Really love this site. Been browsing it for years, but my points accumulation strategy has been very scatter-gun and unfocussed. I’d like to change this after recently being upgraded randomly on a trip to Europe and realising how much more pleasant the experience can be for long haul international flight.
I’d like some general advice about what else I need to be doing to score 1-2 business class upgrades a year for myself and my girlfriend for international flights to Asia, Europe and the US?
I especially want to be able to fly return business from Syd to India with my girlfriend in Jan 2017, if this is achievable? Is it?
Here’s where I’m at:
- I have a membership rewards Amex Platinum Edge card which I love, with about 50,000 points on it
- I don't fly for business
- I am a member of Qantas, Krisflyer, Velocity, Miles and More. About 20,000 on Qantas. 9000 on Kris. 15000 on Velocity - these are all from flights only
- I fly international to either USA, India, Asia or Europe twice or thrice a year. Domestic 2-3 a year too.
- I haven't made the best use of FF credit cards in the past. Basically I didn't trust myself to pay off my balances so I used a low interest credit card and a debit card. However I am a lot more responsible than I used to be, so I'm going to make the transition to putting a lot of my monthly spend on Amex and Velocity cards
- Normally I fly Qantas, Singapore Air, Malaysian Airlines, Virgin America from Australia to the US or Asia. For Europe, I generally go with the cheapest airlines and don't fly that often - probably Lufthansa, BA, Etihad, Singapore
- I reckon I'd like to keep Virgin as my domestic airline and Singapore for international - if the price difference is not huge.
- I recently applied for a Virgin flyer card with a 30000 signup bonus and a $129 annual fee, which I think is a good balance for me - even though it sucks that the spend goes down after $1500. I guess that's probably plenty, given I'll be trying to use my Amex as much as possible