For some, regular indulgences in delivery meals and barista-made coffee can be seen as financially foolish decisions.
But according to a series of insider tips from travel website Point Hacks, shoppers can make their dollars translate into lucrative frequent flyer points, before even stepping foot in an airplane.
In fact, their analysis promises devotees that with just a few simple spending changes, they can rack up enough points to get a family-of-four free return flights to Fiji, Thailand or Bali.
‘The first step to achieving the required points is to set up your strategy: join your chosen rewards program, assess the credit cards that will earn you the most points,’ Point Hacks’ Daniel Sciberras said.
According to a series of insider tips from travel website Point Hacks , spenders can make their dollars translate into lucrative frequent flyer points, before even stepping foot in an airplane.
‘Then use any combination of our hacks to boost your points further. Be aware that you can earn the required points in six months, but the transfer of those points into airline rewards may take another month.’
Among their top tips are a string of well and lesser known ways to clock up the 145,000 to 225,000 points needed to bag a four-person trip to a holiday hot spot.
Rewards credit cards
Signing up to a rewards credit card remains to be the most lucrative and immediate way to gain points.
In fact, NAB’s Qantas Rewards Signature Card offers 90,000 bonus Qantas Points for new signees.
Similarly, the Virgin Australia Velocity High Flyer offers up to 80,000 bonus Velocity Points on signing up and Virgin Australia’s Velocity High Flyer Card offers up to 80,000 bonus Velocity Points upon joining.
An unexpected way to clock up frequent flyer points, the popular guilty pleasure of app-delivered food could fast track the timing of an upcoming getaway.
Popular food-delivery service, Deliveroo rewards customers with 1000 Qantas Points when they place their first order.
If Deliveroo is used at least four times in a month, the balance will be topped up by a further 200 points.
All up if takeaway is ordered once a week for six months it will earn 2200 points.
The site’s analysis promises devotees that with just a few simple spending changes, they can rack up enough points to get a family of four free return flights to Fiji, Thailand or Bali
What are frequent flyer points?
A frequent-flyer program is a loyalty program offered by an airline.
Many airlines have frequent-flyer programs designed to encourage airline customers enrolled in the program to accumulate points which may then be redeemed for air travel or other rewards.
In recent years, more points have been earned by using co-branded credit and debit cards than by air travel.
Another way to earn points is spending money at associated retail outlets, car hire companies, hotels, or other associated businesses.
Join a shopping rewards program
Perhaps the most well-known way to master the art of frequent flyer points is through supermarkets’ rewards cards.
Swiping a Flybuys card at retailers including Coles, Target, eBay, Kmart and Liquorland can become lucrative through their generous points scheme.
Every dollar spent with the program at Coles earns one point – and shoppers can eventually convert 2000 points to 870 Velocity Points.
On a $2000 monthly spend, this can translate to 5220 points in six months.
Everyday transaction account
An everyday transaction account that earns points can rack up points for purchases and transfers which would be made regardless.
And a morning coffee could soon become worth well more than its weight through a savvy account choice.
The BankWest Qantas Transaction Account earns you 12 Qantas Points for every $100 in savings kept in your account, and 5 points each time you use the debit card.
This can soon add up for those who indulge in a $3.50 morning coffee.
If $5000 is deposited into the account each month, and the card is used every day, 4500 points can easily be earned in six months.
‘The first step to achieving the required points is to set up your strategy: join your chosen rewards program, assess the credit cards that will earn you the most points,’ said says Point Hacks’ Daniel Sciberras
Shopping through partner retailers
Thanks to a long-running relationship between Qantas and supermarket giant Wooloworths, it’s become easy to earn points while on the go.
For instance, every $2000 spent at Woolworths earns 870 Qantas points.
And it doesn’t stop there, Velocity’s multiple partners include BP petrol stations, where you can earn two points for every litre of fuel and dollar spent in-store.
Switching to an airline rewards super fund or insurance policy
The Virgin Money Super fund earns members one Velocity Point for every $5 in super contributions, capped at 250,000 points.
Qantas also has various insurance policies that will earn points – its health insurance offers up 50,000 bonus points for signing up, and 1 point for every dollar premium.
Downloading the Qantas Assure App will earn an additional 150 points, and even more for using it to measure daily activities like walking, cycling or swimming.