This is the most common Singapore Airlines First Class product available for award redemptions from Sydney and Melbourne and a great use of KrisFlyer miles or Velocity points.
With Qantas’ partnership with Emirates, an ongoing and useful provider of benefits to points collectors, redeemers and frequent flyers, flying Emirates’ top premium cabin has become one of the best ways to use your Qantas Points balance.
The oneworld carrier sets the bar with fantastic service, a comfortable lie-flat seat and premium dining options. A great choice for using your Qantas Points or Asia Miles.
Qantas’ 737 Business Class is a key points redemption opportunity for longer domestic and short-haul international flights. Here’s our overview of what to expect onboard.
The number of Qantas A330s with their reconfigured Business Class has been slowly growing since its introduction in late 2014. We look at how to redeem points to fly in it, and what to expect.
The Novotel Auckland’s close proximity to the Airport – literally just across the road – nicely-designed rooms and consistently reliable service makes it my go to hotel whenever I find myself in Auckland with an early flight.
Virgin Australia’s 737 Business Class is a key points redemption opportunity for longer domestic and short-haul international flights. Here’s our overview of what to expect onboard.
Spain’s flag carrier offers an average product, with a comfortable enough seat and service with a smile but bland food and slow wifi.
Qatar Airways’ flagship First Class Lounge in Doha is one of the most outlandish lounge experiences I have had to date.
The Sheraton Melbourne is, as a Marriott loyalist, my go-to hotel when travelling to Melbourne. It’s not very big but makes up for its size with a good location, modern and comfortable rooms and good service.
A perfectly serviceable hotel if you can score a reasonable room rate, and want to earn Marriott Rewards points and/or stay credits towards status. However, Marriott aficionados need to choose between staying loyal but downscale, or looking for more luxurious accommodation elsewhere.
The Old Clare Hotel is the only Design Hotels property in Australia that’s linked to Marriott, allowing you to use/earn points or status. It’s a unique place and definitely recommended for those looking for a different Sydney experience.
While the rooms are clean and fairly spacious, the staff are friendly and there’s nothing particularly wrong with the place, there’s also nothing to get you coming back here when Melbourne’s hotel scene is pretty competitive.