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Woolworth has announced that it will be dropping its ‘Woolworths Dollars’ after a dreadful run that saw the program drop like a lead balloon. The supermarket will now use a points system underpinned by a partnership with Qantas Frequent Flyer. In response to customer feedback, the supermarket will overhaul the program as soon as possible, meaning it goes live on the 31st August.
At the end of this month you will now collect ‘Woolworth Points’ with one point earned for every dollar spent at the supermarket, plus affiliated Caltex service stations and BWS bottle shops. To give you an overview, $2,000 dollars spent or 2,000 points earned will equate to either $10 instant discount at checkout or 870 Qantas Frequent Flyer points.
Qantas points are back and Woolworths is beginning its roll out of the long awaited (and missed) points scheme. A decision that previously saw the supermarket lose a chunk of customers could now reverse that cycle, or so Woolworths hope. Customers who used to enjoy saving money on flights by shopping at their local supermarket became disgruntled when the chain stopped offering Qantas points last year. In December however, the food retailer decided to bring the scheme back under a new three-year deal.
Customers will now have the choice to convert 10 Woolworths Dollars earned via the purchase of orange-ticketed items, into 870 Qantas points. This information was sent out to a select number of the supermarket’s rewards program mailing list over the weekend, but how will this change affect the chain’s struggling market position?
There are talks at the moment about how new legislation passed by the Federal Senate could help prevent Australian shoppers from over paying in credit card charges to the tune of up to $800 million per year. However, there are sceptics who think that the change in law could in fact end up costing Australians millions instead.
The new legislation aims to punish corporations who engage in excessive surcharging at the cash register. If caught, a corporation will have to pay up to $108,000 for each offense. The ACCC will be responsible for policing the new law when it comes into affect later in this year. So, how will it affect you and your wallet? Read the rest of this entry »
Aldi has announced its large expansion plan of 120 stores into new territories SA and WA which is really hurting Coles and Woolworths supermarkets. The budget chain will have an empire of 497 stores across Australia when it’s finished, scaring the two market leaders. As part of Woolworth’s efforts to stop the its sliding market share, they’ve decided to scrap its under-utilised Everyday Rewards program and instead begin instantly offering customers cash off their grocery bills.
The announcement of Woolworth’s interesting new plan to entice more customers back into its stores was made on the 25th of October. For me, the most poignant aspect of this new scheme was mentioned by Monash University who found that the average shopper would be able to earn $10 every 7.4 weeks. That’s less than half the amount of time it would have taken under the previous FlyBuys scheme to earn the same amount.
The Australian airline industry has recently shifted taking a stricter stance on carry-on luggage. Budget airlines especially have clamped down on the number of bags you can take with you, as well as reducing the amount of weight you can have inside. All of this has been taking its toll on us poor travellers who are being limited more and more on what we can take for free.
If you fly with Tigerair for example then its worth noting that only last month they changed their carry-on weight allowance from 10kg down to 7kg. The unsuspecting customer may think its business as usual until they arrive at boarding and have their case weighed. I want to help everyone avoid this conundrum by showing you the most efficient way to pack your carry-on. Get more value for your money without having to spend extra on baggage fees by following a few clever packing strategies.
Travelling with airlines, for many, is one of the most stressful experiences, even if you get yourself to check-in and boarding on time. The entire process from driving, to parking, to queuing, to waiting and then the cherry on the cake – delays. In spite of this we still pay premium prices to be herded around like cattle in many cases.
To dampen the mood for travellers even further, airlines are now cracking down on hand baggage and suitcase allowances again. The majority of us know that its easier to take hand luggage for short trips away, firstly for ease of boarding but secondly (and arguably more importantly) to save on costs. In light of this, below is a list of these recent changes to airline weight restrictions which I’ve summarised in tabular format to help you know what these new limits are. This should hopefully allow you to avoid getting stung by as much as $70 for one overweight bag.