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Qantas Rewards Store 20% off sale: Don’t waste your points


There are better ways to use your frequent flyer points than a coffee machine flash sale.

Qantas is running a "flash sale" with 20% off redemptions in its Rewards Store.

My take? That's not the best way to use your hard-earned Qantas Points.

Here's why.

My golden frequent flyer rule is that I want to get at least $20 in value for every 1,000 points I spend.

That's easily achieved with flight redemptions. Use your points for an upgrade and they're potentially worth much more.

But even at 20% off, redemptions for gift cards, Bluetooth speakers or (ugh) coffee machines don't come close to making the cut.

Here's a simple example.

A $100 David Jones gift card normally costs 19,010 Qantas Points. With 20% off, you can get it for 15,200 points.

With the reduction applied, the effective value you're getting is $6.58 per 1,000 points spent. That's still way below what I'd consider a good use of my points.

And gift cards are usually one of the better-value options. The Breville Bambino Plus requires 97,248 Qantas Points during the sale, but retails for $499. That's just $5.13 per 1,000 points. You can do better than that.

There are some items that don't score the 20% off, including charity donations, anything already on sale, Qantas Wine and carbon offsets. So no, this isn't a way to qualify for Qantas Green while spending fewer points.

The flash sale runs until 17 June 2022. Enjoy if you wish, but I won't be joining you.

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

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