Coles iPhone money hack: Score a free Virgin flight

Posted: 13 April 2022 10:00 am

You could score up to 25,000 Velocity Points right now.

UPDATED: Thinking of upgrading your iPhone? Here's a way to do it and get a free flight with points in the process.

The trick? Buy Apple Gift Cards from Coles and take advantage of the current bonus Flybuys points promotion.

From today until Tuesday 19 April, Apple gift cards earn 20 times their face value in Flybuys points when you buy them at Coles.

The maximum number of bonus points you can earn under the promotion is 50,000.

That equates to $2,500 in Apple Gift Cards.

You can spend those cards to make purchases from Apple's own store.

A top-of-the-line iPhone 13 Pro with 512GB of storage comes in at $2,219, which is well below what you can buy in gift cards.

Finder's own in-depth review called the iPhone 13 Pro "the pick of the current iPhone crop", so you're getting a good phone for the money.

Then convert those Flybuys points into Velocity Points. We've got a full guide on how to do that, and it's much better value than just using Flybuys for $10 off vouchers.

Your 50,000 Flybuys points will convert to 25,000 Velocity Points.

That's easily enough for a one-way economy flight from Brisbane to Perth (which needs 17,800 Velocity Points), or for a return economy Sydney-Melbourne flight (15,600 Velocity Points).

Coles ran a similar deal back in February, but with a slightly lower maximum (45,000 Flybuys points rather than 50,000). Woolworths had an Apple gift card deal that offered Qantas points last week.

Obviously, this trick isn't for everyone.

If you don't want to spend thousands of dollars up front on a phone, compare carrier plans for iPhone instead.

But if you're thinking about an outright buy anyway, it's worth looking into.

Happy flying!

Update: We updated this article on 13 April 2022 to feature the current Coles offer.

Want to keep your frequent flyer points balance growing? Check out the latest credit card sign-up deals.

Angus Kidman's Findings column looks at new developments and research that help you save money, make wise decisions and enjoy your life more.

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