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  1. albatross710

    Scheduling pre-departure tests on a business trip

    thanks for the feedback MEL_traveller & Must...Fly. I included the continue to circulate phrase as it doesn't make sense for the delays in the testing regime. Getting the tests as close as possible to departure is good and probably worth the extra fee. Going to be a fun year.
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    50SC on offer with BP

    happy that the 50 SC have landed. for me, the BP promo gave me an opportunity to try 5 service stations that I would not have otherwise visited. Using Motormouth fuel price monitoring, on each of the 5 x $50 spends BP was at the higher end of the price range for the area, so 20c-30c more per...
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    Scheduling pre-departure tests on a business trip

    Now that things are looking much more likely that we (AFF members) can get overseas and back soon, how does the PCR testing fit into a work schedule? Let's assume by the time I leave Qld has acceptable return requiremetns. Let's say I want to do two weeks in California, start visiting clients...
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    50 SC for signing up to Qantas Health Insurance

    thanks for that. here's my analysis for a minimum singles Qld policy. so, taking the extras only Lifestyle package for 9 weeks (assuming I'll have to leave a day or so leeway) is 1.1c/point + 50SC. In the back of my mind I know my travel plans up to the requal date. I'll be either well over...
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    50 SC for signing up to Qantas Health Insurance

    so if I take up the minimum extras cover without hospital it displays as $38.78/month. The signup shows 6,000 bonus Qantas Points. I don't see any further mention of the 50SC though. Is it any policy that gets the SC or only specific combinations?
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    2022 travel plans

    I have a Las Vegas convention that was held annually in the second half of April. It got delayed, delayed then cancelled last year, this year to was delayed and held now this month of October but supposedly minimal attendance Cannot quite make it. So assuming 2022 it is back to April it will...
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    Legal question : Who runs quarantine anyway?

    thanks for the info. it will be interesting in the post-covid years to see if any changes are made. the quarantine word had me stuck. I know that Brisbane as a colony had it's own quarantine island near the mouth of the river. WA & Qld will face serious pressure when everyone else is...
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    Legal question : Who runs quarantine anyway?

    Like many of us here we can see the pleasure and pain of the interstate hotel quarantine system. It seems to be teetering towards more painful at the moment here in Qld. The Constitution says COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA CONSTITUTION ACT - SECT 51 Legislative powers of the Parliament [see Notes...
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    leadership coach for small businesses?

    The coaching business is well established as an industry I think. Key to getting started is (according to Michael Dell) finding a customer. Find a customer whom has respect for what you have already achieved and get them onboard. Use a pricing model that coaches already have, monthly retainer...
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    Business travel to UK?

    they are possibly sitting in some UK country pub enjoy a kidney pie. Any feedback on the exemption process from @mhh
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    Business travel to UK?

    is there any news from the original (or active current) applicants in this thread about their travel exemption applications. feels like things are becoming eminent.
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    What hotel booking conditions are you accepting?

    After posting this original post, I called the venues directly. AirBNb was out due to their policy A real estate holidays rental was still pushing "subject to owner", so they were off. Breakfree Caloundra - pay up front with booking, in the event of a lock down, can be rebooked to other dates...
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    Customer led vaccine revolution

    I think the customer driven movement will continue. While filling up with fuel (BP of course on the way to 50 SC) I was pondering the fate of interstate truckers. Would they be more likely to use a Goondiwindi, Dubbo, Gilgandra servo if that servo promoted that all its staff were double...
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    What hotel booking conditions are you accepting?

    thanks for the replies so far. It's both. If vooking 2-3 weeks in advances for a7 day bookings: a) travel restriction could be imposed prior to arrival, so will to arrival. b) have arrived, restrictions imposed in the holiday area and therefore wish to depart as unable to use any of the resort...
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    What hotel booking conditions are you accepting?

    I'm looking at taking Mrs Albatross away for a few days in middle of September here in Qld. I'm happy to pay in advance provided there are reasonable 'covid' aka 'lockdown' cancellation conditions. ie if the state /area is in lockdown and we cannot travel then I don't want to be paying for an...
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    What Do You Do When You First Arrive at a Travel Destination?

    buy a local sim and use local data rates and local phone number for working with local businesses.
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    Lets say, if QFF started to use voice authentication/voice recognition to avoid fraud on your account, would you accept it/use it?

    on what basis are you saying this. the deep fakes show how easy it is to to fool a human but fooling the technology is not so easy. I'm tired of organisations thinking that my name and DOB is a security measure. I accept Qantas online has text confirmation Virgin Mobile had some voice...
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    VA axes ‘Fly Ahead’ for Gold frequent flyers

    Ok, I see the misunderstanding. Yes, they are currently pricing themselves as a middle-market supplier. As a business strategy that will not be successful based on Michael Porter's analysis. This exact same problem was discussed on this Forum when faced by Virgin Blue in 2009 and defended by a...
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    VA axes ‘Fly Ahead’ for Gold frequent flyers

    To clarify, the middle market doesn't exist. Bain are not pursuing it. They are pursuing JQ. They will milk their perceived premium while they can but they are not investing in new premium features. Look past the PR and the soothing words. Look to the growing list of LCC 'enhancements'. They...
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    VA axes ‘Fly Ahead’ for Gold frequent flyers

    I think Harvard's Michael Porter described the danger of this strategy as being "stuck in the middle". They are offering nothing of value to be priced above JQ and not enough coverage to gain the premium pricing of QF. This was the original problem with Virgin Blue they were successful by...
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