Today at work I was chatting with Cam, a friend who is about to leave on a trip greater than ours, about what is the best way to earn points and miles with a trip like this. After all, spending so much money with airlines (and being faithful to a group) has got to have some benefit.
Coincidently (or not) on the same day we received a comment from Tuca, suggesting a post about how we are getting benefits from it. Thank you for the suggestion, Tuca! Here we go…
Felipe and I were already part of Lan Chile‘s loyalty program, which is the most common airline that flies Brazil-New Zealand. But the points that we had accumulated with Lan going back and forth from Brazil, were not yet sufficient to do anything.
The major airlines here in the Pacific are Qantas and Air New Zealand. So all the loyalty programs partners over here are related to one of them. We wanted something more than simply flying with Lan, we knew that several credit cards and other things also give points, then we decided to ‘abandon’ the points that we had already earned with Lan and join the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, as Qantas is part of Oneworld group.
We wanted to have a credit card here in New Zealand anyway, because we only had Brazilian credit cards and our salaries are here now. So we found Qantas ANZ Visa, which is a Visa card based on an Australian-New Zealander bank that for each dollar spent with it is one point earned in Qantas Frequent Flyer. Okay, it is true that we would have to spend thousands of dollars to get a ticket in return, but only these tickets, which cost us nearly 5,000 dollars, turned to 5,000 earned points for each of us, only because it was bought with the credit card, and, of course, besides the points that we will earn by travelled miles. There are also places where every dollar spent is worth two points..
There are other things that we are able to claim more points such as renting a car, staying in hotels and even going to the cinema. Earning points by travelled miles can be with any Oneworld airline, not necessarily Qantas, and this includes Lan.. but no, we can not mix the points that we had with Lan.
Today in the office we were discussing how far it is worth it, true enough that we need many points, loads of them, to change for a free ticket, and even then we still have to pay the airport taxes, which sometimes are more expensive than the ticket itself. I think it is always worth it, as we will fly with the same airlines group and use credit cards anyway, so why not? Certainly, we’ll still travel a lot in future, earn many points with the miles and money we spend, and in the end of the day get some benefit, and we are not paying more for this.