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Research highlights

Highlights of Chris Chamberlin’s published research on Australian Business Traveller can be found below.

General travel

How to plan and book a Star Alliance round-the-world trip

Round-the-world (RTW) fares provide exceptional value when visiting multiple destinations, and are often cheaper than return trips to three or four cities.

That said, the level of complexity can get a little confusing, but Star Alliance’s Book and Fly tool makes the process simple and easy to understand…

How to get a Qantas upgrade

Nobody likes to fly in economy, so how do you go about getting an upgrade to business class?

There’s plenty of myths and misinformation on how to get a free upgrade, including the classic clunker that you should dress up so you look like somebody who belongs at the pointy end of the plane…

The story behind airport codes…

Three-letter airport codes are part of the alphabet soup of travel, and while some are glaringly obvious others are completely cryptic. So what’s really in an airport code? Let’s start with some homegrown examples…

Earning and redeeming points

Qantas frequent flyer points: what you’ll earn on Qatar Airways

… between Melbourne and London, Platinum frequent flyers on Qantas would earn 21,032 points, while the yield on Qatar plummets to a miserable 2,672 points. That’s right: almost one-tenth the number of points!

To put this in perspective: you could earn more points flying with Qantas from Melbourne to Perth than you’d earn jetting from Melbourne to London on oneworld’s latest member airline!

Want points for your hotel stay? Avoid third-party booking websites

Want to earn your full serve of points with your favourite hotel rewards scheme? Avoid ‘third party’ booking sites and make your reservation directly with the hotel or its parent company.

New United Airlines, Star Alliance award rates a boon for Aussie travellers

New redemption rates for United Airlines’ Mileage Plus frequent flyer scheme pack some good news for Australian travellers.

While the changes generally see United’s core membership of US residents lose out through a massive hike in redemption rates, trips from Australia to most of Asia using United’s Star Alliance partners such as Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways are now substantially cheaper than before, even in first class…

Travel tricks

How to get Qantas Lifetime Platinum

While the Qantas Frequent Flyer program has shied away from offering Lifetime Platinum status, there’s still a way to lock-in lifelong access to top-grade benefits such as priority boarding and even the luxe Qantas First Class lounges…

Bulk-buy United miles for huge savings on business, first class flights

Want to fly from Australia to Bangkok in Thai Airways’ first class cabin for $2,000? How about business class to Singapore with Singapore Airlines for around $1,600, or Sydney to New York for less than $4,000?

Buying US Airways Dividend Miles for low-cost Oneworld flights

If you like the idea of flying to Asia and back in business class on Qantas, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines or Malaysia Airlines for just $1,900, read on!