One of our favourite travel apps is Frequent Flyer Calculator, created by Brisbane coder Adam Ware to keep track of – and make the most of – your Qantas Frequent Flyer points and status credits.
It’s leagues ahead of Qantas’ own frequent flyer app, and with the latest version 3.0 update Frequent Flyer Calculator now extends its savvy to Virgin Australia’s Velocity scheme.
You can get an estimate of how many Qantas and Virgin Australia points and status credits you stand to earn on any flight, including point bonuses based on your status and class of travel.
If you're trying to reach the next status level or maintain your current grade, Frequent Flyer Calculator can also run those numbers and help you set up ‘flight goals’ where you can plan what flights are needed to earn those status credits.
Short of status credits? Read about how Qantas & Virgin’s not-so-frequent flyers enjoy a soft landing.
Dividing your flights and frequent flyer status between Qantas and Virgin Australia on domestic routes? The ‘airline comparison’ mode shows your points and status earnings on both airlines so you can choose which is best to keep your points topped up.
One of the best improvements for international travellers is that the app now has the flexibility to list a multi-leg trip as separate flights rather than insist on treating it as a single trip – useful if you want to break your journey at the halfway mark.
Best of all, the app is still free - although for an extra $2 you can upgrade to First Class mode, where you can enter flights using airport codes and set the class of travel on a per-flight basis. That’s handy handy for split fare travel such as economy from Sydney to Singapore and then premium economy or business class class for the longer overnight leg to London.
About David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.