Why not get rewarded for something you love? Travelling can be a rewarding experience in more ways than you might imagine. There are multitudes of ways you can get more out of your travels and this week we’re sharing 5 ways for you to get more travel points out of each trip.
1. Get the right credit cards
Choosing the right credit card makes all the difference. They are in fact one of the most lucrative sources of travel points and miles available to you. With credit card deals always evolving and competing, it is worth doing some research to find the best deals available for travellers, especially if you know you are travelling often.
Keep in mind some credit cards offer huge sign-up bonuses although ideally you want to get on board with cards that reward you handsomely and in the minimum amount of time i.e. the NAB Qantas Reward Premium Card can earn you 75,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $1,500 in the first 90 days, or the ANZ Travel Rewards Credit Card which can earn you 3 Reward Points (convertible into Velocity Frequent Flyer Points) per $1 you spend on eligible purchases within the first three months of card approval.
2. Skip the cash when you can
Tied-in to the previous point, using credit cards instead of paying cash for phone, utilities, petrol, groceries and so on can make a huge difference in your point earnings.
Apart from bills, many airlines and hotels, like Qantas, Delta and Southwest Airlines also offer online shopping portals with bonus offers where you can earn multiple points or miles for every dollar you spend.
3. Dine out
Numerous airlines, like American Airlines also have dining rewards networks that you sign up for and register a credit card with. This means that every time you use it at a participating restaurant (and there are hundreds in most big cities) you can earn anywhere from 2 to 5 miles per dollar. This amount of money you spend each month will add up to a trip faster than you can say “dessert please”.
4. Use Airbnb to get Qantas Frequent Flyer points
Another interesting way you can gather Qantas Frequent Flyer points once registered with this program is by simply using Airbnb. On top of existing deals where staying in hotels can earn you points, you can now also earn 1 Qantas Frequent Flyer point for every AU$1 spent on an Airbnb room or property. You can not only save on accommodation while getting the “live there like a local” experience, but also save money on your future flights.
5. Research on Social Media
The most enthusiastic users of social media are often airlines and hotels themselves. As there are always bonuses and offers advertised on these, it is always a good idea to conduct pre-departure researches on social media platforms. From liking a post on Facebook, to entering contests with prizes of thousand points on Instagram and anything in-between, there are many ways to earn travel points with a few quick clicks.
We hope these tips help and encourage you to undertake your next adventure, and if you need any more convincing, check out this great article about why travelling is good for your health.