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5 Frequent Flyer Points Myths Busted

There are many myths regarding frequent flyer programs. If these myths are holding you back from signing up and earning frequent flyer points, don’t let them stop you anymore. It is possible for anyone to earn points and redeem for travel.

Myth #1: I have to fly a lot to earn miles.

Unfortunately, many people dismiss frequent flyer programs because they assume only frequent business travellers can earn enough points to redeem for flights. The truth is that there are myriad ways to earn frequent flyer points including:

There are many ways to earn frequent flyer points for things you are likely already doing like using a credit card or making dinner reservations.

Myth #2: I can’t earn frequent flyer points on flights in other countries.

If you travel internationally frequently, you can still earn and redeem frequent flyer points on domestic flights. Many Australian airlines offer partnerships with overseas partners. For example, Virgin Australia’s Velocity frequent flyer program offers you access to its global partner network that including Singapore Airlines, Delta Airline, Etihad Airways, and more. Qantas offers access to the Oneworld Alliance which includes Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Qatar Airways, and more.
When you travel, be sure to include your frequent flyer program number and when you redeem remember to check into partner airlines for additional routes.

Myth #3: I have to pay to earn frequent flyer points.

Yes, the way to earn frequent flyer points is through spending money – whether that’s on flights, credit cards, dining, or shopping. However, if these were purchases you are going to make regardless, the frequent flyer points simply become a bonus you earn by making slight tweaks to the way you spend money.

Myth #4: I have to have a credit card to earn frequent flyer points.

Leveraging credit card points (and especially signup bonuses) can be the fastest way to accrue points, however, it is not the only way. As mentioned above, it’s possible to earn points through shopping, dining, flights, and even purchasing gift cards or taking surveys.

Myth #5: Even if I earn them, it is impossible to redeem frequent flyer points.

This might be the most pervasive myth of all. Whether you feel that you simply do not have the time to navigate the rules, logistics, and planning that points redemption requires, that there are too many blackout dates, or that you struggle to find seats for flights, frequent flyer points redemption can feel frustrating.
While sometimes there are blackout dates or limited award seats available, there is an art to points redemption. Our Points Bank experts have the experience, industry knowledge, and close connections to make redeeming points a breeze.
Use our free online tool to sync and manage all of your frequent flyer programs and loyalty programs in one place. When you’re ready to redeem, our trained travel advisors are standing by.
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