• 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

  • Travel tip: drop your suitcase at Kuala Lumpur in-town check-in

    Flying with Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air or Cathay Dragon from Kuala Lumpur International Airport? Then take advantage of the city’s in-town check-in desks, where you can ditch your suitcase and obtain your boarding pass before reaching the airport. It’s a great move if you’r...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2017 8 Comments

  • Using Velocity points to book Hainan, Hong Kong, Capital Airlines

    Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer members can now book Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines flights using their Velocity points. Among routes further afield, that opens the door to booking Hainan Airlines’ flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Chan...

    POSTED 25 Sep, 2017 15 Comments

  • How to book China Eastern flights using Qantas Points

    Much as Emirates is Qantas’ major partner on European flights, China Eastern Airlines is the Roo’s cornerstone comrade in China: on which Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn and spend Qantas Points. There’s just one catch – China Eastern reward flights don’t appe...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2017 9 Comments

  • How to snare a room upgrade at Hilton, Conrad, DoubleTree hotels

    Even if your company’s travel policy will only cover a standard hotel room, there are many ways you can upgrade your stay to better surroundings at hotels like Hilton, Conrad, Waldorf Astoria and DoubleTree: sometimes, even to rooms with full Executive Lounge privileges. Whether you’...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • How to claim missing Qatar Privilege Club miles after your flight

    It’s easy to earn Qatar Airways Privilege Club miles when taking flights with Qatar Airways and its Oneworld partners like Qantas, British Airways and Cathay Pacific – but occasionally, you’ll need to submit a ‘missing miles’ claim to unlock your points. The process...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2017 0 Comments

  • Air India business class, 'Executive Class' upgrade guide

    Just because you're booked to fly in economy with Air India doesn't mean you can't fly like a Maharajah in 'Executive Class' (business class), as you may be able to fly up front by upgrading using frequent flyer points, cold hard cash, or in some cases, even for free. You won’t need to hav...

    POSTED 31 Aug, 2017 1 Comment

  • The best business class on Sydney-Christchurch flights

    Qantas, Virgin Australia and Emirates offer travellers business class on non-stop flights between Sydney and Christchurch – but which option is best for the business traveller and the hip pocket? As it stands, having a fully-flat bed, direct aisle access and an inflight cocktail bar can ac...

    POSTED 29 Aug, 2017 15 Comments

  • How to ~quintuple~ dip on elite status with Singapore Airlines

    What if we told you that just four return business class trips to London could unlock elite status in not just one, but five frequent flyer, hotel loyalty and car hire rewards programs? It works like this: there’s a sneaky way that you can build frequent flyer status with both Singapore Ai...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2017 19 Comments

  • Frequent flyer tip: how to calculate the distance of your flight

    In many frequent flyer schemes – Qantas and Velocity Frequent Flyer included – the number of points needed to book a flight is based on the distance of each flight: so by knowing a flight’s length in miles, you can determine how many points are need to secure a seat. It’s...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2017 7 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 2 Comments

  • The best business class on Perth-Singapore flights

    Perth enjoys several daily non-stop flights to Singapore across Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Scoot, but which is best for the business traveller? Depending on which airline and aircraft type you choose, you be jetting off in a fully-flat business class bed with direct aisle access: but at the ...

    POSTED 15 Aug, 2017 11 Comments

  • Five tips for doing business in Thailand

    Thailand’s vast economy covers banking, finance, manufacturing, electronics and more – and with Qantas, Emirates, Thai Airways and Jetstar all offering non-stop flights between Australia and Thailand, zipping up to do business is easier than ever. But there’s more to it than me...

    POSTED 14 Aug, 2017 3 Comments

  • Best ways to spend 100,000 AMEX Membership Rewards Gateway points

    American Express Explorer and Business Explorer cardholders can convert their Membership Rewards Gateway credit card points into frequent flyer points with eight partner airlines and two hotel chains: but which of these programs present the best value for savvy spenders? With AMEX Business Explo...

    POSTED 11 Aug, 2017 5 Comments

  • How to skip the queues at Hong Kong Airport passport control

    Australian passport holders, selected frequent flyers and other regular visitors to Hong Kong can bypass the queues at the country’s passport checkpoints in favour of automated e-Channel lanes, after completing a quick registration process. Once registered, you’ll be able to come and...

    POSTED 3 Aug, 2017 12 Comments

  • Double-dip on credit card points with an additional cardholder

    One of the easiest ways to earn frequent flyer points is to pay for your everyday purchases using a points-earning credit card – and to maximise the number of points you can earn, adding your partner or spouse to your credit card account as an ‘additional cardholder’ can be a gr...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2017 11 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

  • Best credit cards for earning Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles

    Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer frequent flyer scheme is a favourite among savvy spenders, particularly for using miles to fly in business class or even first class to Singapore and beyond. Earning those miles in Australia couldn’t be easier, thanks to a range of KrisFlyer-earning cred...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2017 9 Comments

  • Fly Qantas business class using American Airlines points

    Here's a tip that's going to make your business travel budget go a lot further – and ensure you continue to fly in style. It's a way to fly Qantas business class from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to Singapore, Hong Kong or Tokyo for only $2,000 return. Also on the menu: a $2,000 business...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2017 25 Comments

  • Book Virgin Australia’s Melbourne-Hong Kong flights using points

    Virgin Australia Velocity members can now book non-stop flights from Melbourne to Hong Kong using their Velocity points – here’s how it’s done, whether you have enough points to snare a business class suite or a humble economy class seat. Step 1: Searching for Virgin Australia ...

    POSTED 21 Jul, 2017 4 Comments

  • Low-cost Qantas business, first class buying US frequent flyer miles

    UPDATE | A new AAdvantage 'buy miles' promotion is underway, this time offering a bonus of up to 100,000 miles on American Airlines mileage purchases plus cash discounts of 10% on the purchase price through August 1 2017 for use on Qantas, Cathay Pacific and other Oneworld airlines. Given the cu...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2017 46 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

  • How to get a lifetime of Virgin Australia lounge access

    Unlike Qantas, Virgin Australia doesn’t offer Lifetime Gold frequent flyer status to its most-travelled passengers – but does allow anybody to purchase a lifetime of Virgin Australia lounge access. The privilege doesn’t come cheap: you’ll need to fork out a whopping ...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2017 21 Comments

  • How to claim missing Emirates Skywards miles after your flight

    When you fly with Emirates, any frequent flyer points you’re owed will usually appear in your Emirates Skywards account automatically – but from time to time, those points simply never arrive, and that’s when you’ll need to claim your share by submitting a request. The pr...

    POSTED 22 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

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