How to pump up your points

Like many things in life, frequent flyer points are quite misunderstood. But the reality is that you can earn them without ever stepping foot in a plane. We’ve asked The Points Pro to share five essential tips for the best ways to earn points or to boost an existing frequent flyer account.


You can earn frequent flyer points without even knowing it, by going about your daily life. Over time, you can accumulate enough points to pay for flights – both domestic flights within Australia, or international flights to New Zealand, Fiji, or even London.

Here’s a simple guide to get you earning Qantas frequent flyer points.

1. Join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program
By using this link to join, you will save the normal $99.50 joining fee.

2. Join Woolworths Rewards
If you’re not already a Woolworths Rewards member, sign up here, and link your Woolworths rewards account to your new Qantas Frequent Flyer membership. Make sure you opt to convert your Woolworths Rewards points to Qantas points (and not to cash discounts).

3. Shop online through the Qantas Online Mall
The Qantas Online Mall gives you the chance to earn Qantas points by shopping online with over 140 online brands. Brands like David Jones, eBay and Bing Lee. Around Christmas time they have bonus points offers and you can earn up to 10 points per dollar. Imagine that: your Christmas shopping is getting you a free flight!

4. Review your credit cards
If you don’t have a credit card that earns Qantas points, assess your situation and see if it would work for you. You would earn Qantas points for each dollar you spend on your credit card, and some Qantas credit cards give healthy sign-up bonus points.

5. Download the Qantas Wellbeing app
You can earn points for sleeping, and walking. Yes, it’s that simple. The app is provided by Qantas Insurance, but you don’t need to take out a Qantas insurance policy to earn points.

By remembering these tips as you go about your day, you’ll be a step closer each day to a free trip. Set yourself a goal to get to Los Angeles or even London. Or, if shorter trips are more your style, get yourself to Darwin or Auckland.

For more tips on earning and using frequent flyer points, check out and follow The Points Pro.

Reviewing your credit cards is a general tip, and is a big decision that should take into account your own personal situation.

Do you have any tips for using your frequent flyer points?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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