• Virgin Australia overhauls Velocity Global Wallet points, fees

    Spenders using the Velocity Global Wallet Visa Debit travel card will earn Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points at revised rates and be stung with several new and increased fees under changes being made this month. But the shake-up is a real mixed bag, with some transactions earning m...

    POSTED 1 Sep, 2017 7 Comments

  • Qantas, Virgin Australia sever frequent flyer ties with Airberlin

    Qantas and Virgin Australia are severing their respective frequent flyer partnerships with Airberlin as the German airline continues its insolvency proceedings. Qantas Frequent Flyer members will no longer earn Qantas Points or status credits aboard Airberlin flights with an AB or HG flight numb...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2017 9 Comments

  • Bank Australia cuts credit card Qantas frequent flyer points

    Bank Australia is finally showing its hand following the RBA’s cuts to credit card interchange fees, with the bank's Qantas Platinum Rewards Visa credit card users to earn fewer Qantas Points as of October. Currently, the card provides one Qantas Point per dollar spent, uncapped: but as of...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2017 8 Comments

  • Top tips for securing your dream frequent flyer reward flight

    Using your frequent flyer points to book a business class flight, or even a first class sojourn, is one of the best ways you can spend those points – but as any experienced points-gatherer will attest, finding a suitable reward flight is often the hardest part. That’s because airline...

    POSTED 28 Aug, 2017 15 Comments

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

    Searching for a credit card that delivers loads of Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer points? Then take a look at these top offers from American Express, ANZ, Bank of Melbourne, St. George, Virgin Money and Westpac which collectively place almost 700,000 bonus Velocity points on the table t...

    POSTED 28 Aug, 2017 2 Comments

  • How to ~quintuple~ dip on elite status with Singapore Airlines

    What if we told you that just four return business class trips to London could unlock elite status in not just one, but five frequent flyer, hotel loyalty and car hire rewards programs? It works like this: there’s a sneaky way that you can build frequent flyer status with both Singapore Ai...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2017 18 Comments

  • Frequent flyer tip: how to calculate the distance of your flight

    In many frequent flyer schemes – Qantas and Velocity Frequent Flyer included – the number of points needed to book a flight is based on the distance of each flight: so by knowing a flight’s length in miles, you can determine how many points are need to secure a seat. It’s...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2017 7 Comments

  • August's top Qantas frequent flyer credit card sign-up offers

    Spring is at our doorstep, and the country's top Qantas Frequent Flyer credit cards are getting into the spirit through some seriously hot offers, with over half a million Qantas Points on the table under these top deals from American Express, ANZ, St. George and Westpac. Several cards tempt wit...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2017 5 Comments

  • Virgin Australia Velocity ends partnership with four hotel chains

    Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer members will no longer be able to earn Velocity points on hotel stays with Jumeirah International; Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces; Meritus Hotels and Resorts; and Hotel Urban Group from September 2017. That means no more Velocity points at s...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2017 16 Comments

  • Bendigo Bank launches new Qantas Platinum Mastercard

    EXCLUSIVE | Bendigo Bank is making its first foray into frequent flyer-earning credit cards with the launch of the new Bendigo Bank Qantas Platinum Mastercard. Customers can earn 0.6 Qantas Points per dollar spent up to $20,000 per monthly statement period against an annual fee of $149: albeit l...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2017 7 Comments

  • Air China business class upgrade guide

    Stuck flying in Air China economy? If you're booked on a flexible ticket, you may be able to upgrade that economy seat for a place in business class, using frequent flyer points (or miles) from an array of Star Alliance programs. Among them: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Thai Airways Royal Orchi...

    POSTED 21 Aug, 2017 2 Comments

  • 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 Business Explo...

    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 9 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

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