Cheapest Possible Ways to Top up Opal Card

What else can I do to reduce my Opal Card Top up directly, or indirectly by using rewards cards and/or points?

I already use the 5% off Woolworths Gift Card method.

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    AFAIK nothing except using points instead of cash to pay at Coolies. But is it worth spending money you wouldn't otherwise chasing points?

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    If in NSW,Flybuys bonus points applies to Opal credit purchase(selected locations only) as is now.You can take advantage of this kind of deal.

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    havent seen 5% off woolies card for sometime now

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    5% off e-wish gift cards, then 5% staff discount at woolies to end up with a 9.75% discount

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    AMEX shop small promo, but it's only in November

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    I spend around $500-$600 on Opal fares each year.
    $500 X 5% = $25 $600 X 5% = $30.

    So I could save around $25-$30 a year with wish giftcards.
    Assuming 1 point per $, it would take me 3.5-4 years to be eligible for $10 off.

    I just auto top-up at the moment as before when I used to top it up at a retailer (eg 7/11, Coles or Woolies) it would always seem to run out just at the wrong time and I would have to do it via the opal machines (either long queues, or not working etc)
    Call me unozbargainish if you want, but I don't believe it's worth saving best case scenario $25 a year and hoping it will last me.
    Surely there can be something better?

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      At the moment I bulk purchase my monthly sims for data usage, meaning I save around $10 a month, 10*12= $120, this is one way I offset Transport costs indirectly, am wondering if there are other similar ways of doing things like this

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      You can top up to $250 per Opal card.Just do big amount in Woolies each time so you only need to do 3 times a year.

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        If Woolies Town Hall is anything to go by, they won't be happy doing Opal top-ups over $100 as it takes up extra time. I used to do $160 every month to cover my public transport and always got complaints from one particular lady when I did so (they'd only do it if there was no queue behind me).

        You can top up in the following amounts: $10, $20, $40, $50, $60, $80 and $100.

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        But I'm terrified of losing my opal card lol. $250 is a lot of money on there!!! I don't top up any more than $20 most of the time xD

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          That's why you register your Opal card so that you can transfer the funds out of it if you lose your Opal card …

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          @kerfuffle: I have registered my Opal card but it's a concession card so will take a while for a new one to come. How do I transfer it in the meantime? Someone will be riding on my dime!
          I guess this works putting on a random adult opal card though because I'll have to use that in the meantime.

          Does it cancel straight away?

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          @pennypincher98: I don't know; I don't have a concession Opal card nor have I ever lost my Opal card.

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          @kerfuffle: lol I got my concession card the moment I was entitled to it :)
          Never lost my opal card, but found someone else's (with thank god, a number on the back) and after thanking me many times said it would have been a nightmare to try and sort out a new one.

          I've registered, written and whenever it starting to fade, rewrite my name and number on the back now just in case.

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          @pennypincher98:

          I've lost plenty lol and transferred plenty.

          Blocking the card is instantaneous. Easy peasy. And transferring the credit can take a day to process.

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          @pennypincher98: If you notify them, it will be blocked right away. The money will be sitting there. Get a retail adult Opal card while waiting for the replacement, then when you get it, transfer the amount on both cards to the new one.

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          @greenpossum: @CheapskateQueen: Oh yeah okay thanks for that, now I won't have to go worrying thinking someone spending up big lol :)
          Cheers

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    Use AMEX Explorer (1.5% cashback) to buy Woolies gift card from CashRewards with %5 discount. Don't forget to scan your Woolworths reward card when doing top up.

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    How long do opal top ups last for?

    I don't use mine that often and when I do it's not that much because concessions but it's always nice to have more than enough just in case for a rainy day or unexpected travelling.

    Example I'll be using the ferries later this month no idea what the fares is but I have at least $30 atm hopefully to cover it. Might need more maybe if I use the bus and train also back home.

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