Hotel Loyalty ProgramsStarwood Preferred Guest - Gold PreferredAccor A|Club - PlatinumHilton HHonors - Gold VIP
Frequent Flyer ProgramsQantas - Qantas Frequent FlyerVirgin Australia - Velocity RewardsEmirates Airlines - Skywards
Other Reward ProgramsNone
When my Accor Platinum period expired after they left the AMEX program Accor called me and offered to renew it annually for (I think) $300. So I get the free night, lounge access, and free breakfast - more than pays for itself...
May 14, 2018, 09.06 AM / Marriott downgrades elite status for SPG Gold members
I think the point you've made here David is what was lost in the mainstream media coverage. I don't get a lot of emails from Qantas despite being a high frequency traveller, yet my wife said to me earlier this week she was getting bombarded with emails despite having taken only 3 flights in 13 ye...
May 12, 2018, 05.16 PM / Five easy ways to stop Qantas frequent flyer points from expiring
I know I might be pouring fuel on the fire but I don't have a lot of sympathy for those who don't understand the program, build 100k+ points balances and then lose them. The hysterical press coverage was, well, hysterical...At the end of the day, if the points meant that much to the QFF member wh...
May 12, 2018, 02.29 PM / Five easy ways to stop Qantas frequent flyer points from expiring
That's what worries me. I like the idea of hitting Chicago first if I need to get to the east coast but I've never liked ORD. It's such a drab, depressing place
Mar 30, 2018, 08.41 AM / Qantas eyes Chicago as next non-stop Boeing 787 route
Question for the AusBT community - has anyone experienced international arrivals at ORD? I'm curious to know whether its as bad as LAX? Or better...
Mar 29, 2018, 04.24 PM / Qantas eyes Chicago as next non-stop Boeing 787 route
You'll find plenty of articles on AusBT re best value redemptions. From memory points + pay is a pretty diabolical ROI. Australia to Canada is somewhat competitive so I'd be inclined to patrickk's advice and look for a deal - if its a Qantas deal, make sure you check the T&C's to confirm you'...
May 02, 2018, 07.20 AM / Advice Needed on Redeeming Qantas Points.
I did it for my SO. Got her into the higher tiers for Hilton and SPGKeep an eye on the offers page as well. We've double dipped on quite a few good offers (i.e. shop local).
Apr 01, 2018, 08.02 AM / Amex Platinum Charge card - supplementary card query
As best I understand, the Qantas Hotels booking page sits on top of HooRoo and feeds what the user enters on the page through to the booking engine...so I'm not sure how or why a browser page passed the wrong details to HooRoo...I use Qantas Hotels for probably 95% of my bookings (around 80+ nigh...
Mar 08, 2018, 03.25 PM / Booking Accommodation through Qantas Website
ESTA is actually pretty good. Last couple of times through LAX I've been able to get to a kiosk, and find a short line. From memory the wait time was around 15mins. The issue at LAX when inbound from Australia is whether you beat the myriad of Asian flights into LAX. If you're behind them then al...
Mar 07, 2018, 07.17 PM / Expedited US Immigration Clearance for non-Citizens
For what its worth I've tried it twice and both times it sucked...Ended up working offline
Mar 07, 2018, 09.22 AM / Qantas Inflight Wifi