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  1. Moopere

    Virgin to lose A330's and B777's - become mid range airline - really?

    I got hooked by this blog post: https://www.australianfrequentflyer.com.au/virgin-australia-post-covid-plan/ If that ends up proving true and VA fly a fleet of 737's with ticketing cheaper than QF but more expensive than JQ how much interest is left here at AFF to even bother? As a Western...
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    VA A330's almost completely gone from PER-BNE/SYD/MEL during June '17?

    This might have been posted about already. Had a quick look though and couldn't see anything about it. I'm probing about for a flight in early June PER-CNS and noticed right away that the PER-BNE legs are all 73H ... yikes! Its a reasonably long flight to BNE from PER so wasn't going to do...
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    H Garden Inn - Kowloon HKG

    Anyone stayed at this new hotel yet? I'm considering it for a HKG trip in a week but Tripadvisor reports are basically panning it - poor service being the main complaint. I've never stayed at a HGI anywhere so don't know what the deal is with them. Whilst DT and HH are quite closely...
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    Trouble interpreting flight upgrade rules

    Hello knowledgeable SQ flyers. I seem to always struggle to interpret meaning with relation to SQ upgrades for some reason. My latest effort is price/FF/SC comparison for an upcoming flight PER-KUL (one leg SQ and one MI). On the relevant entry web page for upgrades this is stated: "For...
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    Argh! No reasonable way to earn SC's to DPS

    Be careful what you wish for heh, I remember well having quite a whinge here last year when I took VA PER-DPS in J on a 737. Have had a busy year so far and haven't been paying attention - VA now doesn't seem to fly to DPS at all. All the routes are Tiger, at prices very reminiscent of VA...
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    I don't understand the SQ awards upgrade chart

    I'm feeling dull this morning and can't work out what I am looking at in the Y->J points upgrade table from SQ. Heres a bit to help with my question: The different coloured rows refer to what? The legend at the top right says that pink = saver, orange = Standard and Blue = Full .... but...
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    Hilton Yield Management - I've got to learn to do better

    This short tale is about Hilton SYD, but I've noticed the same behaviour at HSW as well. The short of it is, I'm really kicking myself. Been watching H-SYD for about 2 months as I'm planning a SYD trip end of JAN. As has been the case for over a year now, pricing for distant bookings is...
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    Conrad Bali stay coming up - taxi from DPS ok?

    Lived in PER for decades now but have never made the hop over to DPS before. Going to fix that soon :) Normally, when I first visit a new spot I'm inclined to getting an airport transfer car from the hotel, tends to remove stress when I don't know whats going on. Once I get a feel for a place...
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    IHG or Marriott?

    Hi Folks, Got a bit of an out of the ordinary travel schedule approaching this year and next which will see me travelling out to far north east China, Heilongjiang (think 4 hours NE of Beijing). Sounds interesting and cold :) Anyway, I'm a 95% HH guy normally, but theres nothing this far out...
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    WorldHotels group - Harbour Grand Kowloon (Hong Kong)

    Thought I'd jot down a few notes on a recent stay at the Harbour Grand Kowloon in Hong Kong - not to be confused with the Harbour Grand Hong Kong (not in Kowloon) I'm normally a loyal hilton customer but needed to dash to HKG with almost no notice for a week in late January and the Conrad was...
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    VA Gold recognition on SQ - positive result

    Thought I'd post a recent experience for the benefit of others. PER-SIN-HKG return I booked via VA on an SQ codeshare. Price in full flex was pretty steep, but this was my issue as I had no time to plan and dates were fixed. SQ offers a 'flexi saver' variant on Flexi tickets which are...
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    Gold status upgrades from Executive rooms

    I'm looking for some anecdotal evidence from those who might habitually book and stay in Executive rooms at Hilton properties and hold Gold HH status, particularly, but not only, in Australia - do you still tend to get an upgrade to .... I guess a suite? Even if not a suite, do you more often...
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    Yield Management - I'll never understand it

    Trying to get up to CNS from PER in November. Trying to work in the transcon as a J upgrade from Flexi and noticed its actually cheaper for me to buy a flexi CNS-BNE-PER ($411) than BNE-PER ($569) for the same flight number on the same day out of BNE ... 73H J never excites me so no interest...
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    Elite Continental Breakfast?

    Mmmm. I find it an interesting argument for the extra fee for 'downstairs' breakfasts that one sometimes get told about - I don't think, logically, that it makes sense for status holders, at least not so long as you stick to the continental idea anyway. My logic goes like this: I"m gold, so...
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    Credit Card Earn Comparison Table

    I've been meaning to do this for a long time for myself, but seems equally valid to build up and maintain a table of comparison here for more general use. Note that all the information below should be considered out of date on any given day ... do you own research. The numbers in the columns...
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    Refund of points on a cancelled Points or points and pay booking?

    Did a google search of this forum and can't come up with much. Anyone know what happens to your HH points when you cancel either a P+P or straight rewards booking? Assuming of course that one cancels before the properties cut-off time for such things? What I'm reading on the Hilton site...
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    Hilton SYD - busy until DEC?

    I'm scanning Hilton SYD looking for reasonably priced opportunity for a FRI/SAT/SUN any time from now but it seems like the hotel must be constantly booked through to late DEC as cheapest rooms are coming up at over $300 a night and for many weekend stays at over 450/n right through AUG-DEC...
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    Change in sign-on TC relating to bonus points?

    Has this wording been in place for ages and I've just not been paying attention? I'm seeing this on every Amex card I care to look at. Am on the hunt for some sign on points + a new Amex card and the above wording seems pretty clear and unambiguous - if I get another Amex to join my current...
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    Need opinions - cards that earn greater than 1 airline point/$

    Hi folks, Looking for options. In a few days I'll be cancelling my Amex Velocity Plat. Its been a fine card for a year with a good sign on bonus, free flight, etc, but most importantly, 1.5 Velocity points / $ for _everything_. Its going to change in a couple of months to 0.5 Vpoints/$ for...
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    ANZ rewards card - decent replacement for Amex Velocity Plat?

    Oops - deleted Made an interpretation error on the ANZ web site - redemption of points is _bad_
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