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Recent content by Nooks

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    Singapore Reward "Rip-off" [Surprised by Award Price Increase]

    A quick follow up. I ended up paying the full number of points and tickets are booked. I did try to see if I could amend the post name (I agree now that the "Rip Off" heading is too harsh. Would have been at least more appropriate to add a question mark afterwards which is what I was trying to...
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    Singapore Reward "Rip-off" [Surprised by Award Price Increase]

    I do have the points with AMEX (fortunately), but had those earmarked for other things.
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    Singapore Reward "Rip-off" [Surprised by Award Price Increase]

    Hi Hossein, thanks for the alternative view. I'm still trying to process whether I'm being unreasonable. The 40,000 extra points for making the call 7 hours late hurts, especially when I could have made the call yesterday with the points all ready to go if I knew this was the outcome. Perhaps I...
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    Singapore Reward "Rip-off" [Surprised by Award Price Increase]

    Thanks. If only they'd told me, I would have made the call earlier. I'd done everything else right... I guess that's what I'm frustrated about, no clear disclosure. Whilst they'd disclosed the devaluation well online etc, I thought since I'd made the booking beforehand, I'd locked in the old...
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    Singapore Reward "Rip-off" [Surprised by Award Price Increase]

    After searching for months, I finally managed to get my dream booking. Our family of 5 from SYD to SIN return on business class. I reserved the flights on Saturday the 19th of January at a total cost of 580,000 miles via phone (since I didn't have the points in my account at the time). At the...
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    How best to use Ascent Premium Points

    Thanks Matt, that's really helpful. Preference is to not completely burn the points (ie. waste them), but begin to use what I've accrued and to minimise the cash spend. Departing Sydney on an Emirates flight using Qantas points has the bonus of being able to access Qantas's first class lounge...
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    How best to use Ascent Premium Points

    Good questions and things to consider. Flying from Sydney.
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    How best to use Ascent Premium Points

    Thanks team . We've got a fair bit of flexibility on dates. On some of the possible dates I can see SQ first class availability on the way there. Getting back seems a bit harder to find availability so I might need to look at changing the day to fly back (does it often make a difference what day...
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    How best to use Ascent Premium Points

    I'm turning 40 and been collecting points for a couple of years. I have 370,000 Amex Ascent Premium points, 500,000 Velocity Points and 50,000 Qantas points (a refund from a failed 1st Class Emirates flight after they cancelled flying their A380 from Sydney to Auckland last year)... I'm looking...
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    Emirates (Qantas codeshare) flight SYD to AKL downgrade. What would you do?

    It wasn't so much an expectation, more of a hope. I may well be wrong (having never flown first class), but I can't imagine that much of a difference on the short flight (there's only so much you can eat and drink). Going to the lounge was going to be as much of a highlight as the flight itself...
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    Emirates (Qantas codeshare) flight SYD to AKL downgrade. What would you do?

    Qantas actually called me this afternoon (a pleasant change from being on hold for an hour on the weekend). In the end, I had to take the points refund. They did offer to re-route via Brisbane or Melbourne however since they are early flights, it would have required a Friday night flight and...
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    Emirates (Qantas codeshare) flight SYD to AKL downgrade. What would you do?

    I had booked a classic reward for my wife and I on the Emirates A380 from SYD to AKL due to fly in October 2017 in first class. I twas going to be our first time ever (and last for a while) in first class. I've just heard that Emirates have decided not to use their A380 from mid-July (due to...
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    Impact on using Velocity points to fly Singapore Airlines

    Will the changes to Krisflyer points on the 23rd of March 2017 impact booking the same Singapore flights using Velocity Points? Was keen to book a flight to Singapore with a mate but he doesn't have enough points yet and won't get enough in the next week. I was planning on using Velocity points...
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    Cheaper to use Velocity or convert to Krisflyer points to fly SYD-SIN in J

    Sorry, you are right, was in a rush. My point was that it's a very effective use of points rather than paying more cash (8.81c is well above the average cost of acquiring Velocity points - even paying the ATO). Even if points transfers are instant, is it not still cheaper to book the same...
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    Cheaper to use Velocity or convert to Krisflyer points to fly SYD-SIN in J

    I was wanting to book a return flight from Sydney to Singapore in business class using Velocity points. From what I can see, it will cost 130,000 velocity points + $147.53 AUD if I book via Virgin. It will cost 93,500 Krisflyer miles + $480.04 AUD through Singapore Airlines (assuming it is...
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