Reminder: High 100,000 bonus sign-up point offer with Westpac Altitude Black card ends 28 February

Westpac’s Altitude Black premium Amex and MasterCard account is offering a very competitive 100,000 point sign-up bonus – and this ends on 28th February. There’s 100,000 Qantas or Altitude Rewards points available after a $5,000 minimum spend in 90 days.

This product is geared towards those who can spend a decent amount on their card, want a high earn rate, are happy to pay the larger annual fee and will get value from airport lounges and elite hotel perks. Continue reading…

Great deal: earn triple Qantas Points on Airbnb bookings made this week

Most travellers are familiar with the accommodation service Airbnb, which offers the option to bypass traditional lodging options like hotels for a more ‘local’ experience staying in an apartment or house (or treehouse).

What a lot of people don’t know is that just by clicking through a dedicated link, you can earn frequent flyer points on every dollar spent on Airbnb stays. Continue reading…

Up to 8,500 Qantas Points for wine & champagne through Qantas Epiqure

This week’s list of Epiqure points bonuses is here! There are 30 items with bonus points on the list with a fair number of new additions. About 1/3 of the items on the list also have bonus points ranging from 7,000-8,500 points and can be a good way for you to stock up on both wines and Qantas points.

The highest points earners this week, with 8,500 bonus Qantas Points, are the Business Class Premium Mixed Dozen and Business Class Premium Mixed Whites.

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The Etihad and flybuys partnership: earning and using flybuys for cheap Virgin Australia travel

This unique partnership between Coles and Etihad has entered its second year, and with some good value redemptions to be had using Etihad Guest miles for Virgin Australia flights, here are the nuts and bolts of how flybuys and Etihad Guest work together.

In this guide, we explain how to earn both Etihad Guest miles and Silver status through flybuys, when it makes sense to convert your flybuys to Etihad Guest, and step-by-step instructions on how to complete a transfer. Continue reading…

Bankwest Qantas World MasterCard Guide

Bankwest have made the previously ‘invite-only’ Qantas World MasterCard open to applications for new Bankwest customers, not just existing Platinum cardholders, with a $270 annual fee.

The card suffered some changes from June 2016, when the Qantas Point earn was reduced from 1 Qantas Point per $ to 0.66. This was a significant blow to the utility of a key benefit of the card. Continue reading…

Qantas re-launches its business program – with the $89.50 joining fee waived in February

Qantas last week relaunched its business loyalty program, renaming it from Aquire to Qantas Business Rewards. The refresh has simplified the program and made rewards easier to access for small businesses.

For the month of February Qantas have waived the normal $89.50 signup fee, so if you have an ABN it’s a good time to sign up if you weren’t already an Aquire member (previous Aquire members have already had their membership converted).

In this guide we’ll take a look at how the program works and how you can use it to boost your (or your employees’) points balance. Continue reading…

The highest Velocity Point-earning credit cards – options for American Express earning over 1 point per $, Visa/MasterCard over 0.75 point per $

Virgin Australia’s Velocity is the second most popular frequent flyer program in Australia, with Velocity Points able to be used with a number of key airline partners including Etihad, Singapore Airlines and Delta.

Earning Velocity Points from credit card spend is one of the key ways that many Velocity members earn their points – if you happen to put a lot of your day to spend on any of American Express, Visa or MasterCard, there are some high points earning options out there.

We’ve rounded up some of the highest Velocity Point earning cards on the market, with American Express options earning more than Velocity Point per $, and the Visa / MasterCard options earning over 0.75 Velocity Points per $.

We’ve included an overview table so you can assess the cards that are out there, versus those you may have in your wallet. We also include some of the current sign up bonuses for new card applicants.

Note that 2017 will likely prove to be a changeable time in the Australian credit card market, with a number of changes from the Reserve Bank continuing to make themselves felt to consumers and business alike. It is likely we will see changes to card benefits, points earn rates, and annual fees. We will do our best to keep this guide up to date.

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Lounge operator Plaza Premium launches loyalty program: useful for Brisbane travellers

This lounge operator runs a small network of just over 140 high-quality lounges at 35 airports in 16 countries, including one in Australia in Brisbane’s international terminal.

Unlimited access to all lounges is granted to American Express Platinum Charge cardholders and some Plaza Premium lounges are part of the Priority Pass network, which can be accessed with some other credit cards. Continue reading…

Air Canada added as Asia Miles partner

Effective 19 January 2017, Air Canada has become an earn and redemption partner of Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles program.

This opens up a good opportunity to avoid having to pay cash for domestic flights within Canada, which tend to be relatively expensive due to the duopoly operated by Air Canada and its rival WestJet.

In this guide, we outline the eligible routes for earning and redeeming Asia Miles; redemption pricing; and earning Asia Miles on Air Canada flights. Continue reading…

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

American Express are offering an appealing no annual fee deal on the Platinum Edge card, which was also recently updated to include a $200 travel credit. 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.

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. The standard annual fee is $195. Continue reading…