With more frequent flyer programs around than suitcases at a carousel, it’s a daunting task selecting one.
We spoke with industry expert Mark Trim – managing director of online travel agencies QFlyer and V Accrue – about what program suits what traveller; here’s what he had to say…
The world of frequent flyer programs can present a mind-boggling array of options for travellers.
Frequent flyer programs work around various difficult concepts, but they all focus on earning frequent flyer points and status credit accrual.
Earning frequent flyer points can be done in a variety of ways including credit card programs, shopping, restaurant bookings, car hire and of course flying.
You should base the decision on which frequent flyer program to choose primarily on your flying preferences. Then focus on earning points on a day to day basis whilst using your airfare bookings to move up the status ladder.
To determine which program is right for you it’s important to profile yourself and have an idea of your future travel requirements.
With the answers to these questions you can then determine what kind of traveller you are and therefore, which program is best for you.
Solo flyer, light to medium amount of flying:
Virgin Velocity is a better frequent flyer option due to price and attainable Silver status.
Solo flyer, medium to high amount of flying:
Domestic/Europe focus: Qantas Frequent Flyer as Gold level has wider ranging recognition.
Asia/USA focus: Virgin Velocity with more competitive pricing and easier Gold and Platinum status, which comes with excellent car hire and hotel rewards.
Very high amount of flying, corporate traveller:
Qantas Frequent Flyer due to additional benefits of Platinum One.
Virgin Velocity due to family pooling can open up high status levels significantly quicker than Qantas.
Business class traveller:
Virgin Velocity if your travel is to Asia or USA.
Qantas Frequent Flyer is better for regular travel to South America, South Africa or Europe as there are more airline partners are varying price and quality levels.
It makes sense for Australian based travellers to choose a local program like Qantas Frequent Flyer or Virgin Velocity, rather than overseas based airlines where there are fewer opportunities to earn points.
Both Virgin Velocity and Qantas Frequent Flyer cover domestic and trans-Tasman travel comprehensively in what is quite a competitive market.
Frequent travellers should use their international travel requirements as one of the primary drivers as to which program to join.
Mark Trim, Managing Director of online travel agencies QFlyer and V Accrue which specialise in maximising frequent flyer potential for regular travellers under the Qantas and Virgin Velocity frequent flyer programs respectively.