Points binge: How many meal kits would you need to eat to earn a free flight?

Posted: 4 November 2021 1:28 pm
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Grab yourself a helping of rewards points with Marley Spoon, HelloFresh and more.

Egg-citing news for meal kit delivery lovers with Marley Spoon just announcing that it has partnered with Woolworths' Everyday Rewards program.

From today all Aussie customers of Marley Spoon (and Dinnerly, the company's affordable meal kit brand) can earn 1 Everyday Rewards point per $1 spent on their meal kit order.

It's a big win for consumers who've wanted to earn points on meal kits in the same way they can when shopping Woolworths (Everyday Rewards) or Coles (Flybuys).

"Our customers have told us that a rewards program is one of the biggest changes they'd like to see to our service and the majority of the customer base said that being able to link their Everyday Rewards account would encourage them to shop with us more frequently," said Marley Spoon CMO Kate Whitney.

How does it work?

Simply sign up or log in to your Marley Spoon or Dinnerly account and link an existing Everyday Rewards account. Start earning points immediately on your next meal kit order.

All new or existing customers who link their meal kit account to Everyday Rewards and have at least 1 box delivered before 31 December will also earn 500 bonus points.

Are there any other points offers for meal kits or meal delivery services?

Yep, you butter believe it! This month Velocity Frequent Flyers can earn 2 Velocity Points for every $1 spent on Youfoodz ready-made meals (minimum spend $49, excluding delivery).

You'll score an extra 1,000 bonus points if it's the first time you earn Velocity Points with Youfoodz.

"With more travel opportunities on the horizon, including the resumption of Virgin Australia services to Fiji, Bali, New Zealand and hundreds of other destinations around the world through our partner airlines, we're creating even more ways for our members to increase their Points balance now, to redeem on their next dream reward," said Virgin Australia Group spokesperson.

The offer ends 30 November 2021 but the gouda news doesn't end there.

Meal kit service HelloFresh has also weighed in on the rewards points game.

As a new subscriber to the service you can earn 2,000 Qantas Points per box on your first 10 orders when you choose a weekly Classic, Veggie or Family Plan.

When you sign up, simply use the promo code QANTAS20K to earn a maximum of 20,000 Qantas Points.

What's the catch? Your first box has to be ordered within 4 weeks of signing up but you'll earn your 2,000 bonus points on the 10 boxes within 20 weeks of receiving your first box. That's to allow you some skip weeks if you need them.

In berry exciting news, you'll earn 5,000 bonus Qantas Points if you're one of the first 60 members to subscribe to a new weekly HelloFresh plan before 11:59pm on 7 November. That's on top of the 20,000 points offer.

How many meal kits would you need to eat to earn a free flight?

Did you think we'd lettuce you down? As promised we've crunched the numbers.

Marley Spoon vs HelloFresh

Qantas rewards flights start from 8,000 points (that's a trip from Sydney to Melbourne). Each Everyday Rewards point is worth 0.5 Qantas Points. This means we're looking for 16,000 Everyday Rewards points for a free flight.

If you ordered a 2-person Marley Spoon meal kit for 3 nights of the week ($78.99 with delivery of $9.99), it would take just over 202 weeks to earn enough points (totalling $17,973.96)

A 4-person plan for 3 nights ($129.39) would take you closer to the target at just over 123 weeks (totalling $17,143.74).

Your other option is of course HelloFresh. Unlike Marley Spoon, you'll be earning Qantas Points on the box, not per $1 spent.

A HelloFresh meal kit for 2 people for 3 nights a week costs $75.93 (with $9.99 delivery).

To earn your 20,000 Qantas Points you'll need to spend a minimum $859.20 but you'll have earned 2.5 reward flights over 10 weeks.

That's a lot of thyme and money saved if you choose the HelloFresh promotion. You can always take your 20,000 Qantas Points and switch to Marley Spoon afterwards for ongoing points.

Is there are a faster way to earn frequent flyer points?

Of course, the fastest way to earn frequent flyer points (outside of travel) remains using a points-earning credit card.

Finder credit card expert Amy Bradney-George said, "A credit card lets you earn points per $1 on your shopping and other everyday spending, including when you dine out. But introductory bonus point offers are where you'll get the most value, with some credit cards offering over 100,000 points right now."

"Usually, you need to spend a set amount in the first few months to get bonus points. So a key strategy is to use the card and pay it off as you go, or by the due date on each statement, to make the most of the interest-free period."

Bradney-George said that is how she uses her Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card, and she has never paid any credit card interest.

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