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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Friday, 24 July 2020

Many Airline Fuel Surcharges Remain Excessive Despite Low Oil Prices
Fuel surcharges have long been a pet hate of frequent flyers. They add to the cost of frequent flyer redemption tickets, and in extreme cases, can be even higher than the cost of a regular ticket on the same flight!

With worldwide oil prices now at record lows, and airlines desperate to fill seats, a growing number of airlines and frequent flyer programs have recently reduced fuel surcharges - or even eliminated them entirely. But many airlines still have stubbornly high fuel surcharges that bear no resemblance to the price of fuel.
Velocity Reinstates More Reward Flights
Velocity Frequent Flyer has reinstated reward seats on 19 more non-stop Virgin Australia domestic routes. That's around double the previous number. Plus, in even better news, Velocity points can now be redeemed for travel any time - effective immediately. Velocity points can also be redeemed once again for flight upgrades, hotel bookings more...
Triple Status Credit Offers Have Begun
It is widely anticipated that airlines will be doing everything they can to lure back customers in the coming period, as travel recovers from the COVID-19 shutdown. Cheap airfares, loyalty programs and special promotions will form a large part of that. Last month, we already saw a "triple frequent flyer points" offer from Qantas. It is also quite likely that we'll see more more...
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It's Getting Much Harder to Return to Australia
Ever since March, flight cancellations and border restrictions - not just in Australia - have made it progressively more difficult for Aussies overseas to return home.

Amex Launches "Plan It" as Afterpay Joins Qantas
American Express has launched payment installment plans for cardholders as Afterpay begins offering Qantas points.
Is it Illegal to "Souvenir" Airline Safety Cards?
Some frequent flyers like to collect things like boarding passes or amenity kits. But is it legal to take the safety instruction cards found in aircraft seat pockets?
Upcoming Changes & Expiring Deals
30 Jul
Last Day to Book Rydges "Work from Hotel" Packages
31 Jul
15-20% Bonus Points on Flybuys Transfers to Velocity
31 Jul
Velocity Resumes Offering Car Rental Redemptions
31 Jul
1,000 Velocity Points for a Home Loan Health Check

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