• Etihad opens new Abu Dhabi business, first class Premium Lounge

    Etihad Airways’ business class and first class passengers travelling through Abu Dhabi can now unwind in a new Premium Lounge in Terminal 1. With seats for 134 guests, the lounge’s modern design takes its cues from the airline’s larger and also recently-revamped Premium Loung...

    POSTED 10 Aug, 2015 5 Comments

  • Etihad tightens Sydney airport lounge access

    Etihad Airways is clamping down on frequent flyer access to its First and Business Class Lounge at Sydney Airport when flying to Abu Dhabi. Passengers booked into economy on Etihad's daily Airbus A380 flight (EY455) but holding Gold or Platinum status with Etihad partner...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2015 16 Comments

  • Virgin Australia inks points partnership with Le Club AccorHotels

    Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyers will soon be able to earn Velocity Points at 2,800 new hotels via the Le Club AccorHotels program. The system will see travellers first earn Le Club points at Accor’s range of brands – including Sofitel, Novotel, M Gallery, Pullman, Adagio, M...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2015 4 Comments

  • The 10 best frequent flyer credit card sign-up deals this July

    Many of Australia's major banks are welcoming new customers with generous quantities of frequent flyer points in return for opening a credit card account. The top 10 offers alone put almost 600,000 frequent flyer points on the table: with as many as 100,000 points to be had from a single applica...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2015 10 Comments

  • This week's Friday wrap for frequent flyers

    If your wallet packs an ANZ Rewards credit card, you’ll soon earn more Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points on your everyday spend – or if you’re more of a Cathay Pacific loyalist, register for the airline’s latest promo which doles out double miles on flights t...

    POSTED 5 Jun, 2015 0 Comments

  • ANZ boosts Virgin Australia credit card frequent flyer points

    ANZ will increase the number of Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyer points that its customers earn on the bank’s range of Rewards-branded Visa and American Express credit cards from July 18. The improvement comes by tweaking the Velocity conversion rate in the ANZ Rewards program from...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2015 5 Comments

  • This week's frequent flyer and frequent traveller wrap

    How would you like to save hundreds of dollars on room rates at Hyatt hotels around the world, or pick up double points at stays with Hilton and its web of brands such as Conrad, DoubleTree and Waldorf Astoria? That’s all covered in this week’s wrap, along with new Virgin Australia V...

    POSTED 29 May, 2015 0 Comments

  • American Express Membership Rewards explained

    With an impressive roster of airline partners including Virgin Australia, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific, the American Express Membership Rewards program gives you the flexibility to spend when it’s convenient to you, while deciding what to do with your points at a later da...

    POSTED 26 May, 2015 4 Comments

  • Virgin Australia's South African Airways partnership kicks off

    Virgin Australia Velocity members can now earn both frequent flyer points and status credits when booking and travelling with Star Alliance member South African Airways, including on its Perth-Johannesburg flights. Also part of the tie-up: Velocity Gold and Silver cardholders can make use of pri...

    POSTED 30 Apr, 2015 0 Comments

  • Hawaiian Airlines boosts Brisbane-Honolulu flights

    Hawaiian Airlines will add an extra flight to its Brisbane-Honolulu service next year, taking the route to four flights per week. The move comes just one year after the airline began flying into Brisbane, and it's not stopping there. "The schedule expansion is part of our ongoing plans to...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2013 5 Comments

  • Virgin Australia scores high in reward seat availability survey

    Virgin Australia has taken second place in a global survey of the availability of reward seats available to frequent flyers, with Qantas sitting in sixth position. The fourth annual Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey, conducted by the IdeaWorksCompany, measures the number of tim...

    POSTED 13 May, 2013 12 Comments

  • Etihad boosts Gold Elite benefits, Virgin Australia Platinums also win

    Etihad is pumping up the perks enjoyed by top-tier members of its Etihad Guest frequent flyer program, and Virgin Australia's Velocity Platinum members are also in the winner's circle. Gold Elite members can now pocket free Etihad Guest Gold 'companion membership' for any other Etihad Guest...

    POSTED 18 Apr, 2013 10 Comments

  • Virgin Australia promises fast fix for missing frequent flyer points

    Virgin Australia says it's working quickly to fix ongoing issues with its new Sabre booking system which are causing travellers to chase up missing points and status credits after their flight. Almost eight weeks after the airline switched over to the new system, some passengers are finding that...

    POSTED 7 Mar, 2013 29 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

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