Act fast: lie-flat Business seats on Qantas’ new Sydney to Osaka service open for award redemptions

Yesterday, Qantas announced that after almost 20 years of ceasing to operate the route, they will fly from their main hub in Sydney to Japan’s second largest city for the northern winter.

The seasonal service will operate three times a week from 14 December 2017 until 24 March 2018.

Osaka is a handy gateway to not only exploring the city and neighbouring Kobe themselves but also for catching the shinkansen to Hiroshima, Kyoto and the skifields. Continue reading…

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

By combining a purchase of Starpoints from Starwood Preferred Guest, who are offering a 30% discount on Starpoint purchases until June 30, you can leverage these points fairly easily into Business Class flights with their airline partners.

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…

Easy 1,000 free Avios, LifeMiles or Etihad Guest miles for signing up to Marriott Rewards

UPDATE: Promo have apparently been withdrawn by Marriott due to overwhelming response

If you aren’t already a Marriott Rewards member, here’s an easy way for you (and your family and friends) to sign up and earn some easy frequent flyer points.

In this guide, we outline current offers to earn bonus points through the loyalty program of Marriott Hotels & Resorts, which is merging with Starwood Preferred Guest. Continue reading…

Excellent award availability on Japan Airlines’ new Melbourne – Tokyo flight during ski and cherry blossom seasons

The oneworld member is expanding its footprint in Australia, starting nonstop flights from Melbourne to its hub in Tokyo from September in addition to its existing daily flight from Sydney.

There are at least four Business Class seats open on most flights in January and March-April.

In this guide, we outline the routes, aircraft and cabins; do a comparison of points pricing; give award availability tips; and provide links to reviews and other guides. Continue reading…

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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