A Singaporean based in Australia, Kazimier enjoys travelling as much as he’s keen beans for avo toasties during brekkie later in the arvo (that’s Aussie slang, he says). Kazimier also happens to be a university student so the miles game is his only way to afford the nicer non-student budget things in life.
A couple weeks ago, I posted a Qantas hotels promotion that was limited only to properties in Australia. Well, the same promotion is back for all non-Australian properties booked through the Qantas Hotels website!
Qantas is currently offering a promotion for you to earn 6 Qantas points per dollar spent on all properties not in Australia through the Qantas Hotels website until 11:59pm AEDT on 25 February 2018. This is double the usual 3 Qantas points per dollar spent.
For reference, a stay at the Swissotel The Stamford Singapore will earn you 1,374 Qantas points at a rate of AUD$230 per night:
Why Qantas Points?
Although KrisFlyer and Asia Miles are typically the two main frequent flyer programs for those based in Singapore, the main reason why I’m a Qantas Frequent Flyer member is because points only expire after 18 months of inactivity, which essentially means points don’t expire if you have means of keeping them active.
Call a spade a spade, I don’t have the capacity to earn enough KrisFlyer or Asia Miles within their three-year expiry timeframe to have enough for upgrades and reward flights. So unlike its Star Alliance counterparts, Qantas’ essentially non-expiring points system works better for those who do not earn points as much and as fast as, say, Aaron.
Is it worth it?
That depends. Qantas Hotels is a direct substitute for other third party hotel booking sites like Hotels.com and Kaligo or Rocketmiles, so you’ll have to compare prices between the websites. Additionally, if you’re loyal to a flexible hotel loyalty program (like Starwood), then earning Qantas points may not be what you’re looking for because stays via this channel won’t earn elite night credit
However with this promotion, you’re effectively paying about AUD$0.1667 per Qantas point. Plus, a booking through Qantas Hotels counts as Qantas points activity so your points don’t expire until 18 months after your completed hotel stay.
For me, I tend to calculate my Qantas points worth by benchmarking the price of a business class award ticket between Singapore and Sydney, which comes up to roughly between AUD$0.05 to AUD$0.07 apiece. That being said, you can earn a lot more Qantas points through hotel bookings rather than actual flying.
Whether you’re traveling for business to Taipei or you’re in dire need of a staycation, I think this promotion is a fantastic opportunity for literally anyone outside of Australia to start earning some Qantas points… don’t say bojio!