This week our members discuss their frequent flyer point goals, and what they have done to reach them.

Been thinking about this one for a while and I am wondering how long it has taken everyone to get the desired points needed for a specific purpose? What was the goal of your points, how did you accumulate them and how long did it take?

Often, setting a points goal is a simple yet effective way to build up your points balance more quickly. By setting a target, many people find that they are more careful to ensure they earn as many points as possible. With a “point maximisation” mindset, it’s more likely that someone would not forgo opportunities to earn small amounts of points. Although it may seem trivial to pay for a $4 cup of coffee on a points-earning credit card, those points add up over time!

Many of our members started off with a relatively small points goal. But after discovering how easy it was to earn points, many have begun focusing on more expensive, but significantly more lucrative awards.

One member began collecting points with an eye to upgrade a flight to the United States. This member has now saved almost enough points for two Business class trips around the world!

I started collecting points before I really understood the value. My points were initially Commbank rewards points (yuck) but then transfered over to QF. I started collect QF points around April / May last year after researching a US trip for me and Mrs Y and the likelihood of an upgrade. My goal was to be able to have enough points to take at least one medium – long haul flight in business and now with the help of this website I’ve changed to goal and am aiming for a 280K one world award trip for 2 and getting pretty close with 500K QFF points in the bank.

Another member’s goal was to take a long-haul Qantas flight in First class. By switching to a Qantas co-branded credit card and taking advantage of all point-earning opportunities, this member managed to reach their goal in just one year.

Goal was QF F, originally 144k for a MEL-LAX (or vv) but morphed into 192k for LHR-MEL. It took about 12 months, and I got there by switching over to a QFF earning card and making sure that I accumulated QFF points at every opportunity.

One member plans to use their points as a retirement nest-egg. By building up a healthy points balance now, this member hopes to enjoy many years of comfortable travel in the future.

My goal is to earn as many points as I can before retirement. QF, VA, SQ and paid such as AA are my targets. I am also in the process of building HHonors points to pay for some accommodation to use with those “free” flights.

Do you have a points goal? Share your experience HERE.


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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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