• 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 20 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Politicians love invitation-only Qantas, Virgin Australia lounges

    Access to luxury invitation-only airport lounges is a key weapon in assiduous courtship of politicians and powerbrokers by Qantas and Virgin Australia, and now we've been given a glimpse into which Federal MPs and Senators have availed themselves of this VIP privilege. The Parliamentar...

    POSTED 8 Oct, 2016 13 Comments

  • Qantas business class upgrade guide

    Nobody likes to fly in economy, so how do you go about getting an upgrade to business class? There are plenty of myths and also misinformation on how to get a free upgrade, including the classic clunker that you should dress up so you look like somebody who belongs at the pointy end of the plane...

    POSTED 7 Oct, 2016 47 Comments

  • The best business class seats on Melbourne-Auckland flights

    New Zealand remains the most popular international destination for Australian travellers, and Melbourne residents have no shortage of options for getting there in style. Qantas, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand and even Emirates all offer business class flights across the pond – but which...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2016 14 Comments

  • October's hottest Virgin Australia Velocity credit card deals

    Spring into October with a bonus of up to 100,000 Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points from a single credit card application, with a solid 300,000 Velocity points on the table among these top five deals in our monthly round-up. Here's what's on offer including how much you'll pay in a...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2016 6 Comments

  • Virgin Australia says Velocity Live is all about the experience

    Virgin Australia's frequent flyers will soon be able to enjoy preferred seating and even upgrades at concerts and sporting events as well as on the plane. The airline’s Velocity Frequent Flyer arm has fired its latest salvo in the loyalty war against Qantas with the launch of the Velocity ...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2016 2 Comments

  • Velocity accounts being suspended due to suspect points transfers

    Members of Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program are being caught in the net as Velocity sweeps its database to uncover points being transferred to people other than a member's immediate family. Australian Business Traveller has learned of over two dozen frequent flyers whose ...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2016 16 Comments


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