• The unofficial guide to Emirates Skywards Silver status

    While many travellers may regard Silver status as just a 'stepping stone' towards higher and more-glitzy tiers, Emirates' Skywards Silver status is one of the few that is a bit more rewarding in its own right with a limited lounge access benefit. Here's everything you need to know about Skywards ...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2019 0 Comments

  • Using Qantas Points to plan and book a round-the-world trip

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel and was last updated in July 2019. Looking for one of the very best ways to use your pile of Qantas frequent flyer points? Here it is: booking a lavish, round-the-world bus...

    POSTED 22 Jul, 2019 45 Comments

  • Best perks of elite Marco Polo Club status for business class flyers

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Holding a Gold or Diamond Marco Polo Club (MPC) card affords you many perks when travelling with Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon, such as priority check-in and lounge access. ...

    POSTED 16 Jul, 2019 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia set to sell off Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme?

    Updated July 11, 2019 | Virgin Australia's partner in the airline's Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme, Hong Kong-based Affinity Equity Partners, plans to ditch its 35% stake in the loyalty program. The move comes as speculation mounts that Virgin will seek to float Velocity on the Australian Stock ...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2019 23 Comments

  • Best Virgin Australia Velocity credit card sign-up offers

    Fancy earning enough Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points for up to 24 business class upgrades from a single credit card application? If so, you won't want to miss this month's hottest deals, which place up to 120,000 bonus Velocity points on the table. Across cards issued by American...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2019 0 Comments

  • The unofficial guide to Emirates Skywards Platinum status

    Hold the elusive Emirates Skywards Platinum card in your wallet for unlimited first class lounge access across Emirates and its partner airline networks, including those of Qantas. You get a 'golden gift' for your partner, a boosted lounge guest and baggage allowance, and greater flexibility whe...

    POSTED 9 Jul, 2019 1 Comment

  • Virgin Australia, Virgin Atlantic eye seamless Australia-London travel

    Virgin Australia and its British counterpart Virgin Atlantic plan to offer a 'unique Virgin experience' for travellers on the popular Australia-London route. From a local perspective, the tie-up would see Virgin Australia passengers encouraged to join Virgin Atlantic's London-bound flights at ei...

    POSTED 5 Jul, 2019 28 Comments

  • The unofficial guide to Emirates Skywards Gold status

    An Emirates Skywards Gold card is your key to unlimited lounge access across Emirates and its partner airline networks, including whenever you travel domestically or internationally with Qantas. Other perks include boosted luggage allowances and even unlimited free WiFi onboard. Australia Busine...

    POSTED 4 Jul, 2019 2 Comments

  • How important is priority boarding on domestic, international flights?

    TALKING POINT | Priority boarding is one of the many perks offered to business class passengers and top-tier frequent flyers. But it's not always well-executed by the airlines, and tends to be of varying use depending on if you're making a domestic or international flight. Indeed, we often hear ...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2019 58 Comments

  • Westpac’s new Altitude Velocity program boosts your points

    Westpac Altitude Rewards credit card holders have a new way to boost their Velocity Points balances with the introduction of the 'Altitude Velocity' opt-in rewards feature. Running alongside the existing Altitude Rewards and Altitude Qantas programs, Altitude Velocity promises Velocity Frequent ...

    POSTED 25 Jun, 2019 6 Comments

  • Your guide to Emirates' business, first class lounges in Dubai

    At its massive home hub of Dubai Airport, Emirates has not two, not four, but seven lounges peppered around Terminal 3 for business class and first class passengers and eligible frequent flyers: but with so much choice, which lounge should you visit before your next flight from Dubai? First clas...

    POSTED 20 Jun, 2019 16 Comments

  • June's top Virgin Australia Velocity credit card sign-up offers

    Fancy earning enough Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points for up to 24 business class upgrades from a single credit card application? If so, you won't want to miss this month's hottest deals, which place up to 120,000 bonus Velocity points on the table. Across cards issued by American...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2019 0 Comments

  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Elite Silver: the unofficial guide

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. The mid-tier KrisFlyer Elite Silver is a really just a stepping stone on the path to Elite Gold and Star Alliance Gold, but still offers travellers a few minor benefits and is the easies...

    POSTED 31 May, 2019 2 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club vs Asia Miles: what's the difference?

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. If you’ve recently started flying with Cathay Pacific, chances are you’ve come across its two affiliated programs – Asia Miles and the Marco Polo Club. Not sure how th...

    POSTED 30 May, 2019 4 Comments

  • Virgin Australia cuts baggage allowance for Velocity frequent flyers

    Virgin Australia is slashing the baggage allowance for its Velocity frequent flyers on flights to Los Angeles. From June 11 2019, Velocity members holding Silver, Gold or Platinum status and booked into premium economy on Virgin's Boeing 777 Los Angeles flights will see their checked luggage all...

    POSTED 29 May, 2019 23 Comments

  • British Airways Gold Guest List: the unofficial guide

    Much like Qantas Platinum One, British Airways’ Gold Guest List is reserved for the most regular of frequent flyers who can rack up more than 5,000 Tier Points in a single year. By comparison, the base-level Gold status, already equivalent to Qantas Platinum and Oneworld Emerald, is earned...

    POSTED 27 May, 2019 2 Comments

  • Why credit card reward points aren't all created equal

    Whether searching for a new credit card or giving an existing card its regular check-up, many people focus on the number of ‘points’ that can be earned per dollar spent, but that doesn’t always reveal the entire picture. For example, on Qantas- and Velocity-branded credit cards...

    POSTED 24 May, 2019 0 Comments

  • Making the most of Virgin Australia's 2019 double status credit offer

    If you've not quite hit Velocity Gold and Platinum status, those shiny cards are about to get much closer thanks to Virgin Australia's latest double status credits offer. The promotion is open to all Velocity members, rather than being an invitation-only affair limited to some frequent...

    POSTED 20 May, 2019 15 Comments

  • Which airline has the best Brisbane-Singapore business class?

    The traffic between Brisbane to Singapore isn’t as frenetic compared to Sydney or Melbourne, but competition is still surprisingly fierce with three full-service airlines putting on some of their best products on this route. Qantas and Singapore Airlines are the obvious contenders, but the...

    POSTED 16 May, 2019 14 Comments

  • How to use your KrisFlyer miles to book flights for other people

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. In Australia, it’s easy to redeem your hard-earned frequent flyer points for immediate family members with Qantas, or for just about anyone you know with Virgin Australia, no strin...

    POSTED 15 May, 2019 1 Comment

  • Wilson Parking pulls out of Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer

    Wilson Parking is leaving Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer program, which saw travellers earn Velocity Points every time they parked their vehicle. Wilson is Australia’s largest secure parking operator with more than 400 car parks across Australia, and became a Velocity partner i...

    POSTED 8 May, 2019 13 Comments

  • A Qantas flyer's guide to Melbourne international lounge access

    Jetting abroad from Melbourne Airport with Qantas or one of its partner airlines? You could have access to as many as four lounges before a single flight – or up to six lounges for any one journey, when carrying the right credit card and lounge membership – but choosing which lounge t...

    POSTED 7 May, 2019 7 Comments

  • The unofficial guide to Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Gold status

    On-par with Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold, Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club Gold is an appealing card to slip into your travel wallet, given it's your ticket to complimentary worldwide lounge access with Cathay Pacific, Qantas and other Oneworld airlines, and your pass to the fast-track lanes at airpo...

    POSTED 7 May, 2019 7 Comments

  • Virgin Australia halts plan for new Boeing 737 business class

    EXCLUSIVE | Virgin Australia has put on ice its plans for a new domestic business class for east-west Boeing 737 flights as it embarks on a review of the airline's domestic offering. The move follows freshly-minted CEO Paul Scurrah's decision earlier this week to delay delivery of the troubled B...

    POSTED 3 May, 2019 63 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's new Brisbane international lounge to open July 2019

    [UPDATED] Virgin Australia expects to open its its new international lounge at Brisbane Airport in May July 2019. The new ribbon-cutting will come some six eight months after the lounge was first and obviously optimistically promised to open in November 2018, a date which was then pushed ba...

    POSTED 3 May, 2019 33 Comments

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