Five airline loyalty deals and notable changes in 2016

13 Jan 2016 by Clement Huang
EMIRATES DEAL Up to 5,000 bonus miles for new members of Emirates Skywards. VALIDITY Ongoing. TERMS AND CONDITIONS Fly within six months of joining Emirates Skywards, for travel on Emirates marketed and operated flights. INFO It’s always depressing to stare at the “0” miles or points on a brand-new frequent flyer programme account. Luckily, Emirates is offering new members of its Skywards programme bonus miles once they travel on their first flight with the Gulf carrier. Those booked in economy will receive 2,500 miles upon completing their first flight, while passengers in business and first will receive 3,500 and 5,000 miles respectively.   QATAR AIRWAYS DEAL Attractive fares and triple Qmiles for customers flying out of Hong Kong. VALIDITY Travel valid between January 19 and December 15. TERMS AND CONDITIONS Bookings until January 17, and triple Qmiles valid for bookings made through the Qatar Airways website. Book through the airline's Hong Kong website and enter the Promo code "QRTFHK" to receive an extra 5 per cent discount. INFO As part of its “Travel Festival” deal, Qatar Airways is offering a range of exclusively designed packages including discounts of up to 45 per cent, companion fare 2-for-1 tickets, family and group discounts, and triple Qmiles for bookings made through its official website. Visit to learn more.


Round trip in

Economy Class

Round trip in

Business Class


Athens, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Geneva, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Birmingham, London, Rome, and much more

HK$1,940 up

HK$18,620 up

Middle East

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Oman, and much more

HK$2,820 up

HK$17,990 up


Casablanca, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Cairo, and much more

HK$3,010 up

HK$21,000 up

America and

South America

Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, New York, Washington, and much more

HK$4,930 up

HK$38,710 up

Indian Ocean


HK$2,660 up

HK$17,450 up   UNITED AIRLINES DEAL Status match challenge, which allows top-tier members of other frequent flyer programmes to receive equivalent status on United’s Mileage Plus. VALIDITY Requests have to be made before March 31. TERMS AND CONDITIONS Offer is not valid for members who have participated in the One Pass or Mileage Plus status match programme within the last five years. INFO Members who choose to take up the challenge will have to first earn a certain number of Premier qualifying miles (PQM) or Premier qualifying segments (PQS) on flights operated by United or United Express within a 90-day period. The number of PQM or PQS that must be earned depends on the Premier status level that each individual is matched to in Mileage Plus. Applicants must also hold an existing tier level on another eligible frequent flyer programme.

Mileage Plus Premier status

PQM or PQS requirements

Premier Silver

Fly 7,000 PQM or 8 PQS on flights operated by United or United Express

Premier Gold

Fly 12,500 PQM or 15 PQS on flights operated by United or United Express

Premier Platinum

Fly 18,000 PQM or 22 PQS on flights operated by United or United Express   QANTAS AIRWAYS DEAL Reduced points and surcharges for economy awards. VALIDITY Ongoing. TERMS AND CONDITIONS Applies for eligible return Qantas economy classic flight rewards that fall within zones 4-10 of its network. See here for the 2016 redemption table. INFO The Flying Kangaroo has reduced the amount of Qantas Points and carrier charges required for selected flight rewards. The new scheme also applies to those by its partner airlines, including American Airlines, Emirates and Fiji Airways. Example:

For bookings made on and from Jan 6, 2016:

For bookings made before Jan 6, 2016:


Qantas Points


Qantas Points


Perth and Singapore





Brisbane and Hong Kong





Melbourne and Los Angeles





Sydney and London (Heathrow)




A$848.18   AMERICAN AIRLINES DEAL Earn up to 50 per cent bonus miles when you purchase AAdvantage miles. VALIDITY Until January 29. TERMS AND CONDITIONS A minimum of 5,000 miles must be bought and members can only purchase up to 150,000 miles per year. INFO Buy AAdvantage miles and receive up to 50 per cent more. Users must log into their AAdvantage accounts and visit the “Buy Miles” page. The more miles purchased, the higher the bonus rate. Do note that purchased miles do not contribute towards tier status.

Miles purchased


Percentage of bonus miles

5,000 – 14,000


Up to 20 per cent

15,000 – 24,000


Up to 33.3 per cent

25,000 – 49,000


Up to 40 per cent

50,000 – 69,000


Up to 45 per cent

70,000 – 99,000


Up to 50 per cent

100,000 – 150,000


Up to 50 per cent Clement Huang
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