Qantas frequent flyers can now earn an extra five points per dollar when using their Qantas Cash card to buy Myer, David Jones, iTunes, Priceline and JB Hi-Fi digital gift cards via the Qantas Cash Digital Gift Cards website.
That’s on top of the one point per $2 you’d earn on normal Qantas Cash transactions, so the purchase of a $100 digital gift card with any of the retailers above would net 50 Qantas Points via Qantas Cash, plus a further 500 Qantas Points when bought online.
While you won’t receive a physical gift card, you’ll be able to redeem the balance by printing a voucher and presenting it in-store, or with the exception of David Jones, you can use the gift card's unique identification number when shopping online.
Over on the new Qantas Points Digital Gift Cards website, frequent flyers can earn a simple two points per dollar spent on the same gift cards when paying with a regular Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card instead of Qantas Cash:
As with the Qantas Cash portal, that serving of Qantas Points comes on top of your normal credit card haul.
If you’d normally earn 1.5 frequent flyer points per dollar on everyday American Express transactions via CBA Diamond Awards, NAB Qantas Rewards Premium, Westpac Earth Black or ANZ Frequent Flyer Black, you’ll wind up with a total of 3.5 frequent flyer points per dollar spent – or 350 points on the same $100 gift card.
That’s certainly not as high as shopping via the Qantas Cash portal, but with only 3% of travellers having activated the Qantas Cash functionality on their membership cards, it’s a great option for the vast majority of points collectors.
It’s also a great way to sidestep JB Hi-Fi’s 2.65% surcharge on in-store American Express transactions. Instead of being slugged at the check-out, use your AMEX card to buy a JB gift card, surcharge-free, via the Qantas Points portal before redeeming it at face value.
Credit cards that normally award extra points on Qantas transactions won’t do so when buying digital gift cards. As with wine purchases through Qantas epiQure, the airline uses a separate merchant account to process these payments that doesn't trigger the bonus points.
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