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

    With the dust now having settled following the Reserve Bank of Australia's new caps on credit card interchange fees, many Aussies are hunting for a new credit card to keep their points flowing in – and one of the easiest ways to earn those points from plastic is when signing up to a new pro...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2017 4 Comments

  • NAB nukes American Express credit cards

    NAB is pulling the pin on its partnership with American Express, becoming the second of Australia's Big Four banks – after ANZ – to axe AMEX credit cards. The bank's current 'combo card' rewards packages for Qantas and Virgin Australia frequent flyers – which pair a Visa card w...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2017 8 Comments

  • Don't lose frequent flyer or hotel points to 'loyalty leakage'

    They were sitting in my account not all that long ago: a stack of shiny, waiting-to-be-used reward points from a leading hotel chain. Not a soaring tower of points, to be sure, but a nice little bundle all the same. One month later, they'd disappeared and my account balance reset to zero. And I ...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2017 7 Comments

  • When to use frequent flyer points for economy bookings

    Conventional wisdom says that one of the worst ways to spend your frequent flyer points is to book an economy flight, rather than a more comfortable (and otherwise, more expensive) journey in business class. But while that’s mostly true, it’s not always the case. There are a few nota...

    POSTED 9 Oct, 2017 18 Comments

  • Qantas now lets you retain Gold, Platinum status with points

    Didn't earn quite enough status credits to requalify for your Qantas Gold or Platinum frequent flyer membership? Qantas is now letting some of its frequent flyers 'buy' another year of status with their points, under the trial of what it calls a 'paid retention' plan. The offer is made to selec...

    POSTED 6 Oct, 2017 38 Comments

  • Australia’s best dual credit card account: Westpac Altitude Black

    Credit cards can be a great way to earn frequent flyer points, but keeping track of your purchases, points and outstanding balances across multiple credit card accounts can be time-consuming – and that’s where ‘dual’ credit card accounts come in handy. With both an Americ...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2017 14 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin Australia Velocity: how Gold status compares

    Qantas and Virgin Australia both offer basic perks to Gold-grade frequent flyers like priority check-in, priority security screening and priority boarding, where available, but how Qantas Gold compare with Velocity Gold on other fronts? Australian Business Traveller pits the shiny cards against ...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2017 42 Comments

  • Best credit cards for earning Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints

    Only a handful of Australian credit cards allow customers to earn Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints, but it’s a great option to have for advanced, points-savvy spenders, as it opens the door to a host of global frequent flyer programs and even comes with bonus points every time you ...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2017 5 Comments

  • Asiana Airlines business class upgrade guide

    Frequent flyer points aren’t only useful for booking business class flights: they’re also great for upgrading yourself from economy, such as when your employer or client will only purchase the lowest-priced ticket for your journey. Travelling on Star Alliance member Asiana Airlines i...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2017 2 Comments

  • Your guide to the St. George, BoM, BankSA Amplify Rewards program

    Fancy earning frequent flyer points with Virgin Australia Velocity, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer or Malaysia Airlines Enrich from your Visa credit card spend? Then take a look at the Amplify Rewards program attached to eligible credit cards issued by St. George, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA. Use...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • Last chance to book Virgin America flights using Velocity points

    It’s ‘final call’ for Virgin Australia Velocity members hoping to book Virgin America flights using their hard-earned points, as the two airlines get closer to ending their mutual frequent flyer partnership following Alaska Airlines’ takeover of the Stateside carrier. The...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2017 8 Comments

  • Using Velocity points to book Hainan, Hong Kong, Capital Airlines

    Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer members can now book Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines flights using their Velocity points. Among routes further afield, that opens the door to booking Hainan Airlines’ flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Chan...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2017 15 Comments

  • The best Virgin Australia Velocity credit card sign-up deals

    American Express, Virgin Money and Westpac are going strong on credit card sign-up offers this month, placing over half a million Velocity points on the table for eligible new customers who apply for a new Virgin Australia points-earning credit card this September. Whether you're looking to maxi...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2017 2 Comments

  • How to book China Eastern flights using Qantas Points

    Much as Emirates is Qantas’ major partner on European flights, China Eastern Airlines is the Roo’s cornerstone comrade in China: on which Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn and spend Qantas Points. There’s just one catch – China Eastern reward flights don’t appe...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2017 5 Comments

  • The best Australian credit cards for earning Etihad Guest miles

    Even if you don't fly with Etihad Airways, its Etihad Guest frequent flyer scheme is great for booking Virgin Australia reward flights, as the number of Etihad Guest miles needed for a journey is often lower than the number of Velocity points required to book the same route. What's more, there a...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2017 2 Comments

  • New Qantas Platinum One perk: free passes to first class lounge

    Qantas is now handing out free passes to its first class lounges at Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles as a new perk for Platinum One-grade frequent flyers. Each Platinum One card-holder will receive two invitations to the Qantas first class lounges each membership year – with those invites...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2017 18 Comments

  • American Express launches new Qantas Business Rewards charge card

    American Express’ new AMEX Qantas Business Rewards Card allows businesses with a turnover of up to $10 million per year to earn frequent flyer points on their everyday spending: credited directly to the company’s Qantas Business Rewards (QBR) account every month. The card replaces th...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • Oneworld: no Diamond tier plans, no issue with first-only lounges

    The Oneworld airline alliance is content with its current three alliance-wide tiers and has no plans to introduce a top Diamond level to incorporate the loftiest 'above Emerald' status of several member airlines. "We're not looking at adding a formal additional tier," Oneworld CEO Rob Gurney tel...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2017 26 Comments

  • How to claim missing Qatar Privilege Club miles after your flight

    It’s easy to earn Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles when taking flights with Qatar Airways and its Oneworld partners like Qantas, British Airways and Cathay Pacific – but occasionally, you’ll need to submit a ‘missing miles’ claim to unlock your points. The process...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

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

    If you're in the market for a new Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card, take a look at this month's top sign-up deals – each being your Golden Ticket (or rather, your Platinum or Black ticket) to between 80,000 and 120,000 bonus Qantas Points per card application, on plastic issued by American...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2017 4 Comments

  • Why Oneworld Emerald is the best status a frequent flyer can have

    Frequent flyers pack plenty of plastic in their well-worn wallets, but when we're asked which is the best card to aim for – the single shiny card which trumps the rest – it's any airline loyalty card which equates to the Emerald tier of the Oneworld alliance. This covers the top rung...

    POSTED 11 Sep, 2017 24 Comments

  • Qantas brings Malaysia Airlines reward flight bookings online

    Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now book Malaysia Airlines reward flights via the Qantas website using their Qantas Points, following IT upgrades revealed by Australian Business Traveller earlier this year. This means there’s no longer a need to call Qantas to book these journeys –...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2017 8 Comments

  • Etihad tightens the screws on Etihad Guest frequent flyer scheme

    Only two years after the last major revamp of the Etihad Guest frequent flyer program, and just nine months after Etihad's Silver frequent flyers lost worldwide lounge access, the airline is rolling out a new batch of changes – and, for the most part, it’s not good news. Included amo...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2017 10 Comments

  • Qantas Cash vs Virgin Australia Velocity Global Wallet cards

    Both Qantas and Virgin Australia offer pre-paid travel money cards – with Qantas, that’s Qantas Cash, and with Virgin, the Velocity Global Wallet – but how do these cards compare when it comes to earning frequent flyer points, exchange rates, fees and usage limits? Australian B...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2017 16 Comments

  • No frequent flyer upgrades in renewed Qantas+Emirates partnership

    Hoping to use your Qantas frequent flyer points for a business class or first class upgrade when travelling overseas? Then you’ll need to continue booking flights operated by Qantas, rather than Emirates, as points-based upgrades on Emirates flights remain off the airlines’ immediate...

    POSTED 4 Sep, 2017 31 Comments

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