• Use AMEX Membership Rewards points to offset everyday purchases

    American Express cardholders who earn points in the Membership Rewards scheme can now redeem those points on the fly against purchases on their credit card. Simply load up the AMEX Australia app for iPhone or Android, click on a transaction you’d like to pay for with points and then lock e...

    POSTED 2 Sep, 2015 3 Comments

  • Hertz Gold Plus Rewards: the unofficial guide

    With free upgrades for elite members and priority assistance desks for all, it makes sense to join the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program whether you rent but once a year or spend most of your days on the road. What’s more, members can earn either Hertz Rewards points or frequent flyer points...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2015 4 Comments

  • Free Shangri-La Jade, Diamond status for AMEX Platinum, Centurion

    American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders can now boost their loyalty status to Jade or Diamond in Shangri-La’s Golden Circle program, thanks to a new partnership between AMEX and the luxury hotel chain. Platinum and Platinum Business charge card customers qualify for the mid-lev...

    POSTED 2 Jul, 2015 0 Comments

  • Credit card surcharges: worth paying to earn frequent flyer points?

    Credit cards are a great way to notch up frequent flyer points on the money you spend every day, but is it worth paying a credit card surcharge just to earn those points, or are you better off reverting to ‘savings or cheque’, or even cash, when it costs more to pay with plastic? In ...

    POSTED 8 May, 2015 10 Comments

  • Fuel discounts vs frequent flyer points: which is better value?

    Through the recent tie-up between Virgin Australia and BP, motorists may now be tempted to ditch the traditional ‘four cents per litre’ fuel saving vouchers in favour of earning Velocity Frequent Flyer points on their tank of petrol. But are consumers getting the best value when payi...

    POSTED 1 May, 2015 6 Comments

  • Maximise your points in the Commonwealth Awards credit card program

    Whether you’re chasing frequent flyer points with Qantas or Virgin Australia, the Commonwealth Bank Awards program gives you the flexibility to earn with either airline without having to switch credit cards if your preferences change. CBA customers can swipe their Awards credit cards to ea...

    POSTED 20 Apr, 2015 1 Comment

  • The Europcar Privilege loyalty program for Aussie business travellers

    Whether it’s a complimentary weekend rental, an upgrade to a better hire car or even free airport lounge membership, the Europcar Privilege program packs quite a punch for the frequent road warrior. Unlike Hertz or even your typical frequent flyer scheme, Europcar does away with points ent...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2015 3 Comments

  • Our guide to the InterContinental Ambassador and Royal Ambassador schemes

    Whether you’re always on the road or travel just a handful of nights each year, the InterContinental Ambassador program quite literally pays for itself, and then some. Immediately after joining you’ll score a free weekend night certificate: a buy-one-get-one-free offer that lets you ...

    POSTED 24 Feb, 2015 2 Comments

  • What is a Qantas frequent flyer point worth?

    You may have hundreds of thousands of Qantas Frequent Flyer points, or you may have just a handful, but the question remains the same: what’s the actual value of a Qantas Frequent Flyer award point? Would you be surprised to hear that it's rarely more than 1c, and can be as low as half a c...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2014 17 Comments

  • The best American Express credit cards for frequent flyers

    American Express cards and avid frequent flyers go hand-in-hand: you’ll generally earn more points on an AMEX than you would on a Visa or MasterCard, which means booking your next award flight or business class upgrade even sooner. While American Express acceptance isn’t universal &n...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2014 7 Comments

  • Earn Qantas frequent flyer prizes playing computer quest game

    Qantas has launched a Sim City-like virtual town in which members of its frequent flyer program can earn prizes. The Quest for Qantas Points online game is intended to promote the airline's ever-broadening rewards program, which last week opened a new online shopping mall with 16 ...

    POSTED 18 Aug, 2014 1 Comment

  • Qantas Points gets a new home and a new hub for frequent flyers

    Qantas continues the evolution of its frequent flyer program into an increasingly mainstream and self-sufficient rewards scheme with this week’s launch of a dedicated Qantas Points website. QantasPoints.com acts as a hub for the program itself, which now counts over 10 million members on i...

    POSTED 14 Aug, 2014 8 Comments

  • Earn up to 2.25 AA miles per dollar spent on Aussie credit cards

    UPDATE | A new promotion is underway for members of Starwood Preferred Guest, paying out a 20% bonus on mileage transfers to American Airlines' AAdvantage program and reeling in up to 2.25 AA miles per dollar spent on Aussie credit cards. When combined with the existing SPG bonus, 20,000 Starpoi...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2014 0 Comments

  • The Starwood Preferred Guest program for Aussie business travellers

    With perks like suite upgrades, free Internet access and continental breakfast for frequent travellers, you’ll want to pop an elite Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) card into your passport wallet. The program allows members to earn and redeem points at many familiar business and luxury hotel...

    POSTED 8 Jul, 2014 5 Comments

  • Qantas Aquire: earning frequent flyer points for your business

    Make it your mission to maximise your businesses' potential to earn Qantas Aquire points, which can later be converted to Qantas Frequent Flyer points. Qantas’ Aquire scheme rewards businesses for their everyday expenses like insurance, car hire, and of course, for Qantas flights taken by ...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2014 0 Comments

  • The Hilton HHonors loyalty program for Australian travellers

    With benefits like room upgrades, free Internet access and continental breakfast for frequent guests, you’ll want to slip a Hilton HHonors card into your wallet. The program allows members to earn and redeem points at many business and luxury hotels, including the Hilton, Waldorf Astoria, ...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2014 9 Comments

  • Earn Virgin Australia frequent flyer points for luxe holidays

    Virgin Australia is adding a string of six-star resorts to its roster of Velocity Frequent Flyer partners. You may not recognise the name of new partner Kerzner International, but you'll be familiar with some of its luxury properties including Atlantis at Dubai and The Bahamas plus One&Only ...

    POSTED 27 May, 2014 0 Comments

  • Get free Starwood SPG Gold status after just one night

    A single night's stay at any Starwood group hotel – including Sheraton, Westin and W properties – can land you free Gold status in the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty program, provided you have the right credit card. MasterCard's World and World Elite plastic – whic...

    POSTED 22 Apr, 2014 5 Comments

  • Qantas, Virgin Australia or United points: our top pick for Hilton stays

    Earlier this year, the ‘points and fixed miles’ earning option faced extinction in the Hilton HHonors program, changing the way that members earn airline points or miles on their travels. Under the old scheme, travellers could earn either 1,000 Qantas or Velocity points at most Hilto...

    POSTED 3 Apr, 2014 6 Comments

  • Qantas Frequent Flyer: business travellers earn more Aquire points

    Business travellers are the clear winners in Qantas' new Aquire rewards program, which will calculate the number of Aquire Points issued to passengers based on their haul of Qantas frequent flyer points. Qantas Aquire launches today, Monday March 31, and will let Australian businesses earn ...

    POSTED 31 Mar, 2014 0 Comments

  • Qantas epiQure vs Virgin Wines: flogging fizz to frequent flyers

    Want to top up your wine cellar and your Qantas or Virgin Australia frequent flyer balance at the same time? Both airlines tempt travellers with online wine stores - badged as Qantas epiQure and Virgin Wines – where you earn three points for every dollar spend. So which pro...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2014 5 Comments

  • Europcar Privilege rejig: car upgrades, airport lounge access

    New features of the Europcar Privilege loyalty program have been unveiled, providing eligible members with car category upgrades and free weekend rentals, amongst other perks. There's also a new Privilege Elite VIP tier giving Europcar’s most loyal renters a free ‘standard’ Pri...

    POSTED 4 Mar, 2014 6 Comments

  • Qantas offering double status credits, frequent flyer points

    About to make a Qantas booking? Check your email inbox first, because you could end up scoring up to twice as many status credits or frequent flyer points on your trip. Qantas is now sending out an email blast for a 'Choose your reward' promotion, which in an interesting twice asks travelle...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2014 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia Velocity Gold: free VIP status with Hilton, IHG hotels

    You’ve done it – after clocking up plenty of Virgin Australia flights a shiny new Velocity Gold card is yours. Now you're ready to enjoy the many perks and benefits of Gold status, including free Hilton HHonors Gold Elite or IHG Rewards Club Gold Elite status. However, unlike t...

    POSTED 20 Feb, 2014 2 Comments

  • Get 100 free Hyatt Gold Passport points

    Want a quick and easy 100 points to add to your Hyatt Gold Passport account? Sure, 100 points isn't a whole lot – but if it makes the difference between qualifying for a free night at a Hyatt property and having to pay, we know which side of the ledger we'd rather be sitting on. And given...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2014 1 Comment

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