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Emirates’ Skywards boss talks upgrades, elite perks, status matching and more with Point Hacks

In this Point Hacks exclusive, we also get an update about booking and upgrading to Emirates Premium Economy using points.

28 September 2023.


Boss of Emirates Skywards, Dr Nejib Ben-Khedher

Plaza Premium Lounge, Adelaide

Plaza Premium's newest lounge is a stunner, and design-wise, one of the chain's best. But a few things need stepping up to earn a five-star rating.

27 September 2023.


Seating in the Plaza Premium Lounge, Adelaide

Velocity CEO Nick Rohrlach reflects on the world of frequent flyer points

'We're in the business of free travel,' the Velocity boss acknowledges. 'With cost of living where it is at the moment, that's never been more important.'

21 September 2023.


Velocity Frequent Flyer CEO Nick Rohrlach

How to hack your way to Frankfurt with points

Venturing to Frankfurt? This in-depth guide covers the best ways to fly there using points, including options you may not have considered. I also share some travel tips and tricks from a recent visit.

19 September 2023.



Virgin Australia Beyond: Velocity’s secret above-Platinum tier

Virgin Australia's competitor to the Qantas Chairman's Lounge is normally shrouded in secrecy. But for a select few, there's a lot to enjoy behind closed doors. Here's a peek inside the world of 'very VIP'.

19 September 2023.


Seating in Virgin Australia Beyond Lounge, Brisbane

Is it worth going the extra mile from Qantas Platinum to Platinum One status?

Platinum One requires three times the flying compared to Qantas Platinum – but it's fair to say, the benefits aren't three times as good. Even so, is it worth reaching Qantas' highest public tier?

18 September 2023.


Gentleman in Qantas First Lounge with Platinum One status

Why I happily spend (some of) my points on domestic Economy

Frequent flyers often chase flatbeds, and that's a great strategy to have. But there are many valid reasons to use points for domestic Economy. Here are some of mine.

15 September 2023.


Using points to book domestic Economy

Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-900neo Comfort+ (New York JFK – Los Angeles)

If Delta's Airbus A330-900neo is rostered onto your US domestic flight, book Comfort+. It's your ticket to a free Premium Economy seat upgrade, giving even more room to stretch out.

15 September 2023.


Welcome aboard Delta Comfort+ on the Airbus A330-900neo

Brisbane flyers get two new paths to Europe, via China

China Eastern and China Southern bring back one-stop hops to Europe via China. Best of all, most transit travellers won't need a Chinese visa.

14 September 2023.


Shanghai skyline in China

Star Alliance Lounge (Business Class), Los Angeles

This is one lounge that's truly worthy of an early arrival or a longer layover – and it's open to Business Class passengers departing LAX on 20 different airlines.

13 September 2023.


Fireplace at the Star Alliance Lounge (Business Class) in Los Angeles