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  1. ajd

    Anyone else miss eating real food

    Indeed. I am whatever the opposite of a foodie is called. By my standards, most meals served in Y on non-LCCs are "good food".
  2. ajd

    Difference between Int driving license and Int driving permit

    There is no legitimate document that is actually called an "International Driver's Licence" - it's a common term that is most commonly inadvertently used when they mean to talk about an IDP, and occasionally used by scammers that like to sell documents that look kind of like an IDP but are...
  3. ajd

    Qantas club on sale

    My theory is that it's usually not worth the price QF charges for anyone outside a specific range of, say, 500-600 SCs per year who's just short of Gold (perhaps exceptions for people who are forced to fly OW non-earning buckets, etc etc, or you're flying exclusively BFOD short haul Y...). For...
  4. ajd

    International Driving Permits/Licences

    Did some Googling of random state names until I found one. Michigan requires an IDP if your licence is not issued in English: Michigan Legislature - Section 257.302a and SOS - Where can I obtain an International Driving Permit? I doubt there's going to be any US state that requires an IDP for...
  5. ajd

    International Driving Permits/Licences

    I guess I'm not that surprised that Australia is a destination for road trips. Saw a couple of Polish-registered bikes in Sydney a few months ago...
  6. ajd

    International Driving Permits/Licences

    That's probably it now that you mention! (when you're Australian you don't tend to think much about driving your own car internationally...)
  7. ajd

    International Driving Permits/Licences

    Well yes, obviously the treaty permits IDPs to be issued by an authorised association. I'm curious why the treaty negotiators decided on that, why Australia specifically chose to use that option, and whether there's any actual oversight of the AAA by the government or whether they can just do...
  8. ajd

    International Driving Permits/Licences

    I'd like to know the background as to how the role of IDP issuing ended up being delegated to automobile associations in Australia and the US among other countries. I'd rather either the British approach of contracting it to the Post Office (which has far more outlets around the place than the...
  9. ajd

    International Driving Permits/Licences

    Australia is only a party to the 1949 Convention, which specifies 1 year validity. You're thinking of the 1968 Convention, which allows for up to 3 years. I'm curious why there hasn't been more of an effort to get the remaining 1949 and 1926 only countries onto the 1968 Convention. Though I...
  10. ajd

    Divisive topics unrelated to travel

    Climate change absolutely *is* a travel related subject, and in particular an air travel related one, which is the specific focus of this forum. It's certainly a political and divisive subject, and it's not directly connected with the usual discussions that happen on this forum, but I think it's...
  11. ajd

    Converting to Professionals card?

    Thanks - I'm approaching annual fee next month so I'll give them a ring and see if they can do anything... saving $50 per year would be nice but if they can't it might be time for me to start resetting the 18 month counter...
  12. ajd

    Converting to Professionals card?

    I've just become a member of an association that gives access to the Professionals Amex offering. Anyone know whether it's possible to convert an existing Amex to the Professionals card to take advantage of the lower annual fee? Or do I need to cancel/reapply (in which case I probably won't...
  13. ajd

    Answered Diners Club application processing time

    The key to enjoying Diners Club is low expectations - lower than you thought possible! I suspect they only survive because of existing customers + a few big corporate contracts. (+ the Citi companion cards business, for which still having the DC network is useful)
  14. ajd

    ACCC slams loyalty schemes

    For me, as an educated consumer who has a decent idea how to maximise point value, can keep their points from expiring, etc etc, the privacy and data mining aspect is hugely important. I don't think it is at all obvious that most consumers know and expect companies to use their consumer data in...
  15. ajd

    Answered Diners Club application processing time

    Well, guess what I found in the mail today? A card wrapped in an Express Post envelope, presumably because the CSA I spoke to on 2 days ago noted that I'm flying out tomorrow. Persistence pays off, it seems. Now to check out the lounges at several airports in Europe...
  16. ajd

    Answered Diners Club application processing time

    You're not looking at this through the right lens. The harder the card is to obtain, the sweeter the reward when you finally get there, and the longer the story you can tell over dinner at AFF meetups.
  17. ajd

    Answered Diners Club application processing time

    Overnight got an email telling me that I am now enrolled in electronic statements. I suppose that means I'm approved...
  18. ajd

    What's your company travel policy?

    Y only, for all flights, dom/international no matter what the length (guess who's about to fly to Europe and is looking forward to 40+ hours in the back of a 777?). Very few exceptions, none of which will ever be relevant to me. We book discount by default but can buy flex fares with immediate...
  19. ajd

    Answered Diners Club application processing time

    Been almost 2 weeks since I submitted documents. Phoned them again the day after submitting my docs to confirm it was all in order, and they had to ask me some questions to fix it up to their requirements (confusion over the details of my address). I then went overseas for a week, and got...
  20. ajd

    Answered Diners Club application processing time

    After a phone call yesterday, I finally got an application reference number and an email with the list of required documents. After another phone call today, I sorted out the issues with my supplied documents to their satisfaction. Both occasions their call centre staff very polite. Recorded...
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