12 January 17

Various Changes

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.
Other Updates
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 PDF Download.
Other Cheap Upgrade Strategies (Module 4 of Course 5) - updated Summary of Upgrade Options By Airline PDF Download.
Strategies for Cheap Flights (Module 3 of Course 6) - Updated Cheap Airfares: Specific Strategies by Route PDF Download.
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 PDF Download.
Hotel Program Status Shortcuts (Module 1 of Course 8) - updated Current Hotel Program Status Matches PDF Download.

13 December 16

Various Changes

New Status Match Available
Another airline has started offering complimentary status matches to frequent flyers that have status in any other frequent flyer program.
Our comprehensive list of Airlines that DO and DON'T Match Status in Module 1 of Course 7 has been updated.
Alaska Airlines Miles Now Redeemable on Japan Airlines
Good news for anyone considering buying Alaska Airlines miles! Alaska Mileage Plan miles can now be used to fly on Japan Airlines, making Business and First class travel on the Japanese carrier possible for seriously low prices.
Updated the Additional Information on Buying & Redeeming Alaska Mileage Plan Miles PDF download in Module 2 of Course 4.
Credit Card Offers Updated
Various credit card bonus point offers have expired, while new ones have been added. Updated Current Credit Card Sign-up Bonuses and our Credit Card Master List in Module 2 of Course 3.

17 November 16

Various Changes

United Changes Award Booking Fees, Stopover Policy
United Airlines recently made various changes to award flight redemptions made through its Mileage Plus program. Instead of free stopovers, members can now use the "Excursionist Perk". There have also been various changes to booking and cancellation fees.
Updated information in Stopovers on Award Bookings in Module 5 of Course 6, and the PDF download on United's Mileage Plus program in Module 2 of Course 4.
Updates to Credit Cards that Earn Points with the ATO
There have been some substantial changes to our master list of credit cards that award frequent flyer points for tax payments to the ATO. New cards have been added to the list, while some cards will soon no longer earn points. This list is available in Module 3 of Course 3.
New Credit Card Bonuses
New credit cards are offering bonus sign-up points to new cardholders. Updated Current Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses in Module 3 of Course 3.

21 October 16

Flybuys/Virgin Partnership

Yesterday (20 October) Flybuys and Virgin Australia announced a new partnership whereby Flybuys members can convert FlyBuys points to Velocity points.
To help our members get the maximum value from these changes, we have made some major changes to the Flybuys & Woolworths Rewards and the Redeeming Flybuys Points training units in Course 8: Non-Airline Loyalty Programs
We have also updated the “Earn Velocity Points” unit in Course 1: Frequent Flyer 101.

29 September 16

Various Changes

Westpac Altitude Program Devaluation
Westpac has increased the cost of most redemptions and point transfers made through its Altitude Rewards program.
Updated Australian Credit Card Rewards Programs pdf download, Credit Card Master List and training videos in Module 2 of Course 3.
New Credit Card Bonuses
New credit cards are offering bonus sign-up points to new cardholders. Updated Current Credit Card Sign-Up Bonuses in Module 3 of Course 3.
New Travel Insurance Discount Codes
Travel insurance discount codes have been updated in Module 2 of Course 9.

15 September 16

Various Changes

Changes to Regional Express (Rex) Lounge Memberships
Rex has increased the number of free guests that members can bring into the lounge each visit. This change was accompanied by an increase to the annual membership fee.
Updated Paid Airline Lounge Membership Prices and Comparison of Lounge Memberships PDF download in Module 2 of Course 7.
Update to Etihad Guest Redemptions on Virgin Australia flights
Etihad has changed the number of days in advance that Etihad Guest miles can be redeemed for flights on Virgin Australia.
Updated information on redeeming Etihad Guest miles in Module 1 of Course 2 and Module 2 of Course 8.
New Information on Award Release Times Added
We have added information about the exact times when award seats are released for 6 new airlines.
Updated Award Release Times (By Airline) in Module 2 of Course 5.

5 September 16

New Frequent Flyer Service: Award Flight Assist

5 September 2016
We're thrilled to announce the release of a brand new service from Frequent Flyer Solutions!
Award Flight Assist takes the hard work out of redeeming your frequent flyer points. Using our expert knowledge and specialised tools we can help you to find the perfect award flights, presenting your options in an easy-to-read format and explaining exactly how to book.
Our specialised knowledge spans all major frequent flyer programs, including Qantas Frequent Flyer, Velocity Frequent Flyer & many others. We know how to take advantage of program sweet spots, and how to maximise free stopovers & open-jaws. And if you have points with more than one airline or rewards program, we can advise on the best program to use. So, we don't just take the hard work out of finding award flights – we can also help you to maximise the value of your frequent flyer points.
Find out more about Award Flight Assist HERE.

31 August 16

Various Changes

Brisbane added to Diners Club lounge network
The Qantas Diners Club credit card, with an annual fee of just $150 per year, now comes with access to the Plaza Premium lounge in Brisbane (in addition to 500 other airport locations around the world). Module 2 of Course 7 has been updated.
Qantas Frequent Flyer Toolbar discontinued
Sadly, Qantas will no longer be supporting the Frequent Flyer toolbar, which was an easy method of earning free Qantas points. Module 2 of Course 1, and Module 2 of Course 2 have been updated to reflect the changes.
Module 2 of Course 1 and Module 2 of Course 2 have been updated to reflect the changes.
New Amex credit card
A new Amex credit card has been added to the market. The Credit Card Master List spreadsheet in the Choose the Right Card unit has been updated. Various sign-up bonuses (including for the new Amex card) have also been added to Current Credit Card Signup Bonuses in the Bonus Sign-up Points unit in Course 3.
Update to Travel Insurance Discount Codes
Expired travel insurance discount codes have been removed from Current Travel Insurance Discount Codes in Module 2 of Course 9.

23 August 16

Various Changes

Woolworths Revamps Rewards Program
Woolworths has announced major changes to its Woolworths Rewards loyalty program that come into effect on 31 August. Woolworths Dollars will be replaced with Woolworths Points, and points will now be earned on all purchases.
Module 2 of Course 8 has been updated to reflect the changes.
Brisbane added to Priority Pass lounge network
A new Priority Pass lounge in Brisbane International Airport has been opened, meaning there are now 2 Priority Pass lounges available in Australia.
Updated Comparison of Lounge Memberships & Passes pdf download in Module 2 of Course 7.
Update to Travel Insurance Discount Codes
New travel insurance discount codes have been added to Current Travel Insurance Discount Codes in Module 2 of Course 9.

1 August 16

Various Changes

New "High Value" Redemption Route Identified
We have identified a new "High Value" redemption. Updated Best Airline Programs by Redemption Type pdf download in Module 2 of Course 3.
New Lounge Membership Passes
Another Credit Card now offers Lounge Access. Updated Credit Cards with Lounge Access Benefits pdf download in Module 2 of Course 7.
Update to Credit Card Signup Bonuses
Updated Bonus Offers to Current Credit Card Signup Bonuses in the Bonus Sign-up Points unit in Course 3. The Credit Card Master List spreadsheet in the Choose the Right Card unit also updated.
Update to Credit Card that earn points for ATO Payments
Updated Bonus Offers to Cards that earn points for ATO payment in the Advanced Credit Card Earning Methods unit in Course 3.