You've probably heard the myths that dressing up, arriving at the airport early or flattering the check-in staff will help you get an upgrade. This advice is repeated time and time again in trashy "news" articles. But the reality is, airlines are extremely unlikely to give away free upgrades just because there are seats available - even if you ask nicely. I often see … [Read more...]
Travel etiquette is always a controversial topic on the Australian Frequent Flyer forums. Be it a discussion about dress code in airport lounges, or the pros and cons of lowering your seat on the flight.
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Strategic seat selection can make all the difference between a comfortable flight and a torturous experience in a cramped middle seat. That's why many frequent flyers spend a lot of time and effort researching aircraft configurations and choosing the best seat on the plane. When travelling as a couple, aircraft with pairs of neighbouring seats are ideal. There's one window … [Read more...]
We've all had flights delayed by passengers that have failed to board. Just last week, this caused an AFF member's flight from Los Angeles to Sydney to depart more than an hour late. This member subsequently missed their connecting flight to Perth and a family reunion. This is certainly not the first time a passenger has failed to show up, and it won't be the last! Somehow, … [Read more...]
When flying Business class, is a day or night flight preferable? Business class flights command a significant price premium over Economy. While some pay the premium to ensure a good night's sleep on board, others prefer to fly during the day and maximise the experience. Our members are in two camps when it comes to day or night flights. 43% of members say they prefer to … [Read more...]
For most of us, posting holiday snaps on social media is simply a way to keep in touch with family and friends. But some travel bloggers are requesting thousands of dollars worth of freebies in exchange for posts. An AFF member has shared an email sent recently by a self-proclaimed "luxury travel influencer" to the manager of a famous hotel. The travel blogger begins by … [Read more...]