• Buying Hilton HHonors points to trim your business travel costs

    Buying loyalty points to save on business and first class flights is a topic frequently covered on Australian Business Traveller, and in the same vein you can also buy hotel loyalty points to deliver similar savings while you’re on the ground. A timely example is the Hilton HHonors pr...

    POSTED 26 Apr, 2016 2 Comments

  • How to max Qantas frequent flyer points, status credits on Emirates

    The partnership between Qantas and Emirates has not only opened up dozens of new routes and one-stop flights into Europe and the UK, it also lets Qantas Frequent Flyers earn points and status credits when travelling with Emirates. But there's a catch – and it's a big one. Depending on som...

    POSTED 12 Apr, 2016 18 Comments

  • Your guide to the Citibank Rewards credit card program

    With airline partners including Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines and Emirates, Citibank Rewards is a must-know program for credit card spenders keen to collect points, but who need flexibility in which airline frequent flyer program they’re ultimately shipped to. For example, most Citi...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2016 2 Comments

  • Who can access American Express Centurion Lounges in the USA?

    American Express’ airport Centurion Lounges in the United States welcome many more credit card holders than you might think: despite the name, you don’t need a by-invitation American Express Centurion card to get through the door. Fact is, any American Express credit or charge card, ...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2016 0 Comments

  • Suncorp, Card Services and more slash credit card frequent flyer points

    Earning frequent flyer points on your everyday spend is about to become harder for Suncorp and Card Services customers with the earning rates slashed and airline conversion rates reduced on Citigroup’s broader range of credit cards. Following similar changes seen with Citibank and Virgin M...

    POSTED 21 Jan, 2016 11 Comments

  • How to earn Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Starpoints with Uber

    Starwood’s partnership with Uber allows members of the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty program to earn Starpoints – the chain’s version of hotel loyalty points – when riding around town with the on-demand car company. Those Starpoints can later be traded in for a f...

    POSTED 14 Jan, 2016 0 Comments

  • American Express launches new $0 'Essential' credit card

    Paying credit card annual fees simply to earn frequent flyer points is slowly becoming a thing of the past with the launch of the American Express Essential credit card. With no annual charge, cardholders earn one point per dollar spent under the Membership Rewards Gateway program and 0.5 points...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2015 3 Comments

  • 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

    Note: As of 13 February 2019, Starwood Preferred Guest will be integrated into the Marriott Bonvoy program.  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 you...

    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

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