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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Monday, 26 July 2021

Triple Qantas Points on Flights, Hotels & Car Hire
Qantas Frequent Flyer is giving triple points on all flight, hotel, holiday and Avis car rental bookings made from 22-27 July 2021.
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Podcast #65: Behind the Scenes of Loyalty Programs
Loyalty program expert David Feldman joined Matt on the latest episode of 'AFF on AIR' to talk about what goes on behind the scenes at frequent flyer programs.
 
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New Zealand Travel Bubble Paused for 8 Weeks
The NZ government has suspended travel from Australia for the next 8 weeks. Returning NZ residents and Australians who recently left NZ can return until Friday.
 
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Update on Australian State Border Restrictions
Interstate border restrictions have become even more complex. Most states have new restrictions on travel from SA; QLD has closed to NSW & changed its Entry Pass.
 
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Popular Threads from the AFF Community
 
What's your favourite travel souvenir?
Can you get a refund from Air New Zealand?
 
 
Jetstar charges $5 credit card fee for $9.75 payment
How busy are Australia's tourism destinations now?
 
 
AFF Community Round-Up
Featured AFF Member Trip Report
Covid Revised: Roaming near Rudall River/Karlamilyi National Park
Trip report by JohnM | Come Tuesday, I'm heading north again for a couple of weeks. This time, it's a 4WD tag-along to Rudall River/Karlamilyi National Park, WA's largest NP read more...
AFF Member Profile
This week we interviewed AFF member oznflfan from Alice Springs. oznflfan joined Australian Frequent Flyer in 2020 and has so far made 470 posts.
 
Q: Where did you go on your last trip?
A: Last trip (during COVID) was 6 days to Uluru and Kings Canyon. Great time, in the midst of the worst in lockdowns so had both Uluru and Kings Canyon to myself in peak season, early August.

My last trip overseas (pre-COVID) was to Ubud and Yogyakarta. Again, great time, Ubud really chilled, Yogyakarta awesome place, not many foreigners there - the most by far were at Borobudur. Please ensure you go to both Borobudur and Prambanan Temples, both have some of the best sights in all of Indonesia. Military and airplane buff I am, so I also took time to visit Indonesian Air Force Museum. Outside Indonesians and school groups, they must not see many tourists and I got asked for numerous photos with staff whilst there.

 
Q: Where will you go when the current travel restrictions are lifted?
A: Europe. I have been putting off visiting Normandy, and some motor races (F1, LeMans, Speedway) for years thinking I can go there whenever I want. COVID has brought that crashing down. When borders re-open I will head straight over there as life is short, and you never know what is around the corner.
 
Q: Favourite airline?
A: To be honest I don't have a favorite airline. Being patriotic I would say Qantas, however even though I have flown Qantas dozens of times domestically, I have never actually flown them internationally. My last long-haul flight was with Qatar Airways and they where great.
 
Q: What's one piece of advice you would give to a new AFF member?
A: Don't hold back travel. Buy a house, invest for the future, but hold some funds and invest in travel for knowledge and your mental health. Some people say you can travel once you set up your life, kids left home and closer to retirement. Who's to say you can still do this or enjoy this in the last half of your life?
 
Q: Favourite thread on AFF?
A: By far it's Predictions of when international flights may resume/bans lifted. I'm checking AFF daily, and it's always good to get the views of everyone as to when they feel my dream of being able to travel pretty much anywhere resumes. Right know trying to plan how I leave Australia to get to New Zealand for my Father's Day gift of the Classic Fighters Airshow in Blenheim. If I get there, I'll probably have to change my ex Australia flight to leave either via Brisbane or Adelaide.
 
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