26 November 2020

Training Program Updates

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

Qantas Frequent Flyer status match

Qantas has launched a limited-time Gold status match promotion for frequent flyers of 16 other airlines including Virgin Australia. Updated list of airlines currently accepting status matches in Unit 8.1.3 (Status Matches).

Air Canada Aeroplan program changes

Air Canada relaunched its Aeroplan frequent flyer program on 8 November 2020. Aeroplan miles have been renamed as Aeroplan points, and there are significant changes to the way points are redeemed. Aeroplan also recently added Air Serbia and Vistara as partner airlines.

We’ve updated Unit 4.2.6 (Air Canada Aeroplan) with information about the new program and award chart sweet spots.

New information on earning points for ATO tax payments

St George Bank will axe points for credit card payments to the ATO from 9 December 2020.

But there are still ways to earn points when paying tax with almost any credit card by using a bill payment service platform. We’ve added a comprehensive guide & analysis of these services in Australia, explaining how you can maximise your points when paying tax, in Unit 3.3.2 (Earn Points for Tax Payments).

Virgin Australia exits voluntary administration

After almost seven months, Virgin Australia came out of voluntary administration last week. But things aren’t quite back to normal yet at Velocity Frequent Flyer, which continues to block all partner airline reward seat redemptions. Most Virgin lounges also still remain closed, except the Brisbane Lounge which reopened last week.

Most Australian banks have now reinstated point transfers from their credit card reward programs to Velocity Frequent Flyer. This includes Diners Clubk, Citibank, Suncorp Bank and Bank of Queensland. (You can even get 15-40% bonus points when transferring points from many programs to Velocity this month.) But ANZ Rewards transfers to Velocity remain unavailable for now. We’ve updated various units including Unit 3.2.2 (Complete Overview of Credit Card Programs).

Flybuys removes annual Velocity points transfer limit

On 1 November, Flybuys quietly removed the annual limit Flybuys points that could be transferred to Velocity (previously 138,000 Flybuys points per calendar year). Updated Unit 9.2.1 (Flybuys & Everyday Rewards).

Updates to credit card sign-up offers

We continuously update the Credit Card Master List from Unit 3.2.4 (Choosing a Credit Card), as well as Unit 3.3.1 (Bonus Sign-up Points), at the start of every month. This was last updated on 10 November 2020.