Did you know that you can earn up to 15 Qantas or Velocity frequent flyer points when shopping online? In Australia, you also have the option to earn Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer or United MileagePlus miles with hundreds of online retailers. And that’s in addition to any points you’ll normally earn for paying by credit card!
The trick is to shop via your preferred airline’s online shopping portal. For example, you can earn Qantas points for making purchases through the Qantas Shopping Online Mall, or earn Virgin Australia Velocity points via the Velocity e-Store. It’s an easy way to boost your points balance for purchases you were going to make anyway.
How online shopping portals work
To earn points through an online shopping portal, you’ll first need to log into your frequent flyer account and ensure your browser cookies are enabled. Then, click through from your airline’s shopping portal to the retailer’s website. The airline will track any purchases you make in order to reward you with frequent flyer points for every dollar spent.
Airlines are able to offer points in this way because, if you click through to the online retailer from their website, they’ll earn a small commission on any sales. They then pass on some of this commission back to you in the form of frequent flyer points.
This is similar to the business model of Cashrewards, except that Cashrewards gives actual money back. (You can also purchase unlimited Woolworths gift cards for 5% off using Cashrewards!)
The Velocity e-Store is Virgin Australia’s online shopping portal. With most retailers, you’ll earn 2 Velocity points per dollar spent. But the website was recently re-launched, and to celebrate Virgin Australia is offering double points at all retailers (except eBay, where you’ll still earn 1 point per dollar) until 31 October 2019.
There are more than 200 online retailers participating in the Velocity e-Store including Menulog, Apple, iTunes, Myer, Bing Lee, Groupon and Specsavers.
Qantas Shopping Online Mall
The Qantas Shopping Online Mall also boasts a large list of online retailers where you can earn bonus Qantas points. These include Woolworths, Fantastic Furniture, RedBalloon, UNIQLO and T2. The number of Qantas points earned per dollar varies by store.
To ensure you never miss a points-earning opportunity, Qantas Frequent Flyer even offers a helpful browser extension. The Qantas Shopping PointsPrompter highlights bonus Qantas point offers available when you’re shopping online. If you see something you wish to buy, you’ll still need to go to the Qantas Shopping portal to earn points for the purchase.
Although there are many online retailers that participate in both the Qantas and Velocity shopping portals, the number of points awarded per dollar is not always equal. So, it pays to shop around!
Other airline shopping portals
In Australia, Singapore Airlines offers KrisFlyer miles for every USD10 spent on the KrisFlyer Spree shopping portal. If you sign up for the free KrisFlyer Spree eNewsletter by 1 November 2019, you’ll even receive a promo code to receive 20% bonus KrisFlyer miles.
United Airlines also recently launched its own MileagePlus Shopping portal in Australia.