Business travellers booking flights in the busy high season in late December and early January will often see extra flights and larger planse on airline's Christmas and New Year schedules. As with any busy time of year, there are upsides and downsides to travelling during the holiday period, but...
POSTED 3 Dec, 2012 9 Comments
Want to earn miles from American Airlines flights that you can spend on Virgin Australia tickets? Or pick up points from Malaysia Airlines flights for free flights on either airline? Middle East airline Etihad has been busy forging reciprocal frequent flyer links with American Airlines and Malay...
POSTED 28 Nov, 2011 4 Comments
This article has been updated to take into account the recent relaunch of Velocity Rewards. Gold and platinum membership of a frequent flyer program is where the benefits really start to pile up -- but you have to spend a considerable amount with the airline to achieve it. We're tackling...
POSTED 11 Nov, 2011 8 Comments
This article has been updated to take into account the recent relaunch of Velocity Rewards. As part of our series comparing the Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Velocity Rewards programs in detail we've already examined what you need to do to earn silver, gold or platinum statu...
POSTED 10 Nov, 2011 7 Comments
This article has been updated to take into account the recent relaunch of Velocity Rewards. This week we've been comparing the Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Velocity Rewards programs in close detail. Part of the lure of any frequent flyer program is lounge access, although this is typ...
POSTED 9 Nov, 2011 2 Comments
Business travellers know that an important part of their frequent flyer program is the opportunity to upgrade from one class to another: economy to business domestically, or between economy, premium economy, business and first class when flying internationally. Australian Business Traveller has ...
POSTED 9 Nov, 2011 4 Comments
Which Australian airline loyalty program -- Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer or Qantas Frequent Flyer -- gets you to that privileged silver, gold or platinum status faster? The status of your frequent flyer account brings with it extra-swanky benefits, no matter which class you're trav...
POSTED 8 Nov, 2011 2 Comments
Welcome to the second instalment of Australian Business Traveller's series this week comparing Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer (previously Velocity Rewards) programs. Already we've taken a look at which frequent flyer program is best for dome...
POSTED 7 Nov, 2011 2 Comments
What's the best frequent flyer program in Australia: Qantas Frequent Flyer or Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer (also known as Velocity Rewards)? That's a question we're often asked, so we put together a series of articles to show how the two frequent flyer schemes compared based o...
POSTED 7 Nov, 2011 5 Comments
Here's an app that any Australian frequent flyer won't want to miss: the unofficial Qantas Frequent Flyer Calculator for iPhone, which usually sells for $2.99, is available free until Thursday September 8th. This Aussie-made app sports many functions that Qantas left out of its official iPh...
POSTED 6 Sep, 2011 0 Comments
Over the previous week Australian Business Traveller has compared the Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Australia Velocity Rewards programs in minute detail. If you haven't had time to read all seven parts of the series, here's our executive summary. Earning points If you fly domestic economy a...
POSTED 27 Jun, 2011 3 Comments
Here's good news if you're sitting on a stack of Emirates Skywards frequent flyer points, or alternatively, if you don't quite have enough Skywards points for your next trip or upgrade. Emirates now allows Skywards points to be transferred any other Skywards member, instead of limiting the ...
POSTED 10 Jun, 2011 1 Comment
Lufthansa is giving away free Star Alliance Gold status in a bid to snatch the most lucrative frequent flyers away from rival Air France-KLM. Business travellers with Air France-KLM Flying Blue frequent flyer status need only send Lufthansa a picture of their Air France-KLM Flying Blue card and ...
POSTED 8 May, 2011 2 Comments
If you've tried Qantas' official Frequent Flyer app for iPhone, you might have been left feeling distinctly underwhelmed. It's mostly a showcase for gimmicky animations of products in the Qantas Frequent Flyer Store (which we've previously discovered are the worst-value way to spend frequent fly...
POSTED 6 May, 2011 0 Comments
Qantas and SAS (the joint national airline of Sweden, Denmark and Norway) are ending their frequent flyer partnership this weekend. So if you have a stash of SAS EuroBonus points it's time to spend them before 1 May if you want to use them for Qantas flights. According to SAS: Scandinavian Airl...
POSTED 29 Apr, 2011 0 Comments
OK, our article today about Qantas pledging to return to being a full-service airline was just an April Fool's joke (regrettably), but this points promotion from Qantas is rock solid. Qantas is offering domestic award flights at up to 50% off the normal points required. A Melbourne-Brisbane fli...
POSTED 1 Apr, 2011 0 Comments
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