How to earn Qantas frequent-flyer points without flying

If you're one of Qantas Frequent Flyer's nearly 11 million members and you also happen to be an Optus customer, you would have been disappointed the telco ceased its relationship with the scheme as of July 1.

And Woolworths has also revamped its deal with Qantas through its Everyday Rewards scheme, meaning you'll no longer earn Frequent Flyer points buying your groceries through the company's supermarkets.

But Qantas Frequent Flyer has been adding an array of new deals and partnerships in recent months. If you're not keeping up with the emails the carrier sends to that effect, here's a summary.  

This month, the number of points earned with Avis and Budget went up from three to four for every dollar spent on time and kilometre charges in Australia. 

Also, members can now earn points for booked taxi fares through taxi app goCatch, earning one per dollar spent on taxi fares over $10. 

It's long been possible to convert points earned in AccorHotels' loyalty program, Le Club AccorHotels, to Qantas Points, with a minimum threshold of 4000 points per conversion. Since September, this deal also applies for Virgin's Velocity Rewards members.  But also since September, there has been no minimum threshold for Qantas.

Since August, Snap Fitness is giving its members 100 Qantas Points each month, plus new Snap Fitness members receive 3500 points when signing up for a 12-month membership or 1000 points for new month-to-month plans.

And in July, 16 new retailers were added into the Qantas Online Mall, allowing members to earn points while shopping Australian labels Oroton, Lorna Jane, Peter Alexander and Glasshouse Fragrances, Rebel Sport, Wiggle, Kathmandu, General Pants, L'Occitane, Fossil, Smiggle, and Forever New as well as overseas brands Kurt Geiger and Uniqlo, plus furniture and home wares company Zanui​ and computer manufacturer Lenovo​.

The addition took the total number of retailers in the Online Mall to 45.

It still takes a lot of points to get flying, but members have plenty more opportunities to earn them. 

See also: The most effective way to use your frequent flyer points
See also: Why you should never post a photo of your boarding pass online

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