How can I maximise the value of my 100,000 HSBC points?

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I have almost reached 100,000 points with my HSBC credit card.  I am planning to switch to a CBA diamond card soon because I get annual fee waived through a wealth package (I also got the wealth package fee waived at least for the first year).

If I use the HSBC points, I could get a $500 Coles/Woolies GC.  I looked at transferring the points to Velocity, but it doesn’t seem that I can get $500 worth of value from these.  Is there a better way to use these points or should I just take the gift cards?

 

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Exchanging your points for Coles gift cards is very, very poor value for your points! You are basically getting 0.005c per point. That’s half a cent each!

From what I can see, your are able to transfer your HSBC points into Velocity, Krisflyer or Asia Miles at a 2:1 ratio (i.e. your 100,000 HSBC points is worth 50,000 airline points). In general, you receive the greatest value from points by making business/first class bookings.

Some of examples of what one-way flight those points could buy you include:

  • Melbourne>Hong Kong in business class (Asia Miles) – $5000 = 0.05c per points
  • Melbourne/Sydney>Singapore in business class (Krisflyer) – $2700 = 0.027c per point
  • Three (3) Melbourne>Sydney in business class (Virgin) – $2250 = 0.025c per point.

These are just some examples of flights you could take and provide between 5 to 10 times more value than the Coles gift cards.

Of course, if you have no intention/need to fly, then these values mean nothing and you’d get the most personal value by redeeming for Coles vouchers.

If you do want to use them to fly, I would do some more research on Velocity, Krisflyer and Asia Miles (particularly on this website) before transferring them, as you could lose a lot of value!

  • Hi,

    I have Platinum HSBC card with Reward Points. AFAIK the Krisflyer or Asia Miles are only available to “Premier World Mastercard” card holders – I can’t see it as a transfer option when I log into Cards Online. That leaves Velocity for us non-Premiers ?

    Happy to be proved wrong ? as the Krisflyer points are considered more valuable than Velocity

    Don’t forget Velocity have the 15% bonus on just now.

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