• Why you should never pay in Australian dollars on overseas trips

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. When using your Visa or Mastercard debit or credit card overseas to make purchases or ATM cash withdrawals, you may be asked if you’d like to pay in Australian dollars ra...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2018 39 Comments

  • Fast-track to Marriott Rewards Gold, Platinum status

    Have some upcoming stays planned at hotels like Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Westin, and other properties attached to the combined Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty programs such as W, Autograph Collection and Sheraton? Those stays – and any new ones you...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2018 11 Comments

  • How to move to an earlier Qantas, Virgin Australia flight

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. When your business day winds up sooner than planned or your last meeting of the day is cancelled, moving onto an earlier Qantas or Virgin Australia domestic flight is a much-ap...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 28 Comments

  • Best seats guide: Qatar Airways Qsuites (Boeing 777 and Airbus A350)

    Qatar Airways’ ‘super business class’ Qsuites have been flying high since June 2017, and currently grace the skies between Canberra, Sydney and Doha on the Boeing 777-300ER. You’ll also find Qsuites on all Airbus A350-1000s, plus some Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 777-200LR ...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 11 Comments

  • The best perks of Qantas Gold for domestic economy flyers

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. While long-time road warriors could well recite the benefits of Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold status from memory, for first-time qualifiers, there’s a lot to learn: but a lot to gain,...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 13 Comments

  • How to visit China for up to six days without a visa

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Australian citizens normally need a pre-arranged visa to enter China, but the country’s Transit Without Visa (TWOV) program allows foreigners to enter the country for up ...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 40 Comments

  • Why Qantas Lifetime Silver status is worth having

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Lifetime Silver status in the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme is often seen as a mere stepping stone on the path to Lifetime Gold, but don't underestimate this shiny card. Qantas Lifetime ...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 35 Comments

  • Finding the status 'sweet spot' in hotel loyalty programs

    While the top tier of any hotel's loyalty program always provides that chain's best perks, reaching such stratospheric levels isn't always easy – especially for travellers who spread their wings and venture to a variety of destinations, staying with different hotels throughout the year rath...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2018 10 Comments

  • Using Qantas frequent flyer points to book British Airways flights

    With daily flights to Australia and a broader network spanning Asia, the Middle East, Africa, The Americas and right across the UK and Europe, British Airways offers an extensive range of flights: and all of them can potentially be booked using Qantas Points. Whether it's the airline's Sydney-Si...

    POSTED 12 Dec, 2018 5 Comments

  • Taiwan opens fast-track passport e-Gates to Australian travellers

    Aussie travellers jetting to Taiwan or stopping over in Taipei on journeys with China Airlines and EVA Air can now expedite their crossing at Taiwanese passport control by registering for access to the country’s automated e-Gates. As Taiwan has no priority line or ‘express path&rsquo...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2018 5 Comments

  • New benefits for Qantas flyers as Fiji Airways joins Oneworld Connect

    Fiji Airways is now affiliated with Oneworld, joining the global alliance as a ‘Oneworld Connect’ partner this week: unlocking valuable perks for eligible Qantas Frequent Flyer cardholders taking Fiji Airways flights. Chiefly, there's access to priority check-in and boarding, althoug...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2018 14 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific 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 travelling with Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong and beyond in premium economy, a great use for your Asia Miles is a business clas...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2018 11 Comments

  • How to get Qantas Lifetime Gold status

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Lifetime Gold status with the Qantas Frequent Flyer program is the goal of many business travellers and high flyers, and with good reason. It means you get all of those prized perks of ...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2018 97 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

  • Your guide to Westpac's Altitude Rewards credit card program

    Covering a range of points-earning Mastercard and American Express cards, the Westpac Altitude Rewards program allows credit card users to earn points in five airline frequent flyer programs from their everyday purchases. Those partners include Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer, Singapore...

    POSTED 26 Nov, 2018 0 Comments

  • Your guide to Brisbane Airport's international business class lounges

    Brisbane Airport's international terminal is home to no less than five lounges, and with some business class passengers, frequent flyers or lounge members potentially having two or even three lounges to choose from, it pays to know all the options. For example, Star Alliance business class passe...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2018 13 Comments

  • The best SkyTeam frequent flyer programs for Australian travellers

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Although the global SkyTeam alliance doesn’t count an Australian airline among its ranks, eight SkyTeam members currently fly Down Under, on which travellers can earn and redeem fr...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2018 9 Comments

  • Get a complimentary flight every year with these Visa credit cards

    While plenty of American Express cards include 'travel credits' to offset the cost of their annual fees, most Australian spenders need more than an AMEX card in their wallet to pay everywhere they shop, given Visa and Mastercard are accepted much more widely. However, that doesn't mean you have ...

    POSTED 20 Nov, 2018 1 Comment

  • How to choose the right frequent flyer program

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Every business traveller should belong to at least one frequent flyer program – but making that choice isn't as straightforward as you may think. While the Qantas Frequent Fl...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2018 5 Comments

  • What could you do with 120,000 Qantas frequent flyer points?

    With some of Australia's highest credit card sign-up deals pumping out offers of up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points right now, there's plenty you could do with that bounty. Whether your travels take you within Australia, to New Zealand, up to Asia or even to London or New York, we show some of th...

    POSTED 13 Nov, 2018 13 Comments

  • Using Qantas frequent flyer points to book American Airlines flights

    With the world's largest fleet of aircraft and flights to more destinations worldwide than any other carrier, American Airlines isn't just Qantas' Stateside alliance partner, it's also an option to consider when it comes time to exchange your hard-earned Qantas Frequent Flyer points to book your ...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2018 3 Comments

  • Five things you need to know about Air New Zealand's Airbus A321neo

    Air New Zealand's first Airbus A321neo jets will take wing from late November, darting between Auckland and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as the Star Alliance member seeks to sharpen its edge on the competitive trans-Tasman market. An upgraded version of AirNZ's workhorse Airbus A320 family, th...

    POSTED 3 Nov, 2018 50 Comments

  • Your guide to connecting to the USA via Vancouver with Air Canada

    While many Australian travellers bound for US east coast cities like New York will default to flying via Los Angeles, Vancouver presents an interesting alternative, and can take some of the hassle out of the typical Stateside transit experience. For instance, when flying from Australia to the US...

    POSTED 1 Nov, 2018 6 Comments

  • How to get a second Australian passport

    Having just one Australian passport is sufficient for most travellers, but regular international jetsetters can actually apply to hold a second valid Australian passport, facilitating travel when the first is out-of-reach. That’s handy when you’re waiting for a visa to be approved fo...

    POSTED 1 Nov, 2018 15 Comments

  • Best perks of Virgin Velocity Platinum for domestic economy flyers

    Velocity Platinum is currently the highest status tier that Virgin Australia offers and it's yours after 1,000 status credits (800 if maintaining existing Platinum status) and eight eligible flights in a year. The main benefits of lounge access and priority perks are relatively similar to Veloci...

    POSTED 30 Oct, 2018 2 Comments

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