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It's Time to Refuse

Recently Qantas asked you to choose to have choice taken away, by switching away from the flexibility of an indirect earn credit card to a restrictive direct earn credit card. Now that their deadline has passed, you might be concerned about what will happen to your hard-earned points.

So what’s the difference between a direct earn and an indirect earn credit card?

Direct earn: Your reward points are automatically accrued into the airline frequent flyer program linked to your card – so you can only redeem your points for the airline’s reward options.

Indirect earn: Your points are accrued within your specific credit card rewards program, and you can choose when and how many reward points you would like to redeem for a wide range of awards from a great selection of partners within your rewards program.

Velocity has indirect earn partnerships with the majority of Australia’s major banks and financial institutions. View more detail.

So anytime you like, you can transfer your points from these programs to Velocity and then redeem them for flights on Virgin Blue, Pacific Blue, Polynesian Blue and V Australia, or with our other Program Partners in the air and on the ground.

What if I didn’t move my points to Qantas Frequent Flyer?

The most important thing to note is that you haven’t lost your points! You probably won’t be able to transfer them to Qantas Frequent Flyer in the future, but you’ll still have many, many reward options to choose from, including transferring your points to Velocity.

You can then redeem your Velocity Points for travel rewards including flights, accommodation and car hire; great gift ideas including wine, flowers and magazine subscriptions; or hundreds of everyday shopping items from the Rewards Store. The list is endless!

So, what’s all the fuss about? If you chose to do nothing, you’ll continue to enjoy the benefits of your current credit card rewards program.

If I don’t choose to go through the hassle of changing to a new Qantas Frequent Flyer direct earn card, can I still redeem for flights?

Of course you can. In fact, if you have an indirect earn card and transfer your reward points to Velocity, you can fly across the globe with our Airline Partners Virgin Blue, V Australia, Pacific Blue, Polynesian Blue, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, Malaysia Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines.

And don’t forget if you don’t transfer your points to Velocity, there are still many options for you to spend your points on, depending on your reward program.