10 reasons why KrisFlyer is one of my favourite frequent flyer programs (and 6 downsides)

Being a code share and Star Alliance partner with Air New Zealand, as well as Australia’s second-largest international carrier (after Emirates), the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer frequent flyer program is one of the most useful frequent flyer programs for travellers in NZ and Australia.

In my mind, the relative value of KrisFlyer miles has increased given the upcoming introduction of a Carrier Charge by Velocity and the continuing imposition of high taxes and surcharges by Qantas.

However, the program is not without its downsides, so this guide aims to explore both the good and bad of KrisFlyer. Continue reading…

The marvellous & murky world of online points & miles brokers

The first rule about points and miles is that everyone always wants more.

The lust for continually acquiring miles has created a cottage industry in the grey market known as ‘mileage brokers’. These brokers have a simple proposition – buy miles from us at a low price, and save big by redeeming said miles for First and Business Class tickets. Arbitrage in its simplest form.

But who are these guys? How do they work? Is it legal? What happens if you use them? In late July, with a bit too much time on his hands, I decided to find out. Continue reading…