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    Qantas Premium Economy

    I recently flew MEL/LHR (On 747) and LHR/SYD (On A380). All PE (Y+) except for MEL/SIN (lucky enough to get an upgrade to J). Ticket was paid by employer. If it was my money I would rather go in Y and spend the premium $ between Y and Y+ on a good hotel, meals and a massage at the other end. I...
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    What have Qantas done with QF25/26

    Looking at some forward bookings in June and beyond, noticed that QF25/QF26 is no longer a MEL/AKL/LAX and is being replaced by a Jetconnect service to Auckland only. QF25 is showing at dep Melb @ 06:00. There is also another (third) Jetconnect service at 16:10. First 2 flights on 737-400 with...
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    Jetstar: 160kg passenger's flight fury

    CNN.com - Woman squashed by plane passenger - Oct. 22, 2002 Fat People Crash Planes Small plane and extreme case.
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    Hertz/Citylink Rant

    Normally I fill up the car before returning, but was running late for a flight and that is when I noticed the $2.55/L. Off course the full tank pre-pay is competitive and obviously Hertz make money off this by some cars being returned with fuel still in the tank. As far as traffic offences go...
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    Hertz/Citylink Rant

    Recently I had 2 Hertz processing fees (2 x $33) for Sydney Cross City Tunnel. I also had two fines from SCCT (toll plus admin). Fortunately I had a Citylink account (but forgot to call and register the number plate) and was able to prove on the days of the SCCT use that the E-Tag worked...
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    Auckland Int Lounge?

    Yes it has an F Lounge and QP. The F lounge isn't anything special. It is small, out of date and usually gets quite full. The problem with having the new MEL and SYD F lounges is that the older ones now look very ordinary. The beverages are good quality offerings and always a few nibblies...
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    Plat FF and requesting Award Flights

    Also ask the Premium Desk to check availability with Cathay as they are part of the one world group. I wanted 4 Y seats from Rome to MEL next year and there were no classic award flights on QF for the return trip during school holidays. I called the premium desk and they secured these with CX...
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    Hertz #1 club or Avis?

    If you are a member of NRMA, you can also get similar pricing to QFF using Hertz, however the excess in the event of an accident is less with NRMA/RACV/RACQ rates compared to QFF (if you don't take insurance). You can ask them to quote both for a comparison. I've recently taken out an annual...
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    Hotel nr London Heathrow

    Dave Noble is spot on with his info. We stayed at the Marriot (Heathrow and not Windsor) on Bath Rd and caught the normal bus which stops almost in front of this hotel. The Marriot was modern and quite comfortable. For the return journey we caught a cab to T4. Heathrow Hotels London With...
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    New Domestic Business Lounge Open Dates

    I was in the Syd J lounge on Wed pm. There are some laptop benches (the high ones with stools) at the far end of the lounge. At times the Telstra signal was one bar on the wireless signal and at times I couldn't even locate it. Suffice to say, I couldn't log on in that area and I heard others...
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    Qantas Frequent Flyer Changes - Online NOW!!

    From a cynical point of view, I would expect Qantas to reduce the amount of Classic award seats during peak periods eg school holidays, Easter etc. They could still keep the same amount of Classic award seats available per annum (not that anyone knows what this is) but have them more...
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    Qantas Frequent Flyer Changes - Online NOW!!

    On the subject of upgrades, I wonder if there will now be limited upgrade seat availability (where there once was possibilities on some routes) given that previously there were restrictions on the number of award seats available? I use most of my points to upgrade from Y to J on Europe business...
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    QF481 - MEL-PER Trouble?

    Just been informed that QF481 was cancelled due to fog last night and passengers moved to QF485 this morning. The problem is that QF told them it was a 9.55am dep, so now we have to wait for them to turn up when we should have left at 8.25am. So not a 743 issue as such. If there is fog tonight...
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    QF481 - MEL-PER Trouble?

    I'm currently waiting for QF485 MEL-PER for 8.25am dep on a 743. It is running 30mins late but probably due to cancelled flights last night because of the fog. The flight is overbooked and the Qantas desk had already printed a number of boarding passes in advance to prevent some of us missing...
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    anyone been to BA arrivals lounge at T5?

    Maybe they are using the water from the roof as outlined on their website. At least it hasn't been through 5 sets of kidneys like most of London's household water. At Terminal 5 we will be collecting 85% of the rainwater that hits the building and re-using it for non-potable uses, reducing...
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    Qantas A380-01 Pictures

    Re: Qanas A380-01 Pictures I thought Qantas were only having economy on lower deck with F (no confusion for the PAX's between these two classes) and on the upper deck J and PE. With 332 seats in one area, it is probably better to have some visual separation with the colours. They could...
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    Light/Compact Travel Running Shoes

    Whilst exercising in Italy a few tips: Get out early to avoid crowds, pollution and traffic. If you have to cross the road, try to cross with a nun as the likelihood of being runover is substantially reduced. Running is better than walking as it is harder to be robbed, shot, or sold some...
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    International Premium Economy seating

    No they don't hand out any PJ's in Y+. I was given them on the J upgrade outbound. Given the thickness of hte fabric for the J PJ's, if they gave them out in Y+ they would probably be made from Chux superwipe material. I felt a bit uncomfortable heading into the Y cabin to put on the grey...
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    International Premium Economy seating

    I've just completed a SYD-LHR-SYD in PE/Y+ with QF. I used points for upgrade on the outbound flight to J (16A :p) which was pretty good value for 60K. Managed also to travel with my checked bags through LHR Terminal 5 (onto Germany) in both directions which I was somewhat anxious about after...
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    International Premium Economy seating

    The quote from my European employer for WT+ ended up being more that what I could get QF PE for at my end :D . I think the BA ones could have been W fares. Taking into account the dodgy seating arrangment, below par service levels and the expectation (well mine anyway)that QF will be a better PE...
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