While it has already been possible to buy Qantas points for some time, it previously required a call to the Qantas Frequent Flyer Service Centre. This is no longer necessary as Qantas points can now be purchased on the Qantas website if you pay with a Visa or MasterCard.
How to buy Qantas Points online
To buy Qantas points online, simply go to the Qantas website and select “top-up points”…
You’ll then be prompted to log into your Qantas Frequent Flyer account if you haven’t already done so. On the next page, simply select the amount of points you wish to purchase from the drop-down menu:
It is currently only possible to pay with Visa or MasterCard credit cards online. If you wish to buy Qantas points using an Amex or Diners Club card, you will still need to call the Frequent Flyer Service Centre.
You can purchase up to 60,000 Qantas points at a time, up to twice per year. Points can be purchased in increments of 500 points. However, you can only purchase up to 25% of the balance of your account. Qantas also specifies that you need to purchase points with a particular reward in mind.
How much does it cost to buy Qantas Points?
Qantas top-up points vary in price depending on how many you buy. Prices start at $20 for 500 Qantas points, right up to $1,425 for the maximum of 60,000 points.
Qantas no longer publishes a price chart on its website, so here’s a quick guide to Qantas top-up point pricing:
Points do become cheaper as you buy more. The best value is obtained if you buy at least 20,000 points. This chart shows the “cents per point” cost of each Qantas points, depending on the amount purchased:
The cost is 2.38 cents per point if you purchase the maximum amount. Ordinarily, this is relatively poor value. But buying points could still be worthwhile if you’re just short of the points required for a high-value reward flight.
Other ways to buy Qantas points
Rather than buying Qantas top-up points, consider purchasing a case of wine from Qantas Wine that comes with bonus points. Qantas Wine offers regular promotions on wine cases. The points will usually post relatively quickly to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account, although there have been recent reports of this taking a little longer than usual.
Read more: Earning Quick & Easy Qantas Points
Virgin Australia also sells Velocity points on its own website.
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