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  1. Doctore1003

    Project Sunrise: A350 or 777X?

    Reuters is reporting that Boeing engineers have frozen development work on the ultra-long-range version of the 777X, which is in the running for Qantas' Project Sunrise (direct London/NYC flights) along with Airbus' A350-1000ULR. Apparently Boeing's final proposal to Qantas included a...
  2. Doctore1003

    Qantas FF announcement 20 June - "biggest overhaul" in program history

    Just got this media alert for 10.30 am Thursday: "Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer, Alan Joyce together with Qantas Loyalty Chief Executive Officer, Olivia Wirth to announce significant changes to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program – the biggest overhaul to the airline’s loyalty program in...
  3. Doctore1003

    30% off Qantas and Jetstar economy award seats June 2019

    Qantas will be launching a sale at 10:00am (AEST) tomorrow, Thursday 13 June 2019, offering 30% off the Qantas Points required for an Economy Classic Flight Reward on Qantas, Jetstar and Jetstar Asia operated flights with a QF, JQ or 3K flight number for travel between 23 July 2019 and 31 March...
  4. Doctore1003

    Answered Qantas complimentary lounge pass - use without linking to flight?

    Hi all, has anyone had the experience of using a QF lounge pass to enter the lounge without linking the pass to your flight beforehand (as you're now supposed to do)? ie. can you just rock up to the lounge entry and ask to use one of your passes to get in?
  5. Doctore1003

    Qantas releases Dec-Jan award seats and launches Christmas sale

    Qantas says it has released several thousand additional reward seats for travel in Dec-Jan, including in premium cabins. I just did a quick search and indeed saw seats available to places like Hong Kong and LAX, mostly in January. Qantas has also launched a “12 Holidays of Christmas Sale”...
  6. Doctore1003

    Aussies have earned over 1.5 billion Qantas Points through Qantas Wine

    Apparently Australians have earned over 1.5 billion Qantas Points through Qantas Wine since 2011, and one person has earned almost 2 million points on red wine purchases alone! They're probably an AFFer. Raise your hand (glass) if you're here, champ. Australians have earned over 1.5 billion...
  7. Doctore1003

    Amex Referrals: 30,000-60,000 bonus points until 15 August

    Until 15 August, Amex is increasing its referral bonuses to up to 30,000-60,000 points per successful referral. There is the potential to earn up to 400,000 points in total, as the normal annual cap of 200,000 is boosted by a further 200,000 points cap until 15 August. Most bonuses have been...
  8. Doctore1003

    Earn 100 Velocity status credits with the AMEX Velocity Platinum Card

    AMEX and Virgin Australia have announced that holders of the AMEX Velocity Platinum Card can now earn 100 Velocity status credits each year by reaching $50,000 of eligible spending. Eligible spending includes all spending except interest, fees and charges on the account, and cash type purchases...
  9. Doctore1003

    Qantas AMEX Ultimate: 100k bonus + new $450 travel credit; ends 2/10/17

    AMEX has announced that holders of the Qantas AMEX Ultimate Card will get a $450 travel credit each year (replacing the current free flight). Still waiting on confirmation for the exact T&Cs for this perk, but I think it will be more valuable than the current free flight, which is only between...
  10. Doctore1003

    New AMEX Business Explorer card: 100k bonus + 50k annual bonus + 2ppd, ends 2/10

    AMEX has launched an excellent new business credit card, based on its popular Explorer consumer credit card. The earn rate is 2 Membership Rewards Gateway points per dollar (0.5 for govt), with 8 airline transfer partners and 2 hotel partners. Cardholders can get an extra 50k bonus points...
  11. Doctore1003

    Earn 2,000 Qantas Points by updating your contact details with Qantas

    Qantas is moving to 2-factor authentication to improve security for people logging in to Qantas.com. As part of the transition, Qantas is offering customers 2,000 Qantas Points to simply confirm or update their contact details. It takes less than a minute. Simply go to...
  12. Doctore1003

    AMEX Velocity Platinum: 100,000 bonus; increased earn rate of 1.5 ppd; ends 31 July

    AMEX has launched a 100k bonus points offer for its Velocity Platinum card and increased the earn rate for general spending to 1.5 points per dollar (previously 1 ppd). AMEX has also streamlined the points earning categories, and retained the extra 1 ppd for Virgin Australia bookings. The...
  13. Doctore1003

    AFFers on Instagram

    Just wondering if there are any fellow AFFers on Instagram posting travel pics? I recently joined: @thehighlife747 or https://www.instagram.com/thehighlife747/ Not trying to usurp AFF here, but IG is a great platform and seems popular with frequent travellers, so it would be cool to follow...
  14. Doctore1003

    My review: Japan Airlines Boeing 787 business class Sydney to Tokyo

    Hi all, I flew business class with JAL earlier this month just days after it started operating a Dreamliner on the Sydney-Tokyo route. I really enjoyed the flight, especially the dining (when is that ever memorable in business class?) and the excellent service. It really felt like I was...
  15. Doctore1003

    Emirates refreshes its A380 onboard lounge

    Hi all, some pics of the redesigned A380 onboard lounge Emirates is launching this year - a more modern, lighter feel, and extra seating. Emirates revamps its iconic A380 onboard lounge - The High Life
  16. Doctore1003

    The fall of first class, the rise of business and premium economy?

    Hey guys, I know this topic's been discussed here before, but I wrote a thought-piece about it and wanted to get your views and feedback. My opinion is that, though it's a bit sad to see first class in decline, overall the future of premium travel looks bright - especially because of the large...
  17. Doctore1003

    My review of Qantas A380 business class, Dallas to Sydney

    I summarise it as "comfort without flair" (it was actually quite pleasant, other than the lounge at DFW ... ew). After flying Emirates and Cathay Pacific J recently, though, it was hard to be impressed by Qantas' offering. PS. Let me know what you think. I'm rather enjoying this whole travel...
  18. Doctore1003

    Does anyone have a referral for AMEX Business Accelerator?

    I know this card doesn't generally have public bonus offers for sign-ups, but how about a bonus for referrals? If anyone has a referral link, please post it or PM me :)
  19. Doctore1003

    AA/JL First Class (F) from ICN (Seoul) to NYC - AUD$3800 return

    Looks like a great fare - about a quarter of the usual price. Can fly Japan Airlines business class Seoul-Tokyo then FIRST class Tokyo-NYC. Earns 660 Qantas SCs along the way. Great if you can position yourself in Seoul. I just purchased an AMAZING first class fare to New York
  20. Doctore1003

    How/when will bank-issued Amex card points rates change?

    As we all know, from 1 July 2017 bank-issued American Express cards will be subject to a maximum cap of 0.8% for interchange fees, which "should" see a big drop in points earn rates for premium cards. Have any banks actually announced changes to their premium AMEX cards?? My NAB card is still...
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