• Making your passport last longer when running short of pages

    Running out of pages in your passport but still have a while before it expires? It's an issue that many business travellers face, especially now that Australia has axed the larger, 66-page ‘frequent traveller’ passport. Rather than shelling out for brand new passport years before you...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2018 19 Comments

  • Using Qantas frequent flyer points to book Cathay Pacific flights

    Using your Qantas Frequent Flyer points to book flights is naturally one of the best ways that you can spend them – and for some high flyers, that means using points to travel with Qantas' Oneworld alliance partner Cathay Pacific. Offering flights between Australia and Hong Kong and onward...

    POSTED 3 Apr, 2018 12 Comments

  • Using Qantas Points for great value BA business class flights

    Qantas Points can be used to book flights not only with Qantas, but also with its web of airline partners, including Oneworld alliance member British Airways in its ‘Club Europe’ business class cabin. While BA has only one flight per day into Australia, its hubs at London Heathrow an...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2018 16 Comments

  • Top tips for spending your American Express credit card travel credit

    Many American Express cards include ‘travel credits’ every year – essentially a travel voucher that you can spend on bookings made through American Express – and while you can typically cash these in these on flights, hotels or car hire, some of these bookings can prove mo...

    POSTED 19 Mar, 2018 9 Comments

  • Tips to fast-track your journey through Brisbane Airport

    Whether you fly once a year or every other day, one thing’s for sure: nobody likes standing in line at the airport, but you don’t always need a business class ticket or a shiny frequent flyer card to fast-track your way through the terminal and onto your flight or your ride home. Her...

    POSTED 27 Feb, 2018 16 Comments

  • Tips for speeding your way through Sydney Airport

    Nobody likes standing in line at the airport, but you don’t always have to be a frequent flyer or a business class passenger to skip the queues and fast-track your way to the lounge, a restaurant or bar, or the boarding gate. Whether you’re flying within Australia or overseas, here a...

    POSTED 20 Feb, 2018 16 Comments

  • What could you do with 100,000 Qantas frequent flyer points?

    There are plenty of ways to spend Qantas frequent flyer points, but when you have a cool 100,000 Qantas Points to burn – such as on offer right now with a new Qantas American Express Ultimate credit card – some approaches let you travel further, more often or in more comfort than othe...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2018 5 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines 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 flying with Singapore Airlines to the Lion City and beyond in economy or premium economy, your stash of KrisFlyer miles can s...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2018 25 Comments

  • Buying Starpoints for Virgin Australia business class upgrades

    Fancy upgrading to Virgin Australia business class on the airline's longest domestic flights – including Sydney-Perth or Melbourne-Perth in 'The Business' aboard Virgin's Airbus A330s – for just $244 per flight? The secret lies in the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) hotel loyalty prog...

    POSTED 12 Feb, 2018 24 Comments

  • 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 11 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

  • 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 15 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

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