You can earn Qantas points on Vodafone’s Red mobile plans

Alex Kidman 1 February 2016

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Sign up for a 24-month Vodafone Red plan, accrue frequent flyer points.

Vodafone Australia has announced a deal that will allow Qantas Frequent Flyer members to earn points by signing or renewing 24-month contract plans. Under the deal, eligible plans could earn you up to 15,000 Qantas points. If you’re a member of Qantas’ business rewards program Aquire, you can score Aquire points under a Business Red plan.

So how many points do you get for each plan? Here is how the deals stack up by contract tier. It’s worth noting that if you order a plan online through either Vodafone or Qantas, you’ll accrue double the number of listed points. The Qantas Red plans are available with handset plans or on a SIM-only basis.

Plan Price$80 (Handset contract)$45 (SIM-only)$100 (Handset contract) $60(SIM-only)$130 (Handset contract) $85 (SIM-only)
Base points400050007500
Online ordering bonus400050007500
Total points if ordering online80001000015000

The significant catch here is that if you opt for the Qantas points, you don't get the option for a six-month Stan, Spotify or Fairfax subscription; they're technically additional plans that are specifically Qantas branded.

The Qantas/Vodafone deal will also see Qantas selling prepaid SIM and smartphone+SIM packages on the Vodafone network to passengers on flights incoming to Australia, as well as the ability for Qantas Frequent Flyer members to redeem points towards Vodafone products through Qantas' online store. At launch, Vodafone will sell just one handset through Qantas flights, namely its own branded Smart 6. The Smart 6 is an 5 inch Android 5.02 smartphone that otherwise costs $69 outright from Vodafone. Qantas will also sell a 4GB/$40 SIM-only prepaid pack for travellers with their own phones onboard.

In related travel news, Vodafone has also announced that it will drop its $5 Red roaming charges for contract customers travelling in New Zealand.

Optus previously offered the ability to earn Qantas points, but dropped that deal in July last year. More recently, Woolworths dropped Qantas from its Rewards loyalty scheme, but then added it back in after a customer outcry.

Here is the current rundown of Vodafone's Red contract plans (excluding any handset repayments).

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