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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Monday, 14 June 2021

Guide: How to Successfully Fly to Australia in June 2021
Since the Australian government closed the international border and limited the number of returning citizens and permanent residents allowed to fly into the country each week, many Australians have struggled to get home. But that's not for a lack of trying!
Jetstar to Fly to Canberra from September
Jetstar will begin flights to Canberra for the first time, with a 5x weekly Brisbane-Canberra A320 service launching on 2 September 2021.

Update: Australian State Border Restrictions
Some Australian states & territories have now removed restrictions on entry from regional Victoria, but many are still banning travellers from Greater Melbourne.
Podcast #62: Travelling to Australia During COVID-19
This episode includes Part One of an extended interview with travel agent Alan Lam which gives an update on travelling to Australia during COVID-19.
Popular Threads from the AFF Community
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AFF Community Round-Up
Featured AFF Member Trip Report
Have passport will travel - DPRSA to DPRWA
Trip report by Matt_01 | I am heading the DPRWA today and after reading oz_mark's comments on the "Predictions of when international flights may resume/bans lifted" thread I have ensured my travel plans are in order read more...
AFF Member Profile
This week we interviewed AFF member ChrisMars from Canberra. ChrisMars joined Australian Frequent Flyer in 2017 and has so far made 270 posts.
Q: Where did you go on your last trip?
A: I went to Cairns in May. It was great to escape some of Canberra's cold weather and to see the Great Barrier Reef, such a beautiful place full of amazing marine life. It was also my first dive for a while, I was a bit nervous but it all went well. I used some points to travel in Business as a nice way to start and end the journey, and I could fly direct for one of the legs which gave me more time in Cairns.
Q: Where will you go when the current travel restrictions are lifted?
A: I'll go to Europe probably within the first month of border restrictions lifting. I have some family and friends to visit.
Q: Favourite airline?
A: I feel Qantas has treated me well over the years, especially when something went wrong. That includes arriving late at the airport, missing a connection, or feeling sick when flying after a dive despite respecting the 24-hour interval. On each occasion, the staff were kind and helpful. And it's even easier now with platinum status.
Q: What's one piece of advice you would give to a new AFF member?
A: Asking questions on the forum is very useful. There are many AFF experts that are happy to help.
Q: Favourite thread on AFF?
A: I don't have a particular thread I follow. I spend most of my forum time on the Qantas forum where I have learned many practical tips to travel better on Qantas, or to maintain status more easily every year.
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The Australian Frequent Flyer, 2021
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