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Money Hack: Earn frequent flyer points on eBay


Turn your next shopping spree into free flights by earning points when you shop at eBay.

More than 11 million Aussies use eBay every month, but did you know you could be earning frequent flyer points for every $1 you spend at the checkout? Whether you’re a Qantas Frequent Flyer, Virgin Australia Velocity lover or flybuys fan, there are a few ways you can reward yourself every time you shop at eBay.

The hack

To make this easier, we’ve broken it down by loyalty program to show you the best ways you can pick up points at eBay.

Qantas Frequent Flyer

If you shop at eBay via the Qantas Online Mall, you can earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent. You’ll be prompted to log in to your Qantas account using your Qantas Frequent Flyer number and password, after which you’ll be redirected to the eBay site to start earning your points.

flybuys points

Earlier this month, flybuys and eBay partnered up to reward cardholders for every $1 they spend with the online shopping giant. If you link your Coles flybuys account with your eBay account, you can pick up 1 flybuys point per $2 you spend shopping online.

To celebrate this new alliance, flybuys is also rewarding members with 10x as many points on their first purchase after linking their two accounts. This means you’ll earn 20 points per $2 (or 10 points per $1) spent on your first eligible eBay splurge. If you have a big-ticket purchase planned (like a TV or phone), you can boost your points by making your first buy a big one!

Just like flybuys points earned at the supermarket, you can cash in 2,000 flybuys for $10 off your shop. If you prefer frequent flyer rewards over money off at the checkout, you can also exchange your flybuys points for Velocity Points.

Velocity Frequent Flyer

There are two ways you can earn Velocity Points by shopping at eBay. As mentioned above, the first involves transferring your flybuys points to Velocity Points at an exchange rate of 2,000 flybuys for 870 Velocity Points. This means you’d earn roughly 0.43 Velocity Points per $1 spent at eBay. You can use finder's Velocity and flybuys points calculator to see how many frequent flyer points you could earn.

The second strategy is picking up 1 Velocity Point per $1 spent on eBay when you shop via the Velocity eStore. As long as you click through the Velocity eStore website and log in to your Velocity account before you start shopping, this is an easy way to get a competitive Velocity earn rate at eBay.

Plus, if you have a frequent flyer credit card, you can double dip and earn points both on your card and via these loyalty program alliances with eBay. For example, if you have a card that earned 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on eligible purchases, you could boost this total earn rate to 2 Qantas Points per $1 if you also shopped at eBay via the Qantas Online Mall.

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