• Out of the current offerings, Qantas is way behind Etihad, Emirates and Singapore Airlines in First product innovation. I've only sampled the latter three as the Qantas offering just doesn't appeal. Singapore has double beds on their Suites, Etihad lots of space and Emirates the bling. Qantas doe...

  • Totally agree Michael. This is actually my go to card for overseas transactions now (the Diamond Amex) as effectively earns 1.5 VA points per dollar with zero fx. Wins hands down versus other uncapped contenders of Bankwest World 0.66 QF ppd, Coles Mastercard 0.8 EY ppd. Previously I used Citiban...

  • New hotel credit card surcharges

    Sep 03, 2016, 08:42 AM

    Also worthy of mention is the other price gouge when travelling outside Australia - Dynamic currency conversions. When paying by a non local card, many hotels offer choice of currency which of course earns them fat commissions if you choose your home currency plus you often still get billed for a...

  • New hotel credit card surcharges

    Sep 02, 2016, 11:17 AM

    These fees are way above what the hotels could negotiate. If a small trader can pay 1.9% for Amex with Square payment processing then a volume processor could could a much better rate. I think the ACCC needs to look into this. According to the ruling the definitions are as follows: Acceptable c...

  • I was in there last year and agree with the sentiments of the review. The atmosphere was incredibly dull. No life in the place, no background music. Much like some end end European restaurants where it is very formal and you feel out of place if you talk. But I guess that suits some people. Serv...

  • There used to be a free city bus tour. did it once with only a 3 hours stopover. Went to a temple, a park and then train back in. Very chilled way of doing a stopover ironically.

  • Is Qantas Cash worth it?

    Jul 09, 2015, 08:25 AM

    I use the citibank prestige visa overseas as the 5 points per $ offsets the FX rate % they take and the ability to transfer to multiple airline programmes after you've checked availability.Ironically it can make it more cost effective to buy online overseas with such a great earn rate - given the...

  • Air New Zealand or SQ lounge at SYD?

    Jul 08, 2015, 03:19 PM

    Have used both the business and first class section of the Krisflyer lounge and they both beat hands down the old Air NZ lounge (even just based on soft products - food and beverages).Haven't sampled the new Air NZ lounge but it looks much better. I would suggest asking to have a look in both and...

  • QF Silver Status for just 1 day.

    Jul 08, 2015, 01:49 PM

    The status bonus is just for extra points, not status credits unfortunately so silver won't help there...

  • Good choice. I flew this over a year ago and it was not bad and brilliant for the price.It was BYO device but the movies are free. There's an app you need to download first.I don't think there's a lounge you can use in Sydney unless they have a tie up now. You can pay to enter the Air NZ lounge f...