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…

Redeem your Le Club AccorHotels points for tickets to the Melbourne Grand Prix next month

Whilst the best value in redeeming Le Club points is usually found in transferring them to their partner frequent flyer programs, including Qantas, Velocity and KrisFlyer, using your points for Elite Experiences can also make sense.

The Melbourne Grand Prix will take place across two days on the weekend of Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2017 and you can redeem: Continue reading…

Changes to Hilton Honors: points pooling + status extensions good; but not so sure on the new points+pay option

Hilton Honors is this month dramatically altering its redemption pricing model, as well as introducing some other changes – including a change from HHonors to just Honors – and this is our take on how they may affect your travel plans.

Hilton Honors points are a useful major points currency to consider if you have an affinity for the Hilton Hotels chain.

In this guide, we cover key hotel locations, status benefits, transferring points between programs, and how to get the best value from earning and redeeming Honors points. Continue reading…

Kaligo partners with Velocity as a new earn and redemption option for hotel bookings – but it’s poor value

There a few partnerships that Velocity Frequent Flyer Members can take advantage of to earn Velocity points for hotel stays, both domestically in Australia and beyond.

This post is intended as a brief overview, a guide for those who didn’t realise you could also earn Velocity points from your hotel stays and want to know the basics.

Short version: there are a few different types of partnerships between Velocity, hotel chains and online aggregators to understand from which you can earn points from your hotel stays – booking through Virgin Australia Holidays, Kaligo or Agoda PointsMAX; earning directly into Velocity from hotel partners; and transferring your points to Velocity from a hotel loyalty program. Continue reading…

When should you use points vs cash at Starwood hotels across Australia & the Pacific?

Starpoints are at the top of our list of favourite points currencies due to the relative difficulty of obtaining them (meaning they are less popular) and their excellent versatility in redemption options at Starwood, Marriott and Ritz-Carlton properties, as well as transferring to a wide range of airline partners for flight redemptions.

If you haven’t read up on the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty program, here is a good place to start.

In this guide, we identify all Starwood properties in Australia and the Pacific Islands and analyse when it makes sense to use your Starpoints and when to use cold hard cash. Continue reading…

Sign in to your IHG account to see your personalised Accelerate bonus points offer for January to April 2017

If you are a member of the IHG Rewards loyalty program (covering the InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotel brands), you’ll get a bonus points challenge every quarter, giving you the chance to boost your IHG points balance.

The latest Accelerate promotion is open for registration and valid for stays between 1 January and 15 April 2017. Continue reading…

Intro to Club Carlson – hotel loyalty program for Radisson Blu, Park Inn and Plaza Plaza hotels

Club Carlson is the loyalty program of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, the owner of around 1,300 hotels in about 100 countries, including the Radisson Blu, Park Inn and Park Plaza hotel brands.

In this guide, we’ll highlight key hotels in Australia and overseas; explain status benefits; and how to maximise value in earning and redeeming Club Carlson points. Continue reading…

Intro to Virtuoso – a travel agent hotel booking channel for free upgrades, hotel credits and breakfast

‘Virtuoso’ is a travel agent only booking channel that offers customers free room upgrades, breakfast and a $100 USD hotel credits, and often at a cheaper rates than many of the popular online travel booking websites.

The system operates through an international network of travel advisors and includes over 1,300 hotel properties worldwide, from large chains to small boutique properties. Continue reading…