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Qantas vs Velocity: Which offers better fuel rewards?

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Which frequent flyer program offers you the most points when filling up at the petrol station?

Qantas and Velocity are Australia’s largest frequent flyer programs. As well as flying with the airline or using a frequent flyer credit card, you could earn frequent flyer points with your preferred airline when you fill up at the petrol station.

The verdict

While the Qantas Frequent Flyer program initially had a competitive offer with Caltex for earning points at the petrol pump thanks to the ability to earn Woolworths Rewards which they could then exchange for Qantas Points. However, following the news that BP is buying out Woolworths petrol stations in 2017, Qantas customers are awaiting a new partnership to be rewarded at the pump. Woolworths' strategic partnership with BP is expected to commence no earlier than 1 January 2018. In the mean time, Qantas Frequent Flyers will be able to earn points at Caltex if they belong to the Qantas Business Rewards program and use the Caltex StarCard to pay for fuel.

However, even before the Woolworths alliance changed, Velocity had the upper hand when it came to petrol points. Not only can you earn Velocity Frequent Flyer points at more locations, you can earn them directly by swiping your card at the checkout. On the other hand, Qantas Frequent Flyer customers had to join the Woolworths Rewards program and opt to earn Qantas points to start collecting points for petrol.

Velocity is the winner for now but when Qantas and BP join forces they could face some competition in the new year.

Compare Qantas and Velocity fuel rewards

Velocity-logo-200x100Velocity Frequent Flyers can earn rewards points on fuel when they fill up with BP service stations. If you're not yet a member, you can learn how to sign up and join the Velocity Frequent Flyer Program for free here.

How do I earn points?

All you have to do is swipe your Velocity membership card at the counter before you pay. You earn 2 Velocity Frequent Flyer Points for every litre of fuel purchased up to 150 litres of fuel, and 2 Velocity Points for every dollar spent in-store up to $100.

Are there any restrictions?

You can’t earn Velocity points on tobacco, lottery tickets, prepaid mobile phone cards and gift cards when shopping at BP service stations. The capped earning of up to 150 litres or $100 at BP could also restrict your potential to collect points.

Where can I earn points?

Velocity frequent flyers can earn points any time they fill up or make an in-store purchase at any participating BP service station in Australia.

Velocity Frequent Flyers can earn points at over 1,400 BP stations around Australia.

Map of BP Petrol Stations in Australia

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Rates last updated September 23rd, 2017
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Points per $ spent (VISA/MC) Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
NAB Velocity Rewards Premium Card
0.5
1
19.99% p.a.
$150 p.a.
Offers up to 1 Velocity point per $1 on purchases, combined with complimentary insurance covers and a concierge service.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - 0% Interest Offer
0.66
0% p.a. for 12 months (reverts to 20.74% p.a.)
$129 p.a.
Save with 0% p.a. on purchases for 12 months. Plus, up to 0.66 Velocity Points per $1 spent.
ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures card
40,000 bonus points
1.5
20.24% p.a.
$225 p.a.
Receive 40,000 bonus Velocity Points when you spend $500 on eligible purchases in the first three months.
Virgin Australia Velocity High Flyer Card - 80k Bonus Points offer
80,000 bonus points
1
20.74% p.a.
$289 p.a.
Take off sooner with up to 1 Velocity Point per $1 spent and earn up to 80,000 bonus Velocity Points. Plus, complimentary travel insurance.
American Express Velocity Platinum Card
50,000 bonus points
0
1.5
20.74% p.a.
$375 p.a.
Receive a complimentary Virgin Australia return Economy domestic flight each anniversary year and complimentary travel insurance.
American Express Velocity Business Card
1
$249 p.a.
Download all your card expenses in a format readable by Quicken, MYOB, and more, helping you simplify your quarterly BAS reporting.
American Express Velocity Escape Card
1
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Earn uncapped Velocity points on purchases and redeem for a range of rewards including flights, accommodation, car hire and gift cards.

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QFF-logo250x73Qantas Frequent Flyers who belonged to the Woolworths Rewards program could previously earn Qantas points at Woolworths-Caltex branded petrol stations in Australia.

How do I earn points?

Previously, Qantas Frequent Flyers had to join the Woolworths Rewards program to earn fuel points. They were required to link the two programs and opt to earn two Qantas points per litre instead of a four cent per litre discount when they filled up and swiped their card at Caltex-Woolworths stations. Similar to Velocity, there was also a cap of 150 litres of fuel per transaction. With the new Woolworths, BP partnership announced we assume the structure will be similar, however, until the full details are released Qantas Frequent Flyers will have to wait to find out.

As mentioned earlier, if your business belongs to the Qantas Business Rewards, you can still earn Qantas Points on petrol with a Caltex StarCard. You’ll collect 1 Qantas Point per 1 litre of Vortex Premium fuels and per 2 litres of regular petrol and diesel. You can also pick up 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on eligible products in-store and per $1 spent on services, repairs and parts. If you get the Caltex StarCard, you won't have to pay the usual Qantas Business Rewards program fee of $89.50.

Are there any restrictions?

As the details of the new partnership with BP have not been announced, we will have to wait to see what the restrictions will be.

Where can I earn points?

When the Woolworths Rewards program and Caltex alliance was still in place, you could earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points when you linked the two programs and swiped your Woolies rewards card at the petrol station. A Woolworths Group media release has indicated that Woolworths Rewards Members will be able to earn Rewards Points on both fuel and in-store purchases, and be able to redeem Rewards Points on purchases across BP branded sites.

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Rates last updated September 23rd, 2017
Name Product Bonus Points Rewards Points per $ spent (VISA/MC) Rewards Points per $ spent (AMEX) Purchase rate (p.a.) Annual fee Product Description
Qantas American Express Ultimate Card
100,000 bonus points
1.5
20.74% p.a.
$450 p.a.
Take advantage of a high Qantas Points earn rate and 2 American Express Airport Lounge entries each calendar year.
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
60,000 bonus points
1
19.99% p.a.
$199 p.a.
Receive complimentary Qantas Frequent Flyer membership and take advantage of complimentary international travel insurance.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Black
75,000 bonus points
1
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($425 p.a. thereafter)
Collect 75 bonus Status Credits when you apply by 31 October 2017 and meet the spend requirements.
Westpac Altitude Black - Altitude Qantas 100k Bonus Points
100,000 bonus points
0.625
1.25
20.24% p.a.
$195 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Earn 20,000 points upon card approval and an additional 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the spend requirements. Offer ends 26 October 2017.
Qantas American Express Discovery Card
1
20.74% p.a.
$0 p.a.
Earn Qantas points that can be redeemed for a one way, return or multi-destination Classic Flight Reward on over 50 partner airlines.
ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum
50,000 bonus points
0.75
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($295 p.a. thereafter)
Earn Qantas Points and take advantage of complimentary international travel insurance and a 24/7 concierge service.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum - Qantas Rewards
40,000 bonus points
0.5
0
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Fly faster with 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent and receive complimentary overseas travel insurance.
NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card
90,000 bonus points
1
19.99% p.a.
$395 p.a.
Earn Qantas Points and take advantage of complimentary travel insurance and a 24/7 concierge service.
American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card
100,000 bonus points
1.25
$450 p.a.
Earn up to 2 Qantas Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases and enjoy up to 51 days interest-free on purchases.
Westpac Altitude Black - Altitude Qantas
80,000 bonus points
0.625
1.25
20.24% p.a.
$195 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($395 p.a. thereafter)
Earn up to 1.25 Qantas Points per $1, receive two Qantas Club Lounge invitations per year and save with complimentary overseas travel insurance.
BankSA Amplify Signature - Amplify Qantas
60,000 bonus points
0.75
0
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Fly faster with up to 0.75 Qantas Points per $1 spent and instantly become a Visa Luxury Hotel Collection member.
St.George Amplify Platinum - Amplify Qantas
40,000 bonus points
0.5
0
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Fly faster with up to 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent and receive complimentary overseas travel insurance.
David Jones American Express - Qantas Frequent Flyer
15,000 bonus points
0
0.75
20.74% p.a.
$99 p.a.
Fly faster with up to 2.25 Qantas Points per $1 spent and access a range of exclusive, complimentary instore benefits at David Jones.
St.George Amplify Signature - Amplify Qantas
60,000 bonus points
0.75
0
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Collect Qantas Points as you spend and receive two complimentary Qantas Club Lounge invitations and complimentary overseas travel insurance.
Qantas American Express Premium Card
30,000 bonus points
1.25
20.74% p.a.
$249 p.a.
Take advantage of a competitive Qantas Points earn rate and two American Express Airport Lounge entries each calendar year.
Westpac Altitude Platinum Card - Altitude Qantas
60,000 bonus points
0.5
1
20.24% p.a.
$150 p.a.
Fly faster with up to 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent and receive 24/7 personal concierge services.
NAB Qantas Rewards Premium Card
25,000 bonus points
0.5
1
19.99% p.a.
$250 p.a.
A dual Amex and Visa card that comes with a 24/7 personal concierge and complimentary travel insurance.
ANZ Frequent Flyer
25,000 bonus points
0.5
19.99% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($95 p.a. thereafter)
Get 25,000 bonus Qantas Points when you apply online, are approved and spend $2,500 on eligible purchases within the first 3 months.

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Sally McMullen

Sally McMullen is a journalist 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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