Rewards Roundup: Qantas and KrisFlyer

Sally McMullen 16 December 2016

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Four easy ways to earn more frequent flyer points this week.

Qantas and KrisFlyer are both maximising the ways frequent flyers can earn bonus points as Christmas approaches. Whether you want to earn more points when shopping for Christmas gifts, transferring credit card rewards to frequent flyer points or when making everyday purchases such as taxi fares, this week’s Rewards Roundup has something for you.

Earn bonus Qantas Points when transferring credit card reward points to your frequent flyer account

If you’ve been using a rewards credit card to collect points on your purchases, you might be wondering what’s the best way to spend them. Well, if you’re a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, you could get more bang for your buck if you transfer your credit card rewards to your frequent flyer account this month. In a targeted promotion, Qantas is offering cardholders the chance to earn bonus points when they move their reward credit card points to Qantas Points by 19 December 2016. Usually, these promotions apply to frequent flyers who have made transfers in the past, so make sure to check your email inbox to see if you’re one of the lucky ones. Exactly how many bonus points you could redeem varies from member to member, with some frequent flyers earning as many as 30 to 40% more points when they make a transfer. There are no minimum points transfer restrictions either, so you can transfer as little or as many points as you’d like.

This bonus points offer only applies to indirect cards, rather than direct Qantas Frequent Flyer credit cards. So you’ll only receive the bonus Qantas Points offer if you own the American Express Platinum Charge card or the Westpac Altitude Business Platinum and Business Gold joint American Express and Visa accounts.

So, let’s say you had the Westpac Altitude Business Platinum or Business Gold card and had accumulated 15,000 credit card rewards points. With an exchange rate of 1.5 Altitude Rewards per 1 Qantas Point, you’d regularly get 10,000 Qantas Points from that amount. But with the 40% bonus, you’ll get an additional 4,000 points, bringing your total up to 14,000 Qantas Points. Currently, 14,000 points could get you an Economy flight to Hobart (12,000 points) or a Brisbane (8,000 points). For more ideas on how to reward yourself when shopping this December, see our guide on how to earn reward points on your Christmas gifts!

Earn 10 Qantas bonus points per $1 spent at David Jones

If you still have some Christmas shopping to do, you should look no further than the Online Mall if you’re a Qantas Frequent Flyer. Home to more than 50 popular Australian brands and retailers, you can shop through the Online Mall and earn Qantas Points on all of your purchases. Plus, in the lead-up to Christmas, Qantas has ramped up the bonus points deals so you have even more reason to tick off your wishlist at the Online Mall. Currently, you can earn 10 Qantas Points per $1 spent with David Jones and 5 Points per $1 spent at Seafolly, Bonds, THE ICONIC and Forever New. Plus, you can look forward to 4 Qantas Points per $1 at Nike, 3 points per dollar spent at Sephora and 2 Points for every $1 spent at Apple. David Jones’ deal offer definitely takes the Christmas cake for the most competitive bonus points offer, but there are plenty of others to take advantage on the Online Mall. Visit the website to compare your options and reward yourself for finishing the Christmas shopping this year.

GoCatch offers bonus points for taxi, rideshares and trips to the airport.

GoCatch is enticing new signups in December with the promise of bonus points when you use their app to book your next taxi. You’ll earn 2 Qantas Points for every $1 you spend on all taxis and rideshares until 21 December. Plus, if you have a trip coming up, you can earn 3 Qantas Points per $1 earned on trips to and from the airport. In addition to the bonus points deal, GoCatch is also coughing up a $5 credit for every rideshare trip you book between now and 31 December 2016. The credit for each ride will apply to your GoCatch account, meaning you can save on future taxi trips. To take advantage of this offer, you’ll need to enter the voucher code FESTIVE5 in your GoCatch account via the app.

Double your KrisFlyer Miles on your next Singapore Airlines flight

Thanks to the KrisFlyer and Shangri-La Golden Circle Infinite Journeys partnership that launched this year, you have the chance to earn twice as many KrisFlyer miles on a return Singapore Airlines flight. You can also double your points when you stay at a Shangri-La hotel. Flights and hotel stays must be taken between 1 January 2017 and 31 May 2017 and booked by 31 January 2017. All you need to do is ensure your KrisFlyer and Golden Circle accounts are linked and that you’ve listed your relevant frequent flyer number at the time of booking to receive the bonus points. While Shangri-La hotels are limited in Australia (located in Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns), the bonus points on hotel stays could come in handy if you have an overseas trip coming up.

finder Rewards Roundup lists and compares the best* credit card, airline and frequent flyer rewards offers of the week. Check back every Friday for the latest rewards deals and to find out how you can get more out of your points this week.

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