The 2019 release of Apple’s new suite of iPhones provides a great opportunity to highlight the different ways you can earn frequent flyer points when you go to purchase one.

Remember, it is worth shopping around different retailers for the best price. Apple is currently advertising the latest iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro for a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) starting from $1,149 and $1,749 respectively.

The older-generation iPhone XR (RRP $1,049) and iPhone 8 (RRP $779) remain on sale at the Apple website as relatively budget-friendly options.

How many points or miles can you earn?

All four major online shopping portals offer points on purchases from Apple Australia. These include:

Qantas Online Mall

You can earn 2 Qantas points per AUD spent directly with Apple Australia through the Qantas Online Mall.

Qantas Online Mall - iphone 11

For a base model iPhone 11, that’s 2,298 Qantas Points on a $1,149 purchase.

Velocity e-Store

You can earn 2 Velocity points per AUD spent directly with Apple Australia through the Velocity eStore.

Velocity estore - iphone 11

For a base model iPhone 11, that’s also 2,298 Velocity Points on a $1,149 purchase.

Asia Miles iShop

You can earn 1.5 Asia Mile per USD spent through the Asia Miles iShop. On a base model iPhone 11, that’s roughly 1,175 Asia Miles on an AUD $1,149 purchase (converted to USD $783).

Asia Miles iShop - iphone 11

Make sure you choose the correct Apple region to earn the correct rewards.

Asia Miles iShop - Apple region

KrisFlyer Spree

You earn 15 KrisFlyer miles per 10 USD spent directly with Apple through KrisFlyer Spree. On a base model iPhone 11, that’s roughly 1,170 KrisFlyer miles on an AUD $1,149 purchase (converted to USD $783).

Krisflyer Spree - Apple Australia

Once again, be sure to select the correct Apple region for your purchase.

ANZ Bonus Points Mall

All cardholders of credit cards linked to ANZ Rewards are eligible to use the ANZ Bonus Points Mall, which will reward you with 3 ANZ Rewards points per dollar spent on all purchases with Apple.

ANZ Bonus Points Mall

On the iPhone 11 at RRP, you would earn 3,447 ANZ Rewards Points which could then be transferred to 1,723 Velocity Points at standard rates (less than buying through the Velocity e-Store direct).

So if you were to purchase a base iPhone 11 from one of the above stores, you could collect the following points or miles based on the RRP:

  • 2,298 Qantas or Velocity Points
  • ~1,175 Asia Miles or KrisFlyer miles
  • 3,447 ANZ Rewards points 

Note that KrisFlyer Miles and Asia Miles are calculated based on the AUD:USD exchange rate as at 19 November 2019.

Purchasing through Qantas Shopping or Velocity e-Store will yield the most points, which Point Hacks value as being worth approximately $45 when being redeemed at 2 cents per point.

However, the number of points you can earn is not necessarily the sole consideration in terms of which points currency you choose to earn points on for your online purchases. 

Other factors you should consider are:

  • How often you fly a particular program’s airline.
  • How easily you can redeem your points for your intended travels.

Also, be aware that these online shops periodically run bonus points promotions for specific retailers, so keep an eye on their pages and emails.

Apple iPhone pricing is usually fairly strict, with very little variances across different shops. However, if a third-party shop has the new iPhone 11 series at a discount (e.g. 10% off), then those cash savings may offset the value of the points you’d get if you bought the phone at full price through an online mall.

Be sure to do your research before purchasing, and have cookies turned on so that the frequent flyer program can track your purchase in order to award the points.

Sign up for a plan with Optus

Optus and Velocity now have a partnership where you can earn points when signing up for a new phone or SIM-only plan.

The iPhone 11 series is available, with more Velocity Points on offer if you get a bigger plan. Up to 40,000 Velocity Points are available for the highest-priced plan, however, this current offer is only valid for a limited time.

Optus Plan

Earn cashback

Cashrewards is free to join and offers 1.5% cashback on purchases made with Apple Australia when clicking through their site, worth $17.23 in the case of the iPhone 11 and $26.23 for the iPhone 11 Pro (both base models at Australian RRP).

Cashback - iphone 11

You can’t combine Cashrewards and an online mall purchase though as they all use cookies to track your purchase. Only the page you clicked-through last will record the sale.

Stack with a high points-earning credit card

No matter which avenue you take, it is best to use a high points-earning credit card, with highlights for this purchase being the:

Get complimentary smartphone screen insurance with the right American Express card

If you hold either an American Express Explorer, Essential or Platinum card, you will get complimentary smartphone screen insurance for your new iPhone.

To activate the insurance, you must purchase your iPhone outright in a single transaction and put the cost of the phone onto the American Express card. Alternatively, coverage is also offered for a phone purchased on a monthly contract using the card.

If you obtain this card partway through your smartphone contract, you are still eligible for coverage as long as you change your monthly payments to one of the eligible cards and wait 30 days from the date of the first monthly payment to be covered.

Buy a gift card

You can purchase a gift card for Big W (at Woolworths only) or JB Hi-Fi (at either Coles or Woolworths) and use that gift card towards your new iPhone.

If you use a credit card that earns bonus points at supermarkets, then that will apply to your gift card purchase.  For example, the American Express Platinum Edge card will earn you 3 Membership Rewards points per $1 AUD spent on gift card purchases at supermarkets.

Savvy points collectors may wonder if they can pick up bonus Woolworths Rewards or Flybuys points at the check-out as well, but unfortunately, they don’t apply for gift card purchases.

Summing up

When you are looking to make a large purchase, especially for electronics, it is worth having a look to see if your preferred frequent flyer program’s online shopping portal will offer you bonus points for clicking through their site. Then using a high points-earning credit card can maximise your points-earn.

For example, if you clicked through Qantas Shopping or the Velocity e-Store and completed your purchase with the American Express Explorer card, you could amass 2,298 Qantas or Velocity Points, plus 2,298 American Express points when buying the base iPhone 11, with little extra effort.

Other avenues include clicking through Cashrewards or buying a gift card at a supermarket to use at a store that sells the product you are after.

And then how to use those points? Here are some ideas.

Supplementary images courtesy Apple.

You can now earn frequent flyer points on the new iPhone 11 Series was last modified: July 3rd, 2020 by Evin Tan Khiew