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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Monday, 7 June 2021

 The Easiest Way to Disappoint Frequent Flyers
Flight delays, missing luggage, broken in-flight entertainment systems, seat swaps... there are plenty of things that could annoy frequent travellers. But few things seem to upset frequent flyers quite like getting incorrectly denied airport lounge access.

Claim Tax Back with the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)
Whenever you travel overseas (including to New Zealand), you may be able to claim a tax refund for items recently purchased in Australia that you're taking with you.


Best Qantas Credit Card Sign-up Offers
To help you choose a Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card with a great sign-up bonus, we've put together a list of the best offers for June 2021.

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AFF Community Round-Up
Got a question about international travel to/from Australia during COVID-19?
Travel agent and AFF member Alan Lam (a.k.a. madrooster) will join AFF Editor Matt Graham on next Saturday's episode of the AFF on Air podcast to talk about travelling in and out of Australia during the pandemic.

Do you have a question that you would like Alan to answer on the podcast? If so, you are invited to post it in Alan's very helpful Travelling to Australia During COVID-19 (Discussion) thread.
Featured AFF Member Trip Report
From the Clare Valley to the Yorke Peninsular- a 2 week motorhome meander
Trip report by RB | Same as everyone we have been going a bit stir crazy at home, but we appreciate that we have had minimal disruption to our retired life in regional NSW. It is 11 years since our last trip in a motorhome but circumstances led us to look at the possibilities. We have some flights available via an ANZ credit card, some Amex travel credit and use of some good deals at Meriton. read more...
AFF Member Profile
This week we interviewed AFF member 2infinity from Cairns. 2infinity joined Australian Frequent Flyer in 2015 and has so far made 143 posts.

Q: Where did you go on your last trip?
A: Technically my last trip was an overnighter for training in Brisbane, but that doesn't deserve much comment. Instead I'd rather mention my last overseas trip involving Emirates First on a trip to the UK, Iceland and Ireland arriving home on 1st March 2020.

Q: Where will you go when the current travel restrictions are lifted?
A: I'm a bit of a volcano aficionado. I've scooped fresh lava from the Kiluea flows, climbed and visited others in New Zealand, USA, PNG and Sicily, so the recent eruptions in Caribbean, Iceland and Congo pulled at my travel heart strings. But I'm thinking Northern Europe (Norway, Denmark, Sweden) to have another stab at the Aurora Borealis. I don't think I can justify the cost of the Aurora Australis scenic flight from Melbourne in September - the cost of that flight would be the same as flights and 2 weeks in Europe. Yikes.

Q: Favourite airline?
A:  Domestically, the airlines are much for muchness. I mostly fly Qantas, only because I have Qantas Club. Last attempt at going Virgin wasn't fun as they collapsed 2 hours after booking - not impressed. Internationally, I don't really have a favourite airline. Anything on an A380 is usually good. Still good legroom even in economy. My recent long-haul flights have been award bookings in business or first class on Qantas & Emirates, so they have all been good.

I try to avoid second-tier airlines like Jetstar, which have a poor business class product that equates to premium economy on better airlines.

Q: What's one piece of advice you would give to a new AFF member?
A: Using frequent flyer points effectively can be hard. Use the advice and experience on AFF and other forums to get the most out of your points. I've learned about credit card recycling, when award seats become available and that economy awards are a poor use of points, just to name a few things.

My biggest advice is to plan well ahead of time where you want to go (possibly more than 12 months, so you're ready to pounce on premium award seats as soon as they drop) and be flexible. When using FF points, I get my seats first and work the rest of my trip around that.

Q: Favourite thread on AFF?
A: I originally joined AFF to learn about frequent flyer points, so was all over those threads to begin with. But now I float around the site randomly or look at topical things.
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