Frequent flyers 'use travel credit cards to secure points'

A large number of Aussies are using travel credit cards to pay for items in order to secure loyalty points through frequent flyer schemes.

This is according to a new study conducted by Virgin Australia, which revealed more than nine million Aussies are signed up to such an initiative.

Of this number, 61 per cent said they purposely used their travel credit card in order to buy goods when abroad.

Nearly one-third stated they preferred to use their points to secure substantial discounts on long-haul travel, while 19 per cent favoured cheap shorter journeys.

General manager of the airline's Velocity Frequent Flyer package Phil Gunter believes there is now far more scope for travellers to take advantage of loyalty schemes.

"Our recently relaunched Velocity Frequent Flyer program offers an extensive global network, which enables Members to earn and redeem points on more than 600 services internationally," he commented.

Representatives of Corporate Traveller recently told the Daily Mercury that travellers should inform their bank before using their plastic abroad, as some institutions may wrongly think the card has been stolen.

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