• How I booked my entire honeymoon using frequent flyer points

    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. Australian B...

    POSTED 30 Dec, 2017 44 Comments

  • Earn frequent flyer points when paying employee superannuation

    Employee superannuation is a cost you can’t avoid as a business owner – but fortunately, there’s a way to earn frequent flyer points when paying your compulsory 9.5%. It’s done by using your American Express card to make these payments through the Ozedi Direct service, mu...

    POSTED 19 May, 2016 5 Comments

  • American Express reduces frequent flyer points on selected cards

    The number of airline frequent flyer points earned by selected American Express credit card customers will reduce from November 1 2015 in conjunction with the launch of a Membership Rewards 'Gateway' scheme. Under the new program, four MR points will buy three frequent flyer points with Virgin A...

    POSTED 22 Jun, 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

  • Friday

    Want to earn double Qantas or Velocity Frequent Flyer points on your travels? You’ll need to register and book this week to be in with a shot, so don’t miss the boat! Speaking of Qantas Points, you’ll soon be able to earn them – and more importantly, earn status credits &...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2014 0 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 credit card strategies to maximise your frequent flyer points

    There's no such thing as having too many frequent flyer points. So why not make the most of every opportunity to pick up more points and keep your Qantas or Virgin Australia balance looking healthy? Here are five simple but little-used strategies to build up your points. Use your frequent flyer...

    POSTED 20 May, 2014 5 Comments

  • Want points for your hotel stay? Avoid third-party booking websites

    Want to earn your full serve of points with your favourite hotel rewards scheme? Avoid 'third party' booking sites and make your reservation directly with the hotel or its parent company. Unlike frequent flyer programs – which let you earn points regardless of who you booked your tick...

    POSTED 1 Apr, 2014 7 Comments

  • What's next for Qantas frequent flyers with Lifetime Gold status?

    Lifetime Gold status is a milestone in the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme. It's awarded to travellers who've clocked up a staggering 14,000 status credits during their QFF membership – the equivalent of 700 return Sydney-Melbourne trips in discount economy, or qualifying as a new P...

    POSTED 4 Jan, 2014 9 Comments

  • Buying Alaska Airlines miles for low-cost Qantas, Cathay Pacific flights

    Purchasing frequent flyer points or miles is a foreign concept to most Australian travellers. Virgin Australia doesn’t allow its Velocity members to purchase points at all, while Qantas only lets you buy points to top-up an account before you book an award flight. But its a very different...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2013 62 Comments

  • The world's five weirdest tricks to earn frequent flyer points

    How far would you go to earn masses of frequent flyer points? George Clooney's character, Ryan Bingham, did it the hard way in Up in the Air by flying a million bum-numbing miles back and forth across America in his job as an 'executive redundancy consultant'. Plenty of trav...

    POSTED 11 Sep, 2013 8 Comments

  • Six expert tips to diversify your frequent flyer points portfolio

    I’m incredibly fortunate to more or less advise people on miles and points for a living, and there’s one issue I’m noticing more and more lately — people are either diversifying their points (and I’m using the term “points” generically to refer to both mi...

    POSTED 9 Sep, 2013 10 Comments

  • Westpac to axe unlimited Qantas points on Platinum credit cards

    Westpac is slamming the lid on its customers' ability to earn unlimited frequent flyer points with the bank's current family of Altitude and Earth credit cards. A new points-capping rule is being introduced across the board, from the cheapest entry-level cards to the top-tier Platinum Plus plast...

    POSTED 18 Mar, 2013 19 Comments

  • How interlining & codeshares matter to your flights

    With an ever-growing number of airline partnerships, understanding how airlines work together when issuing tickets is fast becoming essential for business travellers. Having recently explained how the difference between "marketed" and "operated" airlines affects you, this week Australian Bu...

    POSTED 28 Feb, 2013 9 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 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

  • Travelling on business at Christmas & New Year: the ups and downs

    Business travellers booking flights in the busy high season in late December and early January will often see extra flights and larger planse on airline's Christmas and New Year schedules. As with any busy time of year, there are upsides and downsides to travelling during the holiday period, but...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2012 9 Comments

  • AirNZ makes passengers bid for upgrades via online auction

    Air New Zealand's new 'bid for upgrades' auction system takes effect tomorrow, July 12, as the airline abandons the long-standing ability to purchase upgrades at a fixed price using Airpoints dollars -- Air NZ's version of frequent flyer points. Under the new OneUp scheme, which the airline...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2012 7 Comments

  • Emirates offers bonus Skywards points from Sydney to Europe

    IN BRIEF | Emirates is stumping up bonus Skywards members travelling from Sydney to Europe in May – as long as you're on the daily EK415 flight out of Sydney, which leaves at 6am and is a Boeing 777 rather than Emirates' flagship A380 (which also means no inflight Internet for you). B...

    POSTED 28 Mar, 2012 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's Velocity points transfer bonus ends this week

    Got a stack of bank reward points sitting on your credit or charge card? Now's the time to cash them in, with Virgin Australia running a 15% Velocity Frequent Flyer points bonus through to the end of March -- which means you've got only a few days left to shift those points from the bank to Virgi...

    POSTED 28 Mar, 2012 0 Comments

  • Qantas offers double frequent flyer points with airberlin

    Qantas is stumping up for double frequent flyer points on travel with new chum and oneworld partner airberlin. Running from March 20 through to May 15, 2012, the promotion requires registration online before you book. Once that's done you'll earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points at twice the standa...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2012 4 Comments

  • Maximise your miles with a portfolio of frequent flyer programs

    When travelling abroad it can be a challenge to make the most of the miles you're flying by earning frequent flyer points and status. The global airline alliances -- oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance -- can be useful, but only oneworld has a full Australian partner. So the obvious question fo...

    POSTED 6 Mar, 2012 16 Comments

  • Gold & platinum frequent flyer benefits: Qantas vs Virgin Australia

    This article has been updated to take into account the recent relaunch of Velocity Rewards. Gold and platinum membership of a frequent flyer program is where the benefits really start to pile up -- but you have to spend a considerable amount with the airline to achieve it. We're tackling...

    POSTED 11 Nov, 2011 8 Comments

  • Silver frequent flyer benefits: Qantas vs Virgin Australia

    This article has been updated to take into account the recent relaunch of Velocity Rewards. As part of our series comparing the Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Velocity Rewards programs in  detail we've already examined what you need to do to earn silver, gold or platinum statu...

    POSTED 10 Nov, 2011 7 Comments

  • Qantas Club vs Virgin Lounge membership: which is better value?

    This article has been updated to take into account the recent relaunch of Velocity Rewards. This week we've been comparing the Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Velocity Rewards programs in close detail. Part of the lure of any frequent flyer program is lounge access, although this is typ...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2011 2 Comments

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