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

Tips for using points

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 use Qantas Points these days - for flights, gift vouchers, hotel stays, household goods, movie tickets, health and travel insurance, car hire … the list goes on. By giving members so many options, Qantas ensures that its loyalty program remains popular - and profitable. But one of the downsides of so much choice is that it takes a bit of effort to compare and decide which points redemption is the best deal. Here's [...]

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

Have you ever wanted to sip a cocktail at a bar flying at 40,000 feet or enjoy a hot shower halfway through a long flight? You may think these kinds of luxury experiences are out of your reach, but that's not the case. All Qantas Frequent Flyers can get a taste of this high life by using their Qantas Points to book Emirates business or first class seats. In fact, this is one of the best uses of Qantas [...]

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 [...]