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. Here’s how to redeem Velocity Points in Etihad’s Business Studios or First Apartments, and a look at some of the other points options out there.
Honors is offering up to a 100% bonus on purchased points which could be good value for topping up points balances for specific redemptions.
Holding elite status with Qantas means that you can skip lines, enjoy complimentary food and drink in lounges, and gain preferential access to award seat inventory when flying Qantas and its partner airlines.
THC from American Express is a special benefits program for holders of certain elite Amex cards and comes in handy when looking for perks at high-end hotels rather than the ultra high-end properties that the Fine Hotels & Resorts program covers separately.
Fine Hotels & Resorts is one of the jewels in American Express’ travel crown for Platinum cardholders, offering unique benefits at a range of luxury hotels worldwide. Here are some examples of how FHR works.
If you have Gold status or above with any other hotel program, then Hilton Honors is offering to match it at the equivalent level.
IHG is offering an 80% bonus for purchasing IHG Rewards points, which is below average compared to previuous points promotions, and can be redeemed for cheaper nights at InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and other IHG hotels.
This lounge has beautiful features, tasty food and fast wifi, but it can get crowded in mornings when there are a lot of business travellers departing on international flights. Plus, a list of which Amex cards will get you access.
American Express offering new Platinum Edge applicants 5,000 bonus Membership Rewards points, no annual fee on the first year and a $200 flight credit.
Skywards doesn’t offer many good value redemption options or an easy way to redeem on partner airlines. However, if you do find yourself with a substantial Skywards balance, you’ll find some good value redemptions on Emirates, Qantas and Japan Airlines Business Class flights in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Etihad offers the ability to top up 25% of your award flight using cash instead of miles, reducing the amount of points you need (but increasing the cost). This option is priced well though, so may make sense in some circumstances.
Making a decision about which car rental company will earn you the most frequent flyer points will depend on where your allegiance lies and your status within the frequent flyer programs. We cut through all the information to give you the easy answer.
This shared alliance-wide lounge is spacious and light-filled, with above-average food and drink options, tarmac views and fast wifi – worth spending time in, if you have some to kill.