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Thanks Chris. Good to know as I am going through the Platinum Edge vs. Explorer card debate (on a points earn basis only) now-ish.
Jan 12, 2017, 02.43 PM / Aussie banks rethink credit card points, fees ahead of RBA reform
Just beware that your comment "...now that Amex has the great 1.5/$1 Explorer card which basically mirrors the earn rate of each bank's top black card..." may not be correct.My second least favorite thing about Amex is the different flavors of Membership Rewards. The 'Explorer' card, comes off se...
Jan 12, 2017, 01.52 PM / Aussie banks rethink credit card points, fees ahead of RBA reform
Good points. One issue I've had with American Express is over charging. When I see the Platinum charge card for $450 USD and cause we're Aussie's we have to pay worse then double that, it irritates me.
Jan 12, 2017, 11.22 AM / Aussie banks rethink credit card points, fees ahead of RBA reform
In answer to your question about the ideal credit card in the 'post-RBA' era? I think a Visa with 1 point to the $ on most everyday purchases and then bonuses for supermarket/petrol/dining/transport etc. (Although some of the other insurances are quite handy).IMHO asking for more fees for added b...
Jan 12, 2017, 09.59 AM / Aussie banks rethink credit card points, fees ahead of RBA reform
Nice article. Do you know if VA's move from Saver Lite, Saver and Flexi to the new cutesy names like Getaway or Freedom etc. have any impact on uprgades?
Jan 05, 2017, 02.59 PM / Virgin Australia business class upgrade guide
It's strange that I've seen this before that flag carriers are seen to be particularly expensive at home. I've heard Israeli's say El Al (LY) is over-priced and Singaporean's say SQ is over priced.
Jan 17, 2017, 11.32 AM / Does Qantas really want me to fly with them?
I hear your frustration as a fellow hand on heart certified patriot of the lucky country However, there's an old adage that says something is only worth what people are willing to pay for it.Yes, that pricing makes no sense on paper. But what we don't know is the variables that some have alrea...
Jan 16, 2017, 10.39 AM / Does Qantas really want me to fly with them?
Can't speak to the airline side of things, but knowing the accommodation side, I can say you're probably right to feel suspicious. (Except the Air Asia case where Expedia have an exlusivity deal between them and the airline).According to their hotel partnership contract what they do is charge hot...
Jan 10, 2017, 11.14 AM / Expedia prices
Air Berlin (AB). They partner with both QF and VA so you'd get elite goodies in both airlines. As a previous commenter mentioned, if you want to go rouge you could try SkyTeam to round out the holy trinity of aviation. I would suggest Delta (DL) as you'd get goodies with VA.
Jan 05, 2017, 02.05 PM / Status match your Qantas Frequent Flyer to another Oneworld program?
I'd perhaps suggest Singapore Airlines (SQ) as a good option given you can transfer points from SQ to VA for wider use. Although I've hear UA is better regarding fewer points required for a redemption and if you're headed stateside mostly, it could be the horse to bet on.So basically I'd suggest ...
Jan 04, 2017, 01.42 PM / Air Canada flights from Australia to Canada - which FF programme?