How to use Velocity’s Membership Pause for Parental Leave when having a child

Velocity Frequent Flyer offers new parents an up to six-month pause on their elite status when welcoming a new addition to their family. It’s worth taking up if you have Velocity Silver status or above.

Point Hacks founder Keith took advantage of this benefit twice in five years for his two children. It helped him maintain his Velocity Gold status during periods of travel downtime.

Qantas also has a similar programme.

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A stay at the Sheraton Denarau Villas Fiji, with some extra thoughts on the Westin Denarau

The Sheraton Villas in Fiji are in the Starwood complex on Denarau, between the main Sheraton Hotel and The Westin.

In this review I’ll cover off why we chose the Sheraton Villas, how I booked them using American Express Membership Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest points, and my thoughts on the Villas and the pools and other facilities available to guests. In short, I was pleased we stayed in a Villa for the space on offer – as a whole, the stay was good, but not great – here’s why. Continue reading…

Fiji Airways A330 Business Class Review – FJ911 Sydney to Nadi

Fiji Airways A330

Earlier this year my family decided to spend around 10 days in Fiji – with the majority of the break booked using points. We flew over in Fiji Airways Business Class, stayed at the Sheraton Villas on Denarau for the first half of the break, and the InterContinental Fiji for the second.

For this trip our little group is two adults, a 3 year old and 9 month old – meaning I only had to find 2 or 3 seats using points, as Abby, our 9 month old, can travel as an infant. I really tried to book everything using points, so read on for how we managed to bring in a pretty deluxe holiday for not so deluxe money, and for my thoughts on Fiji Airways A330 Business Class. Continue reading…