• Why you should have a business credit card

    Using a credit card to pay for everyday business expenses is one of the easiest ways business owners can earn frequent flyer points – and unlike personal credit cards, most business cards can also be synchronised with accounting programs like MYOB and Quicken for easy bookkeeping and reconc...

    POSTED 29 Jun, 2017 6 Comments

  • A taxing question: can your business buy frequent flyer points?

    TALKING POINT | Bulk-buying frequent flyer points can be the pathway to some extraordinary savings on business travel. Case in point: United Airlines is currently offering bonuses of up to 75% on purchasing MileagePlus miles which can be used to book travel on Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Tha...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2017 2 Comments

  • How to claim missing Emirates Skywards miles after your flight

    When you fly with Emirates, any frequent flyer points you’re owed will usually appear in your Emirates Skywards account automatically – but from time to time, those points simply never arrive, and that’s when you’ll need to claim your share by submitting a request. The pr...

    POSTED 22 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

  • Bulk-buy United miles for huge savings on business, first class flights

    UPDATE | A new United Airlines 'buy miles' promotion is underway, giving bonuses of up to 75% on MileagePlus purchases through 2:59pm (Sydney time) on July 4 2017 which can then be redeemed for travel on Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, United Airlines and other Star Alliance members...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2017 57 Comments

  • Earn bonus Qantas status credits with a new ANZ credit card

    Qantas status credits are normally given as a reward for flying with the Roo and its alliance partners, and help you climb the ladder to Silver, Gold and even Platinum frequent flyer status – but thanks to ANZ, there’s also a sneaky way you can earn some bonus status credits through y...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

  • Top five credit cards for earning Qantas frequent flyer points

    Banks across Australia are cutting the number of frequent flyer points that credit card users can earn in response to the Reserve Bank’s new cap on credit card ‘interchange fees’ – so if your existing plastic is about to become less fantastic, it's time to make a move. Fo...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2017 9 Comments

  • Virgin America ends Virgin Australia frequent flyer partnership

    Virgin America will pull down the shutters on its frequent flyer partnership with Virgin Australia in September 2017, as the Branson-backed US carrier makes ready to be swallowed whole by new owner Alaska Airlines. The last date for booking Virgin America flights using Velocity points is Septemb...

    POSTED 17 Jun, 2017 6 Comments

  • Top Qantas frequent flyer credit card sign-up deals

    In the market for a new credit card with a sizeable chunk of bonus points on the side? Then peruse these latest offers from American Express, ANZ, Bank of Melbourne, Citibank, HSBC, Qantas Money, St. George and Westpac, with collectively place over 700,000 Qantas Points on the table. Even one ca...

    POSTED 16 Jun, 2017 4 Comments

  • Top Australian credit cards for earning Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

    Using Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles program is a great way to upgrade from economy to premium economy, onward to business class or even from business class to first class with the airline – or to book flights with Cathay Pacific and its Oneworld partners including Qantas, British Airway...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2017 5 Comments

  • How the Qantas Premier Mastercard stacks up to the competition

    The new Qantas Premier Mastercard offers up to 1.5 Qantas frequent flyer points per dollar spent, a bonus of 60,000 Qantas Points for eligible new cardholders, further bonus points when booking Qantas flights and airport lounge passes. It's a decent feature set – but how does the airline's...

    POSTED 14 Jun, 2017 22 Comments

  • Qantas: "we won't give away status credits at supermarkets"

    Qantas is ramping up its points game with the launch of an own-branded credit card but the head of the airline's frequent flyer arm says there are no plans to make status credits available at the supermarket. "The way I think about it is that status credits are about recognition for your lo...

    POSTED 13 Jun, 2017 18 Comments

  • 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

  • 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

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