New way to earn ‘thousands’ of Qantas points
THE Qantas Frequent Flyer program has announced a new partnership, promising members a simple alternative to earning points without stepping foot on a plane.
From today, anyone who owns a vehicle will be rewarded with the Australian airline launching their own car insurance program.
By signing up, members will instantly earn 20,000 points, as well as a point for every dollar spent on their premium.
But the airline says there will be two simple ways members can boost their points count with the insurance program, and it all comes down to your cars tyres.
Up to 6000 points can be earned when members perform a brake, tyre pressure and general engine check.
The launch of the car insurance program follows the success of the airlines venture into health insurance, life insurance and travel insurance, with cars the obvious next step for the airline.
"Insurance can be a grudge purchase but in the first year of having Qantas Car Insurance, you could earn enough points to fly from Brisbane to Singapore or Sydney to Bali," Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said.
Mr Joyce said the airline will venture into home insurance in 2020.
The change comes off the back of a revamped decade-long partnership between the Frequent Flyer program and Woolworths Rewards, which earlier this month announced the conversion rate from Woolworths Rewards to Qantas Frequent Flyer points will increase by close to 15 per cent (that means 2000 Woolworths Rewards Points will now convert to 1000 Qantas Points, up from 870 points).
As part of the redeveloped relationship, Qantas customers can now link their accounts and sign up for Woolworths Rewards on the Qantas website. Woolworths Rewards has also introduced a simplified two-click process for Qantas conversions on its website.
The Qantas Frequent Flyer rewards program has almost 13 million members, while Virgin Australia's Velocity program has just passed 10 million, with many people part of both schemes.
In June, the Australian airline announced the biggest overhaul in the 32-year history of its Frequent Flyer program.
The changes, which have been rolled out sporadically since the announcement, changed the way members could redeem points on Qantas flights, and followed years of feedback from members.
At the time, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said under the changes, there will be more seats available to redeem and fees will be slashed, but if you're hoping to upgrade to a premium cabin, it will cost you more in points.