with Laithwaite’s Wine People

As if you needed any more reasons to splurge on wine, Velocity is rewarding frequent flyers with extra points for their next order with Laithwaite’s Wine People. If you purchase 12 bottles of wine for $139.99, you’ll save $108 and receive 1,000 bonus Velocity Points. Velocity frequent flyers can also look forward to three free gold medal reds and free delivery! This is all in addition to the standard 3 Velocity Points you earn per $1 spent at Laithwaite’s Wine People. With the Easter long weekend coming up and bonus points on offer, what better excuse to restock your wine collection.

Win 1 of 5 lifetime Velocity lounge memberships

Last year, Velocity and Coles flybuys partnered to offer points collectors the opportunity to exchange their supermarket points for frequent flyer rewards. You can transfer your flybuys points in multiples of 2,000 to receive 870 Velocity Points. But if you transfer your rewards this month, you'll automatically go into the draw to win 1 of 5 lifetime memberships to the Virgin Australia airline lounges.

Reward yourself for being fit with flybuys

Do you need more motivation to get active? flybuys could give you just that with its latest bonus points deals. If you sign up for a 12-month membership (or longer) with Goodlife Health Clubs, you’ll receive 10,000 bonus points when you sign up by 31 March 2017 (today!) plus 2 points per $1 spent for the length of your membership. Now that you’ve joined the gym, it’s time to invest in some activewear. If you pick up some Nike gear online, you’ll collect 3 points per $1 spent when you enter your flybuys card number at the checkout. To track your progress and give your points balance a boost, you can also collect 10 points for every $1 spent with Fitbit or VivoFit online.

Receive 100,000 bonus Membership Rewards points with the AMEX Explorer card

American Express now has two cards that boast the highest bonus points offers on the market. This week, AMEX relaunched the 100,000 bonus Membership Rewards points offer on the Explorer credit card. The bonus points are yours as long as you apply for the card and are approved by 15 May 2017 and spend $1,500 on eligible purchases within the first three months of card approval. If you were to swap your 100,000 Membership Rewards points for frequent flyer points, you could score 75,000 Velocity Points. That’s enough points for a premium economy flight with Virgin from Sydney to Los Angeles! The card also offers a $400 travel credit and up to 2 Membership Rewards points per $1 spent on eligible purchases.

However, the American Express Explorer credit card comes with a high annual fee of $395 and a purchase rate of 20.74% p.a., so it’s important to compare your options and ensure that the value of the rewards outweighs the costs of the card.

Score up to 1,000 Qantas Points on your first four taxi trips booked through ingogo

Frequent flyers can now collect more Qantas Points when using ingogo to book their next taxi trip. While you could previously earn up to 750 Qantas Points on the first three trips booked through ingogo, frequent flyers can now collect up to 1,000 points on their next taxi ride (and no, we're not talking about the long-forgotten band from the 00s). For a promotional period, you’ll earn an extra 250 Qantas Points on your first four taxi trips booked through ingogo. This brings you to a total of 1,000 Qantas Points. Considering you can usually only earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent via ingogo, this is an easy way to maximise your Qantas Points on an everyday expense.

To collect the bonus points, download the ingogo app and create your account to book a taxi. If you haven’t already signed up for the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, ingogo members can join for free and avoid the $89.50 sign up fee.

Get pre-sale Splendour in the Grass tickets with Visa Checkout

Yesterday, Splendour in the Grass announced a killer lineup for the 2017 run of its annual camping and musical festival. In its 17th year, Splendour is boasting one of its biggest lineups and it's bound to draw as big a crowd as ever. Among a lineup of over 100 acts, punters can look forward to the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, The XX, LCD Soundsystem and Royal Blood as well as Aussie faves like Tash Sultana, Big Scary and The Smith Street Band. If you want to get your hands on a Splendour ticket early, Visa Checkout is offering cardholders the opportunity to purchase tickets a day before everyone else.

All you need to do is create a Visa Checkout account and link it to your debit or credit card and you’ll be able to purchase your tickets via the Visa Checkout Presale at 9am AEST on Wednesday 5 April 2017. Plus, every Splendour in the Grass ticket purchase using the Visa Checkout during the presale automatically goes into the draw to win a VIP Gold Pass upgrade for all tickets purchased in your transaction. So, not only will you get exclusive early access to Splendour tickets, but you could also enjoy the festival in luxury if you score the VIP Gold Pass. Visa payWave is also partnering with Splendour to offer festival-goers tap-and-go access, eliminating the need for those annoying drink tokens.

Sign up to Foodora and receive $10 in your Acorns account

Earlier this month, Acorns Australia and Foodora partnered to allow Aussies to invest money directly into their Acorns investment account when they order takeout. When Acorns users sign up to Foodora, they'll receive a $10 referral bonus plus as extra $1 reward for every Foodora purchase they make after signing up. Foodora joins a number of Found Money brand partners including Dan Murphy's, THE ICONIC and David Jones. Now you can justify tonight's takeaway delivery. It's an investment, really!

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 this week.

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