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50 points for using QF credit card companion

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Got an email offering token points for using Qantas Credit Card Companion

Start boosting your points balance now with the Qantas Card Companion, a digital tool designed to help you get the most out of your Qantas Points earning credit card.*

For a limited time get a bonus 50 points when you log into Card Companion and select your card for the first time by 26/10/20.^

Use your Card Companion to track the points you've earned on your card; as well as access exclusive offers, tips and tricks to make sure you never miss a point again.
I presume this app will suck data somehow, but anyone used it and do you think it’s worthwhile?

I wouldn’t bother with the 50 points if there wasn’t value in it.

cheers skip
 

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Got an email offering token points for using Qantas Credit Card Companion



I presume this app will suck data somehow, but anyone used it and do you think it’s worthwhile?

I wouldn’t bother with the 50 points if there wasn’t value in it.

cheers skip
My email read:

"Dreaming of your next trip? Start boosting your points balance now with the Qantas Card Companion, a digital tool designed to help you get the most out of your Qantas Points earning credit card.*

For a limited time get a bonus 100 points when you log into Card Companion and select your card for the first time by 26/10/20.^

Use your Card Companion to track the points you've earned on your card; as well as access exclusive offers, tips and tricks to make sure you never miss a point again."

I was curious so I looked at it - they do not ask for your card number, just for you to indicate the particular type of card you hold. Then it just re-states the terms and conditions of your card - so not really that useful. However, it does provide a summary of offers like "3 points per $" at xyz business if you click through Qantas on-line mall. So I'd say that is how they will make their money/data from you - if you click through.
 

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for the miserly 50 & 100 points just let it pass. surely the unknown manipulation of you & your data justifies taking some precautions and just stepping around it.
 

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Well I googled ‘Qantas card companion review’, and there it was, a review from PointHacks

Qantas Card Companion Review

It left me a bit meh about the whole shebang. I can find out my points balance at qantas.com, and not excited about which card earned me the most, I can figure that easy. I think QF data miners would be more interested in my total spend than I.

This bit here...
By linking your eligible credit cards, you can see in one handy location all the Qantas Points you’ve earned on those cards
...suggests you have to enter your card numbers. But not so, see below posts.

Not much in a paltry 50 points, or even for a paltry 100 points. Like finding a 5c coin on the road and wondering whether to pick it up :rolleyes: .

Anyway I submitted to the data suck in the name of AFF guinea piggery. I had to log in and selected the three card types, so QF knows what cards I have. I‘m curious how (or if) it would identify targeted or unique offers from the CC provider (e.g. bonus points from AMEX local legend).

I have 4 points earning cards and you can only link 3.

Some snippets from the T&Cs.

Security
When you access your Frequent Flyer membership information and link your QPECC to allow Qantas access to your Qantas Points earn information, a secure server is used. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encrypts the information you send through this website. Qantas does not control SSL and cannot guarantee the strength or effectiveness of that encryption.

Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability (Include)...
Qantas is not liable to you or anyone else (including for negligence, breach of contract or tort) for any loss or damage (including specific, indirect, consequential or economic loss) however caused and which is suffered directly or indirectly in connection with the use of this website.

Privacy and Data storage
The Card Companion will collect and store preferences and other personal information in order to assist us to improve the Card Companion and to provide you with a better and more customised experience whenever you use the Card Companion again. We also use the information we collect to improve our services; to provide you with more relevant content and services; and for customer and market research purposes. All personal information is dealt with in accordance with our privacy policy with may be found at qantas.com.
cheers skip
 
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Anyway I got as far as selecting three of my four card types, gaily ticking the boxes to agree with the T&Cs and submit to more emails, had hit proceed and...

the website returned a blank screen. Vintage QF IT. Forgot to use chrome on a laptop, clear my cookies and throw a pinch of salt over my shoulder first.

Probably a time out, as when I backed out of the blank screen I got the login screen again. Walked through the process again and it congratulated me and showed me a dashboard.

There is a home screen that shows me month by month card earn from each card, followed by a bunch of offers.

One of the three cards is Mrs. Pineapple’s earner, with me as a supplementary cardholder. Points from this one appear on her account, so clearly the ’points earned’ data is points credited in my FF account. That explains this snippet from the FAQs.
How will Qantas use my credit card details (card number, PIN, CCV)?
Qantas will not ask you for your credit card number, PIN or CCV and do not hold this information.
There is a ‘my cards’ tab which lists some detail, incomplete and inaccurate. For example for the DJs black (i.e. standard) amex it states the default effective earn rate of 0.5 points per dollar, but forgets the effective 1.5 points per dollar at supermarkets and servos and the 1 point per dollar at DJs. This is incomplete enough to be misleading. The only benefits it mentions are complementary standard delivery and fashion pay later, not others like free gift wrapping. The lengthy interest free period is handy, but not mentioned, or the extended interest free options for certain DJs purchases.

There is also an ‘earn points’ tab with offers, and the detail is similarly lame. An exclusive offer for more bonus points for signing on someone else to an AMEX card. The rest are all Qantas Shopping offers that I already get emailed, and which appear when you log in to that website. My own AMEX account shows 15 available offers and a couple more that I have saved to my card. Obviously QF doesn’t know which offers I’ve saved, but it doesn’t show any of the 17. Surely they’re not all targeted? Similarly there are a brace of current offers on my QF mastercard, the one already linked to my QF account, but none of them show either. I’ll give QF the benefit of the doubt here, possibly some privacy quirk makes the card companion website blind to this data. But again, surely at least some of the MC offers are public and generic.
 

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So there you have it; Qantas card companion. For a token sum of points, you can tell QF exactly what type of card you’re earning points from, and you’ll no doubt be doing QF a huge favour in helping them know what cards they’re shelling out what points on, which will help them no end in their negotiations with the card issuers. I reckon they’ll get enough punters opting in to make an estimate, but I would have suggested if they asked me that 200 points would be more reasonable.

In return you’ll get a website that looks attractive, has a nice graph with some of your FF data, but the rest appears so incomplete and sometimes inaccurate as to be useless.

cheers skip
 

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I did the same as a guinea pig. Having confirmed, as you did @PineappleSkip, that it is all but useless, I decided to unlink my cards (card type actually as they don't get my card number) as asdvised in the FAQs and surprise surprise, it would not let me unlink - the unlink button is greyed out after you select the cards you want to unlink. So I added in another card that I don't have, and then was able to unlink the ones I do have. Now they will get weird data about me! I also note that there is no way to contact them to report this flaw.
 

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I am so bummed I tried their Qantas card companion app a while ago out of curiousity, and now I am missing out on those 50 QFF points!

I might apply to a new credit card out of frustration.
 

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I don't recall getting the email, but anyway I looked at my Qantas points activity earlier and notice there is a link against my first AMEX point sweep (It wasn't there earlier in the week)
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So when I click on it, expecting some referral link, but no, up comes the screen of point earn per card which is described above. I added 2 other cards which weren't listed and was left underwhelmed by the whole affair...and still unsure of what the refer a friend was....
 
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