The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association of Airlines, representing some 240 across the world. Recently IATA published an overview of the 2013 world wide business. “We saw healthy demand growth in 2013 despite the very difficult economic environment. There was a clear improvement trend over the course of the year which bodes well for 2014. … [Read more...]
Airlines, Miles and Points
Airlines, miles and points is a popular topic at the Australian Frequent Flyer. In this category we provide tips, tricks and chat about Qantas, Virgin Australia, non-Australian airlines and the global airline alliances. We also write about the journey itself - the planning and booking, the flight and arrival at your destination.
If you want to dive a bit deeper into Airlines, miles and points you should definitely read our guide on how to fly around the world using the Qantas Oneworld Award.
One of our members is planning a big family trip to Disneyworld in Florida, and asks the question I am looking to take the family to Disneyworld around September. So basically Sydney to Orlando. Assuming I am bronze member in both Frequent Flyer programs, and the money for the flights is roughly the same. We are flying in economy. We are once a year flyers at best. Which … [Read more...]
In a further dissection of "flying etiquette 101", our members this week discuss the lowdown on the when and how of donning pyjamas in the sky. It is a question of etiquette as to whether donning a competing airlines pyjamas is acceptable. One member opines that provided the pyjamas are clean and tidy than the logo on the breast pocket is irrelevant. Another member opts to … [Read more...]
With the sad news this week that another airline, Virgin Atlantic, will be ceasing service to Australia with their own aircraft, our members are left with some questions. Virgin Atlantic's Flying Club has been a little known frequent flyer program to most Australians, but our members have seen significant value in earning and enjoying the perks of membership in many … [Read more...]
One member this week queries whether the extra cash or points are worth the luxury of flying in business class on a Sydney to Perth Flight. For some members, this is a no-brainer and the immediate response is “of course”. The business class experience is undoubtedly better. However, putting a cash or points “value” on that experience is an individual assessment. A more … [Read more...]