Easy ways to earn Qantas frequent flyer points while you're grounded

If you can't fly, that doesn't mean you can't boost your Qantas frequent flyer points for when your travel opportunities return.

By Chris Chamberlin, August 31 2020
Easy ways to earn Qantas frequent flyer points while you're grounded

COVID-19 has clipped the wings of frequent flyers, but just because you're grounded doesn’t mean your pile of frequent flyer points needs to plateau. In fact, there are many ways to boost that balance without setting foot near an airport.

Some of those opportunities could even come from the goods and services you’re already paying for, just by changing your shopping behaviour or linking existing rewards cards together.

Whatever your circumstances, here are 10 easy ways to keep your frequent flyer points flowing in.

1. Pocket a Qantas points-earning credit card

Credit cards are among the easiest ways to steadily amass frequent flyer points on the ground: using that points-earning plastic to pay for everything from daily purchases to big bills.

Depending on the card you choose, you could be earning up to 1.25 frequent flyer points per dollar spent on most transactions, and an even greater number of points if that card unlocks more generous rewards at selected businesses.

And when you use that card to pay for other Qantas points-earning strategies detailed below, you'll actually be double-dipping! Just make sure your card is paid in full every billing cycle so that you aren't hit by those high interest rates.

Many cards also offer bonus points as an incentive for signing up, such as up to 150,000 bonus Qantas Points provided you spend $5,000 on the card within 90 days of approval.

Read: Australia's best Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card deals

2. Buying petrol

Thanks to Qantas' partnerships with BP and participating Caltex and Woolworths Caltex petrol stations, you've got several options for picking up points at the pump.

The Qantas earning rates at BP service stations are:

  • 2 Qantas Points per litre of BP Ultimate unleaded
  • 1 Qantas Point per litre of all other BP fuel (including diesel, BP Ultimate Diesel, LPG and regular unleaded)
  • 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on eligible in-store products, excluding purchases like gift cards, mobile phone recharge vouchers and tobacco

On top of those rates, business owners who have signed up to the Qantas Business Rewards program and pay through a BP Plus fuel card get an extra serve of QBR points:

  • 1 Qantas Point per litre of BP Ultimate
  • 1 Qantas Point per two litres of all other BP fuel
  • 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on eligible in-store products

Read: Everything you need to know about the Qantas, BP partnership

Qantas Points can also be earned at participating Caltex and Caltex Woolworths petrol stations by linking your Qantas Frequent Flyer details to Woolworths Rewards, choosing to earn Qantas Points rather than Woolworths Dollars, and scanning your Woolworths Rewards card at the checkout (not your Qantas card, as with BP).

While you'll earn points on every eligible transaction, those will initially be Woolworths Rewards points. When you've piled up 2,000 Woolworths Rewards points, they'll be automatically converted into 1,000 Qantas Points.

Here's how many Woolworths Rewards points – and by extension, how many Qantas Points – you can earn at Caltex and Caltex Woolworths:

  • All fuel types: 1 Woolworths point (0.5 Qantas Points) per $1 spent.
  • In-store purchases: 1 Woolworths point (0.5 Qantas Points) per $1 spent, excluding mobile recharge, tobacco, gift cards etc.

As these earning rates are based on dollars spent rather than litres purchased, you'll earn more points when fuel prices are higher, and fewer points when prices are lower.

3. Shopping for groceries and alcohol

The same Qantas-Woolworths alliance unlocks a rich points-earning vein at the supermarket and bottle shop.

Through Woolworths Rewards, you can earn one Woolworths point – equal to 0.5 Qantas Points – per dollar spent at Woolworths supermarkets, BWS bottle shops and Big W.

Once you’ve notched up 2,000 Woolworths points, these can be automatically converted into 1,000 Qantas Points: just opt-in for Qantas Points (rather than grocery savings) via the Woolworths Rewards website.

4. Visiting the pharmacy

Heading to the chemist? TerryWhite Chemmart customers can earn two Qantas Points per $1 spent.

To earn points, you’ll first need to join TerryWhite Chemmart Rewards, link your Qantas Frequent Flyer account, then and scan your TerryWhite membership card (not your Qantas card) when making a purchase. Just note, points aren’t awarded on some items, like prescription medication.

You can also receive 1,000 bonus Qantas Points when you join TerryWhite Chemmart Rewards and spend $30 in one transaction within the first 90 days. It may take up to a month for the Qantas Points you earn to appear in your Qantas Frequent Flyer account.

5. Shopping online

While some bricks and mortar retailers are temporarily closed, most online stores remain open, providing another opportunity to earn extra frequent flyer points over and above the points you’d earn on that purchase from a points-earning credit card.

Begin your shopping journey via the Qantas website and you could earn as many as 13 bonus Qantas Points per $1 spent. The number of points earned varies from one retailer to the next, with most offering 1-5 bonus Qantas Points per dollar spent.

To earn those points, you need to click through the Qantas website before completing your purchase so that it can be tracked, and your points awarded.

This must be done every time you shop at a participating retailer, otherwise you won’t earn bonus points.

6. Catch an Uber

You can earn one Qantas Point per dollar spent on Uber rides to and from most Australian airports, but that doesn't do much good if you're not flying in the first place.

However, by joining Uber Rewards you can earn 1-3 Uber Rewards points per dollar spent on rides, and once you’ve amassed 750 Uber Rewards points, these can be exchanged for 200 Qantas Points.

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7. Ordering food delivery via Uber Eats

Like Uber rides, Uber Eats meal delivery orders also qualify for points.

You’ll earn 1 Uber Rewards point per $1 spent with Uber Eats, which join any other points you’ve earned in the Uber Rewards program. Once you’ve earned 750 Uber Rewards points in total, these can be converted into 200 Qantas Points.

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8. Buying wine online

Stocking up your cellar is another easy way to grow your frequent flyer balance, and undoubtedly among the most enjoyable.

Through Qantas Wine, all Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn one Qantas Point per $1 spent.

Those with a Qantas Wine ‘Premium’ membership – costing $99 per year, or free for Qantas Points Club members and selected credit card holders – earn a higher three Qantas Points per $1 spent.

There's often a fixed number of bonus Qantas Points on selected orders, with those offers ranging as high as 10,000 Qantas frequent flyer points per case.

9. Review your electricity and gas providers

If you haven’t recently put your electricity and gas providers under the spotlight, now is a great time to check that you’re getting value from your plans, and to see whether those accounts could prove more rewarding: especially if you’re using more energy by working from home.

Through Qantas Frequent Flyer’s partnership with Red Energy – and depending on where you live – you could be earning two Qantas Points per dollar spent on these accounts when you pay on time.

If you’re a new Red Energy customer, you could also earn 10,000 bonus Qantas Points when you take up an electricity plan, and 5,000 bonus Qantas Points when you take up gas. For more details and to confirm eligibility, visit the Red Energy website.

10. Go for a walk

Here's a way to pick up some points for free: grab the Qantas Wellbeing app for iPhone and Android. Your daily walk or run will collect points while you lose calories.

(Speaking of health, if you’re in the market for a new health insurance policy, Qantas Insurance offers bonus points on health insurance, life insurance and more, at varying rates depending on the policy chosen.)

Also read: Your 101 guide to Qantas Frequent Flyer

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

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