Thanks to Vodafone’s latest Qantas promotion, you can earn up to 40,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points. If you play it smart, those points could be yours for only $74.
Vodafone’s advert reads: “Switch to points mode.” So let’s go!
Switch to points mode… don’t ask me twice!
Right now Vodafone is offering up to 40,000 Qantas bonus points when you sign up for a phone + plan on a month to month contract. If you’re in the market for a new phone and a new plan, this deal is fantastic. However, if you’re into cheap Qantas points and don’t really need a plan… don’t worry because Vodafone has got a deal for you too!
To get the 40,000 points you need to sign up for the $80 Red Plus plan. The month to month plan is available only when you bundle it with a phone.
Normally this could get expensive, but Vodafone has a cheap $99 smartphone on offer. The current promotion also comes with 2 free months so the total outlay for 40,000 Qantas points will be $99 (and a potential hit on your credit score).
According to the terms and conditions, “Points will be credited within 30 days of form submission.”
By now you’re thinking, hang on a minute! Did you just click-bait me into reading this article? The title says $74!
Don’t panic, when you’re in the shopping cart stage during the checkout, hover your computer mouse outside of the browser (as if you are closing the window) this will trigger an automated coupon code (I can’t give you the code as it’s unique each time).
I’ve tried it a few times and it is triggered each time. Not sure if it works on mobile so jump on your PC for this one. This will apply a further $25 discount on the Vodafone handset.
This gives you enough time to cancel the month to month contract in the second month and pay off the phone outright (a whopping $74).
In the end, you should walk away with a new Vodafone smartphone (potentially sell it on Gumtree for $20-$50) and 40,000 Qantas frequent flyer points.
Practising what I preach…
If you’re just doing this for the points, keep in mind that since you’re “leasing” the phone, Vodafone will perform a credit enquiry on your file (they even say so at the final step).
Cashrewards (if you’re not signed up yet, join through my link, and you’ll get $10 after your first $20 transaction…so do it – thank you!) Since posting this deal, Cashrewards as reverted back to a $5 bonus when you sign up so instead you’re better off using my Shop Back link which will give you $11 (and I will get $11 too, thank you!) The cash back for Vodafone is exactly the same on both sites.
You can get 65% cash back on the 12 Month Plan with handset package, but the catch is that you need to keep the plan active for 90 days so it may or may not work. Worth a try anyway.
Step by step
This one is for those too lazy to read:
- Visit ShopBack or Cashrewards, click on Vodafone.
- Sign up for the $80 Red Plus Plan with 40,000 Qantas points (month to month contract).
- Bundle it with the cheapest phone ($99 Vodafone Smartphone).
- Trigger the coupon pop-up for a further $25 discount.
- Cancel plan after the points get credited and pay for the phone in full.
Some readers have asked me what I thought about the “forfeit” clause found in the terms and conditions. I raised this point via the Vodafone online chat and received the following response:
How to submit the points claim
Once you’ve placed your order, the first email in your inbox will contain some info you will need to make the claim: the order/tracking number (starting with VF). There’s also a link in this email which will take you to the claims page ( https://www.vodafone.com.au/plans/qantas-form ).
When you receive your phone + sim card you will have the last piece of the puzzle which is the phone number (unless you ported your exisiting number). You can find this number in your phone’s setting or when you create an online Vodafone account.
With this information you can complete the claims form. You will receive an instant confirmation via email just saying they’ve received your claim. Technically points will be credited within 30 business days but most, myself included have received the points within 48h.