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20% bonus when you transfer DBS Points to Qantas Frequent Flyer

Transfer unlimited DBS Points to Qantas Frequent Flyer for a 20% bonus between now and 30th June

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Late last month, DBS added Qantas Frequent Flyer as a transfer partner for its DBS Points. There’s now a special offer for those moving points from DBS into Qantas with an unlimited 20% bonus when you transfer between 15th April 2019 and 30th June 2019.

Transfers are subject to the usual S$26.75 fee. Note that the offer is not applicable to DBS customers enrolled in the S$42.83 annual program for automatic points conversions from selected cards, which is only for transfers to the KrisFlyer program – see our review of the DBS Altitude card for full details.

The minimum transfer quantity is 5,000 DBS Points to 10,000 Qantas Points, with the 20% bonus (+2,000 Qantas Points in that example) credited by the 14th of the following calendar month.
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The table below shows when you would receive the bonus points based on a few transfer examples.

DBS QFF Bonus

It’s not just the DBS Altitude, points transfers from another popular miles earning option in Singapore, the DBS Woman’s World Mastercard, are also available (see our review of that one here).

Joining Qantas Frequent Flyer (QFF)

If you don’t already have a QFF membership, it’s free to sign up if you live in Singapore (unlike in Australia where it will set you back AU$99.50).

Once you’re a member you can log in and search award availability for flights on Qantas, Emirates and oneworld airlines even if you don’t have sufficient miles in your account for the itinerary.

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Searching award availability with partner carriers, including Emirates, is easy. (Image: qantas.com)

QFF redemption rates

Qantas has a distance based award chart for redemptions. Here’s the table for its own services, also including Emirates and a few other partners like American Airlines and Fiji Airways:

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As you can seen you’re looking at the following rates for non-stop Qantas / Emirates flights from Singapore:

  • Perth: 50,000 points in Business Class
  • Brisbane / Dubai / Melbourne / Sydney: 60,000 points in Business Class, 90,000 points in First Class
  • London: 84,000 points in Business Class, 126,000 points in First Class

Here’s the distance based award chart if you’re using QFF points to fly on a oneworld airline (except American), and some other partners too:

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It’s useful for Emirates

As we mentioned above, QFF points are useful not only for Qantas and oneworld redemptions, but also for Emirates First and Business Class awards, with good availability generally made available to QFF members.

It’s difficult to earn Emirates miles directly in Singapore through credit card spending (Mileslife and the non-KrisFlyer Amex cards are the main options), so using Qantas points for Emirates redemptions is a good option as you can also convert from Citi into Qantas as well as DBS.

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Emirates Business Class awards are a good use of Qantas points, with three non-stop destinations from Singapore. (Photo: Emirates)

As an example, an Emirates Business Class award flight using Qantas points from Singapore to Dubai is 60,000 points. That means you’ll only have to transfer 25,000 DBS Points into QFF under the current promotion, which will award you 50,000 Qantas points as usual before a 10,000 point top-up will be automatically added the next month.

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Emirates First Class on the A380. (Photo: Emirates)

Likewise for Emirates First Class the 90,000 points rate from Singapore to Dubai (or Melbourne / Brisbane) now only requires you to transfer in 37,500 DBS Points (75,000 Qantas points), with the 20% top-up (15,000 points) following soon after.

Avios is better for Asia-Pacific redemptions

Even if you take 17% off the award rates in the QFF oneworld award chart (that’s what you’re effectively getting with a 20% transfer bonus), this still doesn’t come close to the excellent rates you can secure for short distance redemptions in Asia-Pacific using British Airways Avios points instead.

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We have a whole article examining it in detail, but to take a couple of examples:

Cathay Pacific Business Singapore – Bangkok

  • Avios: 15,000
  • Asia Miles: 25,000
  • Qantas: 26,000

Cathay Pacific Business Singapore – Hong Kong

  • Avios: 20,000
  • Asia Miles: 25,000
  • Qantas: 38,000

Even 17% off the Qantas award rate still makes it an expensive option on these routings versus the Avios scheme.

The waiting game

If you do want to take advantage of the 20% transfer bonus from DBS Points to QFF Points, be aware that the bank is quoting a transfer time of “approximately 7 working days”.

After that you’ll be waiting until the 14th of the subsequent month for the 20% bonus to credit into your QFF account, so this isn’t great for a redemption you may be looking to jump on now. It’s more of a speculative / long-term strategy.

More details

See the DBS landing page for this offer for full details including terms and conditions.

(Cover Photo: Qantas)

5 comments

    1. Qantas uses distance based award charts, so the best value is usually found for routings near the higher end of each zone’s distance ‘bracket’.

      Having said that there are no standout ‘sweet spots’, unless you think 17% off across the tables (see above) makes any particular city combination a great deal.

      Given that QF Business SIN to BNE/SYD/MEL at 60,000 points now requires you to transfer only 50,000 points in (if you can wait a month for the bonus to credit) then arguably that’s good value as SQ is charging 62,000 for a J saver on these routes.

      1. Thanks for reply.

        For SIN-SYD route in J, I used lifemiles for NH(SIN-HND-SYD) 40k. So far the best I can redeem on this particular route, though not for the other way around and max 1 seat only.

        BTW, did not find the redemption table when I read the article.

    1. It’s not something I have any experience of using, but yes it’s generally regarded as quite a good round the world redemption. You don’t have to fly QF at all and you don’t have to include Australia in your trip if you don’t want to. I’d say if you can include Qatar Qsuites in a good chunk of the itinerary then it’s definitely going to be great trip!

      If you have sufficient DBS Points you’d need to transfer 120,000 to do this in Business Class (120,000 x 2 = 240,000, plus 48,000 bonus credited later = 288,000 Qantas Points). That’s assuming you have zero QFF points right now.

      There are a few rules and quirks with the QFF oneworld RTW fare though. See the recent guides from James @ OMAAT or Chris @ AusBT for the specifics.

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