Frequent flyer points a'plenty in this week's wrap...

By Chris Chamberlin, August 22 2014

About to go house-hunting? Your quest can now be even more rewarding with a choice of either Qantas Frequent Flyer points or Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer points when you sign on the dotted line.

Or, why not pick up a bonus 2,000 Etihad Guest miles on hotel stays with the likes of The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott and Marriott Hotels?

That’s all covered in this week’s rundown of the latest deals for frequent flyers, along with how you could earn one of three $15,000 Qantas Holidays by exploring a new virtual town from the comfort of your living room.

To wind things up, we’ll also show you how to build miles in Thai Airways’ Royal Orchid Plus scheme when flying with the likes of Singapore Airlines, United Airlines, and of course, Thai Airways itself.

Qantas Frequent Flyer sell-off shelved

But first: frequent flyers around Australia are breathing easy, with Qantas tipped to hang onto its lucrative frequent flyer scheme rather than sell off of the multibillion-dollar program.

Read more:Qantas expected to nix plans for Frequent Flyer sell-off

Explore Thai Airways’ Royal Orchid Plus frequent flyer scheme

If you're regularly bound for Bangkok or beyond on Thai Airways, it's worth getting to know the airline's Royal Orchid Plus frequent flyer scheme.

As Thai is also a Star Alliance member, Royal Orchid Plus guests can also grab points on flights with Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, United Airlines, Air Canada, Air China and more.

The airline doesn’t have frequent flyer partnerships with Qantas and Virgin Australia, so even if you only fly with Thai Airways on your annual holiday, it’s still worth collecting points with Royal Orchid Plus.

Explore the program and join for free: Thai Airways’ Royal Orchid Plus scheme for Aussie business travellers

Earn Qantas, Virgin Australia frequent flyer points on your home loan

If you're about to take out a home loan, why not collect upwards of 50,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer or Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer points when you move in?

Whether you’re buying a house for the first time, are moving or even just refinancing, you could earn up to 75,000 Velocity points for your troubles, or even 160,000 Qantas Points over a five-year period.

Whether you’re borrowing from Macquarie or Qantas Credit Union or dealing via Aussie Home Loans to hunt down the best deal, here’s how it’s done:

Read: Earn Qantas, Virgin Australia frequent flyer points on your home loan

Pocket 2,000 Etihad Guest miles at Marriott, Ritz-Carlton hotels

Members of Etihad Guest can collect an easy 2,000 bonus miles per stay at over 4,000 Marriott properties including The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott and of course, Marriott Hotels.

To grab the bonus, simply book online for stays between now and October 31 2014 and enter a promo code on the Marriott website when browsing for a hotel.

Etihad Guest miles can be swapped for flights to Abu Dhabi and beyond, but also with Virgin Australia closer to home.

Get your promo code: Earn 2,000 Etihad Guest miles at Marriott, Ritz-Carlton hotels

Win prizes playing the Qantas frequent flyer computer quest game

Frequent flyers can earn prizes by stopping through Qantas’ new Sim City-like virtual town, with three $15,000 Qantas Holidays vouchers up for grabs to kick off the site.

The Quest for Qantas Points
The Quest for Qantas Points

The Quest for Qantas Points online game is intended to promote the airline's ever-broadening rewards program, which last week opened a new online shopping mall with 16 new retail partners including Apple, eBay, David Jones, The Iconic, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus.

Explore Qantas’ latest destination: Earn Qantas frequent flyer prizes playing computer quest game

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

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thanks Chris, its great that you have started this wrap up each week of freq flyer offers etc


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