• 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

  • 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

  • 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

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