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After arriving from Los Angeles on an absolutely excellent Qantas First Class flight we stretched our legs and headed to the Qantas Business Class lounge in terminal 1. In all honesty, neither of us were really that hungry after eating such great food in flight, but it’d be n
ice to get some wifi, stretch our legs, drink a coffee, and yes – probably eat again because who doesn’t at least have snacks at the lounge even though they’re full.
- When: April 2018
- Where: Melbourne
- Terminal 1, Domestic
- Access: Business Class
- One World Sapphire or equivalent
You’ll check-in on the ground floor, but take an escalator upstairs.
The Business Class lounge is actually at the far end of the Qantas Club so don’t be fooled and sit down too soon – your boarding pass or status can get you into a better area.
You’ll show your boarding pass again here, before entering a more exclusive area that is less crowded and features a bit more option regarding food.
There is one large sitting area and another behind the food
In terms of quality…I didn’t really notice a difference between the Club and the Business Class lounge. In fact, both were nice yet very crowded.
Juices, Fruit, Hot, Cold, snacks, etc. The options were pretty standard for any business class lounge. Nothing to write home about, but nice nonetheless.
Nice lounge to grab a quick bite, put your feet up, use the wifi, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to spend longer in the lounge. If you’re like me and transiting after a long flight…it was a great place to refresh.
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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
In Chase branch: 70k Points after $4k spend in 3 months ( make appt with banker –Information about this card has been collected independently by Monkey Miles. Card issuer is not responsible for the information or accuracy.)
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 80k is a very, very good offer and hit in both 2022 and 2023. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back.
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred® is exceptional starter card and offers transferrable Ultimate Rewards, and pairs well with other Chase cards.
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash® , Ink Business Unlimited® you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.