With Emirates introducing a new Skywards Platinum tier, matching up to Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum in advance of the Qantas-Emirates alliance, business travellers have been taking a hard look at the new benefits unveiled as part of the alliance and comparing ...
POSTED 13 Feb, 2013 4 Comments
Virgin Australia will be escorting its most valuable frequent flyers through the airport with a new Concierge service due to start at Canberra and on the Gold Coast, CEO John Borghetti confirmed to Australian Business Traveller. "Effectively, what it says is exactly what it is: it's a concierge ...
POSTED 23 Feb, 2012 8 Comments
IN BRIEF | Virgin Australia will provide Qantas' most VIP frequent flyers with free access to its airport lounges. On top of adding extra flights and offering discounted fares to stranded Qantas passengers, the airline is cleverly targetting the cream of Qantas' corporate travel crop &ndash...
POSTED 30 Oct, 2011 2 Comments
Virgin Australia frequent flyers will get free credit card and identity theft protection as part of the airline's new Velocity frequent flyer program. Velovity gold and platinum members will now receive free year-long membership to Secure Sentinel, a service offered by many banks for a...
POSTED 6 Oct, 2011 0 Comments
Resorting to a Virgin Australia flight to beat the Qantas cancellations and delays from today's union strike? If you hold silver, gold or platinum Qantas frequent flyer status you should also take advantage of Virgin Australia's instant Velocity ‘status match’ deal to get lounge...
POSTED 20 Sep, 2011 0 Comments
Virgin Australia's relaunched Velocity Rewards scheme is cleverly getting a jump on the market-leading Qantas Frequent Flyer by extending the benefits for free top-tier members to hotels, and now, car hire. As we detailed yesterday, being a Gold or Platinum frequent flyer with Virgin Austra...
POSTED 31 Aug, 2011 1 Comment
Virgin Australia's overhaul of its Velocity frequent flyer rewards scheme will include a new top-tier Velocity Platinum level, above the existing Velocity Gold ceiling, as the airline formerly known as Virgin Blue goes toe-to-toe with Qantas in a battle for Australia's business travellers. A spo...
POSTED 12 Jul, 2011 0 Comments
Tough new baggage allowances come into play today for Qantas, with most passengers on domestic flights limited to one checked bag – even if they're a member of the Qantas Club or hold Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver or Gold status. Qantas is also introducing new baggage limits and excess...
POSTED 1 Jun, 2011 8 Comments
UPDATE | Qantas has now launched its Platinum One frequent flyer level, and we've got all the details... PREVIOUS | One of the many significant changes which Qantas is making to its Frequent Flyer programme is the creation of a new super-platinum level for its most frequent flyers...
POSTED 18 May, 2011 2 Comments
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
High-status frequent flyers are the winners in Qantas’ June 1st rejig of international checked luggage allowances, especially in business class and first class.While the new checked luggage scheme for domestic flights is a mixed bag for many travellers, including some frequent flyers, the r...
POSTED 24 Jan, 2011 1 Comment
The Priority Pass network of airport lounges adds Wellington, Vancouver and Toronto to its international footprint this month, along with Switzerland's Lugano and Lebanon's Beirut Rafic Hariri airports. These follow December's addition of lounge-sharing arrangements at Las Vegas, Washington and N...
POSTED 17 Jan, 2011 0 Comments
Qantas' most valuable Frequent Flyers – those with top-tier Platinum status – only have a few weeks left to enjoy Qantas lounges regardless of which airline they're flying with – or even when they're not flying at all! The delightful 'Anytime Access' perk for Platinum car...
POSTED 10 Jan, 2011 5 Comments
This one's hot off the press! Qantas is making a play for frequent flyer loyalty (perhaps to help shore up faith and a drop-off in bookings in the post-A380 period) by offering double status credits on international flights. The deal broke in emails sent to members of the Qantas Frequent Flyer s...
POSTED 1 Dec, 2010 0 Comments
Update Qantas’ new wireless Q Bag Tags are swish and smart – smartchipped, in fact – but frequent flyers still have a few unanswered questions about the Marc Newson-designed dongles.So Australian Business Traveller sat down with Qantas to get the answers… well, most ...
POSTED 21 Nov, 2010 0 Comments
This weekend's opening of the new Canberra Airport terminal saw the debut of three all-new Qantas lounges: the Qantas Club, Business Lounge and Chairman's Lounge. With a combined area 4,500 square metres they encompass the same space as their Sydney counterparts. The 482-seat Qantas Club is Aust...
POSTED 15 Nov, 2010 0 Comments
The Qantas Business Lounge at Sydney’s domestic airport is first on the list as Qantas refreshes all its domestic lounges to more closely align them to their international counterparts – especially at the top tier levels for Frequent Flyers. The lounge is also the scene for this Thu...
POSTED 14 Nov, 2010 0 Comments
Update Virgin Blue has pulled down the shutters on a ‘status match’ promotion for Qantas frequent flyer members which offered free upgrades to the top tier Gold staus of its Velocity Rewards program. A Velocity Rewards spokeswoman told Australian Business Traveller that the promoti...
POSTED 12 Nov, 2010 0 Comments
From November 10, Sydney business travellers will have access to a new check-in system from Qantas, designed to reduce queue times for domestic flights. The Qantas Q Card has been running in Perth since July of this year, and is designed to quickly identify and check-in passengers. Qantas CEO A...
POSTED 24 Oct, 2010 0 Comments
Top-tier frequent flyers will start receiving their new Qantas cards and bag tags this week, ahead of the November 10th opening of the airline’s Next Generation Check-in facility at Sydney domestic airport. The redesigned cards contain a microchip to check in at the self-service kiosks, st...
POSTED 24 Oct, 2010 0 Comments
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