• Emirates is now selling Skywards Gold membership for US$800

    Want Gold frequent flyer status – along with perks such as lounge access and a higher checked luggage allowance – but haven't been able to clock up the necessary status credits? If you're a Silver member of Emirates' Skywards rewards program, check your inbox – the airline is n...

    POSTED 11 Jun, 2017 15 Comments

  • Virgin Atlantic status match to Flying Club Gold, Silver tier

    Virgin Atlantic has rolled out an aggressive status match promotion aimed at snaring top-tier frequent flyers from competing airlines. The deal will give eligible travellers Gold or Silver status in Virgin's Flying Club loyalty scheme, based on their existing status with American AAdva...

    POSTED 9 Jun, 2017 2 Comments

  • How to maximise your credit card points before the RBA apocalypse

    With the Reserve Bank of Australia moving to cap credit card ‘interchange fees’ from July 1 2017, many Aussie banks are cutting the number of frequent flyer points that can be earned per dollar spent: but that’s no reason your own pile of points should stop growing! Read: How t...

    POSTED 8 Jun, 2017 7 Comments

  • This month's best Virgin Australia Velocity credit card deals

    Winter has just arrived, but that doesn't mean the country's credit card frequent flyer points are about to ice over, with generous offers from American Express, ANZ, Bank of Melbourne, Citibank, NAB, St. George, Virgin Money and Westpac placing over 650,000 Virgin Australia Velocity points on th...

    POSTED 7 Jun, 2017 2 Comments

  • What's the 'sweet spot' for Qantas, Virgin frequent flyer status?

    TALKING POINT | Ready for a whopper of a number? The frequent flyer schemes of Qantas and Virgin Australia count almost 19 million members between them. That's almost three-quarters the population of Australia. To be fair, some frequent flyers live overseas and there's also a degree of dupl...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2017 24 Comments

  • New Qantas Premier credit card plays up points, travel perks

    60,000 Qantas Points sign-up bonus Up to 2 Qantas Points per dollar earning rate, uncapped earning  Free Qantas airport lounge passes, travel insurance Qantas is playing to its strengths of frequent flyer points and travel perks with airline’s new own-branded Qantas Premier Mast...

    POSTED 5 Jun, 2017 62 Comments

  • Virgin readies lounges, points earn for Hong Kong, China flights

    Virgin Australia's new Melbourne-Hong Kong flights will use the Etihad Airways lounge at Melbourne and Hong Kong Airlines' Club Bauhinia lounge at Hong Kong – see our story here for full details. PREVIOUS | Virgin Australia is expected to launch its frequent flyer partnership with Hon...

    POSTED 5 Jun, 2017 21 Comments

  • BA gives two-year status boost to frequent flyers hit by outage

    British Airways is giving all travellers impacted by last weekend's flight disruptions a free two-year extension of their British Airways Executive Club status. The make-good gesture will sweep through the status of all BAEC members caught up in the delays and cancellations and see them retain t...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2017 7 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines sweetens elite PPS Club frequent flyer tier

    Singapore Airlines is rolling out a set of improvements to its exclusive PPS Club from 1 June 2017, impacting both the PPS and  Solitaire PPS tiers of the Star Alliance member's KrisFlyer frequent flyer program. Bullet-points include non-expiry of KrisFlyer miles – priority access to ...

    POSTED 30 May, 2017 2 Comments

  • Qantas to launch own-brand Platinum credit card next week

    Qantas will launch its own-brand credit card next Monday, June 5, as the airline seeks to become a power player in the Australian financial services industry. It's estimated that 35% of all credit card spending in Australia is already done using a co-branded Qantas credit card under a partnershi...

    POSTED 30 May, 2017 38 Comments

  • How airlines make more money selling points than seats

    Does your wallet contain an airline-branded credit card? If so, your daily Starbucks visits, iTunes selections, and dining habits serve a critical role in keeping the US airline industry fat and happy. For carriers such as American Airlines riding Citigroup Inc. plastic, or Delta on American Exp...

    POSTED 30 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • How to book Japan Airlines flights using Qantas Points

    Booking business class and premium economy flights with Japan Airlines is a great way to spend your Qantas frequent flyer points, with JAL offering daily flights between Sydney and Tokyo, joined by JAL’s new Melbourne-Tokyo route in September. But these reservations can be trickier than mo...

    POSTED 30 May, 2017 14 Comments

  • Getting the most from the ANZ Rewards credit card program

    ANZ partners with a variety of frequent flyer programs to let its cardholders earn points on every credit card transaction they make, from Virgin Australia Velocity to neighbouring Air New Zealand Airpoints through to Cathay Pacific Asia Miles and even Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer. Members of th...

    POSTED 26 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • Your guide to Westpac's Altitude Rewards credit card program

    With airline partners ranging from Virgin Australia right through to Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines and Air New Zealand, Westpac’s credit card-linked Altitude Rewards program gives travellers the freedom to choose how and where they earn and spend frequent flyer point...

    POSTED 24 May, 2017 4 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines Enrich hikes business, first class reward rates

    Malaysia Airlines’ Enrich frequent flyer program will become significantly less enriching from next month with substantial hikes to the number of miles needed for business and first class upgrades, and new rates applying to all bookings made with partner airlines including Qantas and Emirat...

    POSTED 23 May, 2017 10 Comments

  • How to claim missing Qantas frequent flyer points after flying

    When you fly with Qantas or one of its many partner airlines, your frequent flyer points will normally land in your account within a few weeks of travel – often, it’s much faster than that, but occasionally, those points just never show up! If you haven’t received your frequent...

    POSTED 22 May, 2017 4 Comments

  • Convert your ANZ reward points to Velocity points for a 50% bonus

    Sitting on a pile of ANZ reward points earned from an ANZ Rewards Black, ANZ Rewards Platinum, ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures or entry-level ANZ Rewards classic credit card? Convert them into Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer points this month and you’ll pick up a staggering 50% bonu...

    POSTED 21 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • How to check for Qantas business class upgrades before you book

    Upgrading from economy to business class is one of the best ways you can spend your Qantas frequent flyer points: and when travelling within Australia, there’s an easy way to check if upgrades are available on any given flight before booking your ticket. It’s a great strategy for bus...

    POSTED 19 May, 2017 19 Comments

  • May's top five Virgin Australia Velocity credit card deals

    Just because winter is near doesn't mean your credit card frequent flyer points need lose their summer glow, with American Express, ANZ, Citibank, NAB, Virgin Money and Westpac placing almost 600,000 Virgin Australia Velocity points on the table for eligible new customers. You could even earn as...

    POSTED 17 May, 2017 4 Comments

  • AMEX boosts Virgin Australia points, teases 100,000-point bonus

    American Express is revamping its Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer credit cards to introduce a higher everyday earning rate and a boosted sign-up bonus with its AMEX Velocity Platinum Card. New AMEX customers who apply for the Velocity Platinum Card by July 31 2017 and spend at least $1,...

    POSTED 16 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • The best ways to spend 250,000 Qantas frequent flyer points

    Qantas frequent flyer points are incredibly easy to earn, whether from actually flying or from credit card spend, online shopping, buying groceries at Woolworths and more: but once you’ve built up a nice bounty of points, what are the best ways you can spend those points? What’s more...

    POSTED 15 May, 2017 3 Comments

  • Qantas' frequent flyer arm is now worth almost $4 billion

    A once-unwanted Qantas division with no planes or passengers is turning into the Australian airline’s biggest money spinner. Qantas’ frequent-flyer business, earmarked for sale at least twice, has delivered consistent growth since the airline’s historic loss in 2012. Now Chief ...

    POSTED 12 May, 2017 16 Comments

  • Air Canada to ditch Aeroplan, relaunch own frequent flyer scheme

    Air Canada will axe its Aeroplan frequent flyer program in favour of an all-new loyalty scheme to launch in 2020. The move will see the Star Alliance member take back control of its rewards scheme, which was spun out and then sold off to become a fully independent scheme by 2008 in order to help...

    POSTED 12 May, 2017 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia sues as BP attempts to end partnership

    Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer arm is taking BP Australia to court as the petrol giant moves to align itself with the competing Woolworths Rewards loyalty program: and by extension, the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme, in what Velocity claims is a breach of contract. In documents ...

    POSTED 11 May, 2017 30 Comments

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

    On the hunt for a new credit card that delivers Qantas Frequent Flyer points? Then take a look at the latest offers from American Express, ANZ, Citibank, HSBC, St. George and Westpac, which collectively place almost 700,000 Qantas Points on the table. You could even earn as many as 100,000 Qanta...

    POSTED 10 May, 2017 1 Comment

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