8 January 2020

Training Program Updates

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

Velocity has increased Virgin Australia carrier charges

Velocity Frequent Flyer has increased the carrier charges payable when redeeming points for Virgin Australia flights. Updated Unit 2.2.2 (Redeem Velocity Points) & Unit 5.1.3 (Avoid Fuel & Carrier Surcharges).

United MileagePlus changes

United Airlines has launched a new Star Alliance status match & challenge for 2020. Updated Unit 8.1.4 (Status Challenges).

United has also removed award charts for redemptions including United-operated flights. Updated Unit 4.2.3 (United MileagePlus).

Qantas Frequent Flyer partners with Air France & KLM

It’s now possible to earn and redeem Qantas Frequent Flyer points (but not status credits) for Air France and KLM flights. Updated Unit 2.1.1 (Earn Qantas Points) and Unit 2.1.2 (Redeem Qantas Points).

Upgrade on Delta flights using Velocity points

It’s now possible to upgrade on selected Delta-operated flights using Velocity points. Updated Unit 6.1.2 (Virgin Australia Upgrades).

Status run updates

We’ve updated our lists of Qantas & Virgin Australia status runs in Unit 8.1.2 with the latest information.

Changes to expiry of Asia Miles & Etihad Guest miles

Both Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles program and Etihad Guest have changed the way in which miles expire, for the better. Instead of having fixed expiry dates, miles with both programs now expire only if there is no account activity for 18 months. Updated Unit 1.2.3 (Prevent Points from Expiring).

Mileage Plan pulls stopover trick

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan has sadly stopped offering free stopovers on one-way award booking itineraries within Asia. Updated Unit 4.2.2 (Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan).

Adria Airways bankruptcy

Adria Airways, a former Star Alliance member based in Slovenia, ceased operations in 2019. We’ve removed references to the airline from our training program.

Updates to credit card sign-up offers

We continuously update the 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 was last updated on 8 January 2020.