• 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

  • Virgin Australia's Velocity family pooling: tips and tricks for sharing your points

    Many airline frequent flyer programs let you transfer points from one family member to another, but Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme takes things further by allowing you to transfer your points, and also your status credits, automatically whenever earned. Known as 'family poolin...

    POSTED 27 Dec, 2013 6 Comments

  • How to get Star Alliance Gold frequent flyer status with one flight

    The majority of Australian travellers hold some status with the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme, with regular jetsetters clutching either a Qantas Gold or Platinum card which packs plenty of perks on other oneworld airlines such as American Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific and JAL (as we...

    POSTED 24 Dec, 2013 45 Comments

  • The tyrannical world of airline frequent flyer programs

    If the world of frequent flyers was a world of its own – a place where points were the currency of the realm, the rules of airline reward schemes were the laws of the land, and each loyalty program was its own country with the airline CEOs as leader of that nation (think of the is...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2013 10 Comments

  • Lufthansa slashes Miles & More status credits on Turkish Airlines flights

    Lufthansa is slashing the earning rate for Miles & More status credits on Turkish Airlines flights as the two carriers – both part of the Star Alliance family – apparently duke it out over Turkish Airlines' efforts to win travellers from the German colossus. While Lufthansa ...

    POSTED 26 Nov, 2013 10 Comments

  • Hyatt Gold Passport to offer elite discounts, points + cash redemptions

    Improvements to the roster of Hyatt Gold Passport benefits will see a lengthier points expiry period, along with discounted room rates and a new redemption option. From January 7 and throughout 2014, Platinum and Diamond members will have access to an exclusive ‘My Elite Rate’, offer...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2013 5 Comments

  • New Macquarie Platinum card offers Hilton HHonors points on everyday spends

    This month sees the introduction of a direct-earn Hilton HHonors card into the Australian market with the launch of the Hilton HHonors Macquarie Platinum card. Existing Hilton Macquarie Platinum customers will find themselves migrated to the new HHonors card, along with any existing Macquarie Re...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2013 5 Comments

  • Qantas on track for 10 million frequent flyers

    Qantas expects its frequent flyer program to eclipse 10 million members early next year, further cementing the loyalty program’s position as one of the airline’s richest veins of revenue – one which in the last financial year bolstered the Qantas Group's bottom line by a re...

    POSTED 16 Sep, 2013 4 Comments

  • Use Qantas frequent flyer points to buy a Spotify subscription

    Streaming music service Spotify is the latest name to sign up with Qantas' ever-expanding frequent flyer scheme. Spotify Premium subscriptions can now be purchased from the online Qantas Store using Qantas Points. A three month subscription will cost you 4,900 points, with six months pegged at&...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2013 1 Comment

  • Commonwealth Bank slashes frequent flyer points on credit cards

    The Commonwealth Bank is set to slash the rate at which the bank’s American Express, MasterCard and Visa credit card holders earn Qantas and Virgin Australia frequent flyer points. The as-yet-unannounced changes to the per-dollar earning for CBA’s family of Commonwealth Awards cards ...

    POSTED 10 Sep, 2013 21 Comments

  • Frequent flyer tip: buying British Airways Avios

    Every airline’s frequent flyer mileage program comes with its own unique set of benefits and right now the stars are aligned on British Airways’ Executive Club program. Not only does BA employ a generous distance-based award redemption chart which allows for very cheap redemptions on...

    POSTED 4 Sep, 2013 14 Comments

  • IHG sets the Internet free at InterContinental, Indigo, Crowne Plaza hotels

    The InterContinental Hotels Group is now offering free Internet access to Elite-grade members of its loyalty program, which has recently been rebranded from Priority Club Rewards to IHG Rewards Club. Platinum Elite and Gold Elite members are both in line for free wi-fi, with the benefit bei...

    POSTED 23 Jul, 2013 3 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines introduces KrisFlyer 'Miles + Cash' airfares

    Singapore Airlines will allow frequent flyers to mix miles and cash when it comes to paying for SQ or SilkAir tickets online from today. A minimum of 5,000 KrisFlyer miles is needed as your points component – and the more miles you have, the less money you need to pay, although the ratio c...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2013 6 Comments

  • Revealed: where Qantas Frequent Flyers spend their points...

    It's often said that Qantas Frequent Flyer points are Australia's de facto currency. And as the Red Roo's reward program approaches the 10 million member milestone, Qantas has revealed how all those points are being spent. Travel remains the favourite way for Qantas points to be redeem...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2013 1 Comment

  • Virgin Australia launches frequent flyer program for pets

    Virgin Australia passengers can now earn points for flying with their pooches – and pussycats too. The airline today launched what it’s calling a “frequent flyer program for pets", although thankfully it’s the human owners who earn the points for dogs and cats which take ...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2013 9 Comments

  • Earn Virgin Australia Velocity points at Langham hotels

    IN BRIEF | Virgin Australia frequent flyers staying at Langham hotels can now hoover up a handy serving of Velocity points. From July 1,  Velocity members will receive three Velocity Points for each $1 qualifying spend at The Langham Sydney and Melbourne. The haul at all other hotels in th...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2013 0 Comments

  • Video: new Qantas frequent flyer campaign features NASA's Mars rover

    Qantas has unveilled a new campaign intended to push the airline's frequent flyer program past the 10 million member mark. Featuring a life-size replica of NASA’s Mars rover 'Curiosity' (the real machine is currently trundling around the red planet), the campaign is designed to s...

    POSTED 14 Jun, 2013 10 Comments

  • Qantas clamping down on frequent flyer 'loyalty bonus' next month

    Qantas will tighten the rules for its frequent flyer 'loyalty bonus' next month, restricting the ability to earn bonus points to Qantas rather than its oneworld partners. Members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program receive an 8,000 point bonus for every 500 status credits they earn. As status ...

    POSTED 11 Jun, 2013 11 Comments

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