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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Friday, 29 November 2019

Cheap Business Class: Europe to Australia from $2,400 return
It’s that time of year again for Black Friday sales, and there are currently some outstanding flight deals available. For example, a Star Alliance airline is currently offering lie-flat Business Class flights from Europe to Australia for as little as $2,400 round-trip!

That’s less than a third of the usual price, and significantly cheaper than any advertised Business Class airfare we’ve ever seen from Australia to Europe.
Price War: Fly to USA from $881 return
Virgin Australia, United, American Airlines and Delta are all currently offering non-stop flights from Australia to Los Angeles for under $900 return! The cheapest flights are with United, which currently has seats from Melbourne to Los Angeles available for as low as $881 return. Meanwhile, American Airlines, Delta and United are all selling tickets from Sydney to Los Angeles for $898 return. more...
BP Switches to Qantas Points on 1 February
Qantas plans to commence its partnership with BP petrol stations on 1 February 2020, after the ACCC proposed to approve the tie-up. As a result, Velocity Frequent Flyer today advised members today that 31 January 2020 will be the last day to earn or redeem Velocity points with BP. Currently, you can earn 2 Velocity points per litre of fuel by swiping your Velocity card at BP more...
Upcoming Webinar...
Oneworld Alternatives to Qantas Frequent Flyer
Many Australian frequent flyers use the Qantas Frequent Flyer program by default. But, even when you fly with Qantas, you can also earn & use points and status with any other Oneworld airline. Some of these airlines offer better value frequent flyer programs than Qantas - so you get more for your loyalty.

British Airways Executive Club is a popular Oneworld frequent flyer program due to better top-tier benefits, better earn rates on Oneworld partners and lifetime Oneworld Emerald status for less than half the amount of flying than Qantas requires. In addition, short-haul award flight redemptions across the Oneworld network are exceptionally good value.

The frequent flyer programs of Cathay Pacific and American Airlines can also offer unique benefits to Australian frequent flyers.

In the upcoming webinar, Matt explains how Australians can take advantage of both status and redemption opportunities in Oneworld frequent flyer programs other than Qantas Frequent Flyer. Whether you're looking for a way to switch your loyalty away from Qantas - or are just interested in what else is out there - you won't want to miss this webinar at 8pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, 11 December 2019!
How to Earn Etihad Guest Status
Etihad Guest Silver, Gold and Platinum members receive some great perks when flying with Etihad Airways and a quirky selection of partner airlines, including Virgin Australia. As an Australian it is relatively easy to earn Etihad Guest status as you can earn tier miles when flying with Etihad, Virgin Australia and selected other partner airlines. Etihad Guest miles are also a valuable more...
Emirates Retimes Melbourne-Singapore
Emirates will change the schedule of its daily Melbourne-Singapore service, which continues to Dubai, from 30 March 2020. Instead of leaving Melbourne at 6pm, EK405 will shift to a departure time of 2.25am (or 3.25am during daylight savings in Australia). This means the flight will arrive in Singapore at 8.15am, instead of just before midnight. In the other direction, EK404 from Singapore to more...
You Can Now Upgrade Delta Flights with Velocity Points
It's now possible to upgrade Delta codeshare flights to/from Australia, as well as within North America, using Virgin Australia Velocity points!
Upcoming Changes & Expiring Deals
30 Nov
100% Bonus Aegean Miles+Bonus Miles on Purchases
30 Nov
8,000 Velocity Points for Joining Hino Advantage Rewards
30 Nov
15% Bonus Velocity Points on Credit Card Transfers
30 Nov
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes Deals
3 Dec
145% Bonus LifeMiles on Purchases
4 Dec
Price War: Direct Flights to Los Angeles from $881 return
9 Dec
Up to 40,000 Velocity Points with New Optus Plans

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