I did some research on a reward seat for Qantas for a business class seat between Sydney to Singapore return.

The number of points required is 120,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points which I already knew. This is high compared to if I was to use Asia Miles Frequent Flyer Programme which only requires me 80,000 miles to fly on the same plane and the same route.

Now what I was really surprised of was the amount of tax that was charged for booking an award seat. It costs $650 just for tax! Now compare that to if I was to buy a Scoot economy ticket for $400 return from Sydney to Singapore – which already includes tax! Or if I used US Dividend Miles Programme which costs me only $250 tax to buy a ticket to South-East Asia.

Qantas is also reducing the number of flights from Singapore to Sydney as well which means less availability for award seats.

You also do not have the option to buy points the way you buy it with US Dividends Miles or American Advantage programme.

As I have written about the Qantas programme before – most Australians only know either this programme or Virgin's Velocity programme – which means they can charge high tax and charge a high number of points to fly anywhere.…

As I have discussed in previous posts – my 2 recommended credit cards to have for gaining points is the American Express Platinum Edge credit card and the Citibank Signature Credit Card.

By having access to these 2 cards you could be flying off on business or first class quicker than you thought you ever could.

It just takes a bit of getting used to which stores will provide you with the most number of points (e.g. Woolworths, Coles) and the promotions that currently exist.

Woolworths Everyday Reward Card in addition to the Amex Platinum Edge Card

Also what is good about using the Amex Platinum Edge card at Woolworths other than the 3x points for every dollar you spend is the Everyday Reward card that you can sign up for in store. For every dollar you spend over $30 – you receive a Qantas Frequent Flyer point. So if you spend $300 in one transaction at Woolworths – you can be getting 900 Amex points + 270 Qantas Frequent flyer points. That would be a total of 1170 points. Keep in mind that a business class on special to South East could be as low as 40,000 points (e.g. Malaysia Airlines).…

I highly recommend anyone serious about flying business class one day to sign-up for the American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card.  

The benefits and features are outlined below:

  1. Cost is $199 per year as the annual fee. If you are part of an association such as a medical field – then the cost could be $99.
  2. You will receive 1 AMEX Membership reward point for each dollar you spend.
  3. If you go to a supermarket (e.g. Woolworths, Coles, IGA) – then you will receive 3 times as many points
  4. If you go to a petrol station (BP, Caltex, Shell or any other major outlets) you will receive double points.
  5. You can transfer your points to 8 different airlines. They include Asia Miles, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Malaysian Airlines, Emirates, Thai airways, Virgin Austalia and Virgin Atlantic
  6. There are monthly promotions to accelerate your points accumulation
  7. Every year you are entitled to 1 domestic Virgin Australia flight. This also included 23Kgs of check-in luggage.
  8. No points capping
  9. Receive 10,000 points on sign-up of the credit card
  10. Travel insurance included when using card to pay for flights.