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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Friday, 18 October 2019

Qantas & Velocity Points Are Worth Less Now Than 4 Years Ago
In just a few years, frequent flyer programs have changed a lot. But how has this all changed the value of a frequent flyer point over time?

We calculated the exact value of one frequent flyer point in both the Qantas Frequent Flyer and Virgin Australia Velocity programs, depending on how the point was spent, around four years ago. This week, we ran exactly the same calculations. You may be surprised by just how much the value of a frequent flyer point has changed in just four years!
Virgin Australia Discount Codes
Why pay full price for your next Virgin flight? Virgin Australia regularly releases discount codes that you can use to save money on airfares! These promo codes can save you up to 15% on flights operated by Virgin Australia. There are a few restrictions. Virgin Australia discount codes are only valid on certain routes, travel dates and fare categories. Some sale and early-bird fares are ineligible for further discounting with more...
List of Emirates Carrier Charges
Qantas recently reduced the carrier charges payable when redeeming points for some of its own flights. But if you redeem Qantas points for Emirates flights, the Emirates carrier charges are now as high as they've ever been. When redeeming Qantas Frequent Flyer points to fly with Emirates from Sydney to the UK and back in Business Class, for example, you'll now pay 289,200 Qantas points plus $1,683.34 in taxes more...
Redeeming points doesn't have to be frustrating...
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Airlines Respond to ACCC Loyalty Report
Last month, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) released a draft report into loyalty programs, expressing "significant concerns" and inviting submissions from the public. Public submissions in response to the draft report on loyalty schemes have now been published on the ACCC website. There were 22 submissions, including from Qantas, Virgin Australia, Woolworths and the operator of Flybuys more...
Bonus Velocity Points on Flybuys Transfers
If you want to earn free flights, one of the best uses of Flybuys points is to transfer your points to Velocity Frequent Flyer. You can convert Flybuys points to Velocity points in increments of 2,000 points. Then, you can redeem your Velocity Frequent Flyer points for flights on Virgin Australia and its partner airlines, as well as upgrades on Virgin flights. The normal conversion rate is 2,000 Flybuys points = 870 Velocity points. But, you can earn even more more...
Qantas Unveils Centenary Dreamliner Livery
Qantas is turning 99 years old next month. To celebrate the airline's entry into its 100th year, it has painted its brand new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in a special livery.
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