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  1. ChrisFlyer

    AMEX Platinum: how long for benefits to activate as a new cardholder?

    Hi all, Was approved for the AMEX Plat Charge this past week, and just wondering how long the partner benefits like Priority Pass membership and hotel elite statuses (e.g. Hilton Gold) take to activate? It's my understanding that you have to request these benefits through the AMEX website, and...
  2. ChrisFlyer

    Virgin Australia lounge access for AMEX Plat Charge supp card

    Hi all, I know that the AMEX Plat Charge card provides access to VA domestic lounges, but the T&Cs seem to imply that the perk is only for the primary cardholder (not a supplementary cardholder flying by themselves). Have any Plat Charge supplementary cardholders on here had any luck accessing...
  3. ChrisFlyer

    American Express Velocity Platinum card: 60,000 bonus points (NEW as of August 2017)

    Don't just sit idle and let the big banks cut your frequent flyer points: get your hands on a new American Express Velocity Platinum Card instead and keep your Velocity points flowing in! It all starts with a nice bonus of 60,000 Virgin Australia Velocity points when you apply from August 2017...
  4. ChrisFlyer

    Experiences with Thai Royal Orchid Plus

    I'd be interested to hear of any experiences fellow members have had with the Thai ROP program, specifically, with converting points from credit cards and using them to book flights. (I'm not too concerned with upgrading or earning Thai points from other sources - am more considering Thai as an...
  5. ChrisFlyer

    AMEX Explorer Card: 100,000 bonus Membership Rewards points (apply by 20/9/2017)

    AMEX has updated its Explorer Card referral sign-on bonus as of today: now when you apply for a new Explorer card by September 20 2017, you can earn 100,000 bonus Membership Rewards Gateway points after spending at least $1,500 on the card within the first three months! I applied for this card...
  6. ChrisFlyer

    Getting your personal assistant to book flights using your QFF account

    Hi all, Is there an 'official' way to give your personal assistant access to your QFF account to make frequent flyer bookings on your behalf? Obviously, for bookings that can be made online you could simply give them your login details: but for telephone-only reward bookings, is there a way...
  7. ChrisFlyer

    Transferring from Westpac to St. George

    Has anybody successfully been able to transfer a Westpac credit card over to a St. George (or Bank of Melbourne or Bank SA) credit card, which Westpac also 'owns'? (As in, a product swap rather than applying like a new customer?) Trying to find ways to keep my Westpac card alive post-RBA and...
  8. ChrisFlyer

    Switching to the Singapore Airlines Westpac cards

    Has anybody managed to switch from another Westpac card over to the Singapore Airlines Platinum cards since they were closed off for general application? Currently have Earth Black (also not available to new customers) but am leaning much more towards earning SQ miles these days than QF...
  9. ChrisFlyer

    AMEX Explorer Card: 60,000 bonus Membership Rewards points (new as of 16/5/2017)

    AMEX has updated its Explorer Card sign-on bonus as of today: now when you apply for a new Explorer card, you can earn 60,000 bonus Membership Rewards Gateway points after spending at least $1,500 on the card within the first three months. I applied for this card recently using a referral link...
  10. ChrisFlyer

    Velocity Platinum - now 100,000 points with referral link, different earn rates

    Don't just sit idle and let the big banks cut your frequent flyer points on July 1: get your hands on a new American Express Velocity Platinum Card instead and keep your Velocity points flowing in! It all starts with a whopping bonus of 100,000 Virgin Australia Velocity points when you apply by...
  11. ChrisFlyer

    Qantas American Express Premium Card: 40,000 bonus Qantas Points (new as of 2/5/17)

    If you've been jarred by the credit card changes announced by the Big Four banks this week, take a look at the Qantas American Express Premium Card! With no limit to the number of points you can earn, you'll pick up 2.25 Qantas Points per dollar spent direct with Qantas, such as when booking...
  12. ChrisFlyer

    Qantas American Express Ultimate Card - 65000 Qantas Point Offer (New as of 5 Oct 2017)

    Have an American Express credit card with CBA, NAB or Westpac? Chances are you'll start earning fewer points per dollar spent from July under a barrage of changes announced by the banks this week - so why not keep your points flowing in with a new Qantas American Express Ultimate Card? This...
  13. ChrisFlyer

    HSBC Apple Pay

    Good news - HSBC Australia now supports Apple Pay. Added my Qantas card today with no problems and also used it without issue. You get transaction alerts just like with AMEX Apple Pay, but am yet to see if that's only for Apple Pay purchases or all transactions (don't use the card much - only...
  14. ChrisFlyer

    Applying for the AMEX Platinum Charge

    Out of curiosity, does anyone know what kind of lending criteria AMEX places on applications for the Platinum Charge Card (other than minimum income and clean credit file), and would your existing AMEX credit limits affect your outcome? (E.g., even though there's technically no 'credit limit'...
  15. ChrisFlyer

    American Express Essential Card: boosted $75 statement credit with referral

    Looks like nobody here is yet to offer a referral for the American Express Essential Card, so I'm happy to oblige, and hope fellow AFFers will find my summary useful. :) If you hate paying credit card annual fees but still like to earn frequent flyer points, the AMEX Essential Card might just...
  16. ChrisFlyer

    Jetstar Platinum MasterCard points cuts

    From JQ website: "Earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on eligible purchases until 23 October 2016. From 24 October 2016, you will earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on eligible purchases for the first $2,500 spent per statement period, then 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent for the remainder of that...
  17. ChrisFlyer

    CBA cuts QFF points

    CBA again distinguishes itself as the most stingy of the big 4 banks. Notice on my most recent statement: Cuts QFF earn on Diamond from 1.5/$1 to 1.2/$1 on AMEX and from 0.625/$1 to 0.5/$1 on MasterCard. CBA Awards site also shows the change as affecting Platinum accounts, who will earn 1QF/$1...
  18. ChrisFlyer

    VA award availability to EY Guest

    Has anyone here tried to redeem their EYG miles for Virgin Australia flights? Even though you have to book over the phone, does the availability for EY members generally match what VA shows through Velocity, particularly for domestic J?
  19. ChrisFlyer

    Alaska Airlines Boardroom access for QF WP/SG

    Hi all, Realising that Alaska Air isn't a Oneworld member, do QF SGs and WPs get access to the Alaska Airlines Boardroom when flying with AS but booked on a QF codeshare in economy (say, LAX-SEA)? Not the end of the world if they can't as I can wave my Priority Pass card for entry, but if QF...
  20. ChrisFlyer

    Uber: $20 off your first ride

    Hi all! As the subject suggests, my promo code gives new Uber users A$20 off their first ride... just enter 8wz6d into the promotions box and you'll be all set! If you're an existing user, it won't work I'm afraid! But, if you're new and haven't yet tried Uber, enjoy the discount! :) Also, if...