• How the Qantas Frequent Flyer 'overhaul' will affect you

    Qantas is embarking on a year-long overhaul of its loyalty scheme, but it all boils down to those points-based 'reward' seats – and the long-awaited launch of Lifetime Platinum status for the very very frequent flyer. The bottom line? There'll be more seats up for grabs, with 'ca...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2019 84 Comments

  • Qantas unlocks reward flights on Air New Zealand, Air France, KLM

    Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now use their Qantas Points to book selected flights with Air New Zealand, and will soon be able to book flights with Air France, KLM, and Thailand's Bangkok Airways. It's part of a broader sweep by Qantas to unlock one million additional frequent flyer seats ev...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2019 8 Comments

  • Qantas launches Lifetime Platinum frequent flyer status

    Qantas' highest-flying travellers will be able to secure their top-tier frequent flyer status for life with the introduction of Qantas Lifetime Platinum in a raft of changes to the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme. But that lifetime of Platinum perks such as access to first class lounges won't ...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2019 91 Comments

  • Qantas Points Club is aimed at "high buyers", not high flyers

    Qantas will turn its attention from frequent flyers to frequent shoppers with the launch of the new Qantas Points Club later this year. The move comes in recognition of the fact that of the near-13 million members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, the vast majority actually earn their points...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2019 5 Comments

  • AMEX axes Priority Pass meal credit at Australian airports

    American Express is withdrawing the offer of $36 of credit at selected cafes and restaurants at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast airports via AMEX Platinum card membership to the global Priority Pass lounge scheme. While access to Priority Pass-partnered lounges&nbs...

    POSTED 7 Jun, 2019 36 Comments

  • These frequent flyers get a free Heathrow Express first class upgrade

    The Heathrow Express is the quickest and easiest way for business travellers to scoot between Heathrow Airport and London city, or at least Paddington Station – which is a decent place to settle in your hotel (I'm a fan of the hip little Hotel Indigo, just a few minutes' walk away...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2019 8 Comments

  • June's top Virgin Australia Velocity credit card sign-up offers

    Fancy earning enough Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points for up to 20 business class upgrades from a single credit card application? If so, you won't want to miss this month's hottest deals, which place up to 100,000 bonus Velocity points on the table. Across cards issued by American...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2019 0 Comments

  • The top Qantas frequent flyer credit card sign-up deals for June

    Travellers seeking a more rewarding credit card will find a range of warming winter offers on the table this June, with up to 150,000 bonus Qantas Points to be had from a single credit card application. That's enough for a return business class trip from Sydney to the likes of Tokyo, Shanghai or...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2019 1 Comment

  • Star Alliance halts plan for new Platinum, Diamond status tiers

    Star Alliance is no longer actively considering new alliance-wide elite tiers above the Gold level – such as Star Alliance Platinum, or even Star Alliance Diamond as tipped in 2018 – with the alliance instead redirecting its focus to bolstering benefits for its long-standing Star Alli...

    POSTED 2 Jun, 2019 15 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Elite Silver: the unofficial guide

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. The mid-tier KrisFlyer Elite Silver is a really just a stepping stone on the path to Elite Gold and Star Alliance Gold, but still offers travellers a few minor benefits and is the easies...

    POSTED 31 May, 2019 2 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club vs Asia Miles: what's the difference?

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. If you’ve recently started flying with Cathay Pacific, chances are you’ve come across its two affiliated programs – Asia Miles and the Marco Polo Club. Not sure how th...

    POSTED 30 May, 2019 4 Comments

  • What can you do with 104,000 bonus Qantas Points from ANZ?

    Tempting travellers with 100,000 bonus Qantas frequent flyer points – not to mention an extra 4,000 Qantas Points gained by completing that bonus deal – the ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Visa could be your ticket to flying high in comfort without breaking the bank. With so many places to ...

    POSTED 28 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • British Airways Gold Guest List: the unofficial guide

    Much like Qantas Platinum One, British Airways’ Gold Guest List is reserved for the most regular of frequent flyers who can rack up more than 5,000 Tier Points in a single year. By comparison, the base-level Gold status, already equivalent to Qantas Platinum and Oneworld Emerald, is earned...

    POSTED 27 May, 2019 2 Comments

  • Why credit card reward points aren't all created equal

    Whether searching for a new credit card or giving an existing card its regular check-up, many people focus on the number of ‘points’ that can be earned per dollar spent, but that doesn’t always reveal the entire picture. For example, on Qantas- and Velocity-branded credit cards...

    POSTED 24 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • What can you do with 126,000 Qantas Points from Westpac?

    With up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points on the table – along with a further 6,750 Qantas Points earned in the process of achieving that bonus – the Westpac Altitude Black credit card bundle could get you flying in no time. Among your many choices: business class upgrades on Australian...

    POSTED 21 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • Qantas unlocks business class reward flights on China Airlines

    Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now spend their stash of Qantas Points on reward flights with Taiwan’s China Airlines, covering routes from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Taipei. A one-way business class flight on any of those routes clocks in at 65,000 Qantas Points one-way (130,000 ...

    POSTED 15 May, 2019 14 Comments

  • How to use your KrisFlyer miles to book flights for other people

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. In Australia, it’s easy to redeem your hard-earned frequent flyer points for immediate family members with Qantas, or for just about anyone you know with Virgin Australia, no strin...

    POSTED 15 May, 2019 1 Comment

  • American Airlines, Hyatt launch reciprocal rewards partnership

    A new tie-up between American Airlines’ AAdvantage frequent flyer program and the World of Hyatt hotel loyalty scheme unlocks new opportunities to earn points and miles on eligible flights and hotel stays, as well as fast-track opportunities to reach higher status levels for some travellers...

    POSTED 14 May, 2019 2 Comments

  • Is Virgin Australia preparing to sell off Velocity Frequent Flyer?

    Virgin Australia is reportedly gearing up to spin out and sell its Velocity Frequent Flyer program, which competes with Qantas Frequent Flyer for the hearts and wallets of Australian travellers. The loyalty program could be worth several billion dollars to the right buyer, according to The Austr...

    POSTED 14 May, 2019 20 Comments

  • Wilson Parking pulls out of Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer

    Wilson Parking is leaving Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer program, which saw travellers earn Velocity Points every time they parked their vehicle. Wilson is Australia’s largest secure parking operator with more than 400 car parks across Australia, and became a Velocity partner i...

    POSTED 8 May, 2019 13 Comments

  • The unofficial guide to Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Gold status

    On-par with Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold, Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club Gold is an appealing card to slip into your travel wallet, given it's your ticket to complimentary worldwide lounge access with Cathay Pacific, Qantas and other Oneworld airlines, and your pass to the fast-track lanes at airpo...

    POSTED 7 May, 2019 7 Comments

  • May's top Virgin Australia Velocity credit card sign-up offers

    A single credit card application this May can deliver as many as 100,000 bonus Velocity points when meeting various spending criteria – enough for up to 20 Virgin Australia business class upgrades – so if you're in the market for a new credit card, take a look at this month's hottest ...

    POSTED 2 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • The top Qantas frequent flyer credit card sign-up deals for May

    Many Australian banks are enticing new credit card customers into their ranks with offers of up to 150,000 bonus Qantas Points from a single credit card application, when meeting the minimum spending requirements: enough to for a return business class jaunt to the likes of Tokyo, Shanghai or Beij...

    POSTED 1 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • British Airways Avios revamp to hit Qantas, Cathay Pacific and others

    British Airways is increasing the number of Avios points that its Executive Club frequent flyers will need to book flights on a raft of partner airlines including Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, American Airlines and JAL. The changes will take effect from 30 May 2019 and while BA has not ...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2019 2 Comments

  • What can you do with 119,000 Velocity points from St.George?

    With up to 100,000 bonus Virgin Australia Velocity points currently on offer with a new St.George Amplify Signature Visa with Amplify Points credit card, plus a further 19,800 Velocity points earned by meeting the offer spend criteria, new St.George customers are poised to travel in comfort when ...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2019 0 Comments

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