The Best Things In Life Are Free


Janet Jackson & Luther Vandross were absolutely right – The Best Things In Life Are Free.

Like many of Australians, I have embraced loyalty programs in much the same manner crazed fans embrace their idols if they manage to scramble past security at concerts. There is nothing quite like that warm fuzzy which comes with being able to pick yourself out something nice without any guilt about the kids missing out on music lessons.

Usually, I buy handbags. And by ‘I’ clearly I mean ‘Tracey’. Although occasionally I’ve managed to sneak a gift card I can cash in at the local bottle shop or a magazine subscription.

And by ‘occasionally’ I mean ‘there was this one time’.

Most people know about swapping points for gift cards and handbags, but there are some options you might not be aware of.

“Do you think they’d like flights?” my brother asked me when my two oldest kids turned 18 and 21 respectively.

“No need to spend a fortune,” I told him.

He grinned.

“I’m not spending anything,” he assured me.

Instead, he gave each of them a motza of his reward points – enough for them to travel to any destination in this country.

What a fantastic gift! And I know they both loved it. What young adult wouldn’t?

So my point is, it’s well worth checking out the Qantas StoreAdvertisement to see what’s on offer when you cash in your Qantas Points.

Personally though, what I was most surprised about when I had a gander at the Qantas Frequent Flyer website, to see how many points I was missing out on, was how many options there were for earning the points that I was already doing. There’s the obvious ones that most people know about, like flying Qantas – the hints in the name – and shopping at Woolies, which are easy points for your weekly groceries. But there’s also hiring cars, hotels, restaurants plus options with Optus and even Apple.

I wish I’d known that when we bought our eight Apple devices! Two points for every dollar spend means we missed out on 18,000+ points, or more specifically and ironically, a free Apple TV.  The things you miss out on simply for not knowing!

The fact is you’re already spending the money. Why not flash your QFF card about and clock up those points?

So take a few minutes to check out the Qantas Points website to see how many handbags you’re missing out on if only you’d flash your card in all the right places. Like Woolworths.

And if you haven’t accumulated enough points in your current rewards program, maybe it’s time to go all Janet Jackson on them and ask What Have You Done For Me Lately? and start focusing on your Qantas Frequent Flyer points.

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Here’s a head’s up – If you visit and set yourself a goal for your Qantas Points – like a family holiday to the Gold Coast, or a new Apple device from the Qantas Store, you’ll be in with a chance to win one of five 200,000 points.   That’s enough for a return flight to New York, London or Paris.

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