Member since 03 Nov 2014
Total posts 130
Not sure if anyone else realised, but Amex Local Champion earn rate was effectively cut in half with the recent Amex rewards changes. The program offers 1 Bonus Point which in the past equated to 1 QFF point, now that is equal to only 0.5 QFF points. Spending at a restaurant has fallen from a potential 4 QFF points per $1 spent to 1.625 QFF points if you include the 0.5 QFF from Local Champion...quite a reduction.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 06 Aug 2017
Total posts 118
All true... however, there was a quiet change to Local Champion last year which makes it more attractive. It used to be that you could earn a maximum of 10,000 points via Local Champion. That's now changed to 10,000 points per year.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 27 Nov 2014
Total posts 24
I wonder what proportion of Amex card holders have ever maxed out the Local Champion bonus. The only place I've ever held champion status is the cafe across the road from work and even with a 10,000 points lifetime limit it would take me 6-7 years to hit that...
I’m Local Champion at my local supermarket and my local petrol station. With a family of 4 and 2 cars, we hit the 10000 point limit easily.
Member since 24 Dec 2013
Total posts 116
You would be better off buying groceries and petrol with discounted Coles or Woolies gift cards than chasing Local Champion points.
Member since 27 Aug 2013
Total posts 6
You don't need to do separate transactions just spilt the tender a few times over the same card, makes one self service check out transaction multiple transactions from AMEX'S view ;-)
Member since 02 Jul 2011
Total posts 835
The current champion at my local supermarket does about 40 txns/month
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,114
My understanding is that Local Champion provides one bonus point in your card’s native points program, so yes, Membership Rewards cards now fetch 0.5 frequent flyer points per $1 via Local Champion, but the direct Qantas and Velocity branded cards should still earn 1 actual frequent flyer point via Local Champion, as there’s no ‘conversion’ taking place as such.
Member since 09 Jul 2016
Total posts 19
I've been maxing out LC for the last 3yrs. Just maxed it out for 2019 as well
United Airlines - Mileage Plus
Member since 14 Jan 2019
Total posts 1
I have been LC at my local Woolworths store for over three years.
I've noticed the points come in a batch rather than per transaction and is taking 3-4wks
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