Originally Posted by Qantas
Just over a year ago, Qantas changed the rules of access for Platinums from "any time access" to limited access (albeit with still more lenient conditions compared to Golds). With the excuse of a F Lounge run and in commiseration of the "loss" of flexibility, the ATA Wake was created.
This trip report details the second of these wakes, and the first since the official removal of ATA (the previous Wake was just before its removal). Given I needed a break and a good excuse to meet friends, I joined in.
This is a trip report and only a trip report. Please do not turn this into another debate about ATA, its removal or ATA and Virgin.
As I was saying, it was a great excuse to get together with friends. These FL runs of late have been fairly large, and it's great to have more AFFers join in and have a good time with good company. The even more amazing thing was the Platinum numbers swelling the "ranks". As suggested by the trip report title, no longer do we have the problem of finding "enough Platinums" so those that want to attend can get into the F Lounge. Now, it's a case of, "if you want access, there'll be someone there".
There will also be someone to help you get into the lounge quicker than the simple T-3 hours. Oh how we have become an increasingly savvy bunch........
There was an additional incentive for me to fly this weekend. I booked a JASA this weekend which, combined with my 50% more status credits promo, allowed me to get enough to retain Platinum for another year.
* Apologies to the Jackson 5 for the title