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  1. BensAdventures

    ExpertFlyer Question

    UPGRADE CAME THROUGH! Yeah, I'm platinum and my colleague (Silver) was linked on my booked and he got upgraded too. So relieved. Sitting masked up for 14 hours, going though pre-tests, preparing docs etc, was not something I was overly excited about, but now I feel much better!
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    ExpertFlyer Question

    U is 0, but I,D,C & J are all sitting at 9. Let's see! 1635458721 Cheers. It's a business trip anyway, so using points for an upgrade is fine, but I'll need to pay the base fare with $$.
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    ExpertFlyer Question

    Ok, I'm on of those flyers on here that jumped at a trip o/s as soon as the borders opened. I have a major industry event on the 2nd November in the USA, so booked a flight to LAX with QF on the 1st. My question relates to ExpertFlyer. I'm new to using this tool, but 2 days again there were...
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    Status Extensions Beyond 2022

    Exactly. Mate that seemed to escalate quickly. As for earning the traditional way, I think me spending close enough to 100 nights a year (sometimes more) in Marriott properties across the world is fairly traditional. Those nights were virtually all $$ bookings too, no credit card points...
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    Status Extensions Beyond 2022

    Yeah, they were one of the last! 1628735999 Yeah, forgot about FT, I'm out of practice with all these lockdowns! I wonder though that with those in the US able to more freely travel, their extensions might be harder to justify.
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    Status Extensions Beyond 2022

    Really? I thought it would be obvious, but I'll elaborate further. Since we are unable to travel, we can't meet the nights requirement, hence status would be extended further. Qantas have just done exactly that. It would be scenario that applies on a country by country basis though.
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    Status Extensions Beyond 2022

    Anyone heard anything about Status extensions beyond Feb 2022? I've been Platinum SPG/Titanium Elite with Marriott for years, but almost exclusively from international travel, being stuck like virtually everyone else, there is no way I'll get almost any bookings before Feb next year at this...
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    The C word, R U OK?

    I'm genuinely hopeful about June/July, based on nothing but the strength of resilience of people during rough times, April/May though will be tough. Trying to keep a touch of positivity for the future! :)
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    The C word, R U OK?

    Least you had a form to fill out, on the 16th at 6am, there was nothing except a standard one-pager that I'm sure had been given out for weeks (on targeted flights) and nothing new. I'm into my 7th day of isolation, and it's no fun, but it's not that bad either. I can't see what you're seeing...
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    The C word, R U OK?

    I was in Manila when the city wide lock down was announced, I left to fly out of Clark instead knowing Manila would be crazy. Ended up having that flight cancelled and rushed back into Manila 3 hours before the lock down took hold. I travel all year round it feels like, but the feeling of "how...
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    PR J BNE/MEL/PER/SYD return (min.2) A$1545 - 1580

    Thanks for the reminder, I saw the email, but forgot to look. Just booked 2 x J with PR for August for $3K. MEL-CEB then MNL to MEL. Adding CEB-MNL was going to add $800 in J ($400 each).
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    MH J KUL to Australia from $722 return

    Such a shame, no! I've had sub $1000 return in J to MEL in the past, but nothing for ages...
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    JQ30 BKK-SYD Gets Cancelled Two Days in a row

    I travel almost constantly, so the chance for a direct flight, or a flight with a decent points/SC earn meant that I used JQ a bit. Twice cancelled on the direct flight out of DPS... Both times at least I got the QF to SYD, then onto MEL. They say once bitten, twice shy... well I'm now so far...
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    JQ30 BKK-SYD Gets Cancelled Two Days in a row

    I think it was a lot about the time of the year, but they wouldn't confirm on the phone if any of the QF flights had seats, they just kept repeating they have no way to get me there...
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    JQ30 BKK-SYD Gets Cancelled Two Days in a row

    I was booked JQ MEL-SIN-BKK Boxing Day morning only have the Jetstar text me at nearly 11pm Christmas day to say the flight to SIN had been delayed... by 21 hours! Surely that's a cancellation in the real world. After nearly an hour on the phone then only option they could come up with for me...
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    UL (Sri Lankan) CGK-DXB/MCT or MCT/DXB-CGK J

    It's back...nice! I have booked it in past for around $800, but haven't seen that for ages!
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    Earning SPG on events

    I got some great results from some events a few years ago when I had 20+ rooms booked, so on top of my own points, nights etc, I got some good 'bonus' points. Unless you run lots of events, it's not brilliant, but indeed... better than nothing!
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    PR bidding for Upgrades

    Good result! I flew PR business from BKK-MNL recently on their lie flat (almost) seats and found it a good experience for a mid level airline.
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    Do you ever think you fly "too much" ?

    Agree about the 3 week mark.... I get to 2.5 weeks regularly and that seems workable, cross over to 3 weeks and I'm very keen to get home to the puppy.... and the kids... in that order! :)
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    Buying Asia Based Business or PE fares to EUR

    That's all good in theory, but I regularly buy return J fares from Asia to Australia return for around $2000 (sometimes less), and added to a QR or AY flight from BKK (or soon to be CMB with direct UL flights there) to Europe, for around $2500 (when I can) is a massive saving. I'm lucky...
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