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How to earn frequent flyer points on utilities

Turn your bill payments into frequent flyer points.

Whether you’re forking out for your phone or energy bill, there are a bunch of ways Aussie points chasers can reward themselves for paying their utilities. As two of Australia’s favourite frequent flyer programs, you can use this guide to discover how you can earn Qantas Points and Velocity Points when you pay your bills.

How do you want to earn points?

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Phone bill

Earn Qantas Points with Vodafone Red Global phone plans

You can score up to 20,000 Qantas Points when you sign up or upgrade to a Vodafone Plus Plan, selected Red Plan or selected 12 month SIM Only Plan online.

The number of points you’ll earn will depend on the plan you sign up to, but signing up online will offer double points across most of the plans. You can compare how many Qantas Points you can expect below:

Once you sign up, Vodafone will email you with instructions to claim your points. Please note that your Qantas Frequent Flyer account must be registered in the same name as your Vodafone account to collect points on your phone bill.

Earn Velocity Points with Virgin Mobile postpaid

Virgin Mobile is no longer accepting new customers, but you can still earn Velocity Points if you're an existing customer with an eligible plan.

You can earn 2 Velocity Points per $1 spent on eligible Virgin Mobile Postpaid Mobile Phone, Mobile SIM or Mobile Broadband plans every month. To earn points, you can add your Velocity membership number to your online account.

You’ll start earning points as soon as you add your membership number to your account. Your Virgin Mobile account and Velocity account must be under the same name to earn points. Plus, you’ll earn 1,000 bonus Velocity Points when you join Velocity and earn Velocity Points with Virgin Mobile by 31 October 2019.

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Internet

Earn Velocity Points with iPrimus

If you sign up to an iPrimus unlimited data plan by 31 July 2018 ($80 per month, minimum total $1,935 over 24 months), you’ll score 15,000 Velocity Points. You’ll also earn 2 Velocity Points per $1 spent from your third bill onwards.

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Energy plan

Earn Qantas Points on Red Energy bills

Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn points with Qantas Red Plus and Qantas Red Saver plans with Red Energy. You can compare how many points you can earn with the different plans below:

Qantas Red Plus

When you pay your bills on time, you can earn 7 Qantas Points per $1 spent on electricity and gas bills. You can also collect 10,000 bonus points when you start a new electricity contract or 5,000 points for a new gas contract.

Qantas Red Saver

You’ll earn 2 Qantas Points per $1 on your electricity and gas bills when you pay on time. You can also take advantage of a 10% Pay on Time discount. Similar to the Red Plus Plan, you can also earn 10,000 bonus points when you start a new electricity contract or 5,000 points for a new gas contract.

Earn Velocity Points with EnergyAustralia

If you switch your electricity and gas to Velocity Anytime Saver with EnergyAustralia by 18 July 2018, you’ll get 20,000 Velocity Points. If you just opt for a gas service, you can still get 10,000 Velocity Points when you apply by this offer end date. Plus, you’ll earn 2,000 anniversary Velocity Points each year for every eligible plan you have.

You can view the available plans by entering your postcode on the EnergyAustralia website.

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Insurance

Earn Qantas Points with Qantas insurance cover

Qantas Frequent Flyers can pick up points on health insurance, life insurance and travel insurance.

  • Health insurance

    You can protect yourself with combined Hospital and Extras cover from Qantas Health Insurance. You’ll also earn 1 Qantas Point for every $1 you spend on your premium and can pick up points when you stay active via the Qantas Assure App.

  • Life insurance

    You can collect from 100,000 Qantas Points (which is double the standard offer) with Qantas Assure Life Protect cover. You'll only earn points if you pay a minimum premium of $25 per month, although you'll get the maximum 100,000 Qantas Points if your premium is $300-plus per month when you join and you hold a policy for at least eight months.

  • Travel insurance

    You can travel with peace of mind and earn points at the same time with Qantas Assure Travel Insurance. You’ll earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on insurance premiums (excluding cancellation and baggage policies) if you sign up for this travel insurance. If you opt for annual multi-trip insurance, you’ll receive cover for unlimited trips in a 12-month period and earn 1,000 Qantas Points on sign up and up to 5,000 Qantas Points if you apply through the Qantas Assure App.

Before you’re enticed by the promise of points, make sure to check out the cover policy for more information regarding the inclusions, exclusions and eligibility requirements.

Earn Velocity Points with Cover-More

You can also earn Velocity Points on travel insurance with Cover-More. You can take advantage of travel insurance and emergency medical assistance while earning 3 Velocity Points per $1 spent. You’ll also earn more points as you climb the Velocity Status tiers if you book your insurance through Virgin Australia. Silver, Gold and Platinum frequent flyers earn a 50%, 75% and 100% bonus respectively on top of the standard points.

Check out the Cover-More travel insurance policy to see if the cover inclusions, exclusions and eligibility requirements are the right fit for you.

Collect Velocity Points with Bupa health insurance

You can earn up to 100,000 Velocity Points on selected Bupa family or couple health cover or up to 50,000 points on selected Bupa singles health cover until 30 June 2018. The bonus points are awarded in two instalments, one after the first three months and the other after 12 months.

To take advantage of the offer, make sure to agree to pay your Bupa health insurance cover premiums by direct debit and provide your Velocity number when you join. The number of points you’ll earn will depend on the level of coverage you get, so make sure to compare your options before applying.

Plus, Bupa members can get 10% off selected Virgin Australia domestic and international flights.

Earn Velocity Points with petinsurance.com.au

If you sign up to a petinsurance.com.au pet insurance policy to protect your furry friend, you’ll earn 3 Velocity Points per $1 spent on premiums paid. Just make sure to include your Velocity Frequent Flyer number when you’re applying for the cover.

Pay with a frequent flyer credit card

You can also earn points for every $1 you spend on eligible everyday purchases with a frequent flyer credit card. These cards are usually linked with the Qantas and Velocity frequent flyer programs and come with big bonus points offers to kickstart your points balance. This is an easy way to pick up points on necessary purchases even if your utility provider isn’t partnered with your preferred frequent flyer program.

From your phone bill to your insurance cover, there are plenty of ways for Velocity and Qantas points collectors to reward their everyday purchases. However, make sure to compare the details of the plans and policies first before you’re lured in by the potential to earn points.

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Sally McMullen

Sally McMullen is an editor at finder.com.au who is a credit cards, frequent flyer and travel money expert by day and music maven by night.

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