• These frequent flyers get a free Heathrow Express first class upgrade

    The Heathrow Express is the quickest and easiest way for business travellers to scoot between Heathrow Airport and London city, or at least Paddington Station – which is a decent place to settle in your hotel (I'm a fan of the hip little Hotel Indigo, just a few minutes' walk away...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2019 8 Comments

  • British Airways Gold Guest List: the unofficial guide

    Much like Qantas Platinum One, British Airways’ Gold Guest List is reserved for the most regular of frequent flyers who can rack up more than 5,000 Tier Points in a single year. By comparison, the base-level Gold status, already equivalent to Qantas Platinum and Oneworld Emerald, is earned...

    POSTED 27 May, 2019 2 Comments

  • British Airways Avios revamp to hit Qantas, Cathay Pacific and others

    British Airways is increasing the number of Avios points that its Executive Club frequent flyers will need to book flights on a raft of partner airlines including Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, American Airlines and JAL. The changes will take effect from 30 May 2019 and while BA has not ...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2019 2 Comments

  • Earn double Avios points with British Airways flights to December 31

    British Airways is now offering a double helping of Avios frequent flyer points for all BA flights through to December 31, 2018. As usual with these sorts of promotions, in order to earn that extra serve of Avios BA Executive Club members must register before they book an eligible...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2018 1 Comment

  • BA Executive Club to remain closed to Australian frequent flyers

    2018 looks to be a year of change for the Avios loyalty platform behind British Airways' Executive Club, but re-opening the scheme to Australian travellers isn't on the cards. BA used to allow residents of Australia and New Zealand to join its frequent flyer program but pulled down the shutters ...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2017 5 Comments

  • British Airways first class upgrade guide

    Even if you normally fly high in business class, there's no reason you can't swap your seat for a first class suite on British Airways flights from Sydney to Singapore and London, maximising your comfort in the air and your lounge perks on the ground. This can be arranged by using frequent flyer...

    POSTED 9 Jun, 2017 7 Comments

  • BA gives two-year status boost to frequent flyers hit by outage

    British Airways is giving all travellers impacted by last weekend's flight disruptions a free two-year extension of their British Airways Executive Club status. The make-good gesture will sweep through the status of all BAEC members caught up in the delays and cancellations and see them retain t...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2017 7 Comments

  • British Airways business class upgrade guide

    Just because you’re booked in premium economy (World Traveller Plus) with British Airways – or worse, economy (World Traveller and Euro Traveller) – doesn’t mean you have to stay there. You could use frequent flyer points from BA’s own Executive Club to secure an up...

    POSTED 24 Feb, 2017 15 Comments

  • Aer Lingus to launch AerClub "late 2016" with double Avios deal

    Aer Lingus expects to launch its AerClub frequent flyer program before the end of this year, replacing the airline’s long-running Gold Circle loyalty program with not just a new rewards scheme but a new currency. The Irish flag-carrier will adopt the same Avios points as used by siblings B...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2016 0 Comments

  • British Airways Lifetime Gold is the next best thing to Qantas Lifetime Platinum

    While the Qantas Frequent Flyer program has shied away from offering Lifetime Platinum status, there’s still a way to lock-in lifelong access to top-grade benefits such as priority boarding and even the luxe Qantas First Class lounges. That shiny solution is to chase Lifetime Gold status i...

    POSTED 26 Aug, 2016 45 Comments

  • Get Qantas Gold frequent flyer perks in a single trip

    TRAVEL HACK | What if we told you of a way to get the most appealing perks of Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold status in just one trip? We're talking airport lounge access – and not just to Qantas lounges but those of Oneworld airlines such as British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airli...

    POSTED 17 Aug, 2016 6 Comments

  • Photos: British Airways' Singapore Airport lounge, Concorde Bar

    British Airways' all-new business and first class lounge at Singapore's Changi Airport is a Cinderella-grade transformation that's taken the tired old Terminal 1 space from drab to fab. Here's a 'before' shot of the lounge, which used to be the airport's shar...

    POSTED 2 Sep, 2015 10 Comments

  • British Airways' first class Concorde Room spins off Concorde Bar concept

    British Airways will parlay the Concorde Room brand of its elite lounge at London's Heathrow airport to a new series of VIP nooks called Concorde Bars. Somewhat less of a fully-fledged first class lounge, but certainly more than just a bar, these cosy havens will sprout at selected location...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2015 0 Comments

  • This week's frequent flyer points wrap

    Members of United MileagePlus and Avianca LifeMiles are about to lose one of the best redemption options from Australia when Thai Airways axes first class on its Sydney flights from next month. Also in this week’s wrap, we’ll show you how unwind in Virgin Australia’s domestic l...

    POSTED 1 Sep, 2014 1 Comment

  • Buying British Airways Avios to save big on Qantas business class

    Qantas business class flights can be snared for just $200 between Sydney and Melbourne, for $327 between Brisbane and Melbourne and for $533 from Sydney to Perth thanks to a new British Airways Executive Club promotion. Until August 31 2014, Executive Club members can buy Avios (points) with bon...

    POSTED 27 Aug, 2014 3 Comments

  • Status match: Virgin Australia lounge access via BA Executive Club

    Members of British Airways’ Executive Club program can match their status across to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club, which in turn gives lounge access and other elite perks when flying with Virgin Australia. The deal is available to Executive Club Gold and Silver cardholders flying on Virgin A...

    POSTED 26 Aug, 2014 0 Comments

  • British Airways levies fuel surcharges on US Airways awards

    IN BRIEF | US Airways awards booked using British Airways points now come with fuel surcharges, thanks to the way that the airline is now calculating its fares. US Airways, which has traditionally built any fuel surcharge into the base price, has now split this out into a separate component. Wh...

    POSTED 9 Jul, 2014 0 Comments

  • British Airways adds Bronze frequent flyer tier: Qantas Silvers benefit

    British Airways is introducing a new Bronze tier to its Executive Club frequent flyer programme, and Qantas' Silver frequent flyers (and other oneworld Ruby members) stand to benefit. It's at the other end of the scale from Qantas' new Platinum One ultra-elite level, but for the not-so-frequent ...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2011 1 Comment

  • BA offers training in 'how to survive a plane crash'

    British Airways is about to take those tedious and often-ignored pre-flight safety demonstrations to a whole new level, with an intensive day-long course on how to survive a plane crash. Yes, you read that correctly. This in-depth training goes way beyond fastening your seat belt (low and tight)...

    POSTED 15 Oct, 2011 0 Comments

  • Frequent flyer basics: oneworld frequent flyer tiers & benefits

    Need to know what your Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver, Gold or Platinum elite tier status means on other oneworld alliance airlines, and whether you'll get priority boarding, extra luggage allowance and access to the business class lounge? In the latest addition to our series of basics for the beg...

    POSTED 15 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • New British Airways Miles Calculator app for BA Executive Club frequent flyers

    The British Airways iPhone app is pretty much your standard airline smartphone app, with the BA timetable plus information about your upcoming flight and Executive Club frequent flyer account. One thing it doesn't do is let you calculate how many miles and tier points you'll earn ...

    POSTED 26 May, 2011 0 Comments

  • British Airways closes 'Open Doors' anytime lounge access to frequent flyers

    In brief: British Airways is taking a leaf from the Qantas playbook by removing 'anytime access' to its airport lounges. BA's 'Open Doors' privilege was considered a key benefit for its top-tier Executive Club Gold cardholders, just as Qantas' anytime access to its Business and international Fir...

    POSTED 25 May, 2011 0 Comments

  • Qantas' new ultra-elite Platinum One status tier for Very Frequent Flyers

    UPDATE | Qantas has now launched its Platinum One frequent flyer level, and we've got all the details... PREVIOUS | One of the many significant changes which Qantas is making to its Frequent Flyer programme is the creation of a new super-platinum level for its most frequent flyers...

    POSTED 18 May, 2011 2 Comments


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