Cheap domestic Qantas Business Class redemptions by combining purchased Starwood points and transfers to British Airways or American Airlines

By combining a purchase of Starpoints from Starwood Preferred Guest, who are offering a 30% discount on Starpoint purchases until June 30, you can leverage these points fairly easily into Business Class flights with their airline partners.

While Starwood is a hotel loyalty program, they have a number of airline transfer partners – including those which will allow you to book with Qantas, in British Airways Executive Club or American Airlines AAdvantage.

As a result, buying Starpoints can have you sitting in Qantas Business Class for your travel in Australia and to New Zealand for much less than paid fare – typically around 50% of the usual cash price. Continue reading…

Easy 1,000 free Avios, LifeMiles or Etihad Guest miles for signing up to Marriott Rewards

UPDATE: Promo have apparently been withdrawn by Marriott due to overwhelming response

If you aren’t already a Marriott Rewards member, here’s an easy way for you (and your family and friends) to sign up and earn some easy frequent flyer points.

In this guide, we outline current offers to earn bonus points through the loyalty program of Marriott Hotels & Resorts, which is merging with Starwood Preferred Guest. Continue reading…

Excellent award availability on Japan Airlines’ new Melbourne – Tokyo flight during ski and cherry blossom seasons

The oneworld member is expanding its footprint in Australia, starting nonstop flights from Melbourne to its hub in Tokyo from September in addition to its existing daily flight from Sydney.

There are at least four Business Class seats open on most flights in January and March-April.

In this guide, we outline the routes, aircraft and cabins; do a comparison of points pricing; give award availability tips; and provide links to reviews and other guides. Continue reading…

Iberia A330 Business Class overview

After a fantastic two-week trip through Colombia in April 2017 and no return ticket back to my home base in Austin, Texas, I spontaneously decided to head across The Atlantic to see friends in Madrid, jumping on last-minute award availability just two days before departure and a discounted award redemption offer through Iberia Plus.

This ten-hour overnight flight was comfortable enough but I wouldn’t recommend Iberia over a more highly-regarded airline like Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines or any of the three large Middle Eastern carriers. Continue reading…

Beginner’s guide: how to use frequent flyer points on Cathay Pacific flights

Hong Kong-based oneworld alliance member Cathay Pacific is a favourite carrier of ours here at Point Hacks, offering one of the most superior and consistent First and Business Class experiences of any premium carrier in the world.

The airline offers a high-frequency schedule between Australia and Hong Kong and onto a wide network of destinations, comfortable lie-flat Business Class seats, and generous award availability. Continue reading…

Earn triple Avios on all British Airways flights until 31 March 2017

British Airways Executive Club regularly offers bonus Avios earn on tickets purchased for British Airways flights, however, they are usually only valid for travel within the next 2-3 months, which is less generous than Qantas Frequent Flyer promotions which generally run a month or two longer.

Having said that, this triple Avios promotion represents good value if you were already planning a trip from Australia/New Zealand to Europe, or between Europe and North America, before the end of March. Continue reading…

(Possible) 250 free Avios with the launch of new Aer Lingus Avios-based frequent flyer program

Back in April 2016, Irish carrier Aer Lingus announced it would be creating a new loyalty program called AerClub, from which Avios points could be transferred to British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus.

If you registered your interest in the launch of the program back then, you should’ve received an email from AerClub over the past week with a link to create an account and receive 250 free Avios for signing up.

If you didn’t get to register your interest, there is no harm in taking a minute or two to create an AerClub account, as the bonus points offer may still work for you. Continue reading…

Introduction to ‘1865’, Langham’s loyalty program with good points earn rates and easy to attain status

Langham Hotels is a small hotel chain with 22 hotels in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, London, Hong Kong and beyond.

When booking directly with Langham, or via a travel agent (such as Amex Travel via FHR), you can earn points in your preferred frequent flyer currency via their 1865 loyalty program.

Given their footprint in the region, a reputation for high-end hotels with good service, and the ability to earn points, I thought I’d take a look at 1865 and see what’s on offer.
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4,500 Avios (enough for a one way domestic Qantas Economy, or 1/2 a Business Class flight) with ~$90 annual subscription to Sunday Times Travel mag

Sunday Times Travel, a magazine in the UK, is currently offering 4,500 Avios for a 12 month subscription – and this deal works for delivery to Australia too.

If you’re not up to speed on Avios yet, it’s British Airways’ frequent flyer program currency – much more about Avios can be found in our guide here, but in short, a one way redemption between, say, Sydney and Melbourne in Economy is 4,500 Avios, or in Business Class 9,000 Avios.

If delivered to the UK, then Sunday Times travel will costs £32 for a one year subscription (good for a gift) or if delivered to Australia, it’s £49 – which is around $85-$90 depending on your current exchange rate. Not bad for half a short Qantas Business Class flight.

Head for Points has the full lowdown on this deal, and advises:

  • I would not order more than one subscription per BAEC (British Airways Executive Club) or avios.com account
  • If you have a BA household account there is no reason why you couldn’t order a subscription for everyone in it.
  • I’m not sure if you’d get away with ordering two subscriptions for yourself – one credited to your avios.com account and one to your BAEC account

The deal runs until September 30th, and avios are awarded within 28 days.

To get in, use promotional code STTM0916 when subscribing to Sunday Times Travel Magazine here.

I have subscribed, and of course haven’t seen any Avios credit to my BA account yet – but I can’t see any terms that would prohibit overseas account-holders taking advantage of this.

BA Avios and Australian Memberships

British Airways still has a pointless restriction on accounts from Australia and NZ being unable to join their frequent flyer program (Executive Club) and earn Avios, a hangover from the Qantas and BA joint venture days.

In order to join BA Executive Club you’ll need to use an address anywhere other than in Australia or NZ. I’d suggest getting creative – use a friend or family member in the UK, Europe, the US or where-ever else makes sense. You’ll just receive a welcome pack there, and unless you end up earning elite status with BA, that’s about it.