good-newsOne infrequently-flying member is considering whether it is worthwhile collecting frequent flyer points. This member takes only a small handful of flights on Qantas each year.

The answer from our brains trust is a resounding YES. Although our member may not fly enough to enjoy the perks of Gold or Platinum status, there are still many advantages to collecting frequent flyer points. Even flyers with just a few thousand points to their name can start to reap the rewards.

Redeeming points for a free flight is not as far out of reach as it may seem. Flights can be had for as little as 8,000 points on Qantas, or just 6,900 points on Virgin Australia. Both airlines will also let you use points to bring down the cost of a regular flight. Of course, points can also be used to upgrade a flight to business class. This is one of the most popular ways to use points. Although frequent flyers with higher status often have priority in the points upgrade lottery, many of our members have reported high success rates upgrading with bronze status.

Even if you aren’t interested in flying, points can also be redeemed on the ground for things like supermarket vouchers and hotels. Although our members warn that these redemptions don’t usually provide the same value as flight redemptions, they do offer a simple alternative.

The other good news for infrequent flyers is that it is easier than ever to earn points without flying at all. Points can be earned for things like spending on your credit card, hiring a car and even shopping at the supermarket. So, you don’t need to fly a lot to build up a healthy points balance and start enjoying the rewards!

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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.

You can contact Matt at [email protected]