The start of September 2023 saw some minor, clarifying changes made to Marriott Bonvoy T&C's.
(1) Under T&C's 2.1.b Bonvoy members can earn points on their own room plus 2 additional rooms during a stay. Previously
this required the member to "stay in one of the 3 rooms". This has now been clarified to say that all 3 rooms must have the same
check-in and check-out dates.
Presumably this is to prevent the member collecting points for say 11 nights by staying only 1 night, while guests in the other rooms
stayed 5 nights each.
The member must pay for all 3 rooms by paying a "qualifying" (non-discounted) rate or apply an Award Redemption for all
of the rooms.
The benefit is aimed at families or groups staying together for a single vacation.
(2) T&C's for Marriott Homes & Villas were also clarified in a similar manner to align with hotel stays. A
member can earn (5) points per USD spent for up to 3 homes, provided the homes are in the same city and
the bookings are for identical check-in and check-out dates. Also, as with hotels, Elite Night Credits
are only received for 1 of the homes
(ie the one in which the member stayed).
Virgin Australia has launched an offer looking to attract Qantas Gold status (and higher) frequent flyers.
If you apply prior to 15 September, Virgin Australia's Velocity will match your Qantas FF status for 3 months. If you fly
only once during that period, that status is extended for a further 12 months.
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Velocity Discover Gold trial offer" in the heading.
Perks of Velocity Gold Status include complimentary Virgin Australia Lounge access, priority boarding, preferential seating, additional baggage allowances (not available when travelling on a Lite fare), and bonus Velocity Points and Status Credits when guests book and fly with Virgin Australia.
Gold Status with both of Australia's major carriers provides a lot of flexibility. Qantas is a member of the OneWorld alliance and has
a cooperative arrangement with Emirates Airlines. Virgin isn't currently a member of any alliance, but has an eclectic collection of
partners who are, so can readily find a partner to take you almost anywhere (with good perks).
Set upon the banks of the iconic River Clyde and just a stone's throw away from Central Station (and not much further to Queen St Station),
The Virgin Hotels Glasgow is an easy walk to Central Station, St Enoch underground station and Buchanan Street (Glasgow's shopping area), making it an ideal base for exploring all that the beautiful city of Glasgow has to offer.
Virgin Hotels (the luxury lifestyle hotel brand by Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson) has a loyalty program - The Know. No points earning to think about. Just sign up and your loyalty is rewarded at every stay with room upgrades (st availability), member discounted rates and free cocktails during the Spirit Hour. Members in The Know can also tailor their preferences for the
duration of their stays. You can book through Rewarding Travel - our associated travel agency.
From the vibrant dining & drinking scenes of Commons Club, to the breathtaking views from Highyard, come discover this wonderful new
addition to the city.
The Virgin Hotels Glasgow complements the The Virgin Hotels Edinburgh which as we anticipated in our post of March 2022, opened
1 June 2022.
Qantas/Emirates airlines collaberation authority extended for a further 5 years by regulator
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) this week re-authorised the collaboration between Qantas and Emirates Airlines.
the ACCC said the conduct between the two parties has not materially changed since initial authorisation was granted in 2013 and that “The
ACCC considers that the conduct would be likely to result in public benefits, in the form of: increased connectivity and convenience;
facilitating capacity restoration and expansion; and, better frequent flyer program benefits. The ACCC also considers the conduct is likely
to result in limited public benefits through stimulation of tourism and trade,” the determination reads.
A little odd considering Qantas' lobbying against the granting of 3 additional slots to Qatar in mid-July resulted in the
Federal Minister for Transport (with advice received from the ACCC) rejecting Qatar's application..
Qatar was looking to add 21 flights per week into hubs such as Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth from the Middle East. The Federal
Government sought out the opinion of Qantas as part of Qatar Airways’ application process for bilateral air rights. Qantas opposed the bid
on the grounds that it would cause Australian job losses, according to The
Airways’ application rejection came amid high international airfares, which some attribute to a lack of competition.
At the time of its submission, Qatar Airways’ CEO, was amongst those criticising Qantas’ influence here. He highlighted that his
airline continued to operate flights throughout the pandemic, even when Qantas suspended all flights except government-subsidised
repatriation flights and reduced its local labour force.
If true, then this latest decision will do nothing to increase competition on key Australian routes..
There is a caveat to the approval, however. The ACCC said it is concerned that the coordination between the two carriers could harm
competition in the market between Sydney and Christchurch, New Zealand, as Air New Zealand is the only other carrier operating the route.
Because of this, Qantas and Emirates have been directed to “provide regular updates on passenger revenue and operating costs to enable us to
monitor competition on this route over the next five years,” the ACCC said.
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