New American Airlines Status Challenge Rules
There's good and bad news for those looking for a shortcut to American Airlines/oneworld status. American Airlines has added a revenue component to AAdvantage status challenges. But you can also now pay a small additional fee to enjoy status benefits during the challenge period. Full details are available in Module 1 of Course 7
Changes to Accor Le Club Hotel Loyalty Program
Accor has made some significant changes to the way in which status is earned in its Le Club loyalty program in 2017.
Updated Comprehensive Overview of Hotel Loyalty Programs
PDF Download in Module 1 of Course 8
Unit on Credit Card Surcharges Updated
Following the recent changes to credit card surcharges when booking flights within Australia, we have completely overhauled the Avoid Credit Card Fees
unit in Module 3 of Course 6. We have also added a new PDF Download, Credit Card Surcharges
. Naturally, the unit still contains useful tips on how to avoid paying those pesky credit card surcharges.
Virgin Australia, Etihad and Other Awards Now Visible on Expert Flyer
It's now possible to search for award availability on Virgin Australia, Etihad, Virgin Atlantic and many other new airlines on Expert Flyer. We've taken the opportunity to update A Complete Summary of Airline Availability by Website
and Specialised Tools: Qantas & Virgin Award Availability
PDF Downloads in Module 3 of Course 5
Many other units have also been updated, including:
• American Airlines AAdvantage
(Module 1 of Course 2) - updated video to reflect new American Airlines AAdvantage status tiers and qualification requirements.
• Choose the Right Credit Card
(Module 2 of Course 3) - updated Credit Card Master List.
• Updated Current Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses
(Module 3 of Course 3).
• Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
(Module 2 of Course 4) - added new information to the Additional Information on Buying & Redeeming Alaska Mileage Plan Miles
PDF Download about redeeming Alaskan miles on Japan Airlines, including some excellent high-value redemptions.
• Online Upgrade Auctions
(Module 4 of Course 5) - added new airlines that allow you to bid for an upgrade, and updated existing content in Upgrade Auctions
• Other Cheap Upgrade Strategies
(Module 4 of Course 5) - updated Summary of Upgrade Options By Airline
• Strategies for Cheap Flights
(Module 3 of Course 6) - Updated Cheap Airfares: Specific Strategies by Route
• The Benefits of Transits
(Module 5 of Course 6) - updated information in PDF Downloads on free stopovers paid for by airlines, and visa-free transits in China.
• Priority Pass & Credit Card Lounge Access
(Module 2 of Course 7) - added new card to Credit Cards with Lounge Access Benefits
• Hotel Program Status Shortcuts
(Module 1 of Course 8) - updated Current Hotel Program Status Matches