• These five silver frequent flyer cards give you airport lounge access

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. You’d normally associate flagship airline lounges with flying business class or having a shiny Gold frequent flyer card, but did you know that quite a few airlines also g...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2019 10 Comments

  • Fast-track to Emirates Skywards Gold in a single return trip

    Fancy access to Emirates’ business class lounges the world over, along with Qantas’ international business class lounges and Australian domestic Qantas Clubs for an entire year, just by taking one return flight to Dubai, London or anywhere else in Europe? That’s exactly what Em...

    POSTED 26 Nov, 2018 2 Comments

  • Now you can share your Emirates Skywards miles with family pooling

    Members of Emirates’ Skywards frequent flyer program can now pool the Skywards miles they each earn from Emirates flights into a central ‘My Family’ account, making it easier to book reward flights or upgrades to business class when the family’s points are all kept togethe...

    POSTED 31 May, 2018 5 Comments

  • Emirates first class upgrade guide

    Over the Christmas / New Year break, Australian Business Traveller will be revisiting some of our most popular articles of 2017. We’re still around to report on any breaking news during this time, otherwise our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday January 8, 2018. For a little...

    POSTED 5 Jan, 2018 3 Comments

  • How to claim missing Emirates Skywards miles after your flight

    When you fly with Emirates, any frequent flyer points you’re owed will usually appear in your Emirates Skywards account automatically – but from time to time, those points simply never arrive, and that’s when you’ll need to claim your share by submitting a request. The pr...

    POSTED 22 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

  • The best ways to spend 250,000 Emirates Skywards miles

    Emirates Skywards is a powerful frequent flyer program for securing business class and first class flights with your points – or ‘miles’, in Emirates parlance – whether your travels take you through the Middle East, onwards to Europe and the USA or closer to home to Asia a...

    POSTED 6 Apr, 2017 0 Comments

  • The best credit cards for earning Emirates Skywards miles

    Emirates Skywards is a powerful yet often-overlooked frequent flyer program for Australian travellers, unlocking business class and first class flights and upgrades with Emirates, and other travel opportunities with its web of partners including Qantas, Japan Airlines and Korean Air. Australian ...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2017 2 Comments

  • The best ways to spend 100,000 Emirates Skywards miles

    Emirates Skywards miles can take you from Sydney to London or even just Sydney to Melbourne: but how could you best-spend 100,000 of those miles, such as you'd pocket by signing up for a new American Express Platinum Charge Card? Australian Business Traveller reveals your top options for spendin...

    POSTED 8 Feb, 2017 6 Comments

  • Inside Emirates iO: a secret invitation-only club for VIP flyers

    Ask Emirates about the higher-than-Platinum ‘Invitation Only’ status level in its Skywards frequent flyer program and you’re likely to be told “No comment” or “We don’t like to talk about that.” Indeed, the aptly-named iO tier is like one of those ...

    POSTED 30 Sep, 2016 5 Comments

  • Emirates Skywards: new 'Cash+Miles' flight booking option

    Emirates Skywards members can now use their miles to book any seat on any Emirates flight via the airline’s new ‘Cash+Miles’ payment scheme, whether or not there’s a traditional frequent flyer reward seat available. You can spend as few as 2,000 Skywards miles towards the...

    POSTED 1 Sep, 2016 3 Comments

  • Converting AMEX Membership Rewards points into Emirates Skywards miles

    Converting your American Express Membership Rewards points into Emirates Skywards frequent flyer miles can help you unlock flights and upgrades with the Gulf airline to business class, or even first class. It's quick and easy to move your points across: just head to this page on the American Exp...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2016 0 Comments

  • Citibank cuts credit card frequent flyer points: what you need to know

    Far-reaching changes to Citibank’s line-up of credit cards will affect all customers earning Qantas, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines and Emirates frequent flyer points on their plastic through new monthly earning caps, reduced earning rates and increased Citibank Rewards conversion rat...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2015 18 Comments

  • This week's Friday wrap for frequent flyers

    If your wallet packs an ANZ Rewards credit card, you’ll soon earn more Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points on your everyday spend – or if you’re more of a Cathay Pacific loyalist, register for the airline’s latest promo which doles out double miles on flights t...

    POSTED 5 Jun, 2015 0 Comments

  • Win a share of 15 million Emirates Skywards miles

    Fifteen lucky Emirates Skywards members will each win one million Skywards miles in celebration of the program’s 15th anniversary. It’s as easy as answering three simple questions and then taking a single flight with Emirates to enter the draw, with travellers who book their flights ...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2015 3 Comments

  • American Express Membership Rewards explained

    With an impressive roster of airline partners including Virgin Australia, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific, the American Express Membership Rewards program gives you the flexibility to spend when it’s convenient to you, while deciding what to do with your points at a later da...

    POSTED 26 May, 2015 4 Comments

  • This week's wrap for Aussie frequent flyers

    Want to upgrade from economy to business class on Virgin Australia’s cheaper fares, or to earn both Skywards miles and SPG Starpoints on your next trek with Emirates? Or, how about a whopping 64,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points for a single return trip from Sydney to Singapore, or up to 10...

    POSTED 14 Nov, 2014 0 Comments

  • New Citi Prestige Visa Infinite credit card: free hotel status, airport lounge access

    Citibank Australia's just-launched Citi Prestige Card offers perks such as airport lounge access, free limousines transfers and a bonus 70,000 points when making your first purchase. Cardholders also pick up a free overnight stay at selected hotels each year, can ‘buy three nights and...

    POSTED 31 Oct, 2014 9 Comments

  • Emirates ramps up Rome flights: shorter Dubai transits from QF1

    Emirates is ramping up its Dubai-Rome flights from later this year, which means shorter transit times in Dubai for passengers arriving on Qantas flight QF1 from Sydney. From October 26, EK99 takes to the skies at 3:55am, arriving at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport at 7:35am that morning. On the ...

    POSTED 19 Aug, 2014 2 Comments

  • Emirates woos Perth high flyers with Skywards Gold fast track

    Pick up Skywards Gold status after just one return trip Grab Skywards Platinum after flying to both Europe and North America Skywards members can use Qantas lounges when flying abroad or even domestically Open to all Australian Skywards members beginning their journey in Perth Emirates is...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2014 9 Comments

  • Friday's frequent flyer credit card wrap

    Overseas travellers are often stuck in a catch-22 situation: shell out for the high international transaction fees on their credit cards, or pay even more to exchange their dosh at the airport. Each week we review a credit card that's fit for high flyers, and this week, we've solved that conundr...

    POSTED 27 Jun, 2014 0 Comments

  • Five other frequent flyer programs you should know about

    Australian travellers are familiar with both Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer, but there’s more to the world of airline loyalty programs than just this home-grown duo. In fact, with Qantas overhauling its frequent flyer program from July 1, many travelle...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2014 3 Comments

  • New Emirates Citibank World MasterCard with 40,000 free Skywards miles

    Up to 40,000 Skywards miles are up for grabs in the launch of Citibank’s new Emirates World MasterCard, which also comes with perks like free airport lounge access, Chauffeur Drive service for economy bookings and Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status. After your first spend, a cool 15,000 ...

    POSTED 24 Jun, 2014 1 Comment

  • Emirates Skywards frequent flyer scheme for Aussie travellers

    The Qantas/Emirates alliance has raised the awareness of Emirates' Skywards frequent flyer scheme among Australian business travellers. Despite a general 'perks parity' between the Qantas and Emirates rewards programs under the airline partnership, there are many reasons why even some of th...

    POSTED 28 May, 2014 8 Comments

  • Emirates increases fuel surcharge on Skywards award flights

    Emirates will increase the fuel surcharge cost on frequent flyer award tickets from July 1st 2013, resulting in Skywards members paying substantially more for a 'free' flight. The revised fees were revealed as Emirates and Qantas 'aligned' their respective fuel surcharge tariffs on frequent...

    POSTED 14 Jun, 2013 2 Comments

  • Qantas, Emirates close fuel surcharges loophole for frequent flyers

    Qantas and Emirates are aligning their fuel surcharges on frequent flyer award tickets, closing a loophole which let savvy travellers avoid hundreds of dollars in Qantas fuel surcharges by using their points to book a codeshare flight on Emirates, which has a much lower surcharge. Adop...

    POSTED 14 Jun, 2013 27 Comments

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