• RewardPay reduces business payment processing fees

    In light of American Express’ April 15th devaluation of reward points, business payment service RewardPay has announced overall lower rates for the service, as well as tiered rates depending on the size of the payments you make with the service. RewardPay’s fees are now just 2.15%+ G...

    POSTED 15 Apr, 2019 0 Comments

  • Should employees be allowed to keep points earned on staff travel?

    Michael Valkevich, Vice President of Global Sales and Program Management, Asia Pacific for CWT, argues that even when a company pays for staff travel, employees should be allowed to keep those frequent flyer miles (and status credits) earned on the trip. While most companies know better than to ...

    POSTED 2 Apr, 2019 65 Comments

  • Accor promises no devaluations in new ALL scheme, Accor Plus to stay

    Accor’s new ALL loyalty scheme aims to bring the loyalty programs of its existing brands and recent acquisitions under one roof, while also introducing additional Diamond and Black tier levels for Accor’s most valuable customers. The idea for a loyalty scheme encompassing the entire ...

    POSTED 27 Mar, 2019 9 Comments

  • Accor ALL hotel loyalty scheme to get Diamond, Black status tiers

    Accor Hotels' new ALL loyalty scheme, which replaces the LeClub rewards program later this year, will gain new Diamond and Black top-tier status levels above Platinum. ALL Diamond will require customers to earn 26,000 status points per year, compared to the 14,000 point requirement of ALL P...

    POSTED 4 Mar, 2019 27 Comments

  • Accor's Le Club hotel loyalty program to become 'All'

    Accor Hotels will relaunch its existing Le Club loyalty program by the end of the year, under a new brand known as ‘All’ – Accor Live Limitless – which will adopt a focus on its members’ broader interests beyond merely hotel stays. Early partnerships include IMG for...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2019 14 Comments

  • Macquarie Bank cancels Hilton Honors Visa credit card

    Macquarie Bank’s Hilton Honors Visa Platinum credit card will be withdrawn from the Australian market as of May 1 2019, after previously being made unavailable to new applicants from last year. All existing cardholders will be transitioned over to Macquarie’s Rewards Black credit car...

    POSTED 5 Feb, 2019 13 Comments

  • How to quickly earn Qantas Points and keep your points balance alive

    There are plenty of stories about travellers who have lost their hard-earned stash of Qantas Frequent Flyer points  due to their expiry after 18 months of no earning or spending activity. And while no Australian Business Traveller reader would no issues keeping their Qantas Points...

    POSTED 24 Jan, 2019 1 Comment

  • Your guide to the new Marriott Bonvoy program: status, perks and more

    Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards schemes will finally come together under the single Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program from February 13. Marking the culmination of the long-running merger between Marriott, Starwood and The Ritz-Carlton, Marriott Bonvoy b...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2019 16 Comments

  • American Express cuts frequent flyer points on David Jones cards

    American Express cardholders with David Jones-branded credit cards will earn fewer frequent flyer points on their purchases from April 15 2019, joining the bulk of AMEX’s other cards which are already having their points-earning power reduced from the same date. Read: American Express over...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2019 5 Comments

  • Is InterContinental Ambassador status worth buying in 2019?

    The InterContinental Ambassador program is a paid membership which unlocks a number of benefits when staying at InterContinental-branded hotels and resorts worldwide. In effect, for the US$200 sign-up free and US$150 each year following, you're buying status and its associated perks such as free...

    POSTED 9 Jan, 2019 9 Comments

  • Qantas Business Rewards makes everyday business travel more rewarding

    If you’re a business owner looking to maximise your Qantas Points earn, Qantas is on board with your business thanks to the Qantas Business Rewards program – all you need is a valid ABN and you can save on flights1 and start earning Qantas Points2 for your business when you&...

    POSTED 7 Jan, 2019 0 Comments

  • Fast-track to Marriott Rewards Gold, Platinum status

    Have some upcoming stays planned at hotels like Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Westin, and other properties attached to the combined Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty programs such as W, Autograph Collection and Sheraton? Those stays – and any new ones you...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2018 11 Comments

  • Fly higher: how to get an airline status match

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. So you've flown those many tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of miles and earned Gold, Platinum or some other shiny badge of elite status with the frequent flyer scheme of ...

    POSTED 17 Dec, 2018 24 Comments

  • Qantas Restaurants scheme to close January 2019

    Qantas is shutting down its Qantas Restaurants scheme which allowed diners to earn frequent flyer points with every meal. The program encouraged Qantas frequent flyers to book a table at over 4,000 restaurants, with the person making the booking earning 100 Qantas Points for each member of the g...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2018 11 Comments

  • The Uber Rewards loyalty program: status, points and perks explained

    Uber plans to roll out its new Uber Rewards frequent flyer rider scheme on a worldwide basis, including Australia, with passengers enjoying perks such as surge-free pricing, priority airport pick-up and free "surprise upgrades" from UberX bookings to a premium Uber Black ride. The program will l...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2018 4 Comments

  • How to choose the right frequent flyer program

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Every business traveller should belong to at least one frequent flyer program – but making that choice isn't as straightforward as you may think. While the Qantas Frequent Fl...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2018 4 Comments

  • Earn points paying your business expenses (including tax and super)

    If you’re looking to aggressively boost your frequent flyer points balance, RewardPay lets you earn reward points on almost any transaction your business makes – depending on your circumstances, this can add up to millions of points a year and get you flying at the pointy end of the p...

    POSTED 14 Nov, 2018 0 Comments

  • Triple-jump your way to Platinum status with a single trip

    Your next trip to Europe could also be the ticket to top-tier Platinum frequent flyer status and the prized Emerald equivalent across all Oneworld airlines – status which we rate as the best that a frequent flyer can have. The key to unlocking that shiny card and all the perks which come w...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2018 18 Comments

  • How much could you save on corporate travel with Singapore Airlines?

    If your business has employees that regularly travel domestically and internationally, your company could save a significant amount on its air travel when signing up for the Singapore Airlines Corporate Travel Programme. This article is sponsored by Singapore Airlines The Corporate Travel Progr...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2018 0 Comments

  • Your guide to Cathay Pacific's Business Plus reward program

    Cathay Pacific’s Business Plus loyalty program provides companies and their travellers with valuable benefits as a reward for booking Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights. Free to join, perks range from complimentary Marco Polo Club memberships through to lounge access, flight upgrades...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2018 1 Comment

  • Your guide to Singapore Airlines’ Business Travel Programmes

    Do your employees frequently travel to Asia and beyond? If so, Singapore Airlines’ Business Travel Programmes may be able to save you money or help you earn greater rewards faster. With two different programmes that cater to different business sizes and requirements, you’ll be able t...

    POSTED 5 Sep, 2018 0 Comments

  • Citibank doubles down with new linked Diners Club credit card

    Citibank is broadening its portfolio of points-earning credit cards with a new Citibank Diners Club card, available in conjunction with the bank’s existing Citibank Platinum, Signature and Prestige Visa credit cards. Issued by Diners Club but serviced by Citibank, cardholders have access t...

    POSTED 23 Aug, 2018 8 Comments

  • Unique experiences with the Marriot Moments program

    If you find yourself with more Marriott Rewards points than you know what to do with, take advantage of the Marriott Moments program and score unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences for you and your friends or family. With over 100,000 experiences and thousands of Marriott-exclusive offers, you&...

    POSTED 3 Jul, 2018 0 Comments

  • Marriott's new program: how many points you'll need to book a stay

    With Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards being merged into one giant hotel loyalty program from August 1, Marriott has finally revealed how many points will be needed to book a room at each hotel under the new scheme. This includes the shift from a flat rate to de...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2018 7 Comments

  • Winners and losers from Starwood SPG in Marriott's new program

    With the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program winding down in August, SPG members will soon be moved across to a new, giant loyalty program under the Marriott banner, bringing with it a fresh set of rules, benefits and status levels, as one of the final stages of the Marriott+SPG merger. For a...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2018 11 Comments

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