5 ways to build up your points when flying

Published on November 20th, 2020
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Bill Tsouvalas
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Whether you are in the process of nailing the right frequent flyer card that is suitable for you, or already own one, you may be wondering how you can earn more points. If you are looking to maximise your card while flying, then our helpful tips can get you to build your points. Here is what you need to know.

1. Family pool your points

Take advantage of family pooling your points which are a feature offered by various airlines. This basically allows you to transfer your points between family members. If you have too many points and the expiration date is looming, but you are not planning on travelling anytime soon, you can transfer them to another family member. You can also open one account to build your points for the next family trip.

2. Maximise sign up points

There are various credit cards on the market that offer sign up points that can range anywhere between 60,000 to 100,000 points and more. You can compare various cards on the market to see which one will suit the way you spend and comes with additional reward program features that make it easier for you to earn rewards.

3. Take your furry friend onboard

Reward programs such as Velocity understand that you want to explore the world with your furry friend than to have them stuck at home without you. The bonus part of this is that you get to take the whole family and your pet and get to earn 3 Velocity points for each $1 spent when you book through Jetpets domestic or international flights.

4. Compare reward programs

To make the most of earning more points through flying it is essential to compare a rewards program that offers you the most points for flying domestic and international flights. For example, Velocity members can earn up to 5 points for each $1 spent on Virgin Australia Domestic flights while Qantas reward programs can earn a minimum of 400 to 1,200 points for using an economy flight.

5. You could consider buying your points

If you have an important date looming where you want to maximise your points or just want to boost your current points, you could consider purchasing your points. However, it is important that you check if your reward program allows you to purchase your points. You can also check if there is a cap on how many points that you can earn and if you will be able to use them on multiple airlines.

6. Get points on duty free shopping

Reward programs such as Qantas offer features such a being able to earn points through duty free shopping while you fly. What this means is that can shop for goods on their InSky shopping service or through an InSky catalogue from a flight attendant which in turn lets you gain 1 point for each $1 spent. Keep in mind that this not available on all Qantas flights.

Remember to sign up for promotional points’ giveaways that can come in handy when you need them and always check the expiration date on your points to avoid disappointment.

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