• Instant status match: how to link your Marriott, Starwood accounts

    Thanks to the merger between Marriott International and Starwood Hotels and Resorts, elite members of the chains’ respective Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) loyalty programs can snap up elite status in the other program, just by linking their accounts. For example, if y...

    POSTED 23 Jan, 2018 3 Comments

  • Five secret perks of the American Express Platinum Charge Card

    The American Express Platinum Charge Card is loaded with perks – beginning with unlimited Virgin Australia, Delta, Centurion and Plaza Premium airport lounge access, just for starters – but many of the benefits aren’t widely known, let alone mentioned on the AMEX website. Wheth...

    POSTED 18 Jan, 2018 35 Comments

  • How to get airport lounge access when flying premium economy

    Premium economy trumps ‘regular’ economy in many ways, but one aspect commonly missing from the equation is airport lounge access – a perk typically reserved for business class passengers instead. However, you don’t have to sit out in the terminal: there are many ways to ...

    POSTED 13 Jan, 2018 9 Comments

  • Fast-track to Starwood Preferred Guest Gold, Platinum status

    Gold or Platinum status in the Starwood Preferred Guest hotel loyalty program normally comes as a reward for spending 25 or 50 nights in hotels each year, but there’s a sneaky way to fast-track that process and Go for Gold (or Platinum) in less than half the time. It’s done by regist...

    POSTED 11 Jan, 2018 4 Comments

  • Top tips for securing your dream frequent flyer reward flight

    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. Using your f...

    POSTED 7 Jan, 2018 19 Comments

  • Qantas premium economy 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. If you often...

    POSTED 6 Jan, 2018 10 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

  • Qantas business 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. Nobody likes...

    POSTED 4 Jan, 2018 75 Comments

  • ExpertFlyer: your secret weapon for finding frequent flyer award flights

    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. Scouring an ...

    POSTED 4 Jan, 2018 35 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

  • How to spend your free American Express travel credit

    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. To help take...

    POSTED 2 Jan, 2018 18 Comments

  • How to fly around the world using Qantas 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. A round-the-...

    POSTED 28 Dec, 2017 30 Comments

  • When to use frequent flyer points for economy bookings

    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. Conventional...

    POSTED 26 Dec, 2017 23 Comments

  • Seven easy ways to speed through your TRS airport GST refunds

    Aussie residents and tourists alike can save money on their shopping by claiming a GST rebate at Australian international airport TRS counters before jetting overseas – but the process can often prove quite slow, particularly when travellers aren't properly prepared. Here's how to spe...

    POSTED 26 Dec, 2017 14 Comments

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

    With airline partners ranging from Virgin Australia right through to Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines and Air New Zealand, Westpac’s credit card-linked Altitude Rewards program gives travellers the freedom to choose how and where they earn and spend frequent flyer point...

    POSTED 8 Dec, 2017 8 Comments

  • Five useful Qantas 'lounge hacks' for the savvy traveller

    Most business travellers know that the right frequent flyer card or boarding pass can grant access to airport lounges, but there are many less-publicised perks which can make the pre-flight (or even, post-flight) experience far more enjoyable. Here are five travel hacks you should know about bef...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2017 8 Comments

  • Last chance: convert your points to Velocity for a 15-30% bonus

    The clock is ticking: today is your last chance to convert your credit card, Flybuys or hotel loyalty points into Virgin Australia Velocity points with a 15-30% bonus – so if you haven't already shipped your points across, stop what you're doing and get it done! Even if you were organised ...

    POSTED 30 Nov, 2017 11 Comments

  • How to claim missing Cathay Pacific Asia Miles after your flight

    Earning Asia Miles when flying with Cathay Pacific and its partner airlines like Qantas is usually straightforward: attach your Asia Miles number to your booking before you travel and those miles tend to appear without much hassle. But occasionally, the miles you’re owed never turn up, or ...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2017 3 Comments

  • How to earn bonus frequent flyer points with AMEX Local Champion

    American Express’ Local Champion game is your ticket to earning an extra frequent flyer point per dollar spent in the places you shop the most: whether that’s the supermarket, your favourite local restaurant or café, or with retailers and other service providers across Australi...

    POSTED 9 Nov, 2017 8 Comments

  • AMEX Offers: how your American Express card can save you money

    American Express cardholders can save hundreds of dollars each year by taking advantage of AMEX Offers: a free program open to most Australian AMEX users, whether their card is directly issued by American Express Australia, or by Commonwealth Bank, NAB or Westpac. The concept is simple: most off...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2017 1 Comment

  • 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

  • Earn up to 100 status credits with AMEX Velocity Platinum Card

    Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer members can now earn 100 bonus status credits each year through the American Express Velocity Platinum credit card. Unlike frequent flyer points, status credits can’t be spent on reward flights or upgrades to business class: instead, they’re u...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2017 8 Comments

  • Get unlimited inflight Internet with 28 airlines for $15/month

    Note: Despite the information supplied and publicised by CPHTravelWiFi and iPass, and successful inflight testing on selected airlines, a number of Australian Business Traveller readers have experienced issues with this service. If you experience any problems, contact CPHTravelWiFi for assistance...

    POSTED 29 Sep, 2017 35 Comments

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