Qan­tas Fre­quent Flyer ver­sus Vir­gin Ve­loc­ity

Money Magazine Australia - - MY MONEY -

In the bat­tle of the re­ward scheme Go­liaths, Steve Hui of iFLYflat says the ques­tion of which re­ward scheme of­fers bet­ter value re­ally de­pends on where you’re plan­ning to travel. He cau­tions that even when points are re­deemed to pay air­line fares, the car­rier will im­pose its own “car­rier charges” (once called fuel sur­charges). And for a long-haul trip, these charges plus de­par­ture taxes can add up to sev­eral hun­dred dol­lars.

Part of the prob­lem in com­par­ing Vir­gin and Qan­tas re­wards pro­grams is that the cost can es­ca­late if you’re fly­ing with a part­ner air­line. “The car­rier charges on Vir­gin flights are low, but if you’re us­ing points to fly with a part­ner air­line the taxes are a lot higher,” says Hui.

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