• 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 ...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2014 17 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

  • Better for upgrades: Qantas Frequent Flyer or Virgin Velocity?

    Business travellers know that an important part of their frequent flyer program is the opportunity to upgrade from one class to another: economy to business domestically, or between economy, premium economy, business and first class when flying internationally. Australian Business Traveller has ...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2011 4 Comments

  • Qantas vs Virgin: which is faster to silver, gold & platinum?

    Which Australian airline loyalty program -- Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer or Qantas Frequent Flyer -- gets you to that privileged silver, gold or platinum status faster? The status of your frequent flyer account brings with it extra-swanky benefits, no matter which class you're trav...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2011 2 Comments

  • What's the best frequent flyer program for international flights?

    Welcome to the second instalment of Australian Business Traveller's series this week comparing Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer (previously Velocity Rewards) programs.   Already we've taken a look at which frequent flyer program is best for dome...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2011 2 Comments

  • The best frequent flyer program: Qantas vs Virgin Australia

    What's the best frequent flyer program in Australia: Qantas Frequent Flyer or Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer (also known as Velocity Rewards)? That's a question we're often asked, so we put together a series of articles to show how the two frequent flyer schemes compared based o...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2011 5 Comments

  • Choice slams frequent flyer schemes: confusing, poor value

    The Australian Consumer Association magazine Choice has once again slammed Australia's frequent flyer schemes, saying that most passengers would be better off just buying the cheapest flights on offer. As proof that airlines get more out of these 'reward' schemes than consumers, Choice cite...

    POSTED 12 Oct, 2011 2 Comments

  • 50% off Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer award bookings

    With so many ways for the savvy traveller to earn frequent flyer points these days, it also pays to be on the lookout for the best ways to use them. Singapore Airlines is running one such deal for the next two weeks, with 50% off the usual amount of KrisFlyer points needed to book a business cla...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin's on-the-spot Velocity upgrade for Qantas frequent flyers

    Resorting to a Virgin Australia flight to beat the Qantas cancellations and delays from today's union strike? If you hold silver, gold or platinum Qantas frequent flyer status you should also take advantage of Virgin Australia's instant Velocity ‘status match’ deal to get lounge...

    POSTED 20 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Travel tech: free Qantas Frequent Flyer points calculator app!

    Here's an app that any Australian frequent flyer won't want to miss: the unofficial Qantas Frequent Flyer Calculator for iPhone, which usually sells for $2.99, is available free until Thursday September 8th. This Aussie-made app sports many functions that Qantas left out of its official iPh...

    POSTED 6 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin launches 20% bonus for transferring Velocity points

    Got a swag of ‘plastic points’ sitting on your credit card or charge card? Virgin Australia is now offering a 20% bonus if you transfer them over to your Velocity Rewards account. This latest move in Virgin’s aggressive relaunch of Velocity Rewards is aimed to get casual f...

    POSTED 1 Sep, 2011 0 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

  • Get the points: earn frequent flyer points for your business, too

    Businesses, as well as their travelling staff, can now 'double dip' to earn frequent flyer points on Emirates' Skywards rewards program. The new Emirates Business Rewards scheme issues a traveller's company, which paid for the ticket, with the same number of points as the person taking the ...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2011 1 Comment

  • Frequent flyer programs: which is best, Qantas or Virgin Australia?

    Over the previous week Australian Business Traveller has compared the Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Australia Velocity Rewards programs in minute detail. If you haven't had time to read all seven parts of the series, here's our executive summary. Earning points If you fly domestic economy a...

    POSTED 27 Jun, 2011 3 Comments

  • Qantas Classic Award vs Any Seat Award: which is the best value for your frequent flyer points?

    In the first part of this series I explained the difference between Qantas' Classic Awards and Any Seat Award bookings using frequent flyer points. As a rule Classic Awards require fewer points than an Any Seat Award. But like almost all rules there are exceptions. In some situations an Any Sea...

    POSTED 16 Jun, 2011 4 Comments

  • Compared: Qantas Classic vs Any Seat Awards -- what's the difference?

    So you've been travelling back and forth on business trips across Australia or overseas, flying with Qantas or partner oneworld airlines like Cathay Pacific and British Airways -- and now you have a healthy frequent flyer points balance to show for it. Over the next few days I will show you how ...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2011 0 Comments

  • Qantas offers 20,000 bonus frequent flyer points for international travellers

    In brief: Got a multi-stop international trip with Qantas on the cards? Then move fast, because the first 100 Qantas frequent flyer members to book such a jaunt will pick up a free 20,000 frequent flyer points. Qantas is offering the deal as part of a promotion around changes to its online multi...

    POSTED 27 May, 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

  • Get the points: Qantas Double Frequent Flyer points for Jetstar customers

    Jetstar is offering double Qantas Frequent Flyer points on the first 1,000 flights booked with its "max bundle". To get the double points, the fare has to be booked with one of Jetstar's new Max Bundles, which, for an extra fee, turn the basic Jetstar fare into a points-earning one. While it mi...

    POSTED 18 May, 2011 0 Comments

  • 30% off American Airlines Admirals Club lounge membership

    UPDATE: Unfortunately, oneWorld (the airline alliance Qantas and American Airlines belong to) has advised us: "Under the oneworld agreement, “paid for” frequent flyer cards do not entitle the holder to gain access to lounges offered by other oneworld partners.  To gain access, th...

    POSTED 17 May, 2011 4 Comments

  • Get the points: Qantas 30% off award flights!

    Qantas has released another Frequent Flyer points offer, with 30% off all domestic routes booked on Frequent Flyer points. This time, the deal includes business and economy tickets. The awards must be booked in the next three days -- before 20th May -- and travel dates are from 18th July to 16th...

    POSTED 17 May, 2011 0 Comments

  • Get the Points: free Lufthansa Miles & More Senator (Star Alliance Gold) status

    Lufthansa is giving away free Star Alliance Gold status in a bid to snatch the most lucrative frequent flyers away from rival Air France-KLM. Business travellers with Air France-KLM Flying Blue frequent flyer status need only send Lufthansa a picture of their Air France-KLM Flying Blue card and ...

    POSTED 8 May, 2011 2 Comments

  • New Qantas Frequent Flyer calculator app for iPhone and Android

    If you've tried Qantas' official Frequent Flyer app for iPhone, you might have been left feeling distinctly underwhelmed. It's mostly a showcase for gimmicky animations of products in the Qantas Frequent Flyer Store (which we've previously discovered are the worst-value way to spend frequent fly...

    POSTED 6 May, 2011 0 Comments

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