2 November 2018

Training Program Updates

We’ve recently made the following updates to the Frequent Flyer Solutions training program…

Change to Qantas, Jetstar Award Seat Release times

Qantas recently made some changes to award seat release timings. Premium Economy, Business and First Class reward seats on long-haul Qantas flights are now released to Bronze and Silver members, as well as partner airlines, 297 days in advance. In addition, Jetstar seats are now released around 300 days before departure (previously 308 days). Updated Unit 5.1.2 (Award Availability Search Techniques).

Changes to Virgin Australia partners

As of 28 October 2018, Air New Zealand is no longer a partner of Virgin Australia and Velocity Frequent Flyer. Updated Unit 2.2.1 (Earn Velocity Points & Status Credits) and Unit 2.2.2 (Redeem Velocity Points).

In Unit 2.2.2, we’ve also updated the information on Velocity Reward seat carrier charges. Virgin Australia will add carrier charges from 1 January 2019, and Etihad Airways flights departing Manila no longer have carrier charges added.

Loss of Diners Club transfer partners

As of 25 October 2018, Diners Club Rewards points can no longer be transferred to Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), American Airlines or EVA Air. Updated Unit 3.2.2 (Complete Overview of Credit Card Programs).

Changes to Westpac Altitude Rewards transfer rates

From 9 November 2018, Westpac will increase the number of Altitude points required to transfer to all airlines except Air New Zealand. We’ve updated the table in Unit 3.2.2 (Complete Overview of Credit Card Programs) in anticipation of this change.

Updates to credit card sign-up offers

We always update our Credit Card Master List from Unit 3.2.4 (Choose the Right Credit Card), as well as Unit 3.3.1 (Bonus Sign-up Points), at the start of every month. This has been updated now for November 2018.