It can be difficult to find award seats in premium cabins to Europe during December and January but Etihad and Singapore Airlines have open availability departing a week before Christmas and returning at the end of the school holidays, including in Etihad’s renowned First Apartments.
Etihad has cut its losses with low load factors to Melbourne by shifting its largest aircraft to Sydney. Etihad Business & First Class is one of the best ways to fly, and Australians have access to Etihad redemptions thanks to their partnership with Velocity.
The inclusion of a number of Design Hotels in the Starwood portfolio allows SPG members to receive some of the benefits of a loyalty program while also enjoying unique and independent accommodation not usually seen in generic hotel chains.
The Old Clare Hotel is the only Design Hotels property in Australia that’s linked to Starwood, allowing you to use/earn points or status. It’s a unique place and definitely recommended for those looking for a different Sydney experience.
We round up Qantas EpiQure’s bonus point deals weekly. This week, there’s up to 8,000 bonus Qantas Points on offer amongst 61 different options – a good way for you to stock up on wines and Qantas Points at the same time.
While the rooms are clean and fairly spacious, the staff are friendly and there’s nothing particularly wrong with the place, there’s also nothing to get you coming back here when Melbourne’s hotel scene is pretty competitive.
We’ve updated our guide with links to new reviews of Starwood properties in Australia. Plus, we analyse when it makes sense to use your Starpoints and when to use cold hard cash.
Some of the best value to be had from IHG Rewards is the quarterly PointBreaks promotion, where a number of hotels globally of the InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands are made available for 5,000 points per night – that’s up to a 90% discount.
This deal is about the best it gets in SPG’s buy points promotions, which run every three months or so. It is the most valuable points currency, transferring to nearly all airline loyalty programs.
The First Class Lounge & Spa at Abu Dhabi Airport is Etihad Airways’ flagship lounge and offers upscale dining, spa treatments with everything done in the Etihad way.
If you use Wilson Car Parks with any regularity, signing up for this promo before the end of April can get you some Velocity Points plus save you time.
Check your email to see if you got an invitation to register for this promotion, offering extra Status Credits on travel taken until the end of June and booked by 27 April.