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The best ways to use your Qantas and Virgin Frequent Flyer points when you’re not flying

An Australian mum is buying new luxury appliances, free gift cards and boxes of wine with Frequent Flyer points after her travel plans were cancelled due to the pandemic.

Olivia White, 30, from Melbourne, said she has been thinking about the value of all her travel points recently, now that international travel is banned due to the coronavirus and the ‘furthest we can go is the post box’.

But while you might not know it, Olivia said your points can in fact get you a range of things on the ground – from wine to Netflix subscriptions and even household items.

So what do you need to know?

An Australian mother who saved $30,000 inside 12 months by being frugal has shared the best ways to use your Frequent Flyer points when you’re not flying (Olivia White pictured)

Top of Olivia's list of things you can get your hands on with your Frequent Flyer points is household items, available via the Qantas Shop (pictured)

Top of Olivia’s list of things you can get your hands on with your Frequent Flyer points is household items, available via the Qantas Shop (pictured)

1. HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Top of Olivia’s list of things you can get your hands on with your Frequent Flyer points is household items.

And whether you’ve needed a new computer for ages or are in the process of jazzing up your kitchen now that you are home and cooking more, there is plenty online at the Qantas store.

‘The Qantas store is a great place for finding hundreds of items from big retailers,’ Olivia said on her website. 

Some of the best-selling items include a Dyson purifying fan (worth 88,870 points), a Tefal cooking set (worth 106,950 points) and a Bose speaker (worth 37,150 points). 

Simply log in and browse categories including Sport and Fitness, Electronics, Homewares and Outdoors to use your points. 

Olivia has already managed to pick up some luxury appliances. 

2. WINE

Qantas Wine could be a good way to use your points as it is delivered straight to your door and offers you deals from local winemakers (pictured)

Qantas Wine could be a good way to use your points as it is delivered straight to your door and offers you deals from local winemakers (pictured)

If, like much of the population, you have found that you are drinking slightly more in isolation, then Qantas Wine could be a good way to use your points.

‘Delivered straight to your door, there are always great specials and offers also from local winemakers,’ Olivia said.

She added that this way of using your points is also a good way to support local businesses, and there is a broad range of options available from both Australia and New Zealand.

For more information about Qantas Wine, visit the page here. 

It’s also worth noting that if you earn over a certain amount of points in a membership year, then you might be eligible for Points Club, which gives you a complimentary Premium Qantas Wine membership.

Olivia highlighted that you can get gift cards for subscription services like Netflix and Spotify - which can be a 'great way to offset costs at the moment' (stock image)

Olivia highlighted that you can get gift cards for subscription services like Netflix and Spotify – which can be a ‘great way to offset costs at the moment’ (stock image)

How can you continue to earn points at this time? 

* Earn points on a single purchase when shopping at participating retailers with Qantas Shopping Card Offers by linking your Australian Mastercard credit or debit card to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account online and paying for purchases with the Mastercard.

* Download the Qantas Points-Prompter, so that when you visit a Qantas partner retail website, a Points-Prompter pop up will notify you that you can earn Qantas Points when you make a purchase on this site. Partner retailers include Dymocks.

* It’s worth considering switching energy providers as not only could you end up paying less, but you could end up saving points. For instance, Qantas Red Energy allows Qantas Frequent Flyer members to earn 10,000 points just for signing up and two points for every $1 on their electricity bill. Flybuy members who switch to AGL can also earn 1 flybuys point for every $1 spent on their e-billing gas and electricity bills.

* Earn points while you exercise through the Qantas Health app. In the 28-day trial, you can earn up to 12 points for 30 minutes of running or 19 points for two hours of cycling. Complete the Daily Stepping Challenge of 6,000 steps, and you’ll earn 12 points, or even earn 5 points by putting down your phone half an hour before bed in the Sleep Challenge. 

Source: Savings.com.au 

3. GIFT CARDS

One of the more surprising ways to use your Frequent Flyer points on the list is through gift cards.

Olivia highlighted that you can even get them for subscription services like Netflix and Spotify – which can be a ‘great way to offset costs at the moment’.

You can also convert your points to Woolworths gift cards, which might go some way to helping you offset the cost of your increased grocery bills (Olivia pictured with her daughter)

You can also convert your points to Woolworths gift cards, which might go some way to helping you offset the cost of your increased grocery bills (Olivia pictured with her daughter)

4. SUPERMARKET BILLS

You can also convert your points to Woolworths gift cards, which might go some way to helping you offset the cost of your increased grocery bills.

Olivia said she has done this occasionally, in order to bring the cost of the weekly shop down.

Finally, the mother-of-two said you can just sit on your points and use them to travel once the coronavirus pandemic has passed (Olivia pictured with her family)

Finally, the mother-of-two said you can just sit on your points and use them to travel once the coronavirus pandemic has passed (Olivia pictured with her family)

5. SAVE THEM

Finally, the mother-of-two said you can just sit on your points and use them to travel once the coronavirus pandemic has passed.

‘If you’re in it for the long haul and are likely to travel once this is all over, then I strongly suggest you sit on them,’ Olivia said. 

‘It is good to note that Qantas has offered a 12-month extension on status tiers and points expiry.’   

What about your Virgin Frequent Flyer points?

* As a result of COVID-19, Virgin Australia entered voluntary administration on 21 April 2020. 

* Velocity Frequent Flyer is Virgin Australia’s incentives program, which rewards customers for loyalty with accumulative points each time they fly that can be redeemed for flights or a range of products and services with the company’s partners.

* While Velocity is owned by the Virgin Australia Group, it is a separate company and not in administration. Velocity continues to operate, but on 21 April the company announced some temporary program changes.

* Choice reported that the statement read: ‘We’ve made the difficult decision to pause all redemptions for an initial period of four weeks, effective immediately. This means our members won’t be able to redeem their points for rewards during the pause.’ 

* In their recent statement, Velocity reassured members that their points aren’t going anywhere. ‘Your points aren’t going anywhere. They will remain in your account. Your existing points will not expire through this period. We will be extending the expiration period for your existing points by the timeframe of the pause. You can continue to earn points with our partners, although you won’t be able to redeem them during the pause,’ the statement said.

Source: Choice 

 

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