Vodafone announces new Qantas Point partnership with points for new mobile plans

Vodafone have announced a new partnership with Qantas – with some of their plans now earning Qantas points for new customers.

If you’re in the market for a new phone or phone plan, this is worth a look. Eligible plans have a one-off chunk of Qantas Points, or Acquire Points in the case of business plans, now coming with them – with the downside you’ll be locked into a 24 month contract.

How you can earn Qantas Points with new Vodafone plans

Vodafone’s Red (post-paid) plans have been re-jigged and along with the “entertainment options” that used to accompany a 24-month contract, there is the choice to take a signup points bonus instead.

The entertainment options are worth a look if it’s something you’d pay cash for otherwise, the plans include a 6 or 12 month (depending on monthly spend) subscription to your choice of Spotify, Stan or SMH/The Age Online.

The points bonus is available on 24 month plans with a sufficiently high monthly spend, either with a new phone, or as a SIM only (where you bring an existing phone or purchase new outright). The points bonus is doubled when you sign up online rather than another channel (i.e. in a store).

The new Vodafone plans that come with Qantas Points

Monthly Cost with an included handsetMonthly Cost on a SIM only planMonthly inclusionsSignup Bonus in-storeSignup Bonus onlineEntertainment Option length
$40$25Unlimited national calls & SMS to Australia + Overseas
500MB data
NilNilNil
$60$38Unlimited national calls & SMS to Australia + Overseas
3GB data
NilNilNil
$80$45Unlimited national calls & SMS to Australia + Overseas
8GB data
Unlimited calls to 10 selected countries, and 120 minutes to further selected countries (details on the Vodafone website)
4000 Qantas Points8000 Qantas Points6 months
$100$60Unlimited national calls & SMS to Australia + Overseas
12GB data
Unlimited calls to 10 selected countries, and 120 minutes to further selected countries (details on the Vodafone website)
5000 Qantas Points10000 Qantas Points12 Months
$130$85Unlimited national calls & SMS to Australia + Overseas
20GB data
Unlimited calls to 10 selected countries, and 120 minutes to further selected countries (details on the Vodafone website)
7500 Qantas Points15000 Qantas Points12 Months

It’s worth noting that Vodafone’s business plans have exactly the same inclusions and costs as the personal plans, but earn Aquire points (which convert 1:1 to Qantas points, but you have to be a member of Aquire) rather than Qantas points directly.

Is it worth earning Qantas Points with a Vodafone plan?

As with many, the deciding factor on this won’t be the points earn but the whole package, including the handset (if any), inclusions, whether Vodafone have sufficient coverage in your area.

Personally I’ve had good experiences with Vodafone, and especially if you travel with any frequency (which is what this site is about after all!), their $5/day unlimited international roaming is a fantastic product, and included on all of these plans (made even better by their other announcement today that roaming to New Zealand will now be free!)

If you are looking for a new handset, it’s worth considering whether you would have better value and flexibility (if you have the cash flow) purchasing a new phone outright and then going on a SIM only plan. However if getting a phone on a contract is your thing, these plans aren’t bad value if Vodafone carry the phone you’re looking for, and the points bonus adds that extra bit of value.

If you’re looking at a SIM only plan, you also need to decide whether the points bonus is worth going on a contract.

If you take up this offer you will be locked in to Vodafone on your current plan for the 24 month period. During my last two years with Vodafone on a no-contract SIM only plan, I have moved from a $50/month plan with 1.5GB data, to a $50/month plan with 3GB of data, to a $40/month plan with 3GB of data, as they have re-jigged their plans.

If I was on a contract this would not have been possible. Personally, 8000 Qantas points is not worth the inflexibility if I was to sign up to an equivalent plan today, but that may vary for each individual.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the future of this partnership holds. If they go down the path of offering Qantas points based on monthly spend rather than a signup bonus, as Optus once did and as Virgin Mobile do with Velocity points, I will be very interested.

More information on the new plans is available at the Vodafone website.

Vodafone announces new Qantas Point partnership with points for new mobile plans was last modified: March 27th, 2017 by Jason Belcher