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    Virgin Australia Financially Safe under Bain?

    Has anyone else noticed how despite all the media time given to the VA alarmists - the sky has not fallen? Meanwhile there seems to be virtually no interest in applying similar scrutiny to Q. Amazing how quiet things have gone with Q - given that QFF points are not cash backed in the slightest...
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    SIA has set the new bar for inflight full service economy

    Well SIA has set the new bar for inflight full service economy (flights less than 4 hours). Personally I like it! Perhaps VA/Bain can reassess down the track. https://milelion.com/2020/11/22/hands-on-singapore-airlines-radical-new-economy-class-meal-concept/ So much simpler, enviro friendly...
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    Australian Consumer Protection Laws and impact on refunds

    A great story illustrating just how effective political donations are in hurting Australians. The article does not go to the "Why?" Australian consumers are not protected but detailed research I did into 'legal' political donations in Australia from the mid 90s to mid 2000s across all levels -...
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    More negative press for Q on not processing refunds

    More negative press for Q on not processing refunds. Still hard to understand why with 20,000 staff stood down they cannot process refunds as fast as overseas airlines have for Austalians, unless the cash shortage is near terminal...
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    COVID-19 and Aged Care in Australia

    Still waiting on Scott Morrison's promise made back in March - for a National Aged Care Industry Covid-19 plan - made just after Dorothy Henderson Lodge made the news. review of dorothy henderson lodge (dhl) covid-19 outbreak agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au › system › files › CT... PDF Dorothy...
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    Velocity 20% transfer bonus (7-20 September 2020)

    Well VAII has not let the grass grow under the tyres.... 20% Bonus offer for transfering points to VFF Now, declaring self-interest, without clear information on if +/or when transfers etc with SIA et al are provided - my trigger finger is not at all itchy. Intriguing choice of partners to...
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    How safe are Qantas Points?

    The story with Velocity seems much better than many posts are thinking above. The loan is described as a 'secured loan' and the Velocity business model has been generating consistent profits since early on. 9 to 10 million relatively active members tied into it throught flying, Coles Group...
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    Has AMEX cut rental car cover on Velocity Platinum

    Maybe my memory is playing tricks on me BUT.... I could have sworn that the Platinum Velocity Amex cc used to provide coverage for rental cars (if paid for flights etc & paid for car rental using same card). For some reason a few days back, I felt that I should check as in Hawaii on the Big...
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    ESTA Validity Period?

    Quick question - does anybody know how long the US Visa Waiver program via ESTA lasts for? I know it is limited to visits for 90 days or less but when does it expire and need to be re-applied for? I'm on to the 5th link and so far no joy in finding any answer.
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    A380 wake upset: business jet at 34,000ft, lost 8,700ft in 32s, plane written off

    Interesting/alarming report on an incident involving a Sydney bound Emirates A380 and a Bombardier Challenger business jet in January. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/a380-wake-upset-inquiry-offset-not-permitted-on-rou-437303/ I cannot imagine how it would feel (even if...
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    Wind Generation and the Electricity Grid

    And so it starts... Note the threat from the SA Govt has worked wonders for Pelican Point (thanks Engi!) Ok - the guessing comp is now open - What will be the max power production we see today Aust-wide?
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    NH Hotels - "Best Price Guarantee" = NO GUARANTEE

    The guarantee that isn't - if you thought insurance claims were bad - NH Hotels make them look easy in comparison. I wanted to book a 4 night stay at this hotel for May 2017 and found that a significantly better rate was offered by Expedia (Euro 289.50) vs NH's (Euro 366.70) for a 'pay on...
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    Middle Eastern Airlines knocked off their perch?

    In an industry mag today they published a shocking chart. Shocking in as much as it shows that going forward the Middle Eastern airlines influence is expected to wane. Perhaps that is why the A380 stretch/NEO discussions were suspended and talks with major US airlines seem to have been...
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    How do you redeem VFF for SQ First (and how do find availability) Europe/Syd ow?

    Now that the dust has settled from the VFF/EY redemption 'enhancements' and we booked 2x J through to Europe as far out as was available on the last day... The homeward leg now needs some work. After a pretty fruitless couple of hours effort (just cannot track down a guide for 1st VFF/SQ...
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    Delta Airlines’ ‘ghost flight’ over Greece sparks panic

    How to lose status and seniority... Delta Airlines pilots asleep: F16 jets scrambled after flight 8957 fails to respond IT WAS just a few hours after EgyptAir flight MS804 vanished from radar, later discovered to have crashed into the Mediterranean Sea killing 66 people. Air traffic...
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    Emirates sues Australians after flying them to wrong destination - OUCH, it is true

    I came across this news article and have been assured it is 100% true. Being a trusting person I then double checked - and it checks out unfortunately. https://www.comcourts.gov.au/file/Federal/P/NSD523/2014/actions Court: Federal Court of Australia, New South Wales Registry Number...
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    Qantas offering $1,810 SYD-LHR Economy return flights starting Jan 2015

    Doing the normal "I wonder whether my airfare purchase got the bottom price for my dates" search and then expanding it to cover a month afterwards revealed that Q is offering very cheap flights. Most are Q to HK then BA to LHR. The few I looked at were A380 for both Q and BA. So cheap that it...
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    FF challenge, SYD-LHR rtn booking 5 adts using AA points purchase bonus offer?

    Being a novice at buying/pooling FF points (AA 30% bonus points offer until June 13) - I am trying to get: 3 adults dep SYD Dec 27 Arr LHR and either dep MUC or LHR Jan 24 arr SYD and 2 adults dep SYD Dec 27 Arr LHR and either dep MUC or LHR Feb 3 arr SYD. Currently have 140,000...
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    FF challenge, AA points purchase bonus offer & SYD-LHR rtn booking

    Being a novice at buying/pooling FF points (AA 30% bonus points offer until June 13) - I am trying to get 3 adults dep SYD Dec 27 Arr LHR and either dep MUC or LHR Jan 24 arr SYD and also 2 adults dep SYD Dec 27 Arr LHR and either dep MUC or LHR Feb 3 arr SYD. Currently have 140,000...
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