Flying to New Zealand in 2021 – AIR059


The trans-Tasman travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand is now well and truly open, and thousands of Aussies have already flocked to New Zealand to take advantage of it. In this episode, Matt chats to Alan Lam from Netwave Travel (a.k.a. madrooster on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum) about the bubble and what you need to know before travelling to New Zealand right now. You can contact Alan by emailing alan[at]netwavetravel[dot]com.

Also in this episode, how you can claim back the GST on items you’ve bought in Australia before leaving the country through the Tourist Refund Scheme. And what happens to your frequent flyer points after you die?

Plus, as always, get a round-up of the most important Australian airline & loyalty program news from the past fortnight.


Episode contents:

  • 1:10 – Fortnightly news round-up
  • 11:55 – Interview with Alan Lam – New Zealand travel bubble
  • 21:38 – Interview with Alan Lam – Australia’s Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)
  • 27:46 – Interview with Alan Lam – Australia bans flights from India
  • 32:10 – What happens to frequent flyer points after you pass away?




Frequent Flyer Gazette articles referenced in the fortnightly news round-up:

Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

You can contact Matt at [email protected]