• How to earn extra status credits without actually flying

    Status credits are your ticket to climbing through the Silver, Gold and Platinum frequent flyer ranks, and there are many easy ways to boost your balance of status credits with Qantas and Virgin Australia without booking extra flights: and in many cases, without even travelling at all. Here are ...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2017 4 Comments

  • Can I buy Qantas status credits?

    Q: I currently have Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver status but am a few hundred status credits short of reaching Gold. Can I purchase Qantas status credits to bridge the gap? A: While you can buy Qantas frequent flyer points directly from Qantas itself, you can't purchase status credits. Ther...

    POSTED 5 Apr, 2016 17 Comments

  • Our Friday frequent flyer points wrap

    Want to earn 4.5 Velocity Frequent Flyer points per dollar on your everyday credit card spend, along with Velocity points and status credits on South African Airways’ flights from Australia to Johannesburg? Or are you keen to earn Qantas status credits on flights booked with frequent flyer...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2014 0 Comments

  • Qantas offers status credits on 'classic award' flights

    Qantas is offering valuable status credits when flying on 'classic award' bookings in economy, premium economy and business class through to March next year, but only to selected travellers. The number of status credits up for grabs also doesn’t align with what you’d usually earn. On...

    POSTED 2 Oct, 2014 15 Comments

  • What's next for Qantas frequent flyers with Lifetime Gold status?

    Lifetime Gold status is a milestone in the Qantas Frequent Flyer scheme. It's awarded to travellers who've clocked up a staggering 14,000 status credits during their QFF membership – the equivalent of 700 return Sydney-Melbourne trips in discount economy, or qualifying as a new P...

    POSTED 4 Jan, 2014 9 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's Velocity family pooling: tips and tricks for sharing your points

    Many airline frequent flyer programs let you transfer points from one family member to another, but Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme takes things further by allowing you to transfer your points, and also your status credits, automatically whenever earned. Known as 'family poolin...

    POSTED 27 Dec, 2013 6 Comments

  • Earn double status credits with Virgin Australia

    Virgin Australia is giving the gift of double status credits in its Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme. The deal is open to all Velocity members, reagrdless of their current status level, and there's no bothersome pre-registration process. Just book a domestic or international Virgin Australia flig...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2013 6 Comments

  • Qantas 'Double December': extra frequent flyer points, status credits

    Qantas will launch another of its prized 'double status credits' deals this weekend, with frequent flyers able to wing their way faster to earning cherished Gold or Platinum status – or keeping their current status for the next 12 months of their membership. Unlike most double status ...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2013 9 Comments

  • How "marketed & operated" flights affect your frequent flyer points

    In this era of airline partnerships and alliances it can be tricky to work out which flights earn the most Qantas or Virgin Australia frequent flyer points and status credits, and even which ones get you into the airport lounge. Much of the time it comes down to the difference between ...

    POSTED 30 Jan, 2013 17 Comments

  • Virgin's "Earn While You Burn" Velocity offer: status credit rates

    In the dark about how many Virgin Australia status credits you'll funnel towards your Velocity Frequent Flyer account if you redeem points for flights under the new "Earn While You Burn" promotion? The airline didn't specify which earning bracket business, premium economy or economy would fall i...

    POSTED 15 Jan, 2013 2 Comments

  • Qantas frequent flyers to earn status credits on Emirates flights

    Qantas Frequent Flyers will earn full status credits on codeshare Emirates flights when the airline's partnership takes off in April 2013. Following enquiries from Australian Business Traveller, a Qantas spokesman confirmed the status credits will be earned on the proviso that travel is booked u...

    POSTED 12 Sep, 2012 15 Comments

  • Qantas offering double status credits for Frequent Flyer members

    About to make a Qantas booking? Check your email first, because you could end up scoring twice as many status credits on your trip – and wing your way faster to earning Gold or Platinum status (or keeping your current status for the next 12 months of your membership). Qantas sent out the f...

    POSTED 4 Apr, 2012 10 Comments

  • Virgin Australia offering double Velocity status credits

    IN BRIEF | Virgin Australia is running another double status credits promotion that'll help travellers fast-track their way to Gold or Platinum status or retain their current status for the next 12 months. But there's a catch: the offer is open only to selected Velocity members who receive ...

    POSTED 27 Mar, 2012 7 Comments

  • No Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer status on Virgin Australia flights

    It seems that the frequent flyer partnership between Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia doesn't quite go the whole distance. SQ's KrisFlyer members can earn KrisFlyer Miles when travelling on Virgin Australia flights but not the 'Elite Miles' status credits which catapult you to KrisFlyer S...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2012 4 Comments

  • Latest 'unofficial' Qantas frequent flyer app tracks points, status

    One of the most useful iPhone apps in the Qantas frequent flyer's arsenal, the unofficial Frequent Flyer Calculator, has received an update, with a multi-trip calculator plus additional saved history space in version 2.0 -- and it's now free, to boot. Australian designer Adam Ware has also ensur...

    POSTED 14 Nov, 2011 1 Comment

  • Full details: Qantas' new Platinum One VIP frequent flyer level

    Qantas is piling on the 'personal touch' perks at the new Platinum One status level of its Qantas Frequent Flyer program. The freshly-minted 'VIP' grade boasts: • A dedicated contact number to link members to the Platinum One Special Service Team, which will monitor, support and enhance th...

    POSTED 19 Oct, 2011 10 Comments

  • Qantas to launch

    UPDATE | Qantas has now launched its Platinum One frequent flyer level, and we've got all the details... PREVIOUS | Qantas will make a play for the continued loyalty of its most frequent flyers next week when it rolls out the red carpet for a new elite ‘Platinum One’ level at the top...

    POSTED 10 Oct, 2011 0 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

  • Qantas launches new domestic fares: more status credits, upgrades

    Flights on Qantas' new flexible fares begin today, with travellers enjoying lower costs and higher status credits for attaining silver, gold or platinum Frequent Flyer status, plus greater availability of business class upgrades across the board. It's all part of the increasing battle betwe...

    POSTED 7 Jul, 2011 2 Comments

  • Qantas Platinum One: more upgrades and a dash of Chairman

    UPDATE | Qantas has now launched its Platinum One frequent flyer level, and we've got all the details... PREVIOUS | Qantas’ most frequent flyers are set to be spoiled like never before when the airline’s new Platinum One loyalty level launches later this year. In an exclus...

    POSTED 30 Jun, 2011 10 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's Velocity Rewards: the revamp has begun

    Virgin Australia has commenced a revamp of its Velocity frequent flyer program, following up yesterday's announcement of a new elite Velocity Platinum level with an overhaul of how the airline awards the 'status credits' which help members attain higher-privilege tiers of the Velocity scheme. ...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2011 12 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

  • Get the points: earn more Qantas status credits by not flying directly

    Australian Business Traveller regularly drills into frequent flyer point earning tips and strategies, the best ways to burn them once earned, and how to extract the most value from frequent flyer memberships. This time in Get the Points, why not flying directly can help you bump up your Qantas F...

    POSTED 24 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • Hot Qantas deal: earn double status credits for international flights

    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

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