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.

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

Starwood Preferred Guest often run a 25% discount on Starpoint purchases, which usually crops up a couple of times a year.

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…

Getting started – which frequent flyer programs should you join?

I often get asked ‘where to start’ with loyalty programs and frequent flyer points, and over the coming weeks I’ll be running a series of posts which aim to cover off some absolute basics.

This one is a quick reference of all the various programs that are worth signing up for – the quick answer to ‘which programs should I sign up for’ is ‘as many as you can be bothered to’. All are free to join.

For the more expert of you that know this already – good for you! Everyone has to start somewhere, so when you get asked the inevitable questions, point them this way. Continue reading…

Weekend offer link roundup – 20,000 Aquire (Qantas) Points on offer, discounts on Asia Miles Business Class flights to Europe in December and January

This week there’s a fair bit of activity with Qantas subsidiaries Aquire and Qantas Cash both offering bonuses to incentives use.

Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles is offering some nice discounts on redemptions to Manchester and Amsterdam, and Avios.com are offering a chunky bonus of 2,000 Avios per stay with Accor hotels worldwide. Read on for more. Continue reading…

Business Class flights to Europe for a family of 3 for $4000… Here’s how I planned my next trip using frequent flyer points

Around 3 or 4 months ago I started planning and booking my next large trip to Europe – I have a second child on the way (very soon, hence the less frequent posts recently!) and we’ll be taking them and our 3 year old over to visit family and friends. I figured writing up how I booked the trip with the costs and points involved would be useful to others with similar goals.
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