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Published September 28th 2013
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Some great loyalty programs are out there

Hands up those of you who have so many loyalty cards in your wallet, you don't know what to do with them? Thanks to the iPhone Passbook app storing such loyalty programs into your phone has never been easier. Sure, buying ten cups of coffee to guarantee your 11th cup for free is quite a popular cafe loyalty program, yet which loyalty program offers the most value? Question is, if you were to choose only one loyalty program from a myriad of many, which one would you choose?

Although this loyalty program attracts a once off joining fee of $82.50, the Qantas Frequent Flyer program is worth the investment many times over. Of course, you'd naturally receive more of your investment if you're a jet setter but if you're terrified of hopping on a plane some value is still assured.

If you wish to avoid paying the once off joining fee, and you'd like a credit card that rewards you with Qantas Frequent Flyer points for purchases made you'll be better off doing this, and your credit card provider will either waive or pay the joining fee on your behalf. Loyalty programs are fantastic for earning points towards those purchases you need to make.

With the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, your points do add up quite quickly. Occasionally, it is great to upgrade to business class with your points. You only need to purchase eight one way economy flights from Sydney to Melbourne, and on your ninth paid economy flight on the same leg, you're able to use those acquired points to upgrade to business class, and enjoy all the perks associated with business class travel.

Furthermore, many Qantas Frequent Flyers have just received a new card to activate called Qantas Cash, where you're able to make credit card purchases on your frequent flyer card with your own cash, and still earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points on your purchases. This is a revolution.

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Qantas Cash is now here. That's fantastic.

The Boost Juice Vibe Club is another worthy loyalty program. You're guaranteed a free original juice or smoothie after purchasing ten juices and/or smoothies. Every Boost Juice Vibe Club member receives a free 'Boost' on their birthday, regardless of their current points balance at the time, with proof of birth date, and by showing their Vibe card at any Boost Juice store simultaneously.

Which loyalty program do you believe is the best out there?
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There are a number of loyalty cards that I have, I have a Boots card, which doesn't cost anything to sign up to, and is worth 1 per point. I think this offers the best value out of all the cards I have, but the problem is that you cannot use your points to pay for half your items, and then pay the difference in cash. Your points have to be worth more than what you're buying. As a result, I have yet to be able to use them.

I also have a Holland & Barrett's card that clocks up points on your card. At the end of a months, you then get sent a voucher via email. Despite spending a fair bit there, I have never received more than a voucher of 1.50.

My Odeon Cinema loyalty card can get me free cinema tickets, which is great, but since I only go to the cinema sparingly, it takes a long time to build up enough points.

The loyalty card I would keep is Nectar because I can build up a lot of points on ebay and through grocery shopping at Sainsbury's. As well as using the points to get money off groceries, I can also buy entertainment with them. So far I have bought two books online with points, which I had not been able to find in book shops.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12048) 1841 days ago
I'm a bit of a card collector! Bakers delight, Priceline, Bras n Things and Flybuys all add up :)
by kpbar (score: 1|10) 1840 days ago
Katies and C Coffee are very generous
by winst (score: 1|12) 1831 days ago

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