In this guide, we give you information the partnership and our take on how to maximise your points earn.
Current offer: earn double Qantas Points
Until 11:59pm on Thursday 13 September (today), you can earn 4 Qantas Point per $ spent with Woolworths. Purchases have to be online, not in-store, but groceries can be picked up in person or delivered (for a fee).
A couple of notes:
- Qantas Points will not be earned on the purchase of gift cards, orders redeemed with a gift card or tax and delivery charges
- Points usually credited to your account within 90 days
Read on below to see how you can maximise your purchase by getting up to 7.5 bonus Qantas Points per $ spent when you use the right credit card!
Regular earn rate
If you click through the Qantas Online Mall, you will be able to earn at the regular rate of 2 Qantas Points for every dollar you spend at Woolworths Online, with groceries available for pick up (for free) or delivery (at a charge).
Note that you will not earn points on gift cards, taxes or delivery charges.
Delivery really only makes sense when you are purchasing $100 or more in groceries at one time (or else regular delivery charges apply).
You can get your first delivery over $100 for free.
Then you can choose between two Delivery Saver passes, which provide unlimited deliveries for orders of $100 or more at the following prices:
- Anyday Pass (every day): ranges from $20 for one month to $99 for twelve months
- Midweek Pass (Tuesday to Thursday): ranges from $40 for three months to $79 for twelve months
How to maximise points at Woolworths
- Click through the Qantas Online Mall to earn 2 Qantas Points per $ spent
- Attach your Woolworths Rewards number to the order to earn 0.435 Qantas Points (= 1 Woolworths Rewards point) per $ spent
- Pay using the American Express Platinum Edge to earn 3 Amex Membership Rewards points or the David Jones American Express for 2.25 Qantas Points per $ spent
If you use all three methods, you will earn almost 5.5 points on each dollar you spend at Woolworths—that’s huge!
A quick overview of the partnership
It is relatively simple but still needs a little explaining.
- You’ll earn 1 Woolworths Rewards point for each dollar you spend at Woolworths, including supermarkets, online, BWS and Caltex
- If you do nothing, your Woolworths Rewards points will go towards a discount on your shopping at checkout—each point is worth 0.5c (this is the same as flybuys, by the way)
- If you decide you’d prefer Qantas Points, you can choose to redeem 2,000 Woolworths Rewards points for 870 Qantas Points instead but you’ll need to select this option on the Woolworths Rewards website to start the automatic transfers. Points are swept over at the end of every quarter when your balance hits 2,000 Woolworths Rewards points
How many points will you earn?
For each dollar spent:
- You’ll earn 1 Woolworths Rewards point, equivalent to 0.5c in cash discount
- This equates to 0.435 Qantas Points per dollar spent (870 Qantas Points per 2,000 Woolworths points)
Comparing to the Coles-flybuys partnership, for each dollar spent:
- You’ll earn 1 flybuys point, equivalent to 0.5c in value (same as Woolworths)
- This equates to 0.435 Velocity Points
It is nice to see that the supermarkets have really innovated and differentiated themselves from each other (sarcasm fully intended).
Note that you will not earn any points on smoking products, gift cards, mobile recharge, Woolworths Mobile, travel cards and tickets, delivery charges, internet cafes, Carpet Care, Woolworths Flowers or lottery products.
You can also earn bonus points from offers sent to your inbox.
What does this mean in terms of points values?
As we’ve discussed in depth before, valuing your points is really important for you to make an informed decision on how you earn and use them.
Because you have a cash equivalent for your Woolworths points (a discount off your shopping), we can unequivocally say that each Qantas Point you earn is costing you 1.1c.
Why? 2,000 Woolworths points = $10 in Woolworths credit or 870 Qantas Points. You are forgoing $10 in credit to pick up 870 Qantas Points, so each Qantas Point is being earned at 1.1c each.
Is this a good deal? Well, it’s OK. I usually value my Qantas Points higher than 1.1c, but not by much more.
If you are points-rich, then it’s probably worth taking the cash; if you want more Qantas Points, then it is not a bad rate at which to acquire them.
How to save time by tapping your iPhone or Apple Watch at the checkout
Instead of having to scan your plastic Woolworths Rewards card to earn Woolworths Rewards points (convertible to Qantas Points), you can add your card to Apple Wallet.
All you need to do is go to the Woolworths Rewards website on your device, log in and you’ll see the option to add your card to Apple Wallet:
Follow the prompts and then you’ll be able to earn points at the checkout by just double-clicking the Home button (you don’t have to unlock the phone), selecting your Woolworths Rewards card, tapping it on the credit card terminal and verifying your identity with your Touch ID or Passcode.
- This is currently only available to iOS device users but Woolworths plans to roll this option out to Android and other users
- This option does not work at petrol stations, Big W, Dan Murphy’s or at stores in Tasmania, so to get your fuel discount, you still need your plastic card
- You do not need to be connected to the internet to scan your card but you do need to be connected to register in the first place
- You can have multiple Woolworths Rewards cards on one device
- You can still use your plastic card as normal
Here is the FAQ page.
What about previous versions of the program?
I have avoided a comparison to the old Everyday Rewards program so far, to avoid drawing any negative conclusions about Woolworths Rewards to this point. The old Everyday Rewards program had almost double the Qantas Points earn rates, but only on basket sizes over $30.
But that just doesn’t matter—there is no chance of the old program coming back, so we won’t waste any more time thinking about it.
Worth noting is that the new program at least allows you to earn points on smaller transactions, which is a bit of a behaviour change if you were used to trying to batch your grocery shopping to get over the $30 minimum threshold before—you don’t need to worry about that now.
Previously, this program was not appealing enough to really make shopping at Woolworths to earn Qantas Points a complete no-brainer.
Neither Coles or flybuys had a standout feature which meant you should absolutely choose one program and supermarket over the other.
However, if you are doing your grocery shopping online, then the bonus Qantas Points available may sway your decision.
It is worth remembering points earn opportunities from using a credit card that offers bonus points for supermarket shopping will usually outweigh bonus points offerings from the supermarkets themselves.