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How I scored $1,000 AUD value with Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts

American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts provides a range of exclusive benefits to Amex Platinum cardholders who book through the programme. The valuable ‘add-ons’ on offer typically include a room upgrade when available, …

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Amex Platinum Card: How to obtain over $3,000 value in the first year

Amex Platinum Card: How to obtain over $3,000 value in the first year

The American Express Platinum Card unlocks an array of valuable rewards for cardholders in the know. With perks like global lounge access and hotel benefits, an Amex Platinum Travel credit and more, the …

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Qantas Double Status Credit offer – 2019 (CLOSED)

Status runners rejoice – Qantas has just released a double status credits promotion! Read on to find out how you can participate in this offer and fast track your way to elite Qantas Frequent …

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Essential Guide to the Accor Plus programme

Fancy a free night’s stay, up to 50% savings when you dine out plus a fast track to elite hotel membership status? These are all perks that you can access with a shiny …

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How to obtain instant elite hotel status

Accor Hotels has a strong presence in New Zealand and the greater Oceania region, with an extensive network of hotels. However, obtaining elite gold status with Accor Le Club usually requires a significant …

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Top travel apps for savvy adventurers

There is a multitude of apps out there that can be used to help you plan and embark on travel. But which ones are worth using? Read on for our comprehensive round-up of …

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How to choose the right suitcase for smart travel

How to choose the right suitcase for smart travel

Choosing the right luggage for your travels can be difficult, but it’s important to get it right. There’s nothing more frustrating than having your zip burst open while you’re trying to move a …

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Experience: Five day trips from Auckland

Five day trips from Auckland you need to experience

Auckland isn’t usually considered as an adventure location relative to other parts of New Zealand, such as Queenstown. But it’s the gateway to a large number of excellent destinations.  We’ve curated a selection …

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Introducing Airbnb Referral Program (get $50 travel credit)

While we love the luxury of five-star hotels, sometimes we crave the authenticity and the quirkiness of renting a property directly from a homeowner. Airbnb offers a range of properties around the world …

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General advice to help you travel in style and live smarter

The Upgrade Collective offers general advice to help you travel in style and live smarter.

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