• United Airlines overhauls MileagePlus with dynamic reward pricing

    United is completely revamping its United MileagePlus frequent flyer scheme to axe fixed-rate mileage booking costs on many United reward flights in favour of dynamic pricing, where the number of miles needed to book a flight varies from one journey to the next, even on the same route. This mean...

    POSTED 8 Apr, 2019 9 Comments

  • United Airlines 2019 Star Alliance Gold status challenge explained

    United Airlines is making a play for the top-tier frequent flyers of Qantas and Virgin Australia, along with a score of other competing airlines, through a generous status match which provides top-tier Gold status across all Star Alliance airlines. Your Gold or Platinum membership in the Qantas ...

    POSTED 14 Mar, 2019 23 Comments

  • United Airlines brings back Singapore Airlines online bookings

    United MileagePlus members can once again use their miles to book Singapore Airlines reward flights through the United website, almost four years after these were pulled from United.com. Since their digital disappearance back in 2013, these bookings were only possible over the phone: a process t...

    POSTED 12 Oct, 2017 7 Comments

  • United Airlines hikes MileagePlus frequent flyer reward rates

    United Airlines MileagePlus devaluation slams Aussie flights to Asia Popular first class redemptions rocket from 40,000 miles to 65,000 miles Many business class reward flights up from 30,000 miles to 50,000 miles Using your MileagePlus miles to book flights with United and its Star Allian...

    POSTED 1 Jul, 2017 9 Comments

  • Bulk-buy United miles for huge savings on business, first class flights

    UPDATE | A new United Airlines 'buy miles' promotion is underway, giving bonuses of up to 75% on MileagePlus purchases through 2:59pm (Sydney time) on July 4 2017 which can then be redeemed for travel on Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, United Airlines and other Star Alliance members...

    POSTED 21 Jun, 2017 57 Comments

  • How to book Singapore Airlines flights using United miles

    One of the best ways Australians can spend their United MileagePlus miles is on Star Alliance flights to Asia, with journeys to Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok requiring only 30,000 United miles for a business class ticket with United's partner Singapore Airlines. But there are catches, and pre...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2016 8 Comments

  • This week's frequent flyer wrap

    It’s a big week for Virgin Australia Velocity members with Hilton offering double Velocity points on stays over the coming four months and Starwood serving up double Starpoints, which can be converted into Velocity points on a 1:1 basis. However, Velocity members will begin to earn fewer p...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2015 0 Comments

  • This week's wrap for frequent flyers

    The Australian frequent flyer landscape continues to broaden with this week marking a new partnership between Etihad and Coles/Flybuys, yet Qantas’ existing tie-up with Coles’ rival Woolworths is under threat as the retailer moves to rein in its costs. Also in this week’s wrap,...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2015 0 Comments

  • Your guide to the United MileagePlus frequent flyer program

    With generous priority security and boarding privileges for its frequent flyers and even free upgrades to first class for entry-level Premier Silver members, United MileagePlus is a rather complex frequent flyer program, but one that’s worth getting your head around. Through United’s...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2015 8 Comments

  • This week's wrap for Qantas, Oneworld, Star Alliance frequent flyers

    Want to fly from Australia to Bangkok in Thai Airways' first class cabin for $1,400? How about business class to Singapore with Singapore Airlines for around $1,000, or Sydney to New York in business class for less than $2,500? Those are some of the amazing deals you can line up courtesy of ...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2015 0 Comments

  • Turn your frequent flyer points and status into a special weekend

    Frequent flyer points and lofty loyalty tiers go hand-in-hand with solo business travel, but they also pair well to create dream getaways in your downtime. Whether that’s a quick getaway with your spouse or several weeks away sunbathing and working on your respective tans, here’s jus...

    POSTED 13 Mar, 2015 17 Comments

  • Five expert tips for buying miles and frequent flyer points

    Buying up frequent flyer points for discounted business and first class flights is a topic oft-covered by Australian Business Traveller, with jetsetters saving thousands of dollars over buying a regular ticket. But whether your plans include a short Asian jaunt or taking the longer ride to Londo...

    POSTED 26 Feb, 2015 3 Comments

  • Five ways to redeem your orphaned frequent flyer points

    TRAVEL STRATEGY | Stuck with a small number of frequent flyer points in an account that you barely use? With many companies relying on ‘best fare of the day’ to curtail their travel costs, chances are you’ll occasionally need to fly with an airline or stay at a hotel that doesn...

    POSTED 18 Feb, 2015 2 Comments

  • United Airlines exec: buying miles is good for business

    Buying airline miles to redeem for low-cost travel in business class, and sometimes even first class, is a favourite money-saving trick of the savviest frequent flyers. It’s quite a simple concept, and one oft-covered by Australian Business Traveller during ‘buying miles’ promo...

    POSTED 7 Nov, 2014 5 Comments

  • Friday's frequent flyer wrap-up

    If you’re saving a stack of US Airways Dividend Miles for a rainy day, you’ll soon find these merged with your American Airlines AAdvantage balance – we’ve got what you need to know in this week’s wrap. Speaking of points, we’ve got five good reasons for busin...

    POSTED 31 Oct, 2014 0 Comments

  • This week's frequent flyer points wrap

    Members of United MileagePlus and Avianca LifeMiles are about to lose one of the best redemption options from Australia when Thai Airways axes first class on its Sydney flights from next month. Also in this week’s wrap, we’ll show you how unwind in Virgin Australia’s domestic l...

    POSTED 1 Sep, 2014 1 Comment

  • United to revamp MileagePlus: what it means for Aussie travellers

    United Airlines is revamping its MileagePlus loyalty program next year, with miles to be earned based on the ticket price rather than the distance flown. That’s great news if you often travel on expensive, flexible fares – but quite a blow if you’re normally stuck in economy. ...

    POSTED 11 Jun, 2014 5 Comments

  • Qantas, Virgin Australia or United points: our top pick for Hilton stays

    Earlier this year, the ‘points and fixed miles’ earning option faced extinction in the Hilton HHonors program, changing the way that members earn airline points or miles on their travels. Under the old scheme, travellers could earn either 1,000 Qantas or Velocity points at most Hilto...

    POSTED 3 Apr, 2014 6 Comments

  • New United Airlines, Star Alliance award rates a boon for Aussie travellers

    New redemption rates for United Airlines' Mileage Plus frequent flyer scheme come into effect this weekend – and they pack some good news for Australian travellers. While the changes generally see United's core membership of US residents lose out through a massive hike in redemption r...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2014 7 Comments

  • United Airlines' top flyer hits 1 million miles in a single year

    So you reckon you spend a lot of time flying? Probably not nearly as much as Tom Stuker, a Chicago-based automotive sales consultant who this year clocked up a whopping one million miles travelling on United Airlines alone. Stuker racked up his millionth mile on December 6 onboard United fl...

    POSTED 19 Dec, 2012 16 Comments

  • Virgin America status match for United, American Airlines

    Virgin America is rolling out the status match red carpet to top-tier United MileagePlus Premier and American Airlines AAAdvantage Gold and Platinum members. Gold and Silver status in Virgin America's Elevate frequent flyer program are up for grabs if you're an equivalent cardholder with Un...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2012 0 Comments

  • United-Continental Mileage Plus: big changes to program for 2012

    Significant changes are afoot to United Airlines' Mileage Plus frequent flyer program, as the airline continues its merger with fellow US carrier Continental. There are changes to elite status, upgrade priorities and more -- affecting how you earn and burn points. With no Star Alliance airline b...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Qantas' new ultra-elite Platinum One status tier for Very Frequent Flyers

    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


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