• Using Qantas Points to upgrade vs. booking flights with points

    TALKING POINT | Business travellers clock up a lot of frequent flyer points, and when it comes to spending those hard-earned Qantas Points, they often come up against a common quandary: should they use them to book a flight outright, or funnel them towards applying for an upgrade? Upgrading...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2019 7 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific first class upgrade guide

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. If you’re trekking to London with Cathay Pacific in business class, why not use your Asia Miles for a first class upgrade? While Cathay Pacific’s Australian flight...

    POSTED 3 Jan, 2019 10 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin Australia: flexibility of points and cash upgrades

    Business class upgrades are perhaps the Holy Grail of frequent flyer programs, especially for business travellers stuck flying economy: there’s nothing quite as satisfying as using your points to switch your seat for one at the front of the plane. But if your plans change, what happens to ...

    POSTED 14 Sep, 2018 7 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines business class upgrade guide

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel, and was last updated January 2019. If you’re flying with Singapore Airlines to the Lion City and beyond in economy or premium economy, your stash of KrisFlyer miles can s...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2018 25 Comments

  • Qatar Airways axes lounge access for upgraded passengers

    Savvy travellers using frequent flyer points to upgrade to business class or first class with Qatar Airways will no longer receive airport lounge access before their upgraded flight, unless their original ticket or frequent flyer status already provides this perk. For example, passengers who boo...

    POSTED 7 Feb, 2018 61 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 check for Qantas business class upgrades before you book

    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. Upgrading fr...

    POSTED 5 Jan, 2018 21 Comments

  • Using Qantas frequent flyer points to upgrade to first class

    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. If you norma...

    POSTED 2 Jan, 2018 25 Comments

  • Qantas boosts points, status credits on international flights

    Qantas Frequent Flyer members will now earn more frequent flyer points and status credits on some international premium economy and business class Saver fares, with the number of points needed for a business class or first class upgrade also pleasingly decreasing on some ticket types. On the ear...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2017 18 Comments

  • Korean Air first class upgrade guide

    Business class is a pleasant way to fly, but if you're travelling with Korean Air, you could upgrade yourself to first class on your next flight using Korean Air Skypass miles for an even more enjoyable flight. As few as 40,000 Skypass miles can land you a first class upgrade on flights between ...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2017 2 Comments

  • Thai Airways Royal First Class upgrade guide

    If you're already flying with Thai Airways in business class, you may be able to upgrade your journey to the even-more-comfortable surroundings of first class, either by using miles, purchasing an upgrade at the airport, or swinging a free return first class upgrade as a Gold or Platinum frequent...

    POSTED 12 Oct, 2017 6 Comments

  • Asiana Airlines business class upgrade guide

    Frequent flyer points aren’t only useful for booking business class flights: they’re also great for upgrading yourself from economy, such as when your employer or client will only purchase the lowest-priced ticket for your journey. Travelling on Star Alliance member Asiana Airlines i...

    POSTED 28 Sep, 2017 2 Comments

  • No frequent flyer upgrades in renewed Qantas+Emirates partnership

    Hoping to use your Qantas frequent flyer points for a business class or first class upgrade when travelling overseas? Then you’ll need to continue booking flights operated by Qantas, rather than Emirates, as points-based upgrades on Emirates flights remain off the airlines’ immediate...

    POSTED 4 Sep, 2017 31 Comments

  • Air China business class upgrade guide

    Stuck flying in Air China economy? If you're booked on a flexible ticket, you may be able to upgrade that economy seat for a place in business class, using frequent flyer points (or miles) from an array of Star Alliance programs. Among them: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Thai Airways Royal Orchi...

    POSTED 21 Aug, 2017 3 Comments

  • Malaysia Airlines first class upgrade guide

    Business class is a comfortable way to fly, but if you’re taking a Malaysia Airlines Airbus A380 flight, there are many ways you can swap your business class seat for a first class suite. Whether you have Malaysia Airlines Enrich miles to spend or are prepared to pay for your bump-up, here...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2017 3 Comments

  • All Nippon Airways (ANA) business class upgrade guide

    Treating yourself to business class doesn't have to cost a fortune – and when flying with All Nippon Airways (ANA) from Sydney to Tokyo and beyond, there are plenty of ways to swap your economy or premium economy seat for a fully-flat business class bed. Among them: using frequent flyer po...

    POSTED 10 Jul, 2017 9 Comments

  • Air Canada business class upgrade guide

    When flying with Air Canada to Vancouver and beyond, why settle for economy class – or even premium economy – when you can upgrade yourself to business class instead? Air Canada allows travellers to upgrade using frequent flyer points, to bid for a better seat using money, to purchas...

    POSTED 27 Jun, 2017 7 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

  • Virgin Australia trials instant 'Buy Now' business class upgrades

    EXCLUSIVE | Passengers flying with Virgin Australia between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane can now purchase on-the-spot business class upgrades via a new UpgradeMe Buy Now trial, which sees their economy seat swapped for a business class ticket at a reduced price. Complementing the existing Upgr...

    POSTED 16 May, 2017 14 Comments

  • Virgin Australia premium economy upgrade guide

    Premium economy upgrades are a terrific way to use your Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points on the airline's long Boeing 777 flights to Los Angeles. Points-based upgrades are possible from all flexible economy Freedom fares on these routes, although not from the lower-cost Elevate or...

    POSTED 12 Mar, 2017 0 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

  • Last chance to upgrade to Qantas business class before costs rise

    Qantas is increasing the number of frequent flyer points needed to upgrade to premium economy, business class and first class from February 20 2017: but travellers have one last chance to upgrade their upcoming flights before those costs climb. That’s because on domestic routes, jetsetters...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2017 13 Comments

  • Qatar Airways first class upgrade guide

    Flying business class on your next journey with Qatar Airways? Then take the opportunity to upgrade to the luxury of first class! You could use frequent flyer points to secure your upgraded seat, or even cold hard cash during special discounted offers. Selected frequent flyers can also be upgrad...

    POSTED 7 Feb, 2017 5 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific premium economy upgrade guide

    If you’re stuck in economy to Hong Kong and beyond with Cathay Pacific, you’ll have a much more comfortable journey by using your Asia Miles for an upgrade to premium economy. Sensibly and like most other frequent flyer schemes, you’ll need more points to upgrade on longer flig...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2017 0 Comments

  • The smartest ways to spend 50,000 Qantas frequent flyer points

    Qantas Frequent Flyer points are incredibly easy to earn both in the air and on the ground, but how could you best-spend 50,000 Qantas Points, such as you’d pick-up via one of these great credit card sign-up deals? Sure, you could blow them all on a toaster or other gadgets and merchandise...

    POSTED 16 Jan, 2017 7 Comments

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