Double Qantas Points on flights to Europe

Qantas is offering double points on bookings made before 9 September 2017 for travel to Europe.

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Qantas is offering double points on bookings made before 9 September 2017 for travel to Europe between 18 September 2017 and 6 September 2018 on eligible flights.

The offer is for Qantas marketed flights with a QF flight number, operated by Qantas or Emirates.

Qantas has announced its Australia to London A380 flights will operate via Singapore from March 2018, news which has delighted many frequent flyers including myself. Also launching in March 2018 is their new Qantas 787 Dreamliner service direct from Perth to London.

To participate, simply register on the Qantas website and make a booking.

Flybuys bonus with Coles Gift Mastercards

Coles is once again offering bonus Flybuys points for Coles Gift Mastercard purchases.

Coles is once again offering bonus Flybuys points for Coles Gift Mastercard purchases. Similar to previous offers, you’ll get 1,000 bonus flybuys points for a $100 Coles Gift Mastercard or 500 points for a $50 card. Along with this there is also a $5 card purchase fee. 

If you’re interesting in learning how to earn Flybuys points with Coles Gift Mastercards read my guide. Using the American Express Platinum Edge in combination with this offer can be a great way to quickly earn points  

This promotion runs until 29 August 017 and is available in store. 

Qantas bonus Status Credits on flights to Hong Kong

The competition is intensifying on flights between Australia and Hong Kong with the recent arrival of Virgin Australia. For the next 7 days, Qantas is offering 50% extra Status Credits on new bookings.

The competition is intensifying on flights between Australia and Hong Kong with the recent arrival of Virgin Australia. For the next 7 days, Qantas is offering 50% extra Status Credits on new bookings for travel between 23 August 2017 and 18 February 2018.

To participate, simply register and make a new booking between 23 and 29 August 2017, for travel between 23 August 2017 and 18 February 2018. Don’t forget to include your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number in your booking.

The 50% bonus Status Credits offer is valid on eligible flights between Australia and Hong Kong with a QF flight number (QF29/30, QF97/98, QF117/118 or QF127/128) on the ticket

Register on the Qantas website.

American Express supplementary cardholder 5,000 bonus points

American Express are running a promotion for bonus points with each new supplementary cardholder added.

American Express are running a supplementary cardholder promotion for the month of August that rewards members with 5,000 bonus Membership Rewards points for each new supplementary cardholder added.

To participate in the offer, simply call the American Express number on your American Express issued card and ask if it’s available. I was informed when I tried earlier in the week that it is running for all of August. I am not sure if it includes all cards so it is worth asking just to confirm.

A fairly easy way to get 5,000 points and always handy to have extra cards around, especially when they’re free.

15% Velocity Points bonus for American Express transfers

Transfer your Membership Rewards points to Velocity Frequent Flyer between 1 and 10 August 2017 to receive 15% bonus Velocity Points.

American Express are once again offering a 15% bonus on Velocity Points for transfers made between 1 and 10 August 2017.

To be eligible for this offer, simply login to your American Express account and transfer your Membership Rewards points to Velocity Frequent Flyer.

It’s great to see these offers cropping up regularly. Unfortunately I made a transfer just two days ago for a reward booking and missed out on the 900 bonus Velocity Points it would’ve yielded. Don’t make my mistake, transfer now!

 

Velocity lounge access in Hong Kong

Velocity Frequent Flyer will be joining the Fortune Wings Club offering full reciprocal benefits.

Earlier this month Virgin Australia kicked off their almost daily Melbourne to Hong Kong service. The company hopes that the new route, serviced by Airbus A330 aircraft, will capture some of the lucrative Chinese travel market. For consumers, it’s great news as more competition on the Australia – Hong Kong route will lead to better prices and better cabin products. Virgin’s A330s offer a world class Business Class product.

Virgin Australia announced that Velocity Frequent Flyer members will have access to the Etihad First & Business Class Lounge in Melbourne when departing for Hong Kong. In Hong Kong, the company has partnered with Hong Kong Airlines to give customers access to the Hong Kong Airline’s Club Bauhinia Lounge located in Terminal 1.

Coming soon, Velocity Frequent Flyer will be joining the Fortune Wings Club. Giving Velocity Frequent Flyers lounge access, priority check in, the ability to earn and redeem points and status credits, priority boarding, and additional baggage with Hong Kong Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Capital Airlines and Tianjin Airlines. This is pretty good news for Virgin Australia customers travelling to China.

Lookout for more news soon about this relationship as it develops.

Bid for cabin upgrades on Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific has re-introduced the ability to bid cash to upgrade to a higher cabin class on existing bookings. Does it offer good value? 

Cathay Pacific has re-introduced the ability to bid cash to upgrade to a higher cabin class on existing bookings. Upgrade Bid lets customers submit an offer for how much they’re willing to pay in cash to upgrade to the next cabin class.

 Cathay Pacific Upgrade Bid
Cathay Pacific Upgrade Bid

The system is powered by Plusgrade and is the same software used by Qantas, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Lufthansa, Air Canada and Air China.At present, only Premium Economy and Business Class are supported, so no First Class upgrades unfortunately.

Does Upgrade Bid offer good value?

I am flying with Cathay Pacific to Paris in 3 weeks. I booked a discount return Economy ticket in February 2017. After checking the Cathay Pacific website I found that my booking is eligible for Upgrade Bid. Unfortunately since it’s an Economy booking I am only eligible to bid for Premium Economy.

Upgrade Bid is essentially a blind auction. You can submit any bid you like between their pre-allocated minimum and maximum bids. The price bands are based on a range of factors including flight length. You don’t find out if you’ve ‘won’ the auction until a few days before your flight. You can get an indication of your chances of success by looking at the animated offer strength feedback, ranging from ‘Poor’ to ‘Excellent’. Thankfully you will only get charged if you are successful, making this fairly risk free if you are happy with the price.

 Cathay Pacific Upgrade Bid
Cathay Pacific Upgrade Bid

As for my upcoming travel, my return Economy ticket originally cost $1,082 on sale. At the time of booking, return Premium Economy fares were available for $3,353. If I bid the absolute minimum on each segment, it would cost an extra $1,623, giving a grand total of $2,705. A discount of approximately 20%, assuming I get accepted for every segment, which the status bar tells me is ‘Poor’.

Instead, if I bid the recommended amount for a ‘Strong’ offer, it would cost an extra $2,423, giving a grand total of $3,505, more than if I had booked the fare originally in February 2017 but without the higher status credits and points!

My thinking is that I may submit the minimum bid on a couple of the segments (there are 4 in total) and see what happens. I would like the chance to try Premium Economy on the new Cathay Pacific A350 but don’t think it’s worth spending too much money on it.