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    QF Business and AA "First"

    Hmm .. thanks! I've done probably 10 circle pacific and RTWs and always been in economy .., through several travel agents. I'll enlighten the new TA I'm using as to the rules. Sigh...
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    QF Business and AA "First"

    Not stricktly a QFF question, but.... I'm booking my often-taken circle pacific fare again, and I'm wondering if there is any way to get the domestic US flights on AA's so-called "first" class instead of cattle class? I've always put up with this as I usually take quite short flights in the US...
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    ANZ FF VISA Platinum card

    I also had this offer, and took it up. At no extra cost (at least in the first year) and some free travel insurance for my domestic trips, so why not? I usually spend less than the cap, so no big deal. But I have to agree, Lindsay . they just don't get it. I like ANZ for my other banking, but...
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    Lightning Strike On Plane

    Can you describe that better? St Elmo's fire is a glow on a surface. Was that the effect, or was this a ball of glowing gas that floated down the aisle? If the latter, then you have my envy. The proper term is 'ball lightning', and I'd have given a (small and very peripheral! :eek:) body part...
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    747 Seats

    Thanks, Kiwi. I didn't mean to denigrate SQ - everyone has their own preferences. I hate the Cathay 1st class seats with almost no padding - I'd probably be happy to pay a premium to be downgraded to business from 1st on Cathay! Oh, well .. I was hoping to do more on SQ, but for my body the...
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    ANZ FF VISA Platinum card

    I had the same offer (and they rang me to confirm .. while I was in Hong Kong, so I get the pleasure of a $5 airtime bill for their advertising .. grrrrrr). Anyway, I basically asked if the points cap was still there, was told yes, and thanked them for reminding me to cancel my ANZ cards (which...
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    New seats etc on 777-300ER

    I hate to be a killjoy, but how will this work economically? If you replace a 2+3+2 with a 1+2+1, assuming the pitch remains the same you have just increased the cost recovery by a multiple of 7/4. Does that mean a business class seat on SIA will be double the price of competing airlines? There...
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    747 Seats

    Are the seats that SIA is currently using on their 744 services out of Sydney the standard seats for all their long haul fliughts? I just got back from a J class trip to HK via SIN. The 744 seats were horrible. Both of my legs were numb after an hour from the high front lip. I was thinking...
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    Join Virgin Atlantic?

    SIA is a Virgin Atlantic partner. From the VA website, you get the same number of tier points Sydney-Singapore on SIA as Sydney-Hong Kong on VA (which means, once you are gold, 3 Syd-Singapore returns a year gets you a partner flight voucher, only valid for redemption on VA) Also, same points...
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    Join Virgin Atlantic?

    Without the double points offer, but with the Gold membership and Amex points, my return Upper Class to HKG netted me 22,900 points for the flight and about 7700 points for the ticket purchase (on an Amex Rewards Maximiser) plus 1,000 points for my hotel stay and another 7,000 points from Amex...
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    Join Virgin Atlantic?

    They gave me gold-for-plat, easy as anything. Doubly worth it if you plan to do three upper class trips to HK in one year, as that will requalify you for FC gold. And you employer or clients will be very happy as you'll probably save them $4,000 that year over QF as well. NOte that they made...
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    Join Virgin Atlantic?

    Per the answer you've already had, I'm a QF Platinum, so maybe that helps. Also, VA's Gold is equivalent to QF Platinum, actually a bit better if anything. They don't really seem to have an equivalent to QF gold, their median tier seems, to me, somewhere between QF gold & silver. They were...
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    Join Virgin Atlantic?

    One other benefit that I missed at first - each time you requalify for Gold status, they issue you a partner voucher. Buy a ticket, partner gets the same free. That's probably worth more than every point earned to me. I'm a QF Plat/PG/LTS, and thought I'd give Virgin a go for the first time. QF...
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    Redeem QF points on Alaska Airlines

    That's exactly the point! Good to hear. The last few years I've had to do Las Vegas - Portland, OR, quite often, and Alaska is pretty much it. I think Alaska is OK. There are lots of worse flying experiences available to you in the USA. I'm not a huge fan of the the MD's either. Can't say I...
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    Need to pay QC joining fee when moving from Gold to Silver??

    While I rarely contribute to this board (sorry), I can definietly contribute on this point! My wife just dropped out of Partner Gold after quite a while, and I got back home last night from a trip to find she had received a letter on this very point from Qantas. I have it with me. Basically...
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