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Collecting Qantas points for free holidays is the dream—imagine a free international trip! It’s an amazing prospect, but easier said than done. I’ve been on a points-collecting mission and recently enjoyed business-class flights to Japan for a snowboarding trip. It was a great way to fly!

Here are some of my tips:

American Express Card

AMEX offers various options, usually with some sign-on bonus. AMEX can be used at most big-brand retailers, so pay for purchases at Bunnings, Coles, and Woolworths. This can be huge if you’re a tradesman who often shops at Bunnings. Be wary of the annual card fees; while the sign-on points sound great, they could be costly. Often, they split the points over holding the card for two years. Check out the Points Hack website for current offers.

Red Energy

Red Energy offers up to 15,000 bonus points for each of your home utility accounts—electricity and gas when you sign up, plus 2 points for each $1 spent on your energy bills. Plus, they use only renewable energy for your energy supply. Explore the offer details here.

Alinta Business Electricity & Gas

Alinta offers up to 50,000 bonus points for signing up and connecting your business electricity and gas accounts. And you earn additional Qantas points: +3 Qantas Points for each $1 spent on electricity and +1 Qantas Points for each $1 spent on gas. You can learn more here.

Woolworths/BWS/Big-W & Caltex/Ampol

Connect your Qantas Frequent Flyer account with your Woolworths Rewards card. Add your Woolworths Rewards card to your phone and scan it whenever you shop. Before shopping, check the Woolworths Rewards app to boost all the products and look for deals or specials that boost your reward points. For example, I bought three months’ worth of toilet paper in one go, worth 3x the points.

Qantas Premier Platinum Credit Card

This is a great offer if you’ve never collected Qantas credit card points. You can earn up to 100,000 Qantas points with an annual card fee of only $349 in the first year.

Qantas Wines

Qantas Wines is a great place to shop and earn points if you enjoy a drop or two. They have a first-order deal where orders over $99 receive 5,000 Qantas points. For June, Qantas is running some great points bonuses. I recommend making two purchases if you plan to buy a case or a few bottles. Make the first one for a bottle or two over $99 to get the first-order 5,000 bonus, then a second one to take advantage of the June points bonuses. Check out this site dedicated to Qantas Wine Deals.

BP Fuel Card

If you are a heavy user of fuel—12,500 litres in 6 months—BP has a deal for 100,000 Qantas points and 3 Qantas Points for every litre you purchase for 6 months with a new BP Fuel Card Account. Not only is this a great deal, but it’s also a fantastic business management tool for your team. For users with lower volume, BP offers Qantas points on every purchase. Plus, if you sign up for the BP Rewards app, they will email you whenever they have Qantas points deals like 2x, 3x, or even 10x points.

Qantas Market Place

Do you subscribe to Hello Fresh or purchase T2 tea? You can earn 3 points for every dollar you spend on things you’re already buying. They also have a raft of EOFY offers at the moment.

Health Insurance

Qantas also offers health insurance backed by NIB (not for existing NIB customers) and home loans.

Home Loans

Qudos Bank, Qantas Money, and Macquarie Bank all offer Qantas points. However, please check your T&Cs and do your due diligence. With current interest rates, these could be some very costly Qantas points.

The points hacks are endless in this space. Join a Facebook group, start Googling, and head down the rabbit hole! 😉 Be super careful to read the fine print in the T&Cs. Deferred points, 12,500 litres—there are many traps for rookie players. Once you have a nice bucket of points, redeeming them can be more challenging. If you have silver status, some travel agents specialize in booking travel with points, which is super handy. Make sure you read your Qantas emails for promotions, plan well in advance, and as business owners, we can be super flexible on dates to maximize the best points deals available.

Disclaimer

This is not financial advice. Please consider your financial situation and carefully read the terms and conditions of credit products.

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