• American Express changes Qantas, Virgin Australia credit card rates

    American Express is changing the number of frequent flyer points which cardholders can earn on its premium Amex Qantas and Virgin Australia cards. Under new rules which come into effect from July 22 the Qantas American Express Premium Card, and Virgin Australia-linked Velocity Gold and Platinum ...

    POSTED 8 Apr, 2013 4 Comments

  • Emirates adds fuel surcharges to Skywards reward tickets

    The cost of those 'free' reward flights with Emirates just got more expensive, with the airline adding a fuel surcharge to reward flights made using Skywards points from March 31, 2013. Travellers will be able to pay the surcharge "with cash or Skywards Miles"< Emirates has advised ...

    POSTED 26 Mar, 2013 2 Comments

  • New "Qantas Cash" combines travel money & frequent flyer card

    Qantas is taking its frequent flyer card to the next level with "Qantas Cash", allowing the plastic to be used as a prepaid multi-currency travel money card which can also earn points when used for purchases in Australia, overseas and online. Available from the third quarter of 20...

    POSTED 20 Feb, 2013 19 Comments

  • Qantas Frequent Flyer or Emirates Skywards: which is better?

    Now that Qantas and Emirates are forging forwards with their alliance, which takes effect from April 1, frequent flyers are considering which of the two airlines' programs makes more sense for Australians — Qantas Frequent Flyer or Emirates Skywards? With a new Platinum Skywards tier&...

    POSTED 15 Feb, 2013 13 Comments

  • Full details: Emirates' new Skywards Platinum frequent flyer tier

    Emirates is introducing a new Platinum level to its Skywards frequent flyer program, with the top tier membership matched to Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum as the Qantas-Emirates alliance comes into play on April 1. After the airline emailed its members with some initial information over the wee...

    POSTED 11 Feb, 2013 5 Comments

  • How "marketed & operated" flights affect your frequent flyer points

    In this era of airline partnerships and alliances it can be tricky to work out which flights earn the most Qantas or Virgin Australia frequent flyer points and status credits, and even which ones get you into the airport lounge. Much of the time it comes down to the difference between ...

    POSTED 30 Jan, 2013 17 Comments

  • Qantas frequent flyers: what points, perks do you get on Emirates?

    With the historic Qantas-Emirates alliance now all but a done deal, and the Red Roo already selling tickets for shared Emirates flights, what can members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program look forward to when travelling with Emirates? Not all the details are yet known – for instance, th...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2013 13 Comments

  • Qantas & Virgin Australia frequent flyers get free SkyTeam status match

    LATEST | Air France/KLM has pulled down the shutters on the Flying Blue status match. Visitors to the status match sign-up page are now being greeted with this message: The possibility to apply for a Gold Card from Flying Blue is closed for now! This very exclusive offer was vali...

    POSTED 25 Jan, 2013 42 Comments

  • Free Platinum status at Accor hotels including Sofitel, Pullman

    UPDATE | We hope you got in quick – as of late Monday evening, January 14th, Accor's 'instant Platinum' promotion has been pulled. PREVIOUS | Accor is once again offering free Platinum status in its Le Club (formerly A|Club) loyalty program, which serves up premium perk...

    POSTED 14 Jan, 2013 13 Comments

  • Qantas Frequent Flyer deal: buy gift vouchers, rake in the points

    If you fly Qantas and collect Frequent Flyer points — or if you're looking for the perfect present for a travelling colleague, client or friend — the Red Roo's annual gift voucher sale is back! For buying each voucher you rake in an impressive ten points per dollar, which is a p...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2012 4 Comments

  • Delta buys into Virgin Atlantic: what does it mean for Virgin Australia?

    With Delta set to take a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic -- buying that stake from Singapore Airlines for US$360 million -- there are already questions being raised about its impact on Virgin Australia. The quick answer: frequent flyers shouldn't fret. The Delta-Virgin tie-up is unlikely to deliver...

    POSTED 12 Dec, 2012 10 Comments

  • Virgin Australia Velocity credit cards compared

    The Velocity Rewards credit card market is heating up, with the classic and recently re-branded Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card going head to head with the newly-launched American Express Velocity Escape card. Both are being heavily promoted, but which of these two is the best choice for Vi...

    POSTED 30 Nov, 2012 4 Comments

  • Frequent flyer hack: free membership in Qantas Epiqure wine club

    Here's a top travel hack for Qantas frequent flyers: grab free membership in the airline's epiQure wine club, a deal valued at $99 or 13,000 points. All you need is your frequent flyer number and a special promotional code – which is loungejoin – and one year's membership of epi...

    POSTED 29 Nov, 2012 9 Comments

  • Velocity Gold, Platinum seat benefits on Air NZ offline until early 2013

    Virgin Australia's Velocity Gold and Platinum frequent flyers have been sidelined under Air New Zealand's new Seat Select system, with online seat selection -- including prized extra-legroom seats -- unavailable until early 2013. It's an unexpected consequence of Seat Select, which in ...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2012 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia, American Express launch '$0 annual fee' card

    Virgin Australia and American Express are rolling out a frequent flyer rewards credit card with no annual fee. The new American Express Velocity Escape Card earns one Velocity point for every dollar spent and two points for every dollar spent with Virgin Australia. Both of those earni...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2012 4 Comments

  • Qantas launches Frequent Flyer Diners Club + MasterCard combo plastic

    Another piece of points-earning plastic touches down today with the launch of a new Qantas Frequent Flyer Diners Club card. This one comes with an interesting twist: you also get a MasterCard that's attached to your Diners Club card account, to use at the many shops and restaurants whe...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2012 11 Comments

  • Virgin America status match for United, American Airlines

    Virgin America is rolling out the status match red carpet to top-tier United MileagePlus Premier and American Airlines AAAdvantage Gold and Platinum members. Gold and Silver status in Virgin America's Elevate frequent flyer program are up for grabs if you're an equivalent cardholder with Un...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2012 0 Comments

  • Qantas' new frequent flyer perk: take a ride in a flight simulator!

    Any airline loyalty program lets you trade your points in on a flight – but Qantas is now offering frequent flyers the chance to ride in one of its state-of-the-art flight simulators, the same ones used to train Qantas pilots. Qantas has 10 flight simulators in its Sydney training fac...

    POSTED 5 Nov, 2012 6 Comments

  • No, you can't buy (or sell!) Qantas frequent flyer points on eBay

    Need to top up your Qantas frequent flyer points balance to claim that business class award seat? Be warned that eBay isn't the place to look! An AusBT reader gave us the heads-up on these five auctions currently running on eBay, with a total of 158,000 Qantas frequent flyer points up for s...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2012 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyers get Delta fast-track

    Virgin Australia's Gold and Platinum Velocity frequent flyers can speed through the airport with new fast-track reciprocal benefits with partner airline Delta. Golds and Platinums can join the Sky Priority line whenever flying Delta, which means they can avoid most of the worst queues in the air...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2012 19 Comments

  • Emirates Skywards: what Qantas Frequent Flyers need to know

    Following today's historic hookup between Qantas and Emirates, many Australian travellers will be wondering exactly how things stack up on Emirates' side of the frequent flyer fence. Here's an executive summary on Emirates' Skywards rewards program. Trying to nut out how your Qantas Frequen...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2012 0 Comments

  • Qantas enlists David Jones as frequent flyer partner

    Qantas frequent flyers are now able to earn points for shopping at upmarket retailer David Jones on the DJ’s American Express Card. The deal sees Reward Points on David Jones’ plastic converted to Qantas Frequent Flyer points at a rate of of 1 to 0.75 – mean that 1 Reward ...

    POSTED 30 Aug, 2012 8 Comments

  • No perks for Virgin Australia Velocity in new Virgin America Gold, Platinum tiers

    Virgin Australia's US cousin Virgin America is now offering new Silver and Gold tiers for its frequent flyer program, with airport priority queues and free "Main Cabin Select" extra-legroom economy seats -- but the benefits aren't extended to Virgin Australia Velocity members. While elder sister...

    POSTED 25 Jul, 2012 4 Comments

  • Virgin Australia aims to hold onto Qantas high flyers

    Having wooed the cream of Qantas’ frequent flyers into its own Velocity rewards scheme during last year’s aggressive status match campaign, Virgin Australia is now offering special deals to keep those travellers in the fold. Many Velocity Platinum, Gold and Silver members whose revie...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2012 14 Comments

  • New Etihad earn rate for Virgin Australia Velocity points

    If you're flying on Etihad but funneling those frequent flyer points towards your Virgin Australia Velocity balance, get ready for a few changes in how much you earn for each flight as Etihad shifts towards a more complex (and more complicated) system. The new scheme, which kicked in at 1 June, ...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2012 4 Comments

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