Earning points with One&Only stays: two nights at Emirates Wolgan Valley for $1590 plus earn points on your stay

In this guide we look at the various options for earning points or rewards for stays at One&Only Resorts, either by booking direct and through an online travel agent.

Through Emirates, there is currently an all-inclusive package of two nights’ accommodation, meals and activities at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in New South Wales – and you can earn points in a number of frequent flyer programs.
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Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley – Part 3: Activities & Conclusion

The real appeal me about Wolgan Valley, and what makes it unique, is the number of activities on offer to get you outside exploring the setting of the resort in the valley and understanding the environment around you.

This is true for both adults and kids, with Wolgan’s junior ranger program also offering planned activities (at no extra cost) for kids age 5 and over. Younger kids can come along too if they are accompanied by a parent (and that is highly recommended, it was a lot of fun!) Continue reading…

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley – Part 2: The Lodge & Dining

As part of this series of articles on my experience at Emirates Wolgan Valley, this post looks at the dining on offer at the Wolgan Valley lodge.

The large lodge is the hub of the action for dining, organising activities, and a place to hang out outside of your Villa. It has commanding views over the valley, and if warm enough, you can choose to eat outside for breakfast or dinner. Continue reading…

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley – Part 1: Getting to Wolgan Valley, Villas and Accommodation

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a unique resort set in the bush in New South Wales, just over three hours drive from Sydney city or airport.

I’ve been intrigued by the place since I first wrote about it two and a half years ago – and at the tail end of winter last year, the stars aligned for us to stay for a couple of nights.

Now, I’ll be honest – this stay is not a ‘hack’, but I will try and use it as an example of how I still got additional value from how I booked it. I paid using hard-earned cash and it’s not cheap, with rates usually over $1,000 per night.

The rate does include all food and a selection of activities, but the accommodation and setting are truly unique, so I’ll try and give you my thoughts on the place, plus how to get the most out of your stay. Continue reading…

Guide to NAB Rewards – NAB’s new rewards program and Visa credit card range

The NAB Rewards credit card points program is a flexible card points program, which includes the NAB Rewards Platinum Visa, NAB Rewards Visa and NAB Rewards Business Platinum Visa.

Launched in February 2017, NAB Rewards offers points transfers to Velocity, Asia Miles and Air New Zealand Airpoints as well as a range of other unique redemption options. In this guide we’ll get into the details of the program and how to best use those points for value.

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How to get your credit card annual fee reduced or waived

Credit Card annual fees for points collectors are a fact of life – if you want a card that will earn you the most points, you’re almost certain to have to pay a fee with the card.

There are often offers that may waive the fee in first year, but more often than not you’ll be left to pay the fee once your first year is up. But – there’s no harm in asking your bank if there’s any account retention offers available to you before the fee is charged.

This guide helps build a crowd-sourced list of banks, credit cards and tactics you can employ to help get your annual fees reduced or waived entirely, for you to understand and take advantage of if you decide to do the same.
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ANZ and American Express both offering 75 bonus Qantas Status credits on select cards

Last week, we wrote about the benefits of holding elite status with Qantas Frequent Flyer, which gives you perks like lounge access, priority seat selection and access to more award seats.

With both the the American Express Qantas Ultimate and ANZ Qantas Frequent Flyer Black currently offering 75 Status Credits as well as a large 75,000 Qantas point sign-up bonus, if you’re in the market for a new Qantas Point-earning card, one of these could be a good way to go. Continue reading…

No first year annual fee plus 5,000 bonus points with American Express Platinum Edge. Offers $200 travel credit plus bonus points for supermarket and fuel spend

The offer for new cardholders also comes with 5,000 bonus Membership Rewards points after $750 minimum spend in the first 3 months of holding the card – and all cardholder also receive a $200 travel credit each year they hold the card.

The Platinum Edge is a solid card for serious points collectors for earning points from their day to day spend – it offers 3x bonus Membership Rewards points at Supermarkets and 2x on Fuel, with a standard annual fee of $195. Continue reading…

Which frequent flyer program and rental company combinations offer the most points?

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.

It’s not as easy as you think, so that’s why we’ve broken it down for you. If you want to understand the methodology we’ve used, explore the tables; if you just want an easy answer, look at the tables without numbers plus our conclusion. Continue reading…

Earn bonus Etihad guest miles and Commbank Awards points on hotel stays with Kaligo

Kaligo is one of the more aggressive hotel aggregators out there that offer bonus points for hotel bookings. They partner with a large number of frequent flyer and bank rewards programs, with chunky bonuses on offer that are changing relatively frequently.

Kaligo is more focused on the Asia-Pacific and European markets – when it comes to customers, rather than their range of hotels. They now have over 400,000 hotels available, all of which you should be able to earn points from.

We round up all of the different deals they are running each month into one consolidated place – this guide. Continue reading…