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Yeah, it is a hotelier's response to OTA's upping their commission to 17% or 25%. Hotels can be commissioned on the room rate but not the 'destination fee'. It pretty annoying for customers and I reckon one day we'll see people flogging $1 rooms online with a $400 'destination fee'.
Feb 21, 2018, 10.56 AM / New York hotels now slugging travellers "urban destination fees"
I wonder what percentage of members are polies and top public servants. Neither of which pay anything for their airfares as it’s a work expense.
Feb 07, 2018, 04.19 PM / Qantas axes a prized perk of elite Chairmans Lounge status
Wonder if we'll see more loyalty programs or bank cards ad these sort of non-points based perks, following the RBA's new rules coming into force. I know Macquarie Bank's Hilton Hhonors card gives you gold status. Wonder if we'll see groups like NAB Cards starting to offer airline/hotel status for...
Jul 18, 2017, 03.04 PM / American Express ends Express Path access at Sydney Airport
Is it me or did this change happen strangely quickly?
Jul 18, 2017, 11.46 AM / American Express ends Express Path access at Sydney Airport
You'd think with the crazy prices and inherent risk, (that some commenters have already pointed out,) they could add some sweeteners, like anytime access. Or maybe something in-flight, like upgrade certificates etc.
Jul 04, 2017, 02.08 PM / How to get a lifetime of Virgin Australia lounge access
I thought the Platinum card only offered Delta and Virgin Australia lounge memberships. If I knew it included lounge memberships with DL, VA and QF I'd feel a little bad about winging about the $1,200 annual fee.
Jul 19, 2017, 09.48 AM / Expiry of the AMEX Express Path benefit at Sydney Airport
Good point, that American Express could do it cause they were already invested in the airport. I've noticed HSBC are involved with a lot of airports? Macquarie Bank gives you free Hilton Gold status as long as you have their Hilton card.I think you're right that the big two airlines probably woul...
Jul 18, 2017, 03.17 PM / Expiry of the AMEX Express Path benefit at Sydney Airport
Does anyone think there could be a chance of other loyalty groups, (a hotel chain's platinum members, Westpac/ANZ/NAB Black Card holders etc.) offering to fill the void left by American Express? With the new RBA rules taking the spotlight of points earn via credit cards, I was kind of optimistica...
Jul 18, 2017, 11.54 AM / Expiry of the AMEX Express Path benefit at Sydney Airport
So I am looking at getting the new NAB Qantas Signature card and a contact at NAB let loose that they may discontinue their Platinum range in favor of new Visa Signature products, (which as expected, do not come with an American Express card).What do the other superheroes in the AusBT universe th...
Jul 04, 2017, 09.48 AM / NAB to Farewell Platinum as they Quitley Usher in Black
Has anyone had any experience using ExpertFlyer to see award availability for either code share or alliance partner flights. For example, if I've got VA points to burn and want to get a ticket on DL from NYC to MIA, would it show me availability for those cashing in DL points, or VA points too?
Apr 14, 2017, 01.01 PM / ExpertFlyer for Searching Code Shares and Alliances