• Travelling on business at Christmas & New Year: the ups and downs

    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

  • How to hack the tangled web of Etihad's frequent flyer partners

    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

  • Gold & platinum frequent flyer benefits: Qantas vs Virgin Australia

    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

  • Silver frequent flyer benefits: Qantas vs Virgin Australia

    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

  • Qantas Club vs Virgin Lounge membership: which is better value?

    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

  • Better for upgrades: Qantas Frequent Flyer or Virgin Velocity?

    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

  • Qantas vs Virgin: which is faster to silver, gold & platinum?

    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

  • What's the best frequent flyer program for international flights?

    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

  • The best frequent flyer program: Qantas vs Virgin Australia

    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

  • Travel tech: free Qantas Frequent Flyer points calculator app!

    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

  • Frequent flyer programs: which is best, Qantas or Virgin Australia?

    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

  • Get the points: Emirates now allows Skywards points to be transferred and sold

    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

  • Get the Points: free Lufthansa Miles & More Senator (Star Alliance Gold) status

    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

  • New Qantas Frequent Flyer calculator app for iPhone and Android

    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 end frequent flyer partnership

    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

  • Get the points: up to 50% off Qantas award flights

    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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