Bankwest Qantas World Credit Card Now Available To The Public

Bankwest has recently made their invite only Qantas World Credit Credit card available to the public. The card packs some good benefits but is it really worth it?

What are the benefits?

  • The card has a sign-up bonus of 50,000 Qantas Points when you spend $2500 in the first three months of owning the card
  • The card has no foreign transaction fees
  • You get SPG Gold after staying at any one SPG property.
  • You earn 0.66 Qantas Points on any purchase
  • You get 10% off Hurtz car rentals

What are the negatives?

  • The annual fee is $270

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Is it worth signing up for?

The card has some pretty nice features but I wouldn’t be racing to get the card. The thing I most like about the card is the SPG status and no foreign transaction fee, the earn rate is quite poor in my opinion opposed to the Citi Rewards or Westpac Black.

H/T Ausbt.com.au

Tutorial – Transfer Flybuys Points To Velocity

For a few weeks now Flybuys and Velocity have been running a promo for a 15% bonus on points when transferring. I decided I may as well transfer them over and get some value out of them rather than leave them with Flybuys.

This post will explain how to transfer your Flybuys to Velocity points.

First of all, you need to log into Flybuys and click ‘Rewards.’ You’ll see the Velocity points transfer now button; you press that.

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Next is the page where you select how many points you want to transfer. The terms and conditions are located on the side of the page.

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Now I have selected how many points I want to transfer; I’m ready to continue.

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You need to link your Flybuys, and Velocity account for the process to happen. You can link them on the confirmation page or on your Velocity profile. The process is very easy and works immediately

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And that’s the whole process, and it’s fast and very efficient. The thing I most like about the transfer is that the points post to you Velocity account instantly!

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Introduction – Battle of the ME3 – Etihad, Qatar and Emirates First Class

So by now I’m sure you can tell I love the Middle East, especially Abu Dhabi. I’m not sure how I got to love the place so much, but I do. In January I’m headed to London for the first time to visit. When I was thinking how am I going to get there, I had a rather nice idea. Because I’ve done Etihad quite a lot now why don’t I compare all ME3 in one trip? So I booked all 3 to compare one another in a single trip, and all on their flagship A380’s.

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Leg one:

For the first leg, I will be flying on Qatar in first on their A380 from Sydney to Doha. I’m excited to fly them on this route because this is their only true ”long haul” route for their A380. I’ve flown Qatar in business class on their A350 and found the hard product to be excellent, but the soft product was quite lacking compared to their opposition.

Qatar Airways A380 First Class image - Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways A380 First Class image – Qatar Airways

Leg 2:

Well, this leg is also on Qatar but on an A320 to Dubai. I’m also very excited to trial their Al Safwa first lounge which looks brilliant.

Qatar A320 Business Class Image: Qatar Airways

Qatar A320 Business Class Image: Qatar Airways

Leg 3:

Excessive bling, AKA Emirates. I’ve flown Emirates many times across to Auckland and found the experience pretty great. However, I have never flown them over 3 hours. I’ll be flying them to London, and I’m excited to test them on a longer flight.

Emirates First Class

Emirates First Class image: Zac George

Leg 4:

Well, this was a given. I’ll be flying my beloved Etihad back to Abu Dhabi. I’ve flown them eight times in the past year all long-haul, and I’m interested to see what they are like on medium haul flights.

Etihad A380 Apartments

Etihad A380 Apartments Image: Zac George

Leg 5:

To be decided.

Bottom Line

I’m extremely excited for this trip and be able to review all 3 in a single trip. I’ll also be reviewing the lounges, so there will be many posts from the whole trip.

Review – Qantas Club Emerald

Normally when I review lounges they are luxurious and quite exclusive, this review will be a little different and thought it would be a fun post.

I recently flew home from Emerald in central Queensland visiting family and on the way home I decided to visit the lounge and review it. Emerald get at max 3 Qantas services a day so I was not expecting much.

First of all here is the entrance:

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

To enter the lounge you are given a code on your boarding pass.

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

As you can see the lounge isn’t big but it is comfortable. There was only about 7 people in there for the flight back to Brisbane.

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

 

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

The lounge has various reading material.

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

The lounge has a small counter with snacks, a coffee and tea machine and a fridge with cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

I do like that they have a small range of snacks available which is pretty good for such a small lounge.

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

 

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

 

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Qantas Club Emerald

 

Qantas Club Emerald

Qantas Club Emerald

The lounge has outside seating which is nice in winter but not summer, luckily today was raining and it was cool weather.

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Qantas Club Emerald

Bottom Line

I won’t compare this lounge to others because it’s quite different but for what it is it’s ok. Would I spend 3 hours there? No, for an hour or less it’s great to cool down, relax and have a drink.

 

Melbourne Airport Running Out Of Fuel…

I don’t often like to share main news articles because the accuracy can be way off and exaggerated. However, this is a story that makes you go WTF.

So apparently Melbourne Airport has a fuel shortage, and they have been rationing it between flights since yesterday and it’s gotten that bad that flights are having to divert.

Per Nine News,

Matt Smith, a chief tech officer at Software AG, says Cathay Pacific staff had told passengers at Melbourne Airport that all long-haul flights from Melbourne would be sent via other Australian cities, which would add an hour and a half to their journey.

“Meaning if you connect (like me in Hong Kong) and have two hours or less – they are telling you there is no way you’ll make it,” Mr. Smith told AAP via Twitter.

Also per Cathay Pacific,

Due to the local fuel provider experiencing a supply issue, an additional technical stop for refueling will be required on flights departing from Melbourne to Hong Kong, as detailed below:

25 November
CX134 from Melbourne to Hong Kong
Technical stop in Cairns, CNS. Arrival delay of approximately 1hr 55mins.

CX104 from Melbourne to Hong Kong
Technical stop in Adelaide, ADL. Arrival delay of approximately 1hr 35mins.

26 November
CX134 from Melbourne to Hong Kong
Technical stop in Adelaide, ADL. Arrival delay of approximately 1hr 45mins.

CX104 from Melbourne to Hong Kong
Technical stop in Adelaide, ADL. Arrival delay of approximately 1hr 40mins.

I have never heard of an airport running out of fuel, and it seems very strange. The article also states that domestic operations haven’t been affected, so why are just the international ones being diverted?

Bottom Line

The whole situation is quite strange and also very intriguing. I’d say a few people will be in a lot of trouble and could lose their job.