• Air New Zealand trials upgrade auctions

    Frequent flyers are used to spending points for upgrades, or even being offered bargain-basement rates at check-in to pay their way into business or first class seats. But Air New Zealand -- ever the innovators -- have a new option for upgrading: OneUp auctions, where you bid a set amount before...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2011 2 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

  • Virgin Australia's new bittersweet business class upgrades

    When Australian Business Traveller compared Qantas Frequent Flyer with Velocity Rewards in June, one of the most obvious deficiencies in Virgin Australia's program was the (lack of) ability to upgrade with points. At the time, we noted: Virgin's system for upgrades is extremely limited in com...

    POSTED 26 Aug, 2011 3 Comments

  • Qantas offers free Sydney-Dallas business class upgrade (and yes, there's a catch...)

    In brief: Heading to Dallas in August or September this year or December to March 2012? Want to book a premium economy fare on Qantas' 747-400 and get a free bump into business class? That's the deal on offer from Qantas and American Express. Book a premium economy return ticket in July for...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 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

  • Virgin Australia offers premium economy upgrade plus lounge access from $35

    In what is easily Australia's best value upgrade deal, Virgin Australia is offering passengers an upgrade to premium economy plus one-off airport lounge access for prices starting at $35 – or for trading in 3,900 Velocity points. It's part of a Premium Economy Taste Test promotion whi...

    POSTED 27 Jun, 2011 6 Comments

  • Star Alliance adds upgrade awards for Air Canada, US Airways

    Members of Star Alliance partners – including Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, United and Asiana – can now trade their points for upgrades on flights with Air Canada and US Airways. Although already members of Star Alliance, the Canadian and US carriers had yet to sign up to the ...

    POSTED 31 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

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