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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Monday, 21 June 2021

Generous Qantas Club Deal with Bonus Status Credits
Qantas Club airport lounge memberships are on sale until the end of this month, with a waived joining fee (normally $99), 20% off yearly rates and up to 100 bonus status credits available!

How to Avoid Paying to Join Qantas Frequent Flyer
There are plenty of easy ways for Australian & New Zealand residents to avoid paying the Qantas Frequent Flyer joining fee.


Update on Australian State Border Restrictions
Some states have implemented new restrictions on arrivals from parts of Sydney and/or NSW, while Queensland has introduced new border forms.

Popular Threads from the AFF Community
Qantas SA sale flights earn no Business Rewards points
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Qantas makes deal with NSW government to stay in Sydney
Famous people seen (or met) while flying

AFF Community Round-Up
Travelling to Australia During COVID-19 Guide Update
AFF member madrooster has recently completed a comprehensive update to his Travelling to Australia During COVID-19 Guide. It now includes detailed information about the airlines flying to Australia, which types of fares to book to maximise your chances of getting a seat, transit requirements and lots more useful information. If you or someone you know is trying to fly to Australia during this time, this guide is likely to be extremely helpful.
Featured AFF Member Trip Report
Crystalbrook The Kingsley Newcastle
Hotel review by Princess Fiona | Short review and pics of my recent stay. The hotel opened on 9th June and is the newest addition to the Crystalbrook portfolio. read more...
AFF Member Profile
This week we interviewed AFF member Bell21 from Sydney. Bell21 joined Australian Frequent Flyer in 2018 and has so far made 610 posts.

Q: Where did you go on your last trip?
A: I consider myself lucky that we were able to go on our Tasmanian family trip as planned last Xmas. We live in Sydney, and left (as originally scheduled) on 18 December, which was just as things were heating up with Covid cases on the Northern Beaches. If we'd left a day or so later, Tasmania wouldn't have let us in. All in all, a lovely holiday around Tasmania.

Q: Where will you go when the current travel restrictions are lifted?
A: Well, that's a tough one. I'd love to go back to New York, but I think it might take a while before going to the US is feasible. So I'm going to say that we're hoping to go to New Zealand sometime this year if the travel bubble is still OK when we're meant to travel!

Q: Favourite airline?
A: Singapore Airlines. I've only been in the points/travel hobby for 2+ years, so I'm still relatively new, but I've been impressed with SQ. In the past, I only really thought of Qantas for using points and as we know, Qantas has high taxes & restricted J award availability. So I was impressed (pre-pandemic) when I could book multiple Business seats at Xmas with low taxes, utilising an open-jaw and free stopovers - and only 6 months or so in advance of the trip.

Q: What's one piece of advice you would give to a new AFF member?
A: There are so many! It's been a fairly steep learning curve, learning a lot of the ins and outs of "the hobby". I've found the AFF forums such an invaluable place to learn from others. Also, be prepared to talk to lots of call centre operatives and spreadsheets can really be your friend!

Q: Favourite thread on AFF?
A: AMEX Platinum Charge Benefits - Q&A - when I started "the hobby", I never thought I'd pay for an expensive credit card. But as someone without any airline or hotel status originally, it has really been valuable. Unfortunately, it has really devalued itself during the pandemic and is becoming less attractive to many.

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