Qantas now offers a search toolbar that promises users frequent flyer points when you do searches. As with the similar flybuys toolbar, we think the scheme is a bit of a rip-off — in exchange for an obtrusive and inferior search service, you’re basically getting a maximum of 150 points per month. On the plus side, a script is now available that automates the process for Mac users.
A Pastebin user has posted a script for Apple users which runs and emulates key strokes entering search terms in the Qantas toolbar.
- To use this you must have FULL KEYBOARD ACCESS enabled in system preferences
- System Prefs > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts
- Put dot next to “All controls” at the bottom of the window
The setup is as follows:
On the downside, you can’t actually use the computer while the script is running but it’s still a good way to keep points clocking over while you’re out and about.
As always, the creator offers no guarantees that the script will work as advertised and you’re cautioned to use at your own risk. (The script was written and tested on OS X 10.8.4 Mountain Lion with FF 22.0.)
It’s also worth noting that the service is capped at a maximum of 150 Qantas Frequent Flyer points a month, which won’t score you a lot in the way of free flights or rewards. If the notion of free points still appeals, you can get the script here.