Is anyone else commuting?

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  1. Commuter

    Commuter Active Member

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    Just wondering if anyone else is commuting by air (not necessarily every day, but every week, for instance)?
     

  2. Kiwi Flyer

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    Not now but I used to. One or two round trips every week.
     
  3. Ikara

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    I have a National role for a major Australian Company and live in Adelaide. I (typically) leave Adelaide on a Tuesday morning and get back on Friday afternoon. I don't do "sparrow fart" flights and I'm back home for tea on Friday. I know these numbers don't add up , but you'll get the drift. I usually do 2 weeks a month in Melbourne, 2 weeks in Sydney and 1 week in Brisbane. Perth is about one in every 2 - 3 months.

    Got the best of both worlds - live in Adelaide and work in Australia.
     
  4. shillard

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    Back in the day, I'd often commute daily NTL-SYD-NTL on QF1647/ 1648 - the QF Link 717 services. There were half a dozen guys who literally did it every day - I would 1-3 times a week, either getting the train or driving the other days. At $49-$69 for a red e-deal on those flights, it was points and SCs aplenty for me.

    Sadly, with the arrival of DeathStar, they were kaput. Aeroduck (OT) still offers such a service.

    Now most of my work travel is to MEL or BNE, both frequently serviced by direct flights out of NTL, so the SYD connection isn't such a big deal for me.

    For most of 2005 I would do a day in Melbourne every week, down and back the same day.
     
  5. SeatBackForward

    SeatBackForward Established Member

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    Planes are glorified buses these days anyhow.
     
  6. oz_mark

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    Living in Perth and working in Canberra for a while, I did a weekly return trip (which was how I got to platinum in the first place). At the time there were no direct between PER and CBR, so was always via somewhere.
     
  7. SeatBackForward

    SeatBackForward Established Member

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    My companys policy of cheapest available flights and therefore half the credit points (if any) makes commuting twice as painful.
     
  8. Commuter

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    That sounds like a rather painful commute!

    SeatBackForward the only thing 'glorified' about the plane ride in comparison to a bus ride is the price. :D
     
  9. oz_mark

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    And on discount economy tickets it is a lot of flying to get to platinum. At the time I usually got 60 SC for the round trip. Usually went PER/SYD/CBR and return was CBR/ADL/PER.
     
  10. Commuter

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    It is, isn't it.

    Some of the time, the difference between the available discount economy and the FlexiSaver is about $100 and it may be worthwhile for me to start using FlexiSaver on those occasions (if I remember correctly, FlexiSaver is counted as a full economy on domestic?).
     
  11. oz_mark

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    Flexi-Save is now counted as Full Economy. I would need to check, but when I was doing most of my commutes to Canberra I think it actually had to be Y class to be counted as full economy.
     
  12. SeatBackForward

    SeatBackForward Established Member

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    My approach to my employers regarding the "cheapest fare" policy is that I remind them about the rules. No cancellation or refunds, and no changes less than 24hrs. That means:

    1) I leave early to the airport so no hanging back for extra meetings or finishing off tasks I'm working on.

    2) If for any reason I am delayed, they have to forefeit the discount ticket AND pay the fare required to get me home on the next available flight (usually a full fare at the last moment). Because i'm not hanging around for the next discount fare to suit them.

    At least that way I get the flights that I am booked on, or the flexible fares..
     
  13. Commuter

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    I don't even get to remind the employer of the rules, since I foot the bill for commuting!
     
  14. oz_mark

    oz_mark Enthusiast

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    Things change constantly depending on what the finance people and accountants are focussing on as the latest cost to try and manage. I think airfares are a little off the radar at the moment as my recent flights have booked into 'B'.
     
  15. Commuter

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    I thought so. Thanks for the confirmation. I might start travelling on FlexiSaver if it looks like I'll miss out of Platinum (I think I'll make it in another 6-9 months by just travelling on discount economy, but it might be a bit of a close shave). I'm getting an average of 120 SCs per month, so it's cutting it somewhat fine, although my planned visit overseas in J should bump it up quite nicely (but depends on the leave and workload).
     
  16. Yada Yada

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    So Adelaide is not in Australia any more. :( :-| ;)
     
  17. GDSman

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    I live in Hobart and work in Sydney - not much fun since QF all but pulled out of the route....
     
  18. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

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    I actually thought about commuting once.

    I've done some university study at one of the fine Melbourne universities.

    If I continued on, then I would be required to attend once per week. Seriously gave thought to flying down and back every week to finish things off.

    Once I figured out the cost and the eventual tax rebates, I realised that this really wasn't the best option to get the degree I wanted. But it still remains an option one day -- especially if I can convince work to pay for it :D

    (BTW, the course I was doing is not offered where I am, so it does have merit!)
     
  19. serfty

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    For a six week period and a three Month period in 1994 and 1996 respectively, I commuted from MEL-SYD on Sundays and back Friday evenings.

    Just wish I had the LT SC's from those flights..... :rolleyes:
     
  20. NM

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    #20 NM, Jul 11, 2006
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    For about 6 months (back in 2001 I think) I was commuting between BNE and DFW. It was 2 weeks there and 2 weeks home each month. Did wonders for helping me achieve QF LTG status as each trip was a DONE4 (non-optimised in order to get back home in the quickest possible time).
     
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