Average Australian Christmas spend 2013

Maximise your Velocity Points over Christmas: Get more than socks this year

It’s been a while since your two front teeth cut the mustard for a Christmas present.

Christmas is all about family, taking time out and religion for many. But who’s going to deny the excitement of crinkly wrapping paper and stubborn sticky tape come Christmas morning?

The trick is to make sure you head into the New Year with more than a few pairs of new socks up your sleeve – or in your shoes, as it were – and to do that, you’re going to need to take matters into your own hands.

Join forces with your very own Christmas elf, your Velocity-Points earning Virgin Money credit card, and find out how spending on everyone else this Christmas can wrap up a gift for yourself, too.

On the road to Pointsville

If you’re travelling over your Christmas break to see family – (or get away from family), remember just getting there can earn you Velocity Points.

You can pick up Points all over the place (literally) when you book your flights, hire car and accommodation. Add travel insurance and tours into the mix and you’ve got a holiday that gives back more than an enviable tan and just-been-to-the-beach smile.

Entertain the idea of scoring Points for fun

Rainy day hemming you in with the kids (or worse, the in-laws’ kids) and nothing to do? Switch on to Foxtel or Quickflix’s finest, many hours of peace and a nice addition to your Points balance through Velocity’s Entertainment partners.

Alternatively, work on your swing with Golf2Day. Velocity members earn Points whether they get a hole in one or spend 45 minutes trying to dig themselves out of a sand bunker.

Aussie Christmas spend

One for them, one for you

Christmas shopping may take more out of the budget than usual, but remember to load it all on your card and earn Points for every dollar you spend.

Stuck for ideas? Visit Gift It Now and be inspired, even for those already-have-everything people. Perhaps it’s time they took a cooking class, or experienced a hot air balloon ride. Whatever you choose, you’ll nab three Points per dollar on every purchase.

In 2012, Aussies spent an average of $993 in total on Christmas each, according to a study from Fairfax Media. With all these Points you’ll earn by spending in the hectic lead up to Christmas, you may come away with a nice kitty to enjoy for yourself come Boxing Day.

If you could pick one thing to redeem your Points on from the Velocity store, what would it be?