• How to book Singapore Airlines flights using United miles

    One of the best ways Australians can spend their United MileagePlus miles is on Star Alliance flights to Asia, with journeys to Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok requiring only 30,000 United miles for a business class ticket with United's partner Singapore Airlines. But there are catches, and pre...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2016 0 Comments

  • The Christmas credit cards you'll want to have in your stocking

    Christmas is just around the corner, and for many people, that means spending big on presents or booking travel to visit loved ones – so why not use that spending to help unlock a serve of frequent flyer points on a new credit card? We've rounded up the hottest deals promising big bonuses ...

    POSTED 2 Dec, 2016 1 Comment

  • Qantas trials earning status credits on credit cards

    EXCLUSIVE | Qantas will offer frequent flyers the ability to earn status credits in addition to points when shopping with their credit cards. Under a trial being launched this week and running through to May 2018, selected members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme will collect one 'credit card...

    POSTED 1 Dec, 2016 17 Comments

  • Bankwest unveils Qantas World MasterCard credit card

    EXCLUSIVE | Bankwest has long had a ‘secret’ credit card – the Bankwest Qantas World MasterCard – but unless you were an existing customer chosen for an upgrade, there was never a way to apply for Bankwest’s top plastic. That was, until now. In a rejig of the bank&r...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2016 6 Comments

  • Convert HSBC Rewards points into Velocity frequent flyer points

    HSBC credit cardholders can convert their HSBC Rewards points into Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points to book free flights or upgrades to premium economy and business class. Whether your wallet wields an HSBC Platinum or Premier card, points are converted on a 2:1 basis and in ...

    POSTED 24 Nov, 2016 1 Comment

  • November's top Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card sign-up offers

    Summer has definitely arrived early this year with American Express, ANZ, NAB and Westpac putting a red hot 452,500 Qantas Points on the table across this month's top five Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card sign-up offers. Better yet, American Express Australia has recently tweaked its sign-up ru...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2016 0 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin Australia: frequent flyer points upgrades

    Both Qantas and Virgin Australia allow travellers to use their frequent flyer points to upgrade to premium economy and business class – and with Qantas, to first class as well – but following Qantas’ recent hike to its upgrade rates, how do the two airlines now compare? Read: Q...

    POSTED 18 Nov, 2016 12 Comments

  • Score a free return flight every year with these six credit cards

    Many credit cards in Australia offer frequent flyer points on your everyday spend, but six choice cards go above and beyond by offering you a free return flight every year: no points required. You’ll still earn frequent flyer points on these cards, of course, but here’s what’s ...

    POSTED 17 Nov, 2016 14 Comments

  • Qantas hikes domestic, international frequent flyer upgrade rates

    Qantas Frequent Flyer members will soon part with more points when upgrading to premium economy, business class and first class from many paid tickets, with some journeys commanding almost 50,000 more Qantas Points for a return upgrade than required today. The new rates apply to upgrades process...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2016 34 Comments

  • November's top Virgin Australia credit card sign-up deals

    With summer just around the corner, November's top Virgin Australia Velocity credit card sign-up deals are heating up, with over 300,000 Velocity points on the table across the top five cards, and as many as 100,000 points to be had from a single card application. Here's what's sizzling this mon...

    POSTED 11 Nov, 2016 6 Comments

  • Star Alliance Gold fast-track with Singapore Airlines, Shangri-La

    Fancy perks like priority check-in and boarding, a boosted baggage allowance and access to airport lounges of Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines and also others across the Star Alliance including with Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Thai Airways and United? Then take a look at ‘Infinit...

    POSTED 11 Nov, 2016 13 Comments

  • The best ways to use your Virgin Australia frequent flyer points

    It’s easy to amass a treasure trove of Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer points, both in the air and also on the ground through partners like BP and Coles Flybuys, plus points-earning credit cards from most major banks. But how can you best use those Velocity points on your travels?...

    POSTED 10 Nov, 2016 22 Comments

  • These Black credit cards earn unlimited Qantas frequent flyer points

    While many banks are winding back the number of Qantas frequent flyer points you can earn every month, there are three Black-tier credit cards that continue to serve up Qantas Points without caps, limits or tiering: rewarding you for each and every dollar you spend. Don’t settle for second...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2016 13 Comments

  • Qantas tweaks loyalty bonus for fast-track Gold, Platinum status

    Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now opt for bonus status credits in lieu of extra frequent flyer points as part of the Roo’s ‘loyalty bonus’, making it easier to climb the status ladder or to retain your existing Qantas frequent flyer tier. For every 500 status credits earned...

    POSTED 3 Nov, 2016 22 Comments

  • Five ways to make the most of supermarket loyalty programs

    With Woolworths Rewards and Coles Flybuys now linked to the frequent flyer schemes of Qantas and Virgin Australia, respectively, the country’s two largest supermarkets are now paired with the nation’s two biggest airlines. Whichever you favour, these tie-ups present a great opportuni...

    POSTED 26 Oct, 2016 5 Comments

  • This month's top Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card sign-up deals

    It's raining Qantas frequent flyer points this October with American Express, ANZ, Citibank, NAB and Westpac all putting their best foot forward with a whopping 420,000 Qantas Points on the table between these five deals. You probably wouldn't apply for each and every card, but even just one app...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2016 7 Comments

  • Qantas/Woolworths vs Virgin Australia/Coles Flybuys

    With Virgin Australia now paired to the Coles Flybuys scheme, shoppers can choose between earning Velocity Frequent Flyer points and status credits at Coles or Qantas Frequent Flyer points at Woolworths. But which airline + supermarket partnership offers the best value, both in how man...

    POSTED 20 Oct, 2016 23 Comments

  • Virgin Australia Velocity partners with Coles Flybuys

    Virgin Australia frequent flyers can now earn Velocity points and status credits through Coles' Flybuys scheme, in a direct shot across the bow of the Qantas-Woolworths alliance. Under the partnership, which launches today at Flybuys outlets across Australia, shoppers will be able to convert Fly...

    POSTED 20 Oct, 2016 0 Comments

  • The best credit cards for earning Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

    Cathay Pacific Asia Miles are a great way to upgrade from economy to premium economy, onward to business class or even from business class to first class. Australian Business Traveller explores the top five credit cards in the Australian market for earning those Asia Miles on your everyday trans...

    POSTED 14 Oct, 2016 2 Comments

  • Sharing is your shortcut to Gold frequent flyer status

    Your parents always told you that it was good to share, but we doubt they had frequent flyer points and status credits in mind! All the same, if you're finding yourself falling short of reaching Gold status, sharing could be the key. Why are we calling out Gold? Because that's where the best an...

    POSTED 13 Oct, 2016 4 Comments

  • Star Alliance first class upgrade guide

    Business class is a great way to fly, but first class is even better – especially when you can use your frequent flyer points to snare a suite with the likes of Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Asiana Airlines and other members of the Star Alliance airline group. Those points don’t ...

    POSTED 12 Oct, 2016 1 Comment

  • Virgin Australia Velocity polishes the Platinum proposition

    In the dogfight between Australia's airline loyalty schemes, Virgin Australia hopes to narrow the gap against Qantas by boosting the appeal of its top-tier Velocity Platinum level. But Velocity CEO Karl Schuster has learned the value of playing his frequent flyer cards close to his chest. &ldqu...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2016 24 Comments

  • Five reasons to slip an ANZ Black card into your pocket or purse

    Week in and week out, Australian Business Traveller casts an expert eye across the best credit cards for business travellers and frequent flyers. There's been an increasing trend of late towards premium black cards boasting a swag of benefits, and foremost among these are the ANZ Rewards Bl...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2016 0 Comments

  • How to buy a car using your frequent flyer credit card

    Credit cards are a great way to earn frequent flyer points every day, but using one to buy your next car could be a boon for your points balance. That’s because credit cards award points based on how many dollars you’ve spent – so charging a high-value purchase like a shiny set...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2016 18 Comments

  • Etihad to shut out Silver frequent flyers from airport lounges

    Etihad Guest Silver members will no longer enjoy worldwide airport lounge access from next year under the airline’s latest round of revamps to its frequent flyer program. Silver-tier flyers can currently use Etihad airport lounges around the globe when travelling on an Etihad Airways fligh...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2016 10 Comments

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