Research reveals Australian credit card use is motivated by loyalty re

first_imgResearch reveals Australian credit card use is motivated by loyalty rewardsVelocity Frequent Flyer, the multi-award winning loyalty program of Virgin Australia, has today released research into consumer attitudes toward credit card points and rewards programs, to coincide with the Billion Points Giveaway campaign this month.The research revealed that Australian credit card use is motivated by loyalty rewards, with more than two thirds of respondents saying they will make a decision to buy an item based on whether they will receive points. It also found that the most appealing loyalty rewards for Australians are frequent flyer points and store vouchers.The research found:Two thirds of research respondents (68%) who have a credit card that earns loyalty points say they are more likely to use a service or purchase a product because they will receive points,The main reasons Aussie respondents are choosing to become members of loyalty rewards programs are to accrue points that they can exchange for store vouchers (64%) and to accrue frequent flyer points they can use towards travel/flights (62%),The most appealing loyalty rewards to Aussie respondents are vouchers that can be redeemed in store (71%) and frequent flyer points that can be used for flights and upgrades (66%),Generation Y, or 20-35 year olds, were the most point-hungry generation with 80% of Gen Y respondents stating they are motivated to buy a product or service to earn rewards points versus 69% of Gen X respondents and only 57% of Baby Boomer respondents, andGeneration Y were also the most active users of their points, with one in four Gen Y respondents saying they redeem their points more than six times a year, versus only 18% for both Gen X respondents and Baby Boomer respondents.The findings have been released to coincide with Velocity’s Billion Point Giveaway campaign which will see the loyalty program give away an additional 15% bonus points to consumers who transfer their eligible credit card and flybuys points into Velocity Points before 31 May.Velocity Frequent Flyer General Manager Commercial Partnerships, Business Development and Financial Services, Jeroen van Son said: “What came out strongly throughout this research is that Australians are genuinely motivated by earning loyalty points and overwhelmingly, they want to use them for flights and upgrades.“We also discovered there’s a 29 per cent gap between Australians who are aware they can transfer their credit card points into another loyalty program such as Velocity, and those who actually have.“This means a lot of people are missing out on getting something for nothing, which we know people love! But the Velocity Billion Points Giveaway runs until 31 May so there is plenty of time to take advantage of our generosity,” Mr van Son said.The research was commissioned by Velocity to better understand consumer attitudes toward credit cards and associated rewards programs in the context of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) upcoming move to cut interchange fees from 1 July 2017.The study found that only one quarter of Australian respondents were aware the RBA has capped interchange fees, which has led to the majority of banks reducing the number and/or value of credit card rewards points they are giving to customers. Velocity Frequent FlyerSource = Velocity Frequent Flyerlast_img

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