• Five reasons to slip an ANZ Black card into your pocket or purse

    Week in and week out, Australian Business Traveller casts an expert eye across the best credit cards for business travellers and frequent flyers. There's been an increasing trend of late towards premium black cards boasting a swag of benefits, and foremost among these are the ANZ Rewards Bl...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2016 0 Comments

  • How to buy a car using your frequent flyer credit card

    Credit cards are a great way to earn frequent flyer points every day, but using one to buy your next car could be a boon for your points balance. That’s because credit cards award points based on how many dollars you’ve spent – so charging a high-value purchase like a shiny set...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2016 18 Comments

  • Etihad to shut out Silver frequent flyers from airport lounges

    Etihad Guest Silver members will no longer enjoy worldwide airport lounge access from next year under the airline’s latest round of revamps to its frequent flyer program. Silver-tier flyers can currently use Etihad airport lounges around the globe when travelling on an Etihad Airways fligh...

    POSTED 5 Oct, 2016 10 Comments

  • October's hottest Virgin Australia Velocity credit card deals

    Spring into October with a bonus of up to 100,000 Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points from a single credit card application, with a solid 300,000 Velocity points on the table among these top five deals in our monthly round-up. Here's what's on offer including how much you'll pay in a...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2016 5 Comments

  • Inside Emirates iO: a secret invitation-only club for VIP flyers

    Ask Emirates about the higher-than-Platinum ‘Invitation Only’ status level in its Skywards frequent flyer program and you’re likely to be told “No comment” or “We don’t like to talk about that.” Indeed, the aptly-named iO tier is like one of those ...

    POSTED 30 Sep, 2016 5 Comments

  • Virgin Australia says Velocity Live is all about the experience

    Virgin Australia's frequent flyers will soon be able to enjoy preferred seating and even upgrades at concerts and sporting events as well as on the plane. The airline’s Velocity Frequent Flyer arm has fired its latest salvo in the loyalty war against Qantas with the launch of the Velocity ...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2016 2 Comments

  • Velocity accounts being suspended due to suspect points transfers

    Members of Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program are being caught in the net as Velocity sweeps its database to uncover points being transferred to people other than a member's immediate family. Australian Business Traveller has learned of over two dozen frequent flyers whose ...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2016 15 Comments

  • Spotlight: New ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures credit cards

    The new ANZ Rewards Travel Adventures credit card offers a range of features for globetrotters including a Virgin Australia domestic return flight each year until the card is cancelled after spending $500 on eligible purchases in the first three months1 , no overseas transaction fe...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Aer Lingus to launch AerClub "late 2016" with double Avios deal

    Aer Lingus expects to launch its AerClub frequent flyer program before the end of this year, replacing the airline’s long-running Gold Circle loyalty program with not just a new rewards scheme but a new currency. The Irish flag-carrier will adopt the same Avios points as used by siblings B...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • September's sweetest Qantas frequent flyer credit card sign-up deals

    You could be swimming in Qantas frequent flyer points this September by applying for a new credit card from American Express, ANZ, Citibank or HSBC, with a mighty 285,000 Qantas Points on the table between them. But more reasonably, just a single card application could return as many as 80,000 Q...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Convert Citi Rewards credit card points into Virgin Australia Velocity points

    Most Citibank customers can convert their Citi Rewards credit card points into Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points to use towards free flights or even upgrades to premium economy and business class. But as to how many Velocity Frequent Flyer points you’ll get in exchange for yo...

    POSTED 16 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • Does Qantas offer 'lifetime Platinum' frequent flyer status?

    Can you get Lifetime Platinum status in the Qantas Frequent Flyer program? Lifetime Platinum status with Qantas remains a fervent wish of many Aussie frequent flyers, but the highest you can climb on the lifetime status scale is Gold – and Qantas has shown no intention of changing that. A...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2016 1 Comment

  • Just reached Velocity Gold? Make the most of your new perks

    Virgin Australia’s Velocity Gold frequent flyer tier offers more than just lounge access and priority queuing at the airport, with benefits also covering your hotel stays, car hires, CBD workspaces and more. We’ve assembled five of the best perks that come with Velocity Gold which yo...

    POSTED 26 Aug, 2016 7 Comments

  • British Airways Lifetime Gold is the next best thing to Qantas Lifetime Platinum

    While the Qantas Frequent Flyer program has shied away from offering Lifetime Platinum status, there’s still a way to lock-in lifelong access to top-grade benefits such as priority boarding and even the luxe Qantas First Class lounges. That shiny solution is to chase Lifetime Gold status i...

    POSTED 26 Aug, 2016 45 Comments

  • Is Qantas Lifetime Silver status worth having?

    My Qantas Frequent Flyer statement says I'm on the way to Lifetime Silver status – but is that a goal worth chasing and a card worth having? Any frequent flyer status is better than none, especially if it's earned through your usual travel habits... but we'd have to honestly say that Qanta...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2016 1 Comment

  • Converting AMEX Membership Rewards points into Emirates Skywards miles

    Converting your American Express Membership Rewards points into Emirates Skywards frequent flyer miles can help you unlock flights and upgrades with the Gulf airline to business class, or even first class. It's quick and easy to move your points across: just head to this page on the American Exp...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Qantas flyers will be worse off under revamped Woolworths Rewards scheme

    Woolworths launches its overhauled loyalty program this week, with shoppers once again able to collect Qantas Points – but frequent flyers will be largely worse off compared to the retailer's previous Qantas partnership. The bottom line: you'll need to spend almost twice as much at the Woo...

    POSTED 22 Aug, 2016 9 Comments

  • Woolworths brings back Qantas points in revamped rewards scheme

    New ‘Woolworths Points’ available on all supermarket products 2,000 Woolworths points = 870 Qantas Points Also includes Caltex service stations, BWS stores EXCLUSIVE | Woolworths will relaunch its rewards scheme on August 31 and once again offer Qantas frequent flyer points to ...

    POSTED 19 Aug, 2016 37 Comments

  • New Woolworths, Caltex deal earns Qantas frequent points on fuel

    EXCLUSIVE | Qantas frequent flyers will once again be able to earn points buying petrol following a relaunch of the Woolworths Rewards scheme. The revised program will offer one Woolworths Point for every dollar spent at the pump at affiliated Caltex-Woolworths outlets, although this will not in...

    POSTED 19 Aug, 2016 10 Comments

  • Introducing British Airways 'On Business' program

    British Airways' On Business program lets your company earn frequent flyer points alongside your own serve of points, so you'll be eligible for that upgrade or free reward flight even faster than before. This article is sponsored by British Airways. If you’re a frequent traveller wit...

    POSTED 18 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • How to use a temporary Velocity card to earn points on BP petrol

    You might know this feeling: your car's running low on petrol so you pull up at a BP service station and fill the tank, only to realise you don't have your Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer card handy. That's an easy serve of Velocity points down the drain, at a rate of two points per lit...

    POSTED 18 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Get Qantas Gold frequent flyer perks in a single trip

    TRAVEL HACK | What if we told you of a way to get the most appealing perks of Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold status in just one trip? We're talking airport lounge access – and not just to Qantas lounges but those of Oneworld airlines such as British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airli...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2016 5 Comments

  • Frequent flyers: are you a lover, a prisoner or a crazy ex..?

    Platinum, Gold or Silver..? The colour of your airline card is an easy way to categorise frequent flyers. But the world of customer loyalty is far more complex, as are the relationships between customers and brands. So here's a new way of looking at the loyalty landscape: through the lens of em...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2016 6 Comments

  • How to turn your credit card points into frequent flyer points

    Most Australian credit cards allow customers to earn frequent flyer points with Qantas, Virgin Australia and other airlines – and in many cases, the equivalent loyalty programs of hotel chains such as Hilton and Starwood. But often, you'll start by picking up 'reward points' in the card's ...

    POSTED 12 Aug, 2016 7 Comments

  • The best ways to use Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles

    Upgrades to business class or first class are usually considered one of the best ways to use frequent flyer points, but Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer program proves the exception to that rule. Certainly, you can use KrisFlyer miles to upgrade on Singapore Airlines or its regional subsidiar...

    POSTED 9 Aug, 2016 18 Comments

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