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Yay! They were useful!

I actually got some use out of my FlyBuys points today.

For those who don't know, FlyBuys is a rewards program offered by the Coles Myer group of companies. You use your card when shopping at their stores which give you points which theoretically you can redeem for stuff. Originally all you could redeem your points for was free flights (hence the name) but that got expanded to include other stuff.

Now I suppose for a normal family you would be able to earn enough points to actually get some reward, but since your points expire three years after getting them it's not that easy to get enough points if you're just a single person.

However, my points statement for the quarter just came in, and due to a few special promotions I had actually acquired a reasonable amount of point (14,651 to be exact), however about 1,000 of those points were due to expire in the next couple of months, so I thought I'd actually have a look at what rewards were available in my price range.

Mostly it was disappointing stuff that I would never want, but in the end I did end up finding something I wanted. I was going to swap 13,500 points for a $100 Coles Myer gift card, but instead I thought of a better idea. So I now have 13,500 points less, and a $100 Virgin Blue travel voucher that I'm going to use on my flights down to Unicon.

I will again be bringing my Filthy Assistant, and the current plan is to travel down the night of Thursday the 28th of September, and travel back the night of Tuesday the 3rd of October. See you there!

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msss
Aug. 30th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
My goodness! We've been a family of four on that scheme for umpity years now and never got within a sniff of redemption. Maybe I'll go dig up a statement.

Ah, would you be able to bring my T-shirt down when you're here for UniCon?

Melissa
paradigmshifty
Aug. 30th, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)
Your tshirt has been in Melbourne for ages, but waiting on the boy telling me who it had to be given to.
halloranelder
Aug. 30th, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
I did remember, but only after you'd left the country, so I figured it best to wait until you got back. The t-shirt goes to msss, and the sweatchirt and mug goes to zoi.
paradigmshifty
Aug. 30th, 2006 06:09 am (UTC)
Zoi has hers already. I will sort the other one out when I get back.
msss
Aug. 30th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
No problem. When are you back?
paradigmshifty
Aug. 31st, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
10th September is when my flight gets in.
msss
Oct. 5th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
Oops, my turn to forget about this for ages! Would I be able to pick this up?

Cheers,
Melissa
paradigmshifty
Oct. 5th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
There was a slight hiccup previously and Zoi ended up with your tshirt whicle the windcheater waited for you. She has since picked up the windcheater and was going to bring the tshirt back but I haven't seen it yet.

I'll ask her about it, but you could also drop a comment to her on her lj as well - you may be able to work something out directly :-)
msss
Oct. 5th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
Could do. What's her LJ username?
paradigmshifty
Oct. 5th, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)
msss
Oct. 20th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
I left her a comment in her latest post and haven't heard back. She might be away. Do you know if she's around or have any other contact details?
paradigmshifty
Oct. 20th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
She's around - I'll catch her for you when I next see her online.
halloranelder
Aug. 30th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
Sorry, brain fart, core dumped.

Stephen has the shirt (and has had for some time) but I kept on forgetting to tell you. He'll give it to you once he gets back in the country.

*hides*
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