1 April 2020

Training Program Updates

Here are some of the updates we’ve recently made to the Frequent Flyer Solutions training program…

New credit cards that earn points on ATO tax office payments

There are two new business credit cards in Australia that earn points for ATO tax office payments at the full, everyday rate. Updated Unit 3.3.2 (Earn Points for Tax Payments).

Changes to Oneworld alliance members

Royal Air Maroc joined the Oneworld alliance as of 1 April 2020. This means you can now earn Qantas points & status credits, and redeem Qantas points, for Royal Air Maroc flights. You can also include Royal Air Maroc now as part of a Oneworld Classic Flight Reward or Oneworld Explorer booking.

LATAM Airlines will leave the Oneworld alliance, meanwhile, on 1 May 2020. And Alaska Airlines has announced its intention to become a Oneworld member in mid-2021.

Many units have been updated to reflect these changes, including Unit 1.1.3 (Airline Alliances).

Qantas launches partnership with BP

After Velocity Frequent Flyer ended its partnership with BP in January, Qantas Frequent Flyer has now replaced it. You can now earn Qantas points (and, for a limited time, status credits) at BP petrol stations in Australia. Updated Unit 2.1.1 (Earn Qantas Points & Status Credits).

IHG Rewards Club has discontinued PointBreaks

IHG Rewards Club is unfortunately no longer offering PointBreaks promotions, where discounted hotel award nights were offered for last-minute travel. Updated Unit 9.1.2 (Overview of Hotel Loyalty Programs).

Changes to buying AAdvantage miles

American Airlines no longer requires members to have had an active account for 60 days in order to buy AAdvantage miles. The airline has also removed the USD75 close-in award booking fee. Updated Unit 4.2.1 (American Airlines AAdvantage).

Alaska Airlines, meanwhile, has increased its maximum purchase amount from 60,000 to 100,000 Mileage Plan miles. The annual purchase limit of 150,000 miles remains, unless you have Alaska Airlines status. Updated Unit 4.2.2 (Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan).

Qantas Frequent Flyer ending partnership with Airnorth

After 30 April 2020, you will no longer be able to earn or redeem Qantas Frequent Flyer points with Airnorth, an Australian regional airline.

UK Air Passenger Duty increase

On 1 April 2020, the UK government increased its Air Passenger Duty that is applicable to long-haul flights departing from the UK. Updated Unit 5.1.3 (Avoid Fuel & Carrier Surcharges).

Hipmunk has closed down

Flight booking website, which was previously featured in Unit 7.1.1 (Online Tools for Cheap Flights), has now closed down.

Qantas status runs updated

We’ve updated our list of Qantas Frequent Flyer status runs in Unit 8.1.2 (Status Runs).

Asia Miles axes free stopovers on awards

As of 1 April 2020, Asia Miles is no longer offering free stopovers on one-way and round-trip award bookings. You are now allowed only one transit per direction of up to 24 hours. Updated Unit 2.3.2 (Cathay Pacific Asia Miles & Marco Polo Club).

New status matches

There have recently been a couple of new airline status matches available, including with SkyTeam and Star Alliance airlines. Updated Unit 8.1.3 (Status Matches).