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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Friday, 24 January 2020

New Virgin Australia Basic Economy "Light" Fares
Virgin Australia is introducing basic economy class tickets that cannot be changed, cancelled or upgraded, are ineligible for advance seat selection, include less checked baggage and earn fewer Velocity points & status credits.
Business Class Sale to Manila: $1,545 return
Philippine Airlines is currently offering some very enticing Premium Economy and Business class sale fares to Manila, with onward connections to other destinations in Asia, Europe and North America also available. Business class flights from Perth, Melbourne, Sydney or more...
Trivago Misled Users, Court Rules
An Australian Federal Court judge has ruled that hotel booking website Trivago misled customers into believing they were getting the best price on hotel rooms. In 2018, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) alleged that Trivago, which is owned by Expedia, created more...
Upcoming Webinar...
Credit Card Churning in 2020
Credit card sign-up bonuses are one of the easiest ways to substantially boost your frequent flyer points balance for minimal outlay. By cleverly taking advantage of credit card offers, you can easily earn hundreds of thousands of frequent flyer points at very little cost every year - enough to travel the world in the comfort of Business or even First class!

There are risks involved with this points-earning strategy, and the banks are gradually making it harder for Australians. But there are still plenty of opportunities out there!

Join Matt at 8pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, 29 January 2020 to learn how to maximise the opportunities from credit card sign-up offers and earn more frequent flyer points in 2020.
Citibank Removes Prestige Card Benefits
Just months after withdrawing it to new applicants, Citibank has re-launched its Citi Prestige credit card with fewer benefits than before. But the $700 annual fee has not been reduced. The new-but-not-improved Citi more...
Bankwest Devalues Qantas Account
Bankwest is reducing the number of Qantas Frequent Flyer points that can be earned with its Qantas Transaction Account. Currently, you can earn 5 Qantas points per transaction made using the debit card that comes with this more...
Secure Parking Ends Qantas Points
Secure Parking will no longer award Qantas Frequent Flyer points or Qantas Business Rewards points from 1 February 2020. Currently, you can earn 1 Qantas point per $1 spent with Secure Parking by linking your Qantas Frequent Flyer more...
CommBank Unveils Ultimate Awards Card
Commonwealth Bank has launched a new credit card that could be attractive to frequent travellers. The CommBank Ultimate Awards card offers frequent flyer points, no overseas transaction fees and a waived monthly fee if you spend more...
Fly Virgin Australia & Earn Up to 20,000 Velocity Points
Virgin Australia is offering up to 20,000 bonus points when booking a flight from Australia to London, Los Angeles, Tokyo or Hong Kong by 9 February 2020.
Upcoming Changes & Expiring Deals
26 Jan
Philippine Airlines Business Class Sale to Manila
29 Jan
Up to 20,000 Velocity Points with New Optus Phone Plans
30 Jan
30% Bonus on British Airways Avios Purchases
31 Jan
51% off Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Awards
31 Jan
Skybus Axing Velocity Points
31 Jan
Up to 75% Bonus United MileagePlus Miles on Purchases
31 Jan
Secure Parking Ends Qantas Points
1 Feb
BP Switches from Velocity to Qantas Points

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