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

    Getting the new financial year off to a rewarding start, this month's top Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card sign-up deals place over 1.1 million Qantas Points on the table, with a single card application pocketing six figures worth of bonus points. Of course, that's only the beginning – co...

    POSTED 17 Jul, 2018 3 Comments

  • The Flybuys, Etihad Guest partnership will end on July 31

    Flybuys and Etihad Guest will part ways from August following months of uncertainty for cardholders, who have been unable to convert their Flybuys points into Etihad Guest miles since December 2017 due to “technical issues”. A spokesperson for Etihad Airways confirmed the end of the ...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2018 5 Comments

  • Top Virgin Australia Velocity credit card sign-up deals for July

    With over half a million bonus Velocity points on the cards this month and up to 120,000 Velocity points on offer from a single card application, switching to a new credit card for your business or personal spends could allow you to double-down on points: firstly from that generous sign-up bounty...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2018 8 Comments

  • Commonwealth Bank Awards adds 10 new airline, hotel points partners

    IN BRIEF | Commonwealth Bank Awards credit card points can now be converted into frequent flyer points with 9 new airline partners – spanning Oneworld, Star Alliance, SkyTeam and beyond – and into hotel loyalty points with InterContinental as well. Among the newly-added options are d...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2018 5 Comments

  • Top Australian credit cards for earning Cathay Pacific Asia Miles

    Despite recent changes to the Cathay Pacific Asia Miles scheme, the frequent flyer program remains a relatively attractive way to book Cathay Pacific business class and first class flights using miles, often for fewer points than through other Oneworld programs like Qantas Frequent Flyer. Austra...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2018 2 Comments

  • Revised American Express points transfer rate for SPG, Marriott

    With the imminent merger of the Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest programs, American Express is revising the conversion rate for transferring American Express Membership Rewards credit card points into the new combined hotel loyalty scheme. The revamped rates kick in from August...

    POSTED 3 Jul, 2018 15 Comments

  • Using Velocity frequent flyer points to book Alitalia flights

    One of Velocity Frequent Flyer's lesser-known partners is SkyTeam alliance member Alitalia: based in Italy, offering a broad network of flights both long and short to get you to Europe and around the continent. Reward flight bookings with Alitalia also require fewer points than most of Virgin Au...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2018 5 Comments

  • One year on from the RBA points apocalypse: the best cards of 2018

    July 1 marks one year since the Reserve Bank of Australia introduced a cap on domestic credit card ‘interchange fees’, which prompted almost every Aussie bank and credit card issuer to rethink their points-earning plastic: hiking fees, cutting back those points or even a combination o...

    POSTED 27 Jun, 2018 26 Comments

  • Is Qantas planning a Premier Black credit card?

    Qantas looks set to to release a black edition of its Premier credit card following up the successful 2017 launch of the Premier platinum card. The airline has conducted a series of invitation-only workshops to sound out current Qantas Premier platinum cardholders on the appeal of a more ex...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2018 43 Comments

  • How to book two flights for the price of one using Qantas Points

    TRAVEL HACK | Planning to book a flight using your hard-earned Qantas Points? You may, in fact, be able to book two flights without spending any extra points, by taking advantage of Qantas’ handy multi-city booking tool. The concept is simple: every time you book a trip using points, Qanta...

    POSTED 22 Jun, 2018 12 Comments

  • Westpac makes it easier to earn up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points

    New Westpac cardholders applying for an American Express Westpac Altitude Black bundle will find it even easier to score up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points – or 120,000 bonus Altitude points, equal to 60,000 Virgin Australia Velocity points – under the bank’s latest card off...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2018 20 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines Platinum Plus: the world's most secret VIP tier?

    Many people have heard of invitation-only frequent flyer levels like the Qantas Chairman’s Lounge and Virgin Australia’s The Club, but there’s one frequent flyer tier so top-secret, that the people who have this membership don’t even know it, or that the VIP program itself...

    POSTED 14 Jun, 2018 5 Comments

  • Commonwealth Bank axes American Express credit cards

    EXCLUSIVE | The Commonwealth Bank will stop issuing new American Express credit cards later this year and will cancel all existing CBA American Express cards in Australia before year's end. All current customers will find their CommBank Awards American Express cards disabled from November 1 2018...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2018 26 Comments

  • Top Virgin Australia Velocity credit card sign-up deals for June 2018

    With over 700,000 bonus Velocity points on the table this month from a range of top credit card offers and as many as 120,000 bonus Velocity points to be had from a single card application, switching to a new credit card can be an easy way to top-up your points balance, while also keeping the poi...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2018 5 Comments

  • Star Alliance keen on dynamic award pricing across all member airlines

    Star Alliance wants to see more of its members adopt dynamic pricing on seats booked using frequent flyer points or miles, with the eventual aim of opening up every seat on every flight across every member. Rather than airlines making just a handful of seats available to purchase with a fixed nu...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2018 7 Comments

  • Virgin Australia expands frequent flyer perks on Hainan, HK Airlines

    Virgin Australia's Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers will finally gain access to airport lounges when travelling on some Hong Kong Airlines and Hainan Airlines flights from next month, as the airlines expand their existing partnership from July 2 2018. However, in most cases, including ...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2018 15 Comments

  • Star Alliance is considering new status tiers above Gold

    Star Alliance Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond? The world's largest global airline alliance – which includes heavy-hitters such as Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and United among its roster – is looking at adding one or more top rungs to its frequent flyer ladder. Star Alliance...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2018 11 Comments

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

    It may be the beginning of winter, but that's no reason for your frequent flyer points to freeze over: particularly when this month's top Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card sign-up deals have over 1.2 million Qantas Points on the table – up to 120,000 bonus points from a single card applicat...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2018 11 Comments

  • Etihad Guest moves to 'demand-based' frequent flyer reward rates

    'Demand-based' pricing for Etihad Airways business class, economy awards No change to upgrade rates, first class awards New tiered reward rates take effect June 30 The Etihad Guest program is set for a shake-up which will see travellers pay more frequent flyer miles to book a seat during p...

    POSTED 31 May, 2018 5 Comments

  • Now you can share your Emirates Skywards miles with family pooling

    Members of Emirates’ Skywards frequent flyer program can now pool the Skywards miles they each earn from Emirates flights into a central ‘My Family’ account, making it easier to book reward flights or upgrades to business class when the family’s points are all kept togethe...

    POSTED 31 May, 2018 5 Comments

  • The best AMEX cards for earning and redeeming Velocity points

    American Express cards can be some of Australia’s most rewarding when it comes to earning Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer points – not just when you apply for a new card, but as you continue to swipe it year-round when charging your everyday personal or business purchases. I...

    POSTED 31 May, 2018 6 Comments

  • Qatar Airways hikes Privilege Club award rates, booking fees

    Members of Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club loyalty program hoping to book a flight using their hard-earned miles will now need to fork out up to 77% more miles than before to book the same journey, in sweeping changes introduced by the airline without any prior notice to members. But Qantas ...

    POSTED 28 May, 2018 9 Comments

  • The best credit cards for earning Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles

    Offering generous redemption rates for international business class and first class flights with Singapore Airlines and its network of Star Alliance airline partners, the KrisFlyer frequent flyer scheme is a favourite among savvy travellers looking to maximise their points while flying in luxury....

    POSTED 25 May, 2018 1 Comment

  • The winners and losers in Cathay Pacific's radical Asia Miles revamp

    Regional flights to earn more Asia Miles, even in economy Some business class fares to earn less points More award seats available, but mostly at higher prices Cathay Pacific is shaking up its Asia Miles loyalty program with a sweeping overhaul of how points are both earned and redeemed. V...

    POSTED 24 May, 2018 29 Comments

  • The best AMEX cards for earning and redeeming Qantas Points

    Whether you’re in the market for a new personal credit card or want to maximise the points you can earn on your business’ everyday spends, American Express cards can be a very rewarding option: both at sign-up and when continuing to use the card year-round. Taking into account each c...

    POSTED 22 May, 2018 0 Comments

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