Cathay Pacific Has Great Award Availability
Australian Frequent Flyer
by Matt Graham
10h ago
Australian Frequent Flyer Australian Frequent Flyer - Tips, Tricks and Chat for Australian Frequent Flyers Cathay Pacific A350-1000 Business Class. Photo: Cathay Pacific. Struggling to find reward seat availability in Business Class to Asia, Europe or North America on Oneworld airlines? Cathay Pacific may be the answer… if you have Asia Miles. Over recent years, Cathay Pacific has started reserving a lot of Business and First Class award seats on its long-haul routes for its own Cathay members. Gone are the days when you could easily lock in Cathay Pacific Business Class flights up to a year i ..read more
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The Scourge of Invisible Fine Print in Loyalty Programs
Australian Frequent Flyer
by Matt Graham
2d ago
Australian Frequent Flyer Australian Frequent Flyer - Tips, Tricks and Chat for Australian Frequent Flyers Photo: Adobe Stock. Airport lounge access rules and other frequent flyer benefits can be difficult to understand at the best of times. You just have to look at AFF’s Help Desk thread dedicated to lounge access questions which has more than 3,000 posts. It’s bad enough when airline staff incorrectly refuse lounge access because they didn’t follow their own rules. This is one of the easiest ways to piss off frequent flyers as it’s both embarrassing and difficult to compensate for. It’s almo ..read more
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KLM Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Review
Australian Frequent Flyer
by Matt Graham
3d ago
Australian Frequent Flyer Australian Frequent Flyer - Tips, Tricks and Chat for Australian Frequent Flyers KLM Boeing 777-300ER after arrival in Paramaribo. Photo: Matt Graham. Dutch national carrier KLM is currently upgrading its long-haul Business Class product. Its new lie-flat seats offer greater privacy and direct aisle access to every passenger. (KLM is also adding Premium Economy to its Boeing 777s and 787s.) I recently used my Qantas Frequent Flyer points to try out the new KLM Business Class on its Boeing 777-300ER. This is the same aircraft that KLM flies from Bali to Amsterdam via S ..read more
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Could Fiji Airways Adopt Qantas Points?
Australian Frequent Flyer
by Matt Graham
4d ago
Australian Frequent Flyer Australian Frequent Flyer - Tips, Tricks and Chat for Australian Frequent Flyers Fiji Airways cabin crew. Photo: Fiji Airways. Fiji Airways has revealed that it will join the Oneworld alliance as a full member in 2025. At the same time, the airline’s CEO has hinted that Fiji Airways could start using another airline’s loyalty program – and Qantas Frequent Flyer is a likely candidate. In 2018, Fiji Airways became the first (and only) Oneworld Connect member. This is a “lite” form of Oneworld membership where Fiji Airways provides some of the benefits of the Oneworld al ..read more
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Jetstar A321neo LR Economy Class Review (Sydney-Bali)
Australian Frequent Flyer
by Wilson McTaggart
5d ago
Australian Frequent Flyer Australian Frequent Flyer - Tips, Tricks and Chat for Australian Frequent Flyers Jetstar A321neo LR. Photo: Jetstar. If you’re flying from Australia to Bali, there’s a great chance you’ll be on a Jetstar flight. Of the 221 weekly return flights from Australia to the Island of the Gods, 82 are on Jetstar, which flies there from seven cities across Australia. Qantas’ budget arm flies a mix of Airbus A320, Airbus A321neo LR and Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner planes to Bali. However, over the past year Jetstar has drastically reduced the number of Boeing 787s flying to Bali down ..read more
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Introducing AFF’s “Trip Report of the Month”
Australian Frequent Flyer
by Matt Graham
6d ago
Australian Frequent Flyer Australian Frequent Flyer - Tips, Tricks and Chat for Australian Frequent Flyers We love reading the wide variety of interesting trip reports written by members of the Australian Frequent Flyer community! We know that many of you do too, as our trip reports forum is one of the most popular on AFF. Some of our members put a lot of time and effort into writing sensational trip reports which are both informative and entertaining. We want to recognise this and show our appreciation. That’s why we’re introducing “Trip Reports of the Month”. Each month, the AFF team will c ..read more
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My Favourite Airline Award Chart Sweet Spots
Australian Frequent Flyer
by Matt Graham
1w ago
Australian Frequent Flyer Australian Frequent Flyer - Tips, Tricks and Chat for Australian Frequent Flyers I’ve booked some incredibly cheap award tickets on Turkish Airlines and avianca by exploiting airline award chart sweet spots. Photo: Matt Graham. You can often get great value when redeeming frequent flyer points because the cost of a reward flight is not tied to the cost of a commercial airfare. As a result, some redemptions are not that valuable… while others offer truly outsized value! A good way to maximise the value of your points is to book flights that would otherwise be expensive ..read more
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Amex Adds Virgin Atlantic to Membership Rewards Gateway Program
Australian Frequent Flyer
by Matt Graham
1w ago
Australian Frequent Flyer Australian Frequent Flyer - Tips, Tricks and Chat for Australian Frequent Flyers Amex Explorer and Essential Rewards cardholders can now transfer their earned points to Virgin Atlantic. Photo: Virgin Atlantic. Australians can now transfer American Express Membership Rewards Gateway points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. This is good news for Amex Explorer and Essential Rewards cardholders, who now have direct access to a SkyTeam frequent flyer program! The different Amex Membership Rewards programs in Australia American Express (Amex) offers several different versions ..read more
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Iberia A350 Premium Economy Review (Quito-Madrid)
Australian Frequent Flyer
by Matt Graham
1w ago
Australian Frequent Flyer Australian Frequent Flyer - Tips, Tricks and Chat for Australian Frequent Flyers Iberia Airbus A350-900. Photo: Iberia. Iberia is a Oneworld airline and Qantas partner based in Spain. From its hub in Madrid, Iberia offers an extensive network of flights across Europe and the Atlantic Ocean, particularly to and from Latin America. I recently needed to travel from Ecuador to Europe, and noticed that Iberia had a good Premium Economy airfare available from Quito to Paris (via Madrid). “Turista Premium”, as Iberia calls it, was only marginally more expensive than booking ..read more
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Jetstar Moving to Terminal 2 at Perth Airport
Australian Frequent Flyer
by Matt Graham
1w ago
Australian Frequent Flyer Australian Frequent Flyer - Tips, Tricks and Chat for Australian Frequent Flyers Jetstar is moving at Perth Airport. Photo: Jetstar. Qantas frequent flyers and Qantas Club members flying Jetstar from Perth Airport will effectively lose lounge access when Jetstar moves to Terminal 2 in September. Jetstar currently uses Terminal 3 for its domestic flights at Perth Airport, sharing the terminal with Qantas. But from 2 September 2024, Jetstar will move its domestic operations in Perth to Terminal 2. The budget airline says that this change will make it easier for its cust ..read more
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