Some American Express cardholders are in for a nasty surprise in November. From 1 November 2015, Amex's fee-free cards and a small range of corporate cards will no longer be a part of the popular Membership Rewards Ascent program. This program will instead be replaced by the Gateway program, resulting in a range of significant devaluations. Under the new "Gateway" program, … [Read more...]
Frequent Flyer Credit Cards
Here we provide tips, tricks and chat about Frequent Flyer Credit cards. This is probably the most common way to earn tens of thousands of frequent flyer points, and you never even need to get onboard an aircraft!
Unfortunately, most Australian Frequent Flyer credit cards have high fees when transacting in foreign currency. Cards which don't have these fees include the 28 Degree Mastercard and the humble Coles Mastercard.
Many credit cards come with value-adding features. These features vary considerably, but one of the more notable benefits to come with some cards is free flights. One particular card, the Amex Platinum Edge credit card, comes with a complimentary return flight on Virgin Australia every year, among other features. And with an annual fee under $200, one member wonders if it is in … [Read more...]
Complimentary lounge access is an included benefit for frequent flyers with Gold or equivalent elite airline status. However for infrequent flyers who don’t fly enough to earn such status, there is an option to purchase lounge access. There are a number of programs, such as Priority Pass, that offer lounge access for a fee. For Australian flyers, the best option is arguably … [Read more...]
Greedy airline credit card fees have long been a pet peeve of frequent flyers. But our members were particularly bemused when Qantas claimed recently that the $8.50 “Booking and Service fee” imposed by low-cost offshoot Jetstar is not actually a credit card fee. Instead, a Qantas spokesperson described the fee as a “comfort” charge. Many of our members are unimpressed and … [Read more...]
Many credit cards come with a “complimentary concierge service” listed as a card feature. The idea of the concierge service is to help credit card holders with things like hotel bookings, finding tickets or acquiring restaurant or event reservations. This week a member wonders if there is any real benefit to using the service. Just wondering, for years my cards have had … [Read more...]