• Have a Commonwealth Bank credit card? It’s time to cancel it NOW!

    The Commonwealth Bank may be Australia’s largest credit card issuer, but its range of frequent flyer credit cards are far from the best: in fact, under recent changes made by the bank, CBA’s cards are now among the worst in the country for earning frequent flyer points on your everyda...

    POSTED 16 Aug, 2017 34 Comments

  • The best Mastercard, Visa credit cards to pair with your AMEX

    American Express is accepted in many places, but there are still times when you’ll need to swipe your Mastercard or Visa instead – and that’s where having a solid back-up option to your AMEX card can keep you earning a respectable number of points. Australian Business Traveller...

    POSTED 16 Aug, 2017 10 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 15 Aug, 2017 3 Comments

  • American Express beefs up Qantas AMEX Ultimate credit card perks

    Spenders with the Qantas American Express Ultimate credit card will soon receive new airport lounge perks, wine club membership and extra frequent flyer points on that wine spend, plus a $450 travel credit each year: all from October 31 2017. Top of the roster: two complimentary Qantas lounge in...

    POSTED 14 Aug, 2017 17 Comments

  • Best ways to spend 100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards Gateway points

    American Express Explorer and Business Explorer cardholders can convert their Membership Rewards Gateway credit card points into frequent flyer points with eight partner airlines and two hotel chains: but which of these programs present the best value for savvy spenders? With AMEX Explorer custo...

    POSTED 11 Aug, 2017 5 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 10 Aug, 2017 8 Comments

  • How to get Qantas Lifetime Silver status

    Qantas Lifetime Silver status offers some respectable perks like priority check-in, bonus points when booking Qantas flights and a boosted baggage allowance when flying with Qantas, plus priority boarding with selected partner airlines. Lifetime Silver is also the halfway point en route to Lifet...

    POSTED 9 Aug, 2017 30 Comments

  • Top tips for booking Japan Airlines flights using Qantas Points

    Qantas Frequent Flyer points can be used to book flights with Qantas and its web of airline partners, including Japan Airlines which flies daily between Sydney and Tokyo and will launch non-stop Melbourne-Tokyo flights in September. However, many Australian Business Traveller readers have found ...

    POSTED 1 Aug, 2017 8 Comments

  • Double-dip on credit card points with an additional cardholder

    One of the easiest ways to earn frequent flyer points is to pay for your everyday purchases using a points-earning credit card – and to maximise the number of points you can earn, adding your partner or spouse to your credit card account as an ‘additional cardholder’ can be a gr...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2017 11 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines first class upgrade guide

    Business class is a comfortable way to fly, but if you’re taking a Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380 flight, there are many ways you can swap your business class seat for a first class suite. Whether you have Malaysia Airlines Enrich miles to spend or are prepared to pay for your bump-up, here...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2017 3 Comments

  • Best credit cards for earning Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles

    Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer frequent flyer scheme is a favourite among savvy spenders, particularly for using miles to fly in business class or even first class to Singapore and beyond. Earning those miles in Australia couldn’t be easier, thanks to a range of KrisFlyer-earning cred...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2017 9 Comments

  • Book Virgin Australia’s Melbourne-Hong Kong flights using points

    Virgin Australia Velocity members can now book non-stop flights from Melbourne to Hong Kong using their Velocity points – here’s how it’s done, whether you have enough points to snare a business class suite or a humble economy class seat. Step 1: Searching for Virgin Australia ...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2017 4 Comments

  • Low-cost Qantas business, first class buying US frequent flyer miles

    UPDATE | A new AAdvantage 'buy miles' promotion is underway, this time offering a bonus of up to 100,000 miles on American Airlines mileage purchases plus cash discounts of 10% on the purchase price through August 1 2017 for use on Qantas, Cathay Pacific and other Oneworld airlines. Given the cu...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2017 46 Comments

  • July's top Virgin Australia Velocity credit card sign-up deals

    With the Reserve Bank's cuts to credit card 'interchange fees' now in force, many Australian credit card issuers are vying to make their cards appealing to points-savvy spenders, with over 700,000 Virgin Australia Velocity points currently on the table through an array of top offers from American...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2017 1 Comment

  • American Express launches new Business Explorer credit card

    American Express’ new Business Explorer credit card allows entrepreneurs to earn frequent flyer points on their business purchases at generous and uncapped rates, with an annual fee of $395 that won’t break the bank. Attached to the Membership Rewards Gateway (MRG) program, cardholde...

    POSTED 17 Jul, 2017 6 Comments

  • How to get a SkyTeam Elite, Elite Plus status match

    If you passport wallet packs a Gold or Platinum frequent flyer card from the likes of Qantas and Virgin Australia, this SkyTeam status match will unlock similar VIP perks with the likes of Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, Korean Ai...

    POSTED 14 Jul, 2017 33 Comments

  • Virgin Australia unlocks Singapore Airlines first class rewards

    EXCLUSIVE | Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer members can now book Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 first class and Airbus A380 'Suites Class' flights using their Velocity points, with Singapore Airlines premium economy reward flights also being made available to Velocity members from Augus...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2017 9 Comments

  • Qantas Gold status match is Velocity's secret weapon

    As Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer arm ticks past the 8 million member milestone, CEO Karl Schuster is ready to shift gears from adding new members to helping existing ones climb the status ladder. “We’ve had a big focus on acquisition over the past 12 months, we&rsq...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2017 23 Comments

  • The top credit cards for earning Virgin Australia Velocity points

    Banks across Australia are making substantial changes to the way that credit card users can earn frequent flyer points – but even if your current card is in the firing line, you can still scoop up a solid number of Virgin Australia Velocity points on your everyday spends. For instance, you...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2017 6 Comments

  • Earn Velocity points: Hainan, Hong Kong Airlines, Beijing Capital

    Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer members can now earn Velocity points and status credits when travelling aboard Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Beijing Capital Airlines and Tianjin Airlines flights. With Hong Kong Airlines, points can be earned on all flights except those to and fro...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2017 12 Comments

  • NAB unveils new Qantas, NAB Rewards Visa Signature credit cards

    NAB’s line-up of frequent flyer credit cards continues to expand with two new high-end Visa Signature cards joining the ranks this week: marking the bank’s first Black-level plastic. This includes both the NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card – delivering Qantas Points – and...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2017 8 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines launches HighFlyer business reward scheme

    Businesses booking Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights for their employees can now earn points on those company tickets through the airline’s new HighFlyer reward program. Designed for businesses with up to 30 travelling employees, businesses can earn five HighFlyer points for every Sin...

    POSTED 5 Jul, 2017 1 Comment

  • How to claim missing Cathay Pacific Asia Miles after your flight

    Earning Asia Miles when flying with Cathay Pacific and its partner airlines like Qantas is usually straightforward: attach your Asia Miles number to your booking before you travel and those miles tend to appear without much hassle. But occasionally, the miles you’re owed never turn up, or ...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • United Airlines hikes MileagePlus frequent flyer reward rates

    United Airlines MileagePlus devaluation slams Aussie flights to Asia Popular first class redemptions rocket from 40,000 miles to 65,000 miles Many business class reward flights up from 30,000 miles to 50,000 miles Using your MileagePlus miles to book flights with United and its Star Allian...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2017 9 Comments

  • The five best credit cards for booking Qantas flights

    Why settle for earning just one Qantas frequent flyer point per dollar spent booking airfares – or even less – when switching to a different credit card could have you pocketing almost three times that amount? Better yet, these credit card points come on top of  the points you'd...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2017 12 Comments

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