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Enjoy a Whole Row to Yourself on a Qantas Flight

Surviving long-haul flights in “cattle class” can be a challenge at the best of times. But there’s now a way to ease the pain and guarantee a whole row to yourself on an international Qantas flight!

Short of an upgrade, there’s not much better than two empty neighbouring seats when you’re stuck in Economy a long international flight. It means you’ll be able to stretch out ...more
Enjoy a Whole Row to Yourself on a Qantas Flight. AFF Editor; 6 hours ago; Categories: Community Insights; Tags: General Travel, Getting Upgraded. Surviving long-haul flights in “cattle class” can be a challenge at the best of times. But there's now a way to ease the pain and guarantee a whole ...
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Flying Around Indochina

Our member coyote25 recently sampled a range of Asian airlines as part of a tour of South-East Asia. Lao Airlines, Thai Smiles and even Qatar Airways were among the airlines flown as our member travelled around the delightful countries of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Flying overseas is always a unique experience, particularly when flying on some of the smaller, lessor-known overseas carriers. One of the airlines ...more
Flying Around Indochina. AFF Editor; 8 hours ago; Categories: Trip Reports & Reviews; Tags: General Travel. Our member coyote25 recently sampled a range of Asian airlines as part of a tour of South-East Asia. Lao Airlines, Thai Smiles and even Qatar Airways were among the airlines flown as our ...
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Redeem Virgin Velocity Points for BP Petrol

In recent weeks, Virgin Australia expanded its frequent flyer program partnership with BP. Virgin Velocity points can now be redeemed for petrol at any BP service station in Australia. This complements the existing ability to earn Velocity points on all BP purchases.

Our members generally welcome new ways to earn and redeem frequent flyer points. However, the majority of our members do not see the value in redeeming Velocity points for petrol …more
Redeem Virgin Velocity Points for BP Petrol. AFF Editor; 7 hours ago; Categories: News & Our Views; Tags: Earn & Redeem Points. In recent weeks, Virgin Australia expanded its frequent flyer program partnership with BP. Virgin Velocity points can now be redeemed for petrol at any BP service ...
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The Best Value Round-the-World Tickets

Did you know that it’s possible to travel around the world for just a little over $2,000? One member discovered this recently while planning a round-the-world trip of their own. This member was researching fares in Economy class, with a preference for oneworld airlines …more
The Best Value Round-the-World Tickets. AFF Editor; 9 hours ago; Categories: Your Questions & Our Answers; Tags: Cheap Airfares. Did you know that it's possible to travel around the world for just a little over $2000? One member discovered this recently while planning a round-the-world trip of ...
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A Trip of “Firsts” to the USA

It may have been a short trip to the United States, but our member Amaroo certainly travelled there in style! Our member flew Qantas First class to Los Angeles, en-route to Las Vegas and New York. But that wasn’t the only “first” on a trip that also saw our member trying out new airport lounges and luxury hotels for the first time …more
A Trip of “Firsts” to the USA. AFF Editor; 7 hours ago; Categories: Trip Reports & Reviews; Tags: Airport Lounges, General Travel. It may have been a short trip to the United States, but our member Amaroo certainly travelled there in style! Our member flew Qantas First class to Los Angeles, ...
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Choosing a Oneworld Frequent Flyer Program

One member is currently trying to determine the best frequent flyer program to use within the oneworld alliance. This member travels three times per year between Australia and the UK in Business class. Status is the most important consideration for this member, however the ease and value of earning & burning points is also a factor …more
Choosing a Oneworld Frequent Flyer Program. AFF Editor; 7 hours ago; Categories: Your Questions & Our Answers; Tags: Frequent Flyer Programs. One member is currently trying to determine the best frequent flyer program to use within the oneworld alliance. This member travels three times per year ...
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Qantas & Emirates in an Unhappy Marriage?

The extensive alliance between Qantas and Emirates has failed to deliver on its promises of improved service and choice for flyers, according to one member. Successive reductions in benefits for Qantas customers flying Emirates are just part of a long list of complaints.

Our members particularly lament the loss of many Qantas international flights. Flights to Europe from Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide were taken over by Emirates when the alliance began. But Emirates does not allow Qantas flyers to upgrade using their points; nor does it offer Premium ...more
Qantas & Emirates in an Unhappy Marriage? AFF Editor; 7 hours ago; Categories: Frequent Flyer Gazette; Tags: Frequent Flyer Programs, General Travel. The extensive alliance between Qantas and Emirates has failed to deliver on its promises of improved service and choice for flyers, according to ...
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Complimentary Qantas Status Renewal

In order to retain status with any airline, you generally need to do a certain amount of flying each year. Qantas Platinum members, for example, need to earn 1,200 status credits each membership year in order to retain that tier.

But it may be possible to renew your status, even if you fall short of the required number of annual flights! “Status comping”, as it’s often referred to on the AFF forum, is an unpublished benefit afforded to some lucky Qantas frequent flyers.

The theory is that Qantas may take into consideration the average number of status credits earned over the previous three years. If your three-year status credit average is above the amount normally required to requalify, then your status may be “comped” for another year. So, if you had a ...more
Complimentary Qantas Status Renewal. AFF Editor; 9 hours ago; Categories: Community Insights; Tags: Frequent Flyer Programs. In order to retain status with any airline, you generally need to do a certain amount of flying each year. Qantas Platinum members, for example, need to earn 1200 status ...
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Deserting your Partner for an Upgrade

Would you accept an upgrade to Business class if it meant you had to desert your partner in Economy?

This dilemma has divided our members. While some would gladly accept the upgrade, others believe that travelling together is more important. One member would prefer to sit with their partner in Economy than alone in the pointy end. Another member would refuse the upgrade, but would offer it to their partner …more
Deserting your Partner for an Upgrade. AFF Editor; 9 hours ago; Categories: Frequent Flyer Gazette; Tags: Getting Upgraded. Would you accept an upgrade to Business class if it meant you had to desert your partner in Economy? This dilemma has divided our members. While some would gladly accept ...
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Virgin Reward Availability Woes

If you’re having trouble using your Virgin Velocity points to book a reward flight, you’re not alone. It appears that the Virgin Australia website is currently displaying very limited reward seat availability, particularly for flights on Etihad and Singapore Airlines.

In many cases, reward flight searches on the Virgin website are bringing up only the more expensive “Any Seat” options. Meanwhile, the cheaper Reward seats are not being displayed. For example, a search …more
Virgin Reward Availability Woes. AFF Editor; 8 hours ago; Categories: Community Insights; Tags: Earn & Redeem Points, Frequent Flyer Programs. If you're having trouble using your Virgin Velocity points to book a reward flight, you're not alone. It appears that the Virgin Australia website is ...
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Airport Parking Scam

One member was in for a rude shock at the end of a recent trip when picking up their car at the airport. The car had been driven 500km since it was dropped off, and a mechanic believes it had even been driven recklessly while the owner was away. This member believes that an employee at an off-site Melbourne Airport carpark “borrowed” the car without permission.

The matter has been taken to the police, however it …more
Airport Parking Scam. AFF Editor; 8 hours ago; Categories: Frequent Flyer Gazette; Tags: General Travel. One member was in for a rude shock at the end of a recent trip when picking up their car at the airport. The car had been driven 500km since it was dropped off, and a mechanic believes it had ...
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The Best Credit Cards with No Forex Fees

If you travel overseas or shop online regularly, a credit card with no foreign transaction fees can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars! Most credit cards charge fees of between 3% and 4% on overseas purchases. But there are a small handful of cards that don’t, making them perfect for frequent travellers.

The 28 Degrees MasterCard and …more
The Best Credit Cards with No Forex Fees. AFF Editor; 9 hours ago; Categories: News & Our Views; Tags: Credit Cards, Earn & Redeem Points. If you travel overseas or shop online regularly, a credit card with no foreign transaction fees can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars!
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