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    Covid Travel Insurance?

    Thanks for these. I had a look at both of them, the cover for getting Covid is good but they specifically exclude cover for interruptions where a government enacts restrictions. Which is probably the bigger risk, so not very helpful :(
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    Covid Travel Insurance?

    Hi, I'm (very) cautiously hoping that international travel will start again next year. But there is one key thing I haven't seen mentioned in the talk about vaccination rates, international borders, quarantine options etc. That is will there be travel insurance available that covers...
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    What’s your favourite souvenir?

    I have a collection of fridge magnets - small, inexpensive, easy to carry, not too fragile - and every time I go to the fridge I'm reminded of many of the places I've been lucky enough to go to :)
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    JFK Transit times

    You also now have the option of the TWA Hotel, which is the only one inside the airport precinct (www.twahotel.com). Reviews on Trip Advisor are a bit mixed but seems to be a good option for a one night stay, particularly if you have any interest in aviation history/design.
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    HKG Transit Ideas

    Two of us have just booked flights to Europe for next July and will have a 7 hour transit stop in HKG. Looking for ideas on how best to use the time. We land at 17:20 and depart at 00:25. it's a day flight from Melbourne so we won't be needing to sleep. We're flying in on Qantas in J and out on...
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    Advice on BA reservation, please

    With QF Gold or above you can call and do the seat selection when you have booked the flight. I did mine several months ahead at no charge.
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    Advice on BA reservation, please

    Just note that while your status gets you advance seat selection for free, you can’t do this via their website. You need to call them, their operators can see your status (if you’ve included your QF number in the booking) and will do it for you.
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    KUL Lounge? [SG/sapphire lounge options]

    Hi All, Next month I'm coming back from Europe and have an overnight stop at KUL (Sama Sama hotel). Just wondering what the lounge options are like for the morning departure. I leave at 0920 on Malaysian in J and am currently QF Gold. There seem to be multiple lounges at KUL, keen for any...
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    Premium economy to London

    In the past Finnair offered a combination fare, Y from AUS to Asia on a daytime flight, then J for the long haul overnight flight to Europe. Same on the return.. Price was in between Y and J. I believe they don't advertise them much on their website, so maybe call them direct or try a TA.
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    US to Sydney - Jan 2020

    True, though I'm actually leaving the day school goes back so possibly not a factor on the outbound flight. On the inbound the surprise for me was getting seats in First and there was nothing in business. As I say, all rather random.
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    US to Sydney - Jan 2020

    It's incredibly random. I'm going MEL-LAX later in January 2020 and was only able to get two business award seats via BNE, but returning two weeks later up popped two award seats in First on the A380. You really just have to get in early and take what's there.
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    LAX Connection Questions

    Thanks serfty, always appreciated. Is the "TBIT transit security" different to the regular security if you enter TBIT from outside? Also should I expect/need to ask for any sort of fast lane/express pass somewhere along the way that might speed things up?
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    LAX Connection Questions

    Hi Brains Trust, Next February I'll be flying MEX-LAX with AA, due to land at 19:00, then connecting to QF at 23:00 for the A380 LAX-MEL. I'm wondering what the process is with making the connection. The AA flight lands at TBIT so no change of terminal, but not sure what the situation will...
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    LHR Transit

    Great, many thanks for the information. Will see what happens when I check in at MEL.
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    LHR Transit

    Hi, Next month I'm flying into LHR from MEL in J on the Dreamliner via Perth. I land at Terminal 3 just after 05:00, then have a BA flight to BCN also from Terminal 3 leaving at 09:30, but on a separate booking. Can anyone tell me how I do the transit? Never done one like this at LHR. I'm QF...
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