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  1. Beano

    You can't keep a good thing down

    Just watched the video. Last thing I want to see on the concourse! Then again I'm Qantas all the way, mostly unless it's EK. Anecdotally once asked for brandy on an EK flight. Should have known better. Sorry sir, no brandy, will cognac do? I'll say!!
  2. Beano

    Frequent flying as a consultant

    Youv'e essentially got to like travelling and be prepared to travel out of work hours without extra pay, and perhaps do some work while travelling; what else is there to do on a plane. When I travel with my wife on holiday she would not take kindly to me working, which I have done, once working...
  3. Beano

    Frequent flying as a consultant

    Some people regard travel for work as a perk, however it is done. If you can get a good deal then go for it, but best not to push too hard, and hope to keep your air miles (point, dollars).
  4. Beano

    Frequent flying as a consultant

    If you are an independent contractor you should be able to make your own rules. J at least, car hire, 4*+ hotel, AYCE & D (work that one out) etc as long as you bring in the money. One client asked me to go to the Philippines at short notice in December which was is a difficult to arrange...
  5. Beano

    Frequent flying as a consultant

    I agree. Early evening or late afternoon flights, but I get to chose the airline anyway, usually QF, or at least when prices are similar. One conditions is not to arrive in a city later than say 10pm because I start at 6 am the next day. 1604891990 Check out boarding queues. I'm sure there is a...
  6. Beano

    Frequent flying as a consultant

    I've done enough business travel to achieve LTG, but mostly QP in the last few years. This year my drive (flight) to retain QP has been stalled as no intentional travel. I remember 4 am starts from NZ to be at a meeting in Sydney for 9 am, then return the same evening to get home at 1:00 am...
  7. Beano

    Digital Passenger Declaration

    Got to make sure you have the cable as well and not locked in the checked bags.
  8. Beano

    What was your best or worst birthday while travelling?

    Birthday is near Christmas so last flights of the season is usually mid Dec before the Christmas rush. On two occasions been given a bottle of champagne and plastic bag of Lindor chocs respectively.
  9. Beano

    Digital Passenger Declaration

    Personally I would welcome the digital card but hopefully they don't make all entries mandatory. I don't usually enter phone and email details in the handwritten card. If pressed I give an International landline or an non-accessible international mobile number. If it is about tracing someone...
  10. Beano

    Digital Passenger Declaration

    o what if you don't have a mobile phone, or at least not have a smart phone-they are still out there-, and don't have a computer of any description? Will there be kiosks at airports to help you fill in a form? Perhaps paper will still exist for a while.
  11. Beano

    New Zealand Travel Bubble Announcement

    Thanks. Not much good for me. a State capital each day for a week is my limit.
  12. Beano

    Less Corporate Travel Long Term?

    Travel from NZ to NSW and NT now possible so returning Ozzies are happy, but no return without quarantine so it will be some time before I can travel. Flights only from Auckland and Christchurch so makes it more costly if you live in Wellington. Still not sure if entry to NSW opens up the...
  13. Beano

    Less Corporate Travel Long Term?

    I thought entry to SA needed 14 days quarantine.
  14. Beano

    Less Corporate Travel Long Term?

    I agree with the training. I've been involved with webinars and they are a very sterile environments, though I have used an occasional Youtube video to learn how to service the carburetor on my chainsaw. On international travel, my son's partner works for US software company in NZ. Even...
  15. Beano

    Less Corporate Travel Long Term?

    The article on AFF identifies only two types of travel, 1, those who do it for the joy of travelling and 2, those who treat it as a burden but must travel because of their expertise. I am in another category. I travel because of my expertise and enjoy it. There must be other shades of...
  16. Beano

    New Zealand Travel Bubble Announcement

    Eagerly awaited. Qantas are offering flights from and to Christchurch and Auckland. I still don't know if an international visitor arrives in NSW and NT, they can the travel to the other states allowing travel from NSW and NT? PS NZ election is 17 October.
  17. Beano

    Drron takes on the DPRT aka he's off to Tassie again.

    Are you sure they are snowdrops, galanthus nivalis, or snowflake, or perhaps onion weed?
  18. Beano

    Does anywhere in Sydney exchange withdrawn foreign bank notes

    Late last year I returned to the uK for a family meeting and tried to get change from some bank notes from a from a bank. I was told the notes were no longer current and I would need to have a bank acount with them to change them, After some dicussion they agreed to change them for the new...
  19. Beano

    Which Emirates lounge in DUBAI as QF Platinum

    You will know when you get there but pre Covid WP could use the First lounge. I was there October 2019 travelling Y.
  20. Beano

    What's the best unexpected gift you have received while travelling?

    The kindness of strangers can never be underestimated or under appreciated. In many cases it is impossible to reciprocate so the best thing would be to Pay it forward.
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