• Qantas offers free first class upgrades to London, Dallas, Hong Kong

    Pay for Qantas business class to London, Hong Kong or Dallas/Fort Worth and receive a free one-way upgrade to Qantas first class on the Airbus A380 Earn frequent flyer points and status credits at first class rates on your upgraded flight Gold and Platinum frequent flyers will earn enough poi...

    POSTED 11 Aug, 2014 13 Comments

  • Friday's frequent flyer wrap

    Fancy upgrading to business class with Virgin Australia for just $18.75 on a Sydney-Melbourne or Sydney-Brisbane flight? How about jetting to Hong Kong, Singapore or Shanghai and back with Qantas for only $1,703 in business class? That’s all covered in this week’s frequent...

    POSTED 8 Aug, 2014 3 Comments

  • Pocket 40,000 Virgin Australia points for just $150 with NAB

    Savvy flyers can pocket 40,000 Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points for just $150 when applying for new NAB Velocity Rewards Premium cards. From Flexi fares, those points could see you upgraded to business class on two return trips from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Perth on the Ai...

    POSTED 8 Aug, 2014 2 Comments

  • British Airways offers free first class upgrade from business class

    British Airways is offering a free upgrade to BA first class for business class travellers flying from Sydney to Singapore or London. It's a pretty straightforward deal: book a Club World business class Sydney-London or Sydney-Singapore return fare and you'll spend either your outward or re...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2014 10 Comments

  • Windows 8 tablets take flight with Emirates for instant upgrades

    Emirates will roll out over 1,000 Windows 8 tablets across its fleet next year, with the ability to grant instant upgrades to bump passengers to business class or even first class -- provided they've got enough frequent flyer points to pay for it, of course. The tablets, supplied by HP, will als...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2012 2 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

  • Etihad's new "PlusGrade" bid-for-upgrade system: how it works

    Virgin Australia partner airline Etihad is the latest airline to move into online budding for upgrades, with a new system called PlusGrade emailing out upgrade offers five days before your flight. Depending on your bid, your upgrade will be confirmed or denied two days before your flight. Upgra...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2012 7 Comments

  • How to get a free upgrade to business class, or even first class

    It’s a near-perfect start to any flight. You hand over your boarding pass at the check-in counter or gate desk, only to have the machine spit it back out with a beep and a blink of its little red light. The attendant glances a computer screen, taps a button and a new boarding pass appears....

    POSTED 24 Feb, 2012 7 Comments

  • Air New Zealand trials upgrade auctions

    Frequent flyers are used to spending points for upgrades, or even being offered bargain-basement rates at check-in to pay their way into business or first class seats. But Air New Zealand -- ever the innovators -- have a new option for upgrading: OneUp auctions, where you bid a set amount before...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2011 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's new bittersweet business class upgrades

    When Australian Business Traveller compared Qantas Frequent Flyer with Velocity Rewards in June, one of the most obvious deficiencies in Virgin Australia's program was the (lack of) ability to upgrade with points. At the time, we noted: Virgin's system for upgrades is extremely limited in com...

    POSTED 26 Aug, 2011 3 Comments

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