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  1. Mattg

    Let's talk about the Rex website

    I know a lot of people here have criticised the Virgin Australia website, but has anyone noticed just how terrible Rex's website is? It looks like it's from about 2005... because it is! (The copyright notice even says so.) I guess it (just) gets the job done, so they haven't thought it...
  2. Mattg

    Regional travel within NSW permitted from 1 June

    The NSW government will allow people to travel within the state of NSW from 1 June 2020 for any reason, including holidays. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-20/nsw-coronavirus-travel-restrictions-scrapped/12264926 Anyone else keen to book an intrastate trip?
  3. Mattg

    Skytrax World Airport Awards 2020

    Skytrax has published a list of the best airports of 2020. Here's the top 10: SIN HND DOH ICN MUC HKG NRT NGO AMS KIX No surprise really that 4 of the top 10 airports are in Japan, and 8/10 in Asia! MEL won best airport in Australia/Pacific, coming it at 17th place overall, and ADL won best...
  4. Mattg

    Slater and Gordon class action against travel vouchers

    Slater and Gordon is apparently preparing a class action against airlines and travel companies that have unlawfully refused refunds, instead pushing customers to accept a travel voucher. https://www.slatergordon.com.au/media/travel-vouchers-shouldnt-fly-s-g-prepares-class-actions-for-take-off...
  5. Mattg

    Aeroplan (Air Canada) is now selling miles

    Air Canada's Aeroplan program will start selling miles today. To kick things off, there's a promo offering 115% bonus miles with the first 10 million miles sold. For Altitude members registered for "travel at home", 50% of bought miles will also temporarily count towards attaining the next...
  6. Mattg

    Qantas schedules 747 to Tokyo in October 2020

    Qantas has scheduled a one-off Boeing 747-400ER service from MEL to HND on 19 October 2020 as QF79. (Whether it actually operates then is anyone's guess, however...) Seats are available for $366 one-way in Y, $786 in PE and $1,386 in J. Seats are not available for sale on the return QF80, so...
  7. Mattg

    Saudia is coming to Australia (for one time only)

    Saudia is planning a one-off charter flight from Riyadh to Sydney, returning from Sydney to Dammam, next week. Aircraft will be a Boeing 777-300ER. https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/291069/saudia-schedules-one-time-australia-charter-in-mid-may-2020/
  8. Mattg

    Qantas Frequent Dreamer

    Qantas launched a new campaign this month that it's calling "Qantas Frequent Dreamer". The idea is that even though we can't travel now, we can still dream of where we'll go once the restrictions are lifted... and earn points now to make this happen in the future. It's a clever campaign from...
  9. Mattg

    What aspect of travel do you miss the most?

    As we all sit at home, I was wondering what specific part about not travelling everyone is missing in particular? Personally, I love flying but it's not the reason I travel. What I really miss is meeting interesting people from very difficult cultures, trying local foods/cuisines from all over...
  10. Mattg

    Do Tasmanian Woolworths customers really prefer the "Frequent $hopper Club"?

    For whatever reason, the Woolworths Rewards program does not operate in Tasmania. Instead, there's the Frequent $hopper Club which is not affiliated with Qantas Frequent Flyer. Tasmanians therefore cannot earn Qantas points at Woolworths, nor are they able to take advantage of the current status...
  11. Mattg

    Up to 150,000 points with Qantas Insurance (until 8 May 2020)

    Qantas is offering up to 150k QF points with new health insurance policies until 8 May. Earn up to 125,000 points in the first year, and 25,000 more points for renewing the policy for a second year. I think the full amount of points only comes with the top (i.e. most expensive) policies. Anyone...
  12. Mattg

    What have you found at the bottom of the cupboard?

    Like many of us, I've been cleaning and sorting out some of my old stuff while stuck at home. In the process, I've come across all sorts of airline-related paraphernalia in boxes and at the back of my wardrobe. I'll post some of them below. What have you found while sorting through old stuff at...
  13. Mattg

    Airlines redesign flight attendant uniforms for COVID-19

    We've seen a few airlines designing new flight attendant uniforms that offer more personal protection during the pandemic. AirAsia is the latest, launching bright red PPE suits for their cabin crew: AirAsia put out a press release about this a few days ago and it's been picked up by many...
  14. Mattg

    Thai Airways probably won't bring the 747 back to Sydney

    I know many on here have lamented the old 747s Thai Airways uses on its SYD-BKK flights. This has been great for F award availability (hello, LifeMiles!), but it's a sub-par experience for everyone else. Well, Thai has released a preliminary schedule listing for next year's northern summer...
  15. Mattg

    CX removing fuel surcharges

    Fuel surcharges being removed from Cathay Pacific flights, including awards, from 1 May 2020. https://milelion.com/2020/04/14/cathay-pacific-is-eliminating-fuel-surcharges-from-1-may-2020/
  16. Mattg

    QF SYD-MEL down to 1 flight/day - via CBR on a Dash 8

    Out of curiosity, I just had a look at what Qantas flights are available from Sydney to Melbourne next weekend. On Saturday, there is only one Qantas flight scheduled for the entire day... on a Dash 8, and with a stop in Canberra. SYD-MEL is normally the world's second-busiest air route...
  17. Mattg

    NAB Qantas Rewards & NAB Rewards Classic cards withdrawn

    Looks like the NAB Qantas Rewards credit card (the lowest of the NAB QF Rewards card range with a $95 fee) is no longer available to new customers. https://www.nab.com.au/personal/credit-cards/manage-your-credit-card/nab-qantas-rewards-card The NAB Rewards Classic card (also $95/year) is also...
  18. Mattg

    Citi Prestige Qantas card withdrawn?

    Since the start of this month, Citibank seems to have removed information about the Citi Prestige Qantas card from its website. You now get a 404 error when trying to view the page - Citi Australia Has this card been withdrawn?
  19. Mattg

    What's it like to fly during the COVID-19 lockdown?

    Obviously most of us are staying at home at the moment - and rightly so. But some people still have to travel, and there are still limited flights operating. For anyone that still has to fly right now, what's it like? Most of the airport lounges are closed, and I can imagine that airports (and...
  20. Mattg

    Qantas rewards store implements 2-per-day limit

    This notice now appears on the Qantas Shopping Rewards Store website: Seems to apply to all products, not only gift cards. Doesn't really worry me - I wasn't planning to rush out to redeem my Qantas points for 3 toasters in one day, anyway. I note that Velocity introduced a limit of 1 gift...
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