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  • Using your iPhone overseas and avoiding massive data charges

    Many of our members travel overseas and many (probably even more!) of our members have an iPhone. So the obvious question is how to safely use your iPhone while overseas and avoid excessive data charges.

    And yes, there are some horror stories. Quoting just a few members:
    After a $900 phone bill from optus I learnt my lesson
    I recently returned from a trip to New York to a $1600 data a bill
    by the time we got home the bill had amounted to $6,200
    I am also one of the unlucky people who came home to a hefty bill for $6,200
    One solution is to leave your iPhone at home. But then you would miss out as the iPhone (over free WiFi) can be a great help in your travels.

    Unbelievably, there is no master "data off" switch, so if you decide to take your phone and you wish to avoid excessive data charges, you need to be proactive. Our memberís discus various strategies including:
    • Replace your regular SIM with a local SIM
    • Turn off 3G
    • Turn off Data Roaming
    • Avoid using Calendar and "push" mail
    • Get your carrier to block all data at their end
    • Turn your iPhone into an iPod by setting it to Airplane Mode and then turning WiFi back on
    Each of these strategies have their own advantages (and disadvantages), so its best to read the full discussion HERE.
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    Re: Priority Checked Baggage - What a joke !

    As a WP I checked in a Tagged bag at Tulla self check a few weeks ago. It must have been part of a larger major stuff up on Mel to Bne flights as it was not there on arrival Brisbane. It was finally...

    pauleg Today, 12:13 PM Go to last post

    Re: Does partner airline 'status' show on boarding passes?.....

    I'm VA Gold and my Delta boarding passes had my membership # and VA GOLD written on them FWIW.

    kaelo Today, 12:11 PM Go to last post

    Re: Westpac Singapore KrisFlyer Credit Card

    I think the decimal point is in the wrong place for cents though (correct for $)

    andye Today, 12:09 PM Go to last post

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    No way to transfer Amex Business Accelerator or Diners to QF either but both accumulate well to SPG with potential OW transfer options of BA/CX/JAL/QR/AA/AB (AS & EK too)-some worthwhile, others less...

    andye Today, 12:05 PM Go to last post

    Re: Can't get long haul J seats with points. Sound familiar?

    I am a Canadian living in Oz. My family tend to come on AC and I can confirm that the Aeroplan system is lousy, at least for J class. It appears Aeroplan has two J seats on each flight and that's it....

    Pat2065 Today, 12:00 PM Go to last post

    Re: OneWorld RTW 140k/280k - $Dollar Cost

    The UK departure tax only applies if the stopover is greater than 24 hours.

    But if you are flying out of LHR, there's a good chance it'll be on BA, which means high fuel surcharges. So it may be a...

    Mattg Today, 11:52 AM Go to last post

    Re: Priority Checked Baggage - What a joke !

    Same here. Whilst I have not been flying QF (mainly SQ and some MH), I find my luggage arrives in Euro ports first out having the removable tape affixed, but not so in Australia. Mind you, not...

    prozac Today, 11:47 AM Go to last post

    Re: Analytics of QF LOYALTY

    Yet for all that Woolies fails to offer me enticing discounts. Money well spent? Perhaps not

    medhead Today, 11:33 AM Go to last post

    Re: OneWorld RTW 140k/280k - $Dollar Cost

    This year will be my third 280k award, first time taxes/fines have come in under $1,000.

    2013 9 sectors $1,400 - hit with APD @ LHR as connection was 26 hours
    2014 8 sectors $1,300 - connection @...

    snabbu Today, 11:30 AM Go to last post

    Re: OneWorld RTW 140k/280k - $Dollar Cost

    I did a 140K Y trip last year with legs on QF, MH, JL, BA & AA. Taxes etc. came to just over $1300. This is probably at the upper end of the spectrum though as the legs on BA and to a lessor extent...

    Mattg Today, 11:24 AM Go to last post
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