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Point-hack your way to a free trip to Hawaii for the whole family

Did you ever think going to Hawaii with the family this Easter holidays was a bit far-fetched, let alone travelling on a ‘free’ return ticket? With some frequent flyer point-hacking magic, it is entirely possible.

If you belong to an airline rewards program and know how to leverage your everyday spending and expenses to boost your point earnings, you can fly from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Honolulu on economy for 222,000-280,000 points – depending on the airline points program and departure point.

Read on below for my 7 hacks to earn your family of four a return flight to the Aloha State.

  1. Sign up to a rewards credit card that offers bonus points. The American Express Platinum Charge card offers 80,000 Membership Rewards points upon sign up, which can be redeemed on any of its airline partners including Virgin. Earn up to 3 Membership Rewards points per $1 at restaurants in Australia and 1 point per $1 on everything else. You better sign up fast as the points per dollar offer expires 14 April 2019!
  2. Have meal kits delivered straight to your door. If you feel like trying out a new meal kit plan, sign up to a weekly HelloFresh box where you can get 5000 bonus Qantas Points and $25 off. You can earn another 5000 bonus points on the second box and a further 5000 points when you order your tenth.
  3. Switch to points-earning insurance policies. Thinking of reviewing your health insurance policy? Consider switching over to Qantas Assure Health Insurance to quickly earn Qantas Points. You can also rack up points through purchasing a Qantas Travel Insurance policy before going on your next trip. If you take out an Annual Multi-Trip policy, you can earn 1000 Qantas Points on sign up and 5000 points when you sign up through the Qantas Wellbeing App.
  4. Shop at points-earning malls. When looking to buy big-ticket items, purchase through points-earning online malls such as Qantas Shopping, Velocity eStore and KrisFlyer Spree. These online malls cater brands including Apple, Bing Lee, and eBay where you can earn up to 8 points per $1 spent. Buying a new, quality espresso machine can earn you around 7000 points through Qantas Shopping!
  5. Share the credit cards, share the points. Set up supplementary rewards credit cards for your family instead of having separate credit card accounts so you can rack up the points fast for a family holiday. An added benefit of supplementary cards is that it minimises the additional annual fees on each credit cards. Velocity allows you to set up selected family members as contributors, so you can receive their points earnt from flying.
  6. Change up your car insurance. Whether you’ve just purchased a new car or you’re reviewing your insurance policy, consider taking one out with Virgin Car Insurance. You can earn 20,000 bonus Velocity Points and get an additional 5000 points if you hold the insurance for more than 65 days. If the policy is still active six months down the track, you’ll earn another 15,000 points.
  7. Earn points through energy. Who knew energy bills can earn you frequent flyer points? Simply sign up to a Qantas Red Plus energy plan to earn up to 10,000 and 5000 points for electricity and gas respectively. Link your Frequent Flyer number to the account to start earning 7 Qantas Points per $1 on your bills when you pay on time.


Want some more hacks to earn frequent flyer points? – 9 hacks to earn 20,000 frequent flyer –  without a credit card