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How Coles offers bonus points for their insurance & credit card usage
Coles Financial Services offers car, home and life insurance, along with the Coles Rewards and Coles No Annual Fee MasterCards. Holding one or more of these products from Coles adds on another ‘stacking’ option to increase your flybuys earn.
We are not commenting on the suitability of any of the insurance policies or credit cards offered by Coles in this guide – you’ll need to do your own research and assess whether they suit your needs and preferences. This guide is to explain how the mechanics of their bonus flybuys points benefit works if you do decide to choose one of their services, and we aren’t recommending you pick up a policy just for the bonus points.
One key thing to understand is that the bonus points on offer are linked to your supermarket spend at Coles, so this is about rewarding how much you spend with them. If your grocery bill or your preference/ability to shop at Coles is limited, so will your opportunities to earn bonus flybuys.
Another aspect to consider is that Coles credit cards are used in the stacking comparison offered on the Coles and flybuys website. However, you earn bonus flybuys from spending on the cards everywhere, not just at Coles, so this isn’t a unique benefit to your Coles spend.
Regardless, if you do have policies or credit cards from Coles, here’s how they can increase your flybuys points earn. We’ve used an example of a flybuys account holder spending $200 weekly on Coles groceries.
|Product||Earn rate||Total flybuys earned on $200 weekly grocery spend|
|Regular flybuys member||1 flybuys per dollar||200 flybuys|
|Colese Car Insurance||+1 flybuys per dollar||+200 flybuys
Total: 400 flybuys
|Colese Home Insurance||+1 flybuys per dollar||+200 flybuys
Total: 600 flybuys
|Coles Life Insurance||+1 flybuys per dollar||+200 flybuys
Total: 800 flybuys
|Coles Rewards MasterCard||+2 flybuys per dollar||+400 flybuys
Total: 1200 flybuys
|Coles No Annual Fee MasterCard||+0.5 flybuys per dollar||+100 flybuys
Total: 900 flybuys
Once again, we don’t recommend picking up the policies just on the basis of the bonus points, but if you find they meet your needs and you end up holding all three insurance policies and a Coles Rewards MasterCard in our example above, you’ll pick up:
- 1,200 flybuys points each week (versus 200 as a standard flybuys member)
- 62,400 flybuys points annually (versus 10,400)
- 27,144 Velocity Points
It’s worth nothing, though, for bonus points at supermarkets on credit card spend alone, you may be better served for earning more points by one of the American Express supermarket bonus point cards, such as the Platinum Edge, which earns 3 Membership Rewards points per dollar (transferable to 3 Velocity points), which is a much greater return.
Earning flybuys with home, car and life insurance
If you take out an insurance policy with Coles, you will earn an extra 1 flybuys point for every dollar you spend at Coles; if you have two policies you will earn an extra 2 points, and so on.
So if you hold all three types of insurance, you will earn 4 points for every dollar you spend at Coles – one regular point and 3 bonus points.
When it comes to car insurance, only comprehensive cover will get you the extra points – there are no extras for third party insurance.
Coles also offers landlord insurance, but this won’t get you any extra flybuys points.
Without a bespoke offer, the policies don’t offer bonus points just for taking them up. You have to spend at Coles to earn the bonus points, but occasionally Coles do offer bonuses for new customers, especially on car insurance, so keep an eye out for those.
Limits on extra points from insurance
It is worth noting that you can only earn a maximum of 1000 extra points per month for each policy. To reach the maximum, however, you’d need to be spending more than $250 per week at Coles.
Also, having these policies won’t get you extra points when shopping with all flybuys partners; only when you shop at Coles and Coles Express. You also won’t earn any extra points on gift cards or tobacco.
Coles Rewards credit cards
The Coles Rewards card has an $99 annual fee and 2 flybuys points earned per dollar spent and no cap on the amount of points you can earn, which is competitive in the current Visa/MasterCard market.
There is also a ‘Platinum’ version of the same card with essentially the same benefits if you’re offered a $6,000 or greater credit limit.
The No Annual Fee Rewards card has a lower flybuys earn earn rate of 1 flybuys point per $2 spent; or said another way, 0.5 flybuys points per $.
Finally, there is the Low Rate credit card, plus prepaid and reloadable cards on offer from Coles Finance too.
You will earn points everywhere you use the Rewards or No Annual Fee cards, not just at Coles. However, when you do use these cards at Coles the points will be on top of the 1 point you would ordinarily earn.
That means that using the Coles Rewards Card, for example, will earn you 3 flybuys points per $1 spent at Coles supermarkets (1 normal + 2 bonus from the card).
It’s pretty simple to use Coles credit cards and insurance to speed up your flybuys earnings, if they suit your needs.
Depending on which products you have, you can earn a bunch of bonus points, but only for spend at Coles.
If you are in the market for insurance, Coles are definitely worth exploring. Not only can you potentially increase your flybuys points, they also offer a price beat guarantee on some products.
Images courtesy Coles and flybuys.