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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Friday, 20 September 2019

Qantas Changes: Where are the Extra Reward Seats?
Back in June 2019, Qantas Frequent Flyer announced that it would increase the number of points required for reward flight bookings in any premium cabin. In return, there would be a modest reduction in award booking carrier charges and Qantas would release "more than 1 million extra reward seats available annually on Qantas and new partner airlines".

Well, the changes to Classic Flight Reward pricing took effect last Wednesday. But where are the extra reward seats?
Virgin Australia to Buy Back Velocity Stake
Virgin Australia will regain full ownership of its Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty program after selling a 35% stake to Affinity Equity Partners in 2014. Virgin will pay $700 million to buy back the stake in its profitable Velocity loyalty program - around double what Affinity paid for it five years ago. Virgin Australia yesterday confirmed to the ASX that the transaction is expected to be completed by the end of more...
New Qantas Business & First Class Charges
We now know the new carrier charges that will apply to Qantas Business & First Class award bookings made from 18 September 2019 following the major Qantas Frequent Flyer changes. Qantas promised back in June that it would decrease carrier charges for Qantas Classic Flight Reward bookings in Premium Economy, Business and First Class. However, this was compensation for an increase in the more...
Introducing First Class Membership
In addition to their popular Premium Economy and Business Class memberships, Frequent Flyer Solutions is proud to now offer a First Class membership level.

When you fly in First Class, you can expect an unparalleled level of service and exclusive benefits. And that's exactly what you'll receive as a First Class member of Frequent Flyer Solutions! This really is the ultimate resource for frequent flyers.

In addition to all Business Class benefits - which include access to all training courses and webinars - First Class members receive:
  • A complimentary, one-on-one frequent flyer points consultation session
  • Award Flight Assist credit
  • Help Desk access
  • Complimentary AFF GOLD membership
  • Access to the entire library of past Frequent Flyer Solutions webinars
Use Status & Earn with Different Programs
If you hold status with an airline, you'll often feel obliged to continue crediting points to that airline's frequent flyer program in order to use your status benefits when you fly. For example, if you have Qantas Platinum status, you may only be granted entry to the First Class Lounge if your Qantas Frequent Flyer number is on the boarding pass. But what if you wanted to credit flights to British Airways Executive Club, and earn Avios & tier points rather than Qantas points & status more...
KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes Deals
KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes deals are a monthly staple of the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program. Every month, Singapore Airlines offers 30% off the KrisFlyer miles required for last-minute award travel on a range of different Singapore Airlines and SilkAir routes. The KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes deals can be used to book Saver awards in Economy, Premium Economy and Business class, for travel during the following month. The latest Singapore Airlines Spontaneous more...

Major Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Devaluation
On 1 October 2019, Thai Airways will massively increase the number of Royal Orchid Plus miles needed for award flights and upgrades.
Virgin Australia Boeing 737 Economy Class Review
We review the Economy Class service on Virgin Australia's Boeing 737-800 on VA1464 from Darwin to Melbourne.
Upcoming Changes & Expiring Deals
Up to 30% Bonus British Airways Avios on Purchases
KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes September Deals
Free Lounge Access with Changi Transit Programme
Major Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Devaluation

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