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  1. alien

    alien Member

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    Please Post your AFF Acronyms and Abbreviations here. Also any advice about mistakes/ inclusions/ exclusions appreciated. I can update this post if necessary.


    Qantas/Virgin Australia Status Abbreviation Summary:
    • CLPO: Chairmans Lounge Platinum One
    • CL: Chairmans Lounge
    • WP1: Platininum 1 (Qantas only) (also PO, W!, WP!, ÜW [Über W@nker])
    • WP: W@nker Platinum
    • SG: Scum Gold
    • PG: Partner Gold
    • QP: Qantas Pub (er Club) Member
    • VP: Virgin Pub (er Lounge) Member
    • PS: Plebian Silver
    • NB: Nufin Bronze (Qantas only)
    • NR: Nufin Red (Velocity Only)
    Other:
    (Qantas only)

    • OB: [Old]Blue - Former 3rd Tier Status with Qantas Frequent Flyer Program (Now PS)
    • OG: [Old]Gold - Former 1st Tier Status with Qantas Frequent Flyer Program (Now WP)
    • OS: [Old]Sliver - Former 2nd Tier Status with Qantas Frequent Flyer Program (Now SG)



    oneworld:

    • *O: "oneworld"
    • *E: oneworld Emerald (QF WP, AA EXP, CX Diamond, BAEC Gold etc.)
    • *S: (oneworld context) oneworld Sapphire (QF SG, AA Plat, BAEC Silver, etc.)
    • *R oneworld ruby (QF PS, AA Gold, AEC Silver, etc.)

    Star Alliance:

    • *A: "Star Alliance"
    • *G: Star Alliance Gold (NZ *E/*G etc. ...)
    • *S: (Star Alliance context) Star Alliance Silver (NZ *S etc.)



    AFF (Australian Frequent Flyer) Acronyms & Abbreviations.
    *

    *A: Star Alliance (UA, LH, NZ etc.)
    *O: oneworld Alliance (QF, AA, BA, CX etc.)
    *S: Skyteam Alliance (DL, AF etc.)

    A

    A: Discounted First booking class (see also F)
    AA: American Airlines (see also LOC)
    AACT: AA Candy Thief a.k.a. AA Platinum status member
    AC: Aircraft, also Heavy AC: Very large aircraft e.g. 747, 767 and 777.
    AC: Air Canada
    ADL: Adelaide airport
    AF: Air France
    AFAIK: "As Far As I Know"
    AFF: Australian Frequent Flyer forum - a.k.a. THIS forum.
    AKL: Auckland airport
    ALTEA: An Amadeus product to assist in the planning/loading of Passenger Flights
    AM: Aeromexico
    AMADEUS: A GDS - Qantas use this as their booking system.
    OC: Air Operator’s Certificate (see also OC)
    AONE4: A (Fiirst) ONE (OneWorld Explorer) 4 (4 Continents)
    APEC: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
    APEX: Advance Purchase Excursion fares, usually the lowest available.
    AQ: Aloha Airlines
    AQIS: Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services
    AS: Alaska Airlines
    ASA/ASR: Qantas Frequent Flyer "Any Seat Awards/Rewards"
    - QFF Point redemption bookings that earn QFF points and SC's​
    ATB: Automated ticket/boarding pass (electronically generated).
    ATC: Air Traffic Control
    ATW: Around The World e.g. AA ATW desk
    AVIOS: BA frequent flyer "miles"
    AVML: Asian vegetarian meal
    AVOD: Audio Visual On Demand
    AY: Finnair
    AZ: Alitalia

    B

    B6: Jetblue Airways
    BA: British Airways
    BFOD: Best Fare of The Day - Cheapest fare that is available at the time of booking [could be any carrier]
    BiB: "Butt in Bed" e.g. I earned my Hotel status through BIB stays, I was not Comped!
    BiS: "Butt in Seat" e.g. BIS miles = actual miles flown, excluding bonuses.
    BNE: Brisbane airport
    BNM: "By No Means"
    BR: EVA Airways
    BTC: Business travel Card -as in APEC BTC
    BTW: "By The Way"
    BUTI: "Booking under the "influence" (Seemed like a good idea at the time .., Hic!.)
    BW: BWIA West Indies Airways

    C

    CA: Air China
    CASA: Civil Aviation Safety Authority (a.k.a. CAA)
    CASR: Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (a.k.a. CAR)
    CBR: Canberra airport
    CC: Credit Card
    CI: China Airlines
    CIP: Commercially Important Passenger
    CIR: Circle Pacific fare
    CL: Chairman’s Lounge – QF’s highest member tier/ lounge (also QFCL).
    CL: Crown Lager – "Premium Beer" (some dispute this) available at QP's
    CLPO: Chairmans Lounge Platinum One [Cabin Crew Parlance]
    CNS: Cairns airport
    CO: Continental Airlines
    Comped: Being granted extra-ordinary elite status without achieving normal set criteria.
    COS¹: Class of Service, can be bonuses (e.g. First COS bonus) or lounge access (via First Class).
    COS²: Customer of Size - Passenger who has trouble fitting into a standard WHY seat.
    CRS: Computerized Reservation System
    CS: Customer Service. Add an "A" for Agent or "R" for Rep.
    CTOs: City Ticket Offices, or non-airport airline offices.
    CX: Cathay Pacific Airways
    CZ: China Southern Airlines

    D

    D: Discounted Business booking class (see also J)
    DCIR22: D (Business) CIR (Circle Pacific) 22 (22,000 MPM)
    DJ: Virgin Blue / Virgin Australia
    DL: Delta Air Lines
    DM List: Departure Management list, used by airlines at boarding gates.
    DONE4: D (Business) ONE (OneWorld Explorer) 4 (4 Continents)
    DRW: Darwin airport
    DVT: Deep Vein Thrombosis
    DYKWIA: "Do/Don't You Know Who I Am"? (Generally arrogant in context)

    E

    E+: United's "Economy Plus"
    E-: The remainder of the United Economy section after E+ rows.
    EI: Aer Lingus
    EGR: Electronic Upgrades = "Paperless" upgrades - Also EUG.
    EL: Executive Lounge (Generally found in upmarket hotels)
    EMR
    : Electromagnetic Radiation
    EQM: Elite Qualifying Miles - see also "Q Miles".
    ETA: Electronic Travel Authority
    ETA: Estimated Time of Arrival
    EUG: Electronic upgrades
    EXP: Executive Platinum on American AAdvantage.

    F

    F: Full-fare First booking class OR generic First (see also A)
    FASA: Qantas Frequent Flyer "Any Seat Award" in First class (earns SC's)
    F/O: First Officer, a.k.a. Co-Pilot
    F9: Frontier Airlines
    FA: Flight Attendant
    FAA: Federal Aviation Administration
    FARs: Federal Aviation Regulations
    FF: Frequent Flyer - Also VFF, a Very Frequent Flyer.
    FFP: Frequent Flyer Program
    FI: Icelandair
    FIM: Flight Interrupt Manifest - Instrument between carriers to pay for a seat on another airline in the case of IRROPS
    FL¹: AA Flagship Lounge
    FL²: First CLass lounge (general)
    Flounge: First Class Lounge
    Flounging: Using/Enjoying the benefits of a first class airline lounge
    FOC¹: Free of Charge
    FOC²: "Fear of Coach or Economy class"
    FT: Abbreviation for FlyerTalk at FlyerTalk - The world's most popular frequent flyer community
    FTers: FlyerTalkers -- all members who participate in FlyerTalk forums.
    FWIW: "For What It's Worth"

    G

    GDS: "global distribution system" Major CRS operation that books and sells tickets for airlines
    GHLAM: "Good Hard Look At Myself"
    GP: Gold Passport, the Hyatt frequent stay program.

    H

    HA: Hawaiian Airlines
    HBA: Hobart airport
    HH: Hilton Honors - the Hilton frequent stay program
    HHOK: "Ha Ha Only Kidding"
    HIP: Higher Intermediate Point
    HLO: Hand Luggage Only (Preferred method of many Frequent Flyers)
    HP: Hahn Premium
    HUACA: Hang Up and Call Again - If you're not getting what you want from a Telephone Agent, politely end the call and redial.
    HUPP: "Instant Upgrade" fare available in the USA. "Economy" fare that books into First/Business class. (See YUPP/KUPP)
    HVC: "High Value Customer" - Term used by ailines to indicate those they make the most nett revenue from.
    HWNTBA: "He who needs to be amused" (see SWMBO)

    I

    I: Deep discount (heavily restricted) business booking class (see also J, D)
    (NB: I represents other classes/ codes too e.g. *A business award & upgrade booking code)
    IANAL: I am Not a Lawyer (Disclaimer, generally placed before "But, <legal stuff>"
    IATA: International Air Transport Association
    IB: Iberia
    ICAO: International Civil Aviation Organisation
    IDB: Involuntarily Denied Boarding. Airlines usually offer compensation.
    IFE: In Flight Entertainment (also AVOD IFE)
    IHG: Intercontinental Hotels Group (See PC)
    IIRC: "If I Recall Correctly"
    IKE: "I know everything"
    ILS: Instrument Landing System (bad weather)
    IME: In My Experience
    IMO: "In My Opinion" or
    IMHO -- "In My Humble/Honest Opinion"
    INSPass: A pass allowing expedited passage - US Customs/ Immigration.
    ISTR: "I seem to recall/remember"
    IVML: Indian vegetarian meal

    J

    J: Full-fare Business booking class OR generic Business (see also D)
    JASA: Qantas Frequent Flyer "Any Seat Award" in Business class (earns SC's)
    JI: Midway Airlines
    JL: Japan Airlines
    JM: Air Jamaica
    JR: Aero California
    JQ: Jet Star
    JQi: Jet Star International

    K

    KE: Korean Air
    KL: KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines
    KUPP: "Instant Upgrade" fare available in the USA. "Economy" fare that books into First/Business class. (See HUPP/YUPP)
    KVML: Kosher vegetarian meal

    L

    LA: Lan-Chile
    LAG(S): Liquid(s), Aerosol(s) and Gel(s) - Pertains to travel restrictions
    LCC: Low Cost Carrier
    LH: Lufthansa
    LMAO: "Laughing My @rse Off"
    LM: Lifemiles (Avianca Frequent Flyer Scheme [good for reasonable priced mile purchase for *A award redemptions])
    LO: Lot Polish Airlines
    LOC: (AA's) Lack Of Challenge a.k.a. AA's platinum challenge
    LOL: "Laugh(ing) Out Loud"
    LOTFAP: Land Of The Free And Paranoid a.k.a. The U.S.A.
    LP: Lan Peru
    LX: Swiss International Air Lines
    LY: El Al Israel Airlines

    M


    MA: Malev-Hungarian Airlines
    MCO: Miscellaneous Charge Orders, issued by airlines for ticket refunds etc.
    MCT: Minimum Connection Time
    MEL: Melbourne airport
    MH: Malaysia Airlines
    MHC: Mile High Club
    MPM: Maximum Permitted Mileage (e.g. RTW fares have MPM limits).
    MR¹: Mileage Run, extended flight trip/segments to increase one's FF Miles/Status
    MR²: Mattress Run, multiple stays at hotels to increase one's Hotel Elite Status
    MS: Egyptair
    MSC: Most Significant Carrier-Checked luggage allowance for multi carrier trip - IATA Res.302
    MU: China Eastern Airlines
    MX: Mexicana de Aviacion

    N

    N7: National Airlines
    NB: "Nuthin" Bronze – A Bronze member of QFs FF program (also QFNB).
    NGCI: New Generation Check-in - Qantas' automated domestic check-in system.
    NH: All Nippon Airways, also known as ANA.
    NM: Nelly Mobbs – an infamous AFF & FT member
    NRSA: Non-revenue space available e.g. unpaid airline staff travel.
    NW: Northwest Airlines
    NZ: Air New Zealand

    O

    O7: OzJet
    OB: [Old]Blue - Former 1st Tier Status with Qantas Frequent Flyer Program (Now PS)
    OC: (Air) Operator's Certificate a.k.a. AOC - license to operate aircraft
    O&D: Origins & Destinations
    ODU: On Departure Upgrade - available in QP's for Qantas Domestic flights on eligible fares
    OG: [Old]Gold - Former Top Tier Status with Qantas Frequent Flyer Program (Now WP - sometimes employed by old f@rts who have 5/6 digit QFF numbers)
    OK: Czech Airlines = CSA
    OLCI: On-Line Check In
    OMG: Oh My God e.g. OMG o'clock = very very early.
    OMNI: Anything not related to travel, miles, points, dining, airports etc.
    ONE: OneWorld Explorer fare (also OWE)
    O/W: One way
    OW: One World alliance – Qantas, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, AA etc.
    OWE: OneWorld Explorer fare (also ONE)
    OOL: Gold Coast (cOOLongatta) airport
    OP¹: Original Post - first post of a thread.
    OP²: Original Poster - the person who started the thread.
    Op-up: Short for operational upgrade or Bump.
    OS¹: Austrian Airlines
    OS²: [Old]Sliver - Former 2nd Tier Status with Qantas Frequent Flyer Program (Now SG)
    OT: "Off Topic"
    OTTOMH: "Off the top of my head"
    OWT: Onward Travel
    OZ¹: Asiana Airlines
    Oz/OZ²: Ozstralia!

    P

    PAX: Short for passenger(s). See also SLF.
    PC: Priority Club - Reward/Status scheme for IHG
    PCV: "Perceived Customer Value" a figure calulated by Altea to prioritise passengers.
    PER: Perth airport
    PIFE: Personal In Flight Entertainment (one screen per seat)
    PIN: Personal Identification Number
    PK: Pakistan International Airlines
    PNR: Passenger Name Record, used as a reference to a specific reservation.
    POTUS: President Of The United States of America
    PP: Priority Pass - Paid Airport Lounge access scheme, not Aligned with any Airline
    PR: Philippine Airlines
    PS: "Plebian" Silver – A Silver member of QFs FF program (also QFPS).
    PUTI: Posting under the "influence" (can result in less rational posts than normal - Hic!)

    Q

    QANTAS: Queers And Nymphomaniacs Trained As Stewards*
    Q MILES: Qualifying miles counting towards Elite status - also EQM.
    QC: Qantas Club (see also QP) or Quick Check-in.
    QF: Qantas Airways
    QFCL: Qantas CL member (with access to QF’s Choice Liquor).
    QFF: Qantas Frequent Flyer Program
    QFWP: Qantas "W*nker" Platinum - A platinum member of QFs FF program.
    QFSG: Qantas "Scum" Gold – A Gold member of QFs FF program.
    QFPS: Qantas "Plebian" Silver – A Silver member of QFs FF program.
    QFNB: Qantas "Nuthin" Bronze – A Bronze member of QFs FF program.
    QP: Qantas Pub a.k.a. QC or Qantas airport departure lounges.
    QR: Qatar Airways.

    R

    RG: Varig airlines
    RO: Tarom-Romanian Air Transport
    ROE: Rate Of Exchange
    ROFLMAO: "Rolling On the Floor Laughing My A$$ Off"
    RPT: Regular Public Transport
    RT: Round or Return Trip
    RTFM: "Read The [-]F***ing[/-]Flaming Manual"
    RTW: 'round the World ticket
    RVML: Raw vegetarian meal

    S

    S2: Air Sahara
    SA: South African Airways
    SACL: Sydney Airports Corporation Limited
    SATS: Singapore Airport Terminal Services.
    SC: Status Credit
    SCRUN: Status Credit "Run" - Qantas' version of MR¹
    SFSC: Self Funded Status Chaser
    SG: "Scum" Gold – A Gold member of QFs FF program (also QFSG).
    SK: SAS - Scandinavian Airlines System
    SLF: Self Loading Freight - flight crew lingo for Passengers.
    SN: Sabena airlines
    SO: Significant Other, referring to one’s partner.
    SPG: Starwood Preferred Guest
    SQ: Singapore Airlines
    SR: Status Run
    SSR: Special Service Request in relation to a booking. (e.g. special meal, wheelchair, ...)
    SSSS: Selected for Secondary Security Screening
    ST: Sky Team alliance
    SV: Saudi Arabian airlines
    SWMBO: She Who Must Be Obeyed - Wife/"Other/Better Half"/"The Mrs" (Rumpolesque term)
    SWP: South West Pacific
    SWU: System Wide Upgrade (for any segment in an airline's route system)
    SY: Sun Country Airlines
    SYD: Sydney airport

    T

    T-14: Days before (Velocity) SG and WP could select seats on for Virgin Australia Domestic flights (not applicable since SABRE)
    T-80: The time (or shortly afterwards, 3⅓ days) when seating may get opened up on Qantas domestic flights
    T/O: Take off
    TA: Travel Agent
    TBIT
    : Tom Bradley International Terminal - the main International terminal as LAX (Los Angeles)
    TCP: "To Complete Party" - term used when bookings/PNR's are "linked"
    TG: Thai Airways
    TIX: Short for tickets
    TK: Turkish Airlines
    TODA: Take Off Distance Available - Runway distance available for Takoff after Aircraft lines up to do so
    TP: TAP - Air Portugal
    T-Pac: Trans Pacific
    TR: Trip Report
    TSA: Transportation Security Administration
    TSV: Townsville airport
    TT¹,T-T: Trans-Tasman
    TT²: Tiger Airway (Oz) carrier Prefix
    TWMBO: They Who Must Be Obeyed
    TZ: American Trans Air

    U

    UA: United Airlines
    UC: Upgrade Credit
    UD: Upper Deck on larger aircraft, like the 744.
    UM: Unaccompanied Minor, or a child traveling alone.
    UG: UpGrade - such as from economy to business, or business to first.
    US: US Airways
    USDM: US Airways Dividend Miles - good for reasonably priced mile purchase for award redemptions

    V

    VA: V-Australia or Virgin Australia
    VDB: Voluntary denied boarding, more commonly known as a "bump".
    Velocity: Virgin Australia's Frequren Flyer Scheme
    VFR: Visual Flight Rules (good weather)
    VS: Virgin Atlantic Airways
    VV: Vice versa (Often used here to represent the reverse of a routing)

    W

    WASA: Qantas Frequent Flyer "Any Seat Award" in Premium Economy class (earns SC's)
    WHY - Generic Economy/Coach class - see Y (as in Why am I here?)
    WN: Southwest Airlines
    WP: "W*nker" Platinum - A platinum member of QFs FF program (also QFWP).
    WP1: "W*nker" Platinum - The Uber Elite platinum level of QFF member of QFs FF program (also WP1 or WP[SUB]x3[/SUB]).
    WRT: "With Regards To"
    WTF: What the Fcuk?
    WTMD: Walk Through Metal Detector
    WT+: BA's World Traveller Plus (premium economy class)

    Y

    Y: Full-fare Economy booking class OR generic Economy.
    YASA: Qantas Frequent Flyer "Any Seat Award" in Economy class (earns SC's)
    YGM: "You’ve got mail"
    YGPM: "You've Got Private Mail"
    YMMV: "Your Mileage May Vary"
    YUPP: "Instant Upgrade" fare available in the USA. "Economy" fare that books into First/Business class. (See HUPP/KUPP)
    YV: Mesa Airlines
    YX: Midwest Express

    * This acronym is included for entertainment purposes only and is not intended to cause offence.

    Hi All,

    I was thinking that maybe we could have a sticky thread with all the abrev's and explanations of codes that are commonly used within the forum including all the fare codes. Such as what is RTW, OW, J fares etc etc
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    I've got no idea what most of them are so If the well educated persons in this field could enlighten us all, I believe that this would be of great assistance to all that visit the forum that aren't aware of them.
     
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  2. sully

    sully Member

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    Great ID. I was going WTF at a post which should have had me ROTFLMAO when I logged on here. I had a GHLAM and thought LOL.

    I have no idea what I am talking about BTW. :lol:
     


  3. toetoes

    toetoes Junior Member

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    codes

    There are many types of codes used but some are -

    RTW - round the world

    OW - can be one way or one World

    J - full business

    D- discount business

    Y - full Ecco AKA cattle class

    F - First

    E - Discount Ecco as well as a huge number of others m , k, l, etc

    PM me if I can help
     
  4. dajop

    dajop Senior Member

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    Not too mention the various unofficial abbreviations(generally Qantas specific) you may see on this (and other) boards:

    QP = Qantas Pub, more commonly known as Qantas Club (or QC)
    QC = Quickcheck, not to be confused with QP (although sometimes it is)
    SC = Status Credit
    UC = Upgrade Credit
    N class = usually lowest domestic fare, commonly known as "red-e-deal"
    MR = Mileage Run, where individuals pay money to fly around with sole purpose of accumulating SC's and sometimes miles as well, or route their SYD to MEL fare via Kalamazoo and Timbuktu to pick up extra SC's.

    QF, DJ, JQ, NZ are all airline designators (Qantas, Virgin Blue, Jetstar, Air NZ), with a comprehensive listing at Amadeus.

    Also (although someone else can probably shed some light on what the actual acronyms mean), the following refer to Qantas status:
    WP = Platinum
    SG = Gold
    PS = Silver
    NB = Bronze
     
  5. thadocta

    thadocta Active Member

    This originated on another board.

    We basically had a get together in BrisVegas, were several of us flew in from around the country and got ourselves shattered at the BNE Qantas Pub. During the meeting, it came about that us Gold's are Scum (hence the SG acronym). Us SG's then decided that Platinums were Wankers (hence the WP acronym).

    We then set about finding something to call the Silvers and Bronzes, namely Plebian Silver (PS) and Nuthin Bronze (NB).

    These abbreviations have become quite legendary on that other board. It adds to the quirky nature of the QF forum.

    Dave
     
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  6. redrat

    redrat Member

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    WP - is that whinger platinum? Being a WP, I sometimes resemble that remark. 8)
     
  7. BlacKnox

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    Please Post your AFF Acronyms and Abbreviations here.

    Had an hour spare last night and intended to finish my TR. Alas my notes were at the office so I decided to compile this list. It’s not exhaustive, and I’d appreciate other poster’s contributions to this thread. Hopefully it will be useful for newer members grappling with FF terminology.

    Largely inspired (read stolen) from the FlyerTalk - The world's most popular frequent flyer community glossary.

    Please Post your AFF Acronyms and Abbreviations here. Also any advice about mistakes/ inclusions/ exclusions appreciated. I can update this post if necessary.


    Qantas/Virgin Australia Status Abbreviation Summary:
    • CL: Chairmans Lounge
    • WP1: Platininum 1 (Qantas only) (also PO, W!, WP!, ÜW [Über W@nker])
    • WP: W@nker Platinum
    • SG: Scum Gold
    • PG: Partner Gold
    • QP: Qantas Pub (er Club) Member
    • VP: Virgin Pub (er Lounge) Member
    • PS: Plebian Silver
    • NB: Nufin Bronze (Qantas only)
    • NR: Nufin Red (Velocity Only)
    Other:
    (Qantas only)

    • OB: [Old]Blue - Former 3rd Tier Status with Qantas Frequent Flyer Program (Now PS)
    • OG: [Old]Gold - Former 1st Tier Status with Qantas Frequent Flyer Program (Now WP)
    • OS: [Old]Sliver - Former 2nd Tier Status with Qantas Frequent Flyer Program (Now SG)



    oneworld:

    • *O: "oneworld"
    • *E: oneworld Emerald (QF WP, AA EXP, CX Diamond, BAEC Gold etc.)
    • *S: (oneworld context) oneworld Sapphire (QF SG, AA Plat, BAEC Silver, etc.)
    • *R oneworld ruby (QF PS, AA Gold, AEC Silver, etc.)

    Star Alliance:

    • *A: "Star Alliance"
    • *G: Star Alliance Gold (NZ *E/*G etc. ...)
    • *S: (Star Alliance context) Star Alliance Silver (NZ *S etc.)



    AFF (Australian Frequent Flyer) Acronyms & Abbreviations.
    *

    *A: Star Alliance (UA, LH, NZ etc.)
    *O: oneworld Alliance (QF, AA, BA, CX etc.)
    *S: Skyteam Alliance (DL, AF etc.)

    A

    A: Discounted First booking class (see also F)
    AA: American Airlines (see also LOC)
    AACT: AA Candy Thief a.k.a. AA Platinum status member
    AC: Aircraft, also Heavy AC: Very large aircraft e.g. 747, 767 and 777.
    AC: Air Canada
    ADL: Adelaide airport
    AF: Air France
    AFAIK: "As Far As I Know"
    AFF: Australian Frequent Flyer forum - a.k.a. THIS forum.
    AKL: Auckland airport
    ALTEA: An Amadeus product to assist in the planning/loading of Passenger Flights
    AM: Aeromexico
    AMADEUS: A GDS - Qantas use this as their booking system.
    OC: Air Operator’s Certificate (see also OC)
    AONE4: A (Fiirst) ONE (OneWorld Explorer) 4 (4 Continents)
    APEC: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
    APEX: Advance Purchase Excursion fares, usually the lowest available.
    AQ: Aloha Airlines
    AQIS: Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services
    AS: Alaska Airlines
    ASA/ASR: Qantas Frequent Flyer "Any Seat Awards/Rewards"
    - QFF Point redemption bookings that earn QFF points and SC's
    ATB: Automated ticket/boarding pass (electronically generated).
    ATC: Air Traffic Control
    ATW: Around The World e.g. AA ATW desk
    AVIOS: BA frequent flyer "miles"
    AVML: Asian vegetarian meal
    AVOD: Audio Visual On Demand
    AY: Finnair
    AZ: Alitalia

    B

    B6: Jetblue Airways
    BA: British Airways
    BFOD: Best Fare of The Day - Cheapest fare that is available at the time of booking [could be any carrier]
    BiB: "Butt in Bed" e.g. I earned my Hotel status through BIB stays, I was not Comped!
    BiS: "Butt in Seat" e.g. BIS miles = actual miles flown, excluding bonuses.
    BNE: Brisbane airport
    BNM: "By No Means"
    BR: EVA Airways
    BTC: Business travel Card -as in APEC BTC
    BTW: "By The Way"
    BUTI: "Booking under the "influence" (Seemed like a good idea at the time .., Hic!.)
    BW: BWIA West Indies Airways

    C

    CA: Air China
    CASA: Civil Aviation Safety Authority (a.k.a. CAA)
    CASR: Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (a.k.a. CAR)
    CBR: Canberra airport
    CC: Credit Card
    CI: China Airlines
    CIP: Commercially Important Passenger
    CIR: Circle Pacific fare
    CL: Chairman’s Lounge – QF’s highest member tier/ lounge (also QFCL).
    CL: Crown Lager – "Premium Beer" (some dispute this) available at QP's
    CNS: Cairns airport
    CO: Continental Airlines
    Comped: Being granted extra-ordinary elite status without achieving normal set criteria.
    COS¹: Class of Service, can be bonuses (e.g. First COS bonus) or lounge access (via First Class).
    COS²: Customer of Size - Passenger who has trouble fitting into a standard WHY seat.
    CRS: Computerized Reservation System
    CS: Customer Service. Add an "A" for Agent or "R" for Rep.
    CTOs: City Ticket Offices, or non-airport airline offices.
    CX: Cathay Pacific Airways
    CZ: China Southern Airlines

    D

    D: Discounted Business booking class (see also J)
    DCIR22: D (Business) CIR (Circle Pacific) 22 (22,000 MPM)
    DJ: Virgin Blue / Virgin Australia
    DL: Delta Air Lines
    DM List: Departure Management list, used by airlines at boarding gates.
    DONE4: D (Business) ONE (OneWorld Explorer) 4 (4 Continents)
    DRW: Darwin airport
    DVT: Deep Vein Thrombosis
    DYKWIA: "Do/Don't You Know Who I Am"? (Generally arrogant in context)

    E

    E+: United's "Economy Plus"
    E-: The remainder of the United Economy section after E+ rows.
    EI: Aer Lingus
    EGR: Electronic Upgrades = "Paperless" upgrades - Also EUG.
    EMR: Electromagnetic Radiation
    EQM: Elite Qualifying Miles - see also "Q Miles".
    ETA: Electronic Travel Authority
    ETA: Estimated Time of Arrival
    EUG: Electronic upgrades
    EXP: Executive Platinum on American AAdvantage.

    F

    F: Full-fare First booking class OR generic First (see also A)
    FASA: Qantas Frequent Flyer "Any Seat Award" in First class (earns SC's)
    F/O: First Officer, a.k.a. Co-Pilot
    F9: Frontier Airlines
    FA: Flight Attendant
    FAA: Federal Aviation Administration
    FARs: Federal Aviation Regulations
    FF: Frequent Flyer - Also VFF, a Very Frequent Flyer.
    FFP: Frequent Flyer Program
    FI: Icelandair
    FL¹: AA Flagship Lounge
    FL²: First CLass lounge (general)
    Flounge: First Class Lounge
    Flounging: Using/Enjoying the benefits of a first class airline lounge
    FOC¹: Free of Charge
    FOC²: "Fear of Coach or Economy class"
    FT: Abbreviation for FlyerTalk at FlyerTalk - The world's most popular frequent flyer community
    FTers: FlyerTalkers -- all members who participate in FlyerTalk forums.
    FWIW: "For What It's Worth"

    G

    GDS: "global distribution system" Major CRS operation that books and sells tickets for airlines
    GHLAM: "Good Hard Look At Myself"
    GP: Gold Passport, the Hyatt frequent stay program.

    H

    HA: Hawaiian Airlines
    HBA: Hobart airport
    HH: Hilton Honors - the Hilton frequent stay program
    HHOK: "Ha Ha Only Kidding"
    HIP: Higher Intermediate Point
    HLO: Hand Luggage Only (Preferred method of many Frequent Flyers)
    HP: Hahn Premium
    HUACA: Hang Up and Call Again - If you're not getting what you want from a Telephone Agent, politely end the call and redial.
    HUPP: "Instant Upgrade" fare available in the USA. "Economy" fare that books into First/Business class. (See YUPP/KUPP)
    HVC: "High Value Customer" - Term used by ailines to indicate those they make the most nett revenue from.
    HWNTBA: "He who needs to be amused" (see SWMBO)

    I

    I: Deep discount (heavily restricted) business booking class (see also J, D)
    (NB: I represents other classes/ codes too e.g. *A business award & upgrade booking code)
    IANAL: I am Not a Lawyer (Disclaimer, generally placed before "But, <legal stuff>"
    IATA: International Air Transport Association
    IB: Iberia
    ICAO: International Civil Aviation Organisation
    IDB: Involuntarily Denied Boarding. Airlines usually offer compensation.
    IFE: In Flight Entertainment (also AVOD IFE)
    IHG: Intercontinental Hotels Group (See PC)
    IIRC: "If I Recall Correctly"
    IKE: "I know everything"
    ILS: Instrument Landing System (bad weather)
    IME: In My Experience
    IMO: "In My Opinion" or
    IMHO -- "In My Humble/Honest Opinion"
    INSPass: A pass allowing expedited passage - US Customs/ Immigration.
    ISTR: "I seem to recall/remember"
    IVML: Indian vegetarian meal

    J

    J: Full-fare Business booking class OR generic Business (see also D)
    JASA: Qantas Frequent Flyer "Any Seat Award" in Business class (earns SC's)
    JI: Midway Airlines
    JL: Japan Airlines
    JM: Air Jamaica
    JR: Aero California
    JQ: Jet Star
    JQi: Jet Star International

    K

    KE: Korean Air
    KL: KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines
    KUPP: "Instant Upgrade" fare available in the USA. "Economy" fare that books into First/Business class. (See HUPP/YUPP)
    KVML: Kosher vegetarian meal

    L

    LA: Lan-Chile
    LAG(S): Liquid(s), Aerosol(s) and Gel(s) - Pertains to travel restrictions
    LCC: Low Cost Carrier
    LH: Lufthansa
    LMAO: "Laughing My @rse Off"
    LM: Lifemiles (Avianca Frequent Flyer Scheme [good for reasonable priced mile purchase for *A award redemptions])
    LO: Lot Polish Airlines
    LOC: (AA's) Lack Of Challenge a.k.a. AA's platinum challenge
    LOL: "Laugh(ing) Out Loud"
    LOTFAP: Land Of The Free And Paranoid a.k.a. The U.S.A.
    LP: Lan Peru
    LX: Swiss International Air Lines
    LY: El Al Israel Airlines

    M


    MA: Malev-Hungarian Airlines
    MCO: Miscellaneous Charge Orders, issued by airlines for ticket refunds etc.
    MCT: Minimum Connection Time
    MEL: Melbourne airport
    MH: Malaysia Airlines
    MHC: Mile High Club
    MPM: Maximum Permitted Mileage (e.g. RTW fares have MPM limits).
    MR¹: Mileage Run, extended flight trip/segments to increase one's FF Miles/Status
    MR²: Mattress Run, multiple stays at hotels to increase one's Hotel Elite Status
    MS: Egyptair
    MSC: Most Significant Carrier-Checked luggage allowance for multi carrier trip - IATA Res.302
    MU: China Eastern Airlines
    MX: Mexicana de Aviacion

    N

    N7: National Airlines
    NB: "Nuthin" Bronze – A Bronze member of QFs FF program (also QFNB).
    NGCI: New Generation Check-in - Qantas' automated domestic check-in system.
    NH: All Nippon Airways, also known as ANA.
    NM: Nelly Mobbs – an infamous AFF & FT member
    NRSA: Non-revenue space available e.g. unpaid airline staff travel.
    NW: Northwest Airlines
    NZ: Air New Zealand

    O

    O7: OzJet
    OB: [Old]Blue - Former 1st Tier Status with Qantas Frequent Flyer Program (Now PS)
    OC: (Air) Operator's Certificate a.k.a. AOC - license to operate aircraft
    O&D: Origins & Destinations
    ODU: On Departure Upgrade - available in QP's for Qantas Domestic flights on eligible fares
    OG: [Old]Gold - Former Top Tier Status with Qantas Frequent Flyer Program (Now WP - sometimes employed by old f@rts who have 5/6 digit QFF numbers)
    OK: Czech Airlines = CSA
    OLCI: On-Line Check In
    OMG: Oh My God e.g. OMG o'clock = very very early.
    OMNI: Anything not related to travel, miles, points, dining, airports etc.
    ONE: OneWorld Explorer fare (also OWE)
    O/W: One way
    OW: One World alliance – Qantas, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, AA etc.
    OWE: OneWorld Explorer fare (also ONE)
    OOL: Gold Coast (cOOLongatta) airport
    OP¹: Original Post - first post of a thread.
    OP²: Original Poster - the person who started the thread.
    Op-up: Short for operational upgrade or Bump.
    OS¹: Austrian Airlines
    OS²: [Old]Sliver - Former 2nd Tier Status with Qantas Frequent Flyer Program (Now SG)
    OT: "Off Topic"
    OTTOMH: "Off the top of my head"
    OWT: Onward Travel
    OZ¹: Asiana Airlines
    Oz/OZ²: Ozstralia!

    P

    PAX: Short for passenger(s). See also SLF.
    PC: Priority Club - Reward/Status scheme for IHG
    PCV: "Perceived Customer Value" a figure calulated by Altea to prioritise passengers.
    PER: Perth airport
    PIFE: Personal In Flight Entertainment (one screen per seat)
    PIN: Personal Identification Number
    PK: Pakistan International Airlines
    PNR: Passenger Name Record, used as a reference to a specific reservation.
    POTUS: President Of The United States of America
    PP: Priority Pass - Paid Airport Lounge access scheme, not Aligned with any Airline
    PR: Philippine Airlines
    PS: "Plebian" Silver – A Silver member of QFs FF program (also QFPS).
    PUTI: Posting under the "influence" (can result in less rational posts than normal - Hic!)

    Q

    QANTAS: Queers And Nymphomaniacs Trained As Stewards*
    Q MILES: Qualifying miles counting towards Elite status - also EQM.
    QC: Qantas Club (see also QP) or Quick Check-in.
    QF: Qantas Airways
    QFCL: Qantas CL member (with access to QF’s Choice Liquor).
    QFF: Qantas Frequent Flyer Program
    QFWP: Qantas "W*nker" Platinum - A platinum member of QFs FF program.
    QFSG: Qantas "Scum" Gold – A Gold member of QFs FF program.
    QFPS: Qantas "Plebian" Silver – A Silver member of QFs FF program.
    QFNB: Qantas "Nuthin" Bronze – A Bronze member of QFs FF program.
    QP: Qantas Pub a.k.a. QC or Qantas airport departure lounges.

    R

    RG: Varig airlines
    RO: Tarom-Romanian Air Transport
    ROE: Rate Of Exchange
    ROFLMAO: "Rolling On the Floor Laughing My A$$ Off"
    RPT: Regular Public Transport
    RT: Round or Return Trip
    RTFM: "Read The [-]F***ing[/-]Flaming Manual"
    RTW: 'round the World ticket
    RVML: Raw vegetarian meal

    S

    S2: Air Sahara
    SA: South African Airways
    SACL: Sydney Airports Corporation Limited
    SATS: Singapore Airport Terminal Services.
    SC: Status Credit
    SCRUN: Status Credit "Run" - Qantas' version of MR¹
    SFSC: Self Funded Status Chaser
    SG: "Scum" Gold – A Gold member of QFs FF program (also QFSG).
    SK: SAS - Scandinavian Airlines System
    SLF: Self Loading Freight - flight crew lingo for Passengers.
    SN: Sabena airlines
    SO: Significant Other, referring to one’s partner.
    SPG: Starwood Preferred Guest
    SQ: Singapore Airlines
    SR: Status Run
    SSR: Special Service Request in relation to a booking. (e.g. special meal, wheelchair, ...)
    SSSS: Selected for Secondary Security Screening
    ST: Sky Team alliance
    SV: Saudi Arabian airlines
    SWMBO: She Who Must Be Obeyed - Wife/"Other/Better Half"/"The Mrs" (Rumpolesque term)
    SWP: South West Pacific
    SWU: System Wide Upgrade (for any segment in an airline's route system)
    SY: Sun Country Airlines
    SYD: Sydney airport

    T

    T-14: Days before (Velocity) SG and WP could select seats on for Virgin Australia Domestic flights (not applicable since SABRE)
    T-80: The time (or shortly afterwards, 3⅓ days) when seating may get opened up on Qantas domestic flights
    T/O: Take off
    TA: Travel Agent
    TBIT
    : Tom Bradley International Terminal - the main International terminal as LAX (Los Angeles)
    TCP: "To Complete Party" - term used when bookings/PNR's are "linked"
    TG: Thai Airways
    TIX: Short for tickets
    TK: Turkish Airlines
    TODA: Take Off Distance Available - Runway distance available for Takoff after Aircraft lines up to do so
    TP: TAP - Air Portugal
    T-Pac: Trans Pacific
    TR: Trip Report
    TSA: Transportation Security Administration
    TSV: Townsville airport
    TT¹,T-T: Trans-Tasman
    TT²: Tiger Airway (Oz) carrier Prefix
    TWMBO: They Who Must Be Obeyed
    TZ: American Trans Air

    U

    UA: United Airlines
    UC: Upgrade Credit
    UD: Upper Deck on larger aircraft, like the 744.
    UM: Unaccompanied Minor, or a child traveling alone.
    UG: UpGrade - such as from economy to business, or business to first.
    US: US Airways
    USDM: US Airways Dividend Miles - good for reasonably priced mile purchase for award redemptions

    V

    VA: V-Australia or Virgin Australia
    VDB: Voluntary denied boarding, more commonly known as a "bump".
    Velocity: Virgin Australia's Frequren Flyer Scheme
    VFR: Visual Flight Rules (good weather)
    VS: Virgin Atlantic Airways
    VV: Vice versa (Often used here to represent the reverse of a routing)

    W

    WASA: Qantas Frequent Flyer "Any Seat Award" in Premium Economy class (earns SC's)
    WHY - Generic Economy/Coach class - see Y (as in Why am I here?)
    WN: Southwest Airlines
    WP: "W*nker" Platinum - A platinum member of QFs FF program (also QFWP).
    WP1: "W*nker" Platinum - The Uber Elite platinum level of QFF member of QFs FF program (also WP1 or WP[SUB]x3[/SUB]).
    WRT: "With Regards To"
    WTF: What the Fcuk?
    WTMD: Walk Through Metal Detector
    WT+: BA's World Traveller Plus (premium economy class)

    Y

    Y: Full-fare Economy booking class OR generic Economy.
    YASA: Qantas Frequent Flyer "Any Seat Award" in Economy class (earns SC's)
    YGM: "You’ve got mail"
    YGPM: "You've Got Private Mail"
    YMMV: "Your Mileage May Vary"
    YUPP: "Instant Upgrade" fare available in the USA. "Economy" fare that books into First/Business class. (See HUPP/KUPP)
    YV: Mesa Airlines
    YX: Midwest Express

    * This acronym is included for entertainment purposes only and is not intended to cause offence.
     
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  8. Dave Noble

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    ATW - Around the World, as in the AA ATW desk or ATW tickets
     
  9. QF WP

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    I think this might get advanced to a sticky...excellent work BlacKnox.

    thadocta, thanks for the memories. Shattered :oops: - good word actually (when I remember when leaving looking at the meeting room table groaning with the weight of the numerous empty glasses that once contained HP's). A number of us original members of that BNE QP meet are posters here...but we're all on FT. What a night to be born again :D :wink:

    For those that want to be reminded - here are the link to the explanation of our abbreviations (courtesy of thadocta) (they are shown on Post #1 on the Ultimate Qantas Guide).


    Oh, BTW, YGPM :wink:
     
  10. BlacKnox

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    Thanks for the input Dave Noble and for the kind words & link Lindsay Wilson.

    My previous post will be ammended to include:

    ATW: Around The World
    CL: Chariman's Lounge - also QFCL
    HP: Hahn Premium (how could I forget)
    SFSC: Self Funded Status Chaser.

    Cheers :!:
     
  11. varyingtravel

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    I've seen the following on one post by NM but can't find (or figure out) what they mean:
    DONE4
    DONE3
    DCIR22

    Anyone care to enlighten me?
    thanks
     
  12. Mal

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    Various types of RTW tickets.

    D stands for Business class. Tickets are booked in the "D" fare bucket.
    ONE standards for the OneWorld Exporer
    The number afterwards stands for the number of continents allowed.
    DCIR22 is a Business class Circle Pacific ticket with a max of 22000 nmiles (Fly to america only in a circular fashion).

    This link to Flyertalk might help with a better description of what they all are...
    http://web2.flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=338667
     
  13. Craigo

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    Sure,

    These are all discounted Business Class ('D') fares with Oneworld airlines.

    The DONEx are around the world fares, covering x number of continents. A DONE3 is a three continent ticket (eg Asia, Europe, North America). As we have to transit through Asia, tickets from Australia are a minimum of DONE4.

    The DCIR fare is a 'Circle Pacific' fare, with the number denoting the maximum mileage available under the fare (ie, a DCIRC22 has a maximum mileage for all flights of 22,000 miles).
     
  14. varyingtravel

    varyingtravel Junior Member

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    Thanks Craigo

    I started to think discount business class may have been part of it.. I don't think I'll ever be able to justify paying business class fares for personal travel.. At least until I win lotto!
     
  15. varyingtravel

    varyingtravel Junior Member

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    And thanks to Mal too.. Sorry I missed seeing your post before I replied..
     
  16. Mal

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    Then you would freak at a AONE then :D
     
  17. BlacKnox

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    Good questions varyingtravel and thanks for the replies Mal and Craigo.

    I have edited my original post to include:

    A: Discounted First booking class (see also F)
    CIR: Circle Pacific fare
    D: Discounted Business booking class (see also J)
    DCIR22: D (Business) CIR (Circle Pacific) 22 (22,000 MPM)
    DONE4: D (Business) ONE (OneWorld Explorer) 4 (4 Continents)
    F: Full-fare First booking class OR generic First (see also A)
    J: Full-fare Business booking class OR generic Business (see also D)
    ONE: OneWorld Explorer fare (also OWE)
    OWE: OneWorld Explorer fare (also ONE)
    SWP: South West Pacific
    Y: Full-fare Economy booking class OR generic Economy
    WT+: BA's World Traveller Plus (premium economy class)

    Keep the feedback/ questions coming. I'm sure there's other stuff we've missed :eek: .
     
  18. BlacKnox

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    Something new every day thanks Mal.

    LMAO: Laughing My Ass Off

    Will be added to the list.
     
  19. serfty

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    try this one:

    ROFLMAO is "Rolling on the floor, Laughing My Ass Off" :lol:
     
  20. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    Wouldn't it be tidier to only include airline travel specific abbreviations rather than adding all generally used txt and internet abbreviations

    Dave
     
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