UPDATE 14 January 2021: In excellent news, Flybuys is boosting its points transfer rate. You can now convert blocks of 1,000 Flybuys points to 500 Velocity Points. More details below.
Flybuys is a big loyalty program that’s affiliated with Coles and Virgin Australia – but it also has many more partners. Earning Flybuys points allows you to redeem them for a number of rewards. These include transferring them to Velocity Points, discounts on your next Coles shop, or retail items from the Flybuys store.
This guide shows you how to get started with Flybuys. This includes strategies to help you earn points, and how to make the most of them when it’s time to get rewarded.
How do I join Flybuys?
Not a member yet? Simply follow the steps below to become sign-up.
- Visit the Flybuys registration page and click sign up. If you have picked up a temporary Flybuys card from one of their retail partners, simply activate your card here.
- Fill in your personal details, including your home address and contact number. You’ll also need to set a password and read through the terms and conditions. On this page, you can also add an additional cardholder to the same account.
- The next page consists of questions about your household. This includes the number of members, whether or not you own pets, along with your business and shopping habits. These details help you receive more relevant offers. But keep in mind, this step is optional.
- Check and verify your email address in your inbox.
- Congratulations! You’re all set to start earning Flybuys points.
Who are Flybuys’ partners?
Note that the number of points earned per dollar spent varies across retailers, and are subject to change. There are also frequent promos and offers which we cover in a separate guide here.
What rewards can I get with Flybuys?
Instead, we recommend converting them to Velocity (1,000 Flybuys points = 500 Velocity Points) for Virgin Australia flights. As a last resort, you could use them to get money off at Coles and other partners (2,000 points = $10 off).
Savvy points collectors can also use Velocity Points for Business and First Class travel on partner airlines such as Etihad, Air Canada and Hawaiian.
If you want to fly other airlines or book hotels, then using your points with Flybuys travel is also an option. You’ll get 0.5 cents worth of value per point, or $10 off per 2,000 points.
How do I link my Flybuys and Velocity account?
To link your Flybuys to your Velocity account, log in to the Flybuys website and head to ‘Linked Accounts’. Select ‘Link now’ under Velocity Frequent Flyer and enter your Velocity number. Your accounts will be linked once Velocity confirms that the details you entered matches their records.
Setting up Flybuys auto-redemption
Some users will undoubtedly love the simplicity of this ‘set and forget’ model, which loosely echoes the arrangement between Qantas and Woolworths Everyday Rewards.
You can learn how to set up Flybuys auto-redemption in our dedicated guide.
How do I join Velocity for free?
If you’re not already a Velocity member, simply click here to sign up. And remember, there is no fee to join Velocity Frequent Flyer!
How do I earn Velocity Status Credits with shopping?
Happily, you can also earn Velocity Status Credits through Flybuys when you shop at Coles, Coles Online, Liquorland and First Choice Liquor and scan your Flybuys card (which is linked to your Velocity account).
The standard rate is one Status Credit per $100 spent each month. Keep in mind, this is tallied up at the end of the month and not by individual shops.
How do I contact Flybuys?
Easy! You can contact Flybuys by calling 13 11 16 between 9 am to 7 pm AEDT on Monday to Friday. Alternatively, if snail mail appeals to you, send them a letter to PO Box 12125, A’Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC 8006.
Flybuys is one of Australia’s oldest and largest loyalty programs. There are a stack of earning opportunities, and plenty more ways to use up your points for rewards. In particular, we’d recommend you transfer your Flybuys points to Velocity for flight rewards.
But if immediate cash discounts are more important to you, then it’s not a bad idea to convert your points into Flybuys Dollars and use them for discounts at the check-out. 2,000 points will score you $10 off.
And remember, everyone’s got to start somewhere! So if you’re not already a member, remember to sign up for free with the link below.
Frequently asked questions
To check your Flybuys points balance, simply log in to either your Flybuys app or the Flybuys website with your membership number and password. Your points balance should be visible on the home screen upon login.
To redeem your Flybuys points for Flybuys dollars, simply click here, log in to your Flybuys account and select the number of points you would like to convert in multiples of 2,000. Every 2,000 Flybuys points will get you $10 Flybuys dollars.
Once you have redeemed your Flybuys points for Flybuys dollars and set up a corresponding PIN, simply present the card at checkout of participating Flybuys partners. You will be able to use it as money off your shop at a number of major retailers including Coles, Coles Express, Kmart and Liquorland.
As long as you have scanned your Flybuys card at checkout when shopping with Flybuys partners, your points should be added to your Flybuys account automatically within one or two days for major retail partners such as Coles and Coles express. For other retailers and bonus points, it may take up to a week for your Flybuys points to hit your account.
If you forgot to swipe your Flybuys card at Coles, you can return to Coles within 7 days of purchase with your receipt and Flybuys card to have the transaction added to your Flybuys account. For all other retailers, you will have to contact Flybuys at 13 11 16 between 9 am to 7 pm from Monday to Friday.
You will have the option to add additional cardholders in the registration process when you are signing up as a new Flybuys member. For existing members, simply click here. You will be prompted to log in if you aren’t already and fill in the additional cardholder’s name, date of birth and email address. The card details of your additional cardholder should come through instantly!
No, Flybuys dollars can’t be used for online purchases – they can only be used in participating stores with the physical card present. You will be requested to enter the PIN you chose at the time of redemption during checkout.
Unfortunately, Flybuys does not have official integration with Apple Wallet or Google Pay. You can access your Flybuys card from the official Flybuys app. For security reasons, it’s not advisable to use ‘workarounds’ to get your card into Apple Wallet or Google Pay.
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