Tips for using points 2018-01-15T12:12:02+00:00

Tips for using points

Qantas enables online award seat bookings with partner China Eastern Airlines

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now book award seats with China Eastern Airlines via the Qantas website, whereas until now you had to call Qantas to book. This is the last major airline partner to be added to Qantas' online award booking engine. China Eastern flies from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to its hub in Shanghai, and onward to destinations in Asia, Europe and North America. Depending on where you want to go, it could be a useful alternative [...]

You can now use Qantas Points to book with Luxury Escapes, but don’t: it’s a bad deal

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now use their Qantas Points to pay for accommodation, tours, flights and more with the popular travel firm Luxury Escapes. This news comes on the heels of the announcement in February that Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn points on Luxury Escapes bookings, and it represents a deepening of the partnership between the two companies. Under the arrangement, you can cover part or all of the cost of a Luxury Escapes booking using Qantas Points, with [...]

How to use Qantas Points to fly Emirates A380 business and first class

Have you ever wanted to sip a cocktail at a bar while flying at 40,000 feet? Or take a relaxing, hot shower halfway through a long-haul flight? You may think these kinds of experiences are out of reach, but that's not the case if you're a Qantas Frequent Flyer member: Qantas Points can be used to fly business and first class with Emirates (where you'll find such luxuries) and this is easily one of the best uses of Qantas [...]

Don’t rely on the Velocity website to show correct Etihad award seat availability

Twice in the past few months I’ve used Velocity Points to book business class seats with Etihad - a great use of points - but both times my search for seats on the Velocity website came up empty, despite the fact many were available. I always double check online search results for precisely this reason. You simply can’t rely on the Velocity website (and sometimes other airlines' websites) to be accurate. I'm sure many Velocity Frequent Flyers who tried [...]

Qantas enables online reward seat bookings with Japan Airlines

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now use their Qantas Points to make redemption bookings online with all oneworld partners through qantas.com. Previously, Qantas Frequent Flyers had to make reward seat bookings with Japan Airlines (JAL) by phoning the Qantas contact centre, but now they can do so online. This capability was already in place for all other oneworld partners. JAL flies from Tokyo to Sydney and Melbourne, with comfortable seats and top-notch service in business class, which I've reviewed. [...]

How to minimise taxes and fees on Qantas Points award bookings

Flights booked with Qantas Points are never “free”, as you always need to fork out cash to cover taxes and fees imposed by airlines and local authorities, which can easily add up to hundreds of dollars. While these costs are unavoidable, they do vary depending on your choice of airlines and routes, which means there are ways to minimise them. The first factor to consider is the fees imposed by the airline(s) you’re flying with. Some carriers charge much [...]

The ultimate use of Qantas Points: fly round-the-world in business class

Many people dream about flying round-the-world in business class. It's one of those 'bucket list' type of experiences, and if you're one of the 11 million Australians who earns Qantas Points, it's probably more attainable than you think. One of the best uses of Qantas Points is booking the 'oneworld award', which allows you to fly up to 35,000 miles with five stopovers, including round-the-world if you wish. For the oneworld award you need 140,000 points in economy, 280,000 points in business class and [...]

The best uses of Velocity Points

Velocity Points are Australia’s second most popular rewards currency, and holding them gives you access to amazing flight experiences – from Virgin Australia’s own award-winning business class to Singapore Airlines’ and Etihad’s renowned first class ‘suites’. I often get asked what the best use of frequent flyer points is, and my answer is always the same: you get the most value and the best experiences by redeeming points for business and first class flights. While it can sometimes be [...]

How to use Velocity Points to fly Singapore Airlines business and first class

One of the best uses of Virgin Australia Velocity Points is flying business or first class with Singapore Airlines: a top-rated airline with an excellent international network and convenient flight options for Australians travelling to Europe, Asia and elsewhere. Singapore Airlines' business and first class products are among the best in the world. Passengers not only enjoy comfortable and spacious seats (or first class "suites"), but the airline is also renowned for its excellent dining and customer service. Singapore [...]

How I’m spending over a million points on flights in 2018

Earlier this month I wrote about how I earned over a million frequent flyer points in 2017 - my biggest year ever - and that I was excited about all the travel experiences those points will bring. I’ve actually already spent all those points on flights in 2018, putting in practice what I preach and using them for business and first class travel  (which is how you get the most value out of points). To illustrate this principle - and [...]

The best uses of Qantas Points

There are so many ways to spend Qantas Points these days: on flights, gift vouchers, hotel stays, household goods, movie tickets, insurance, car hire … the list goes on. By giving members so many choices, Qantas ensures that its loyalty program remains very popular - and profitable. One of the downsides of so much choice, however, is that it can be hard to compare and decide on which points redemption gets you the most value. As a general rule [...]

Can’t find a Qantas award seat? Get a family member with gold or platinum status to look

About a year ago, Qantas started giving its gold and platinum frequent flyers significantly better access to award seats on Qantas flights than people with lower status. Previously, Qantas had always said that its elite frequent flyers had priority access to award seats, but it didn't appear to implement this policy as a person's status rarely seemed to provide an advantage. Then, early last year, I and some other gold and platinum frequent flyers started noticing that we could [...]