Sorry about all my blah, Markis10.
I will now go and hide.
hahaha. nah, i think what you posted is good and informative. IMO, using frequent flyer points overseas is not really worth using or practical should i say since you pay huge taxes. i would rather use them for my domestic travels with its cheaper taxes. I will just save more money to buy early bird airfare tickets (which is far cheaper than sale tickets) than use my ff points, and yes i was able to save more than 100K ff points before but when i used them for an urgent and short family trip overseas, i was surprised with the taxes i need to pay. Oh well, i can only wish and hope i can be elevated to a gold pretty soon. Thanks Australiapoochie