Face-off: Qantas and Caltex vs Virgin and BP

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gippsflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Jan 2013

Total posts 162

Face-off: Qantas and Caltex vs Virgin and BP

gippsflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Jan 2013

Total posts 162

Getting frequent flyer points for filling up at the pump has now become a battlefield for Qantas (Caltex) and Virgin Australia (BP) to slug it out. Preferences?

Mal

Member since 14 Jun 2013

Total posts 109

Can't say until I know the earn rate for Virgin/BP.

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

Total posts 1,109

With most Caltex-owned stores now surcharging for AMEX and Diners Club credit cards (which is your double-dip to frequent flyer points) and the majority of BPs not applying a similar surcharge, I see the Velocity+BP option as quite an attractive one if the earning rate is competitive.

(To be clear, Woolworths-owned 'Woolworths Caltex' outlets have no credit card surcharges, although most Caltex-owned 'Caltex Woolworths' stores now surcharge for AMEX and Diners.)

brinkers

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 16 Jun 2011

Total posts 226

With Caltex if depends if you value the points or the discount. Until Velocity and BP make the points earning rate known, we have no idea how the offer compares.

Hugo

Member since 12 Jun 2013

Total posts 216

Petrol prices and frequent flyer points are two areas in which people's usual ability to do mental arithmetic and compute costs vs benefits go straight out the window.

Two frequent flyer points per litre? So if I buy a full tank, I get points worth... about a dollar? Whoop de doo. I mean, hey, I'll take the points if I happen to be at the appropriate station, but I'd be stupid to go out of my way to get 'em.

gippsflyer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 10 Jan 2013

Total posts 162

I must admit I won't change my behaviour here. I've been filling up exclusively at BP for many years now, the only difference to me will be now I'll get a few points for it.

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