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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Friday, 27 September 2019

Virgin to Fly to Tokyo, Partner with ANA
Virgin Australia plans to commence daily flights to Tokyo's Haneda Airport and launch a new partnership with Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA). Based in Japan, ANA has a 5-star Skytrax rating and is a member of Star Alliance.

Subject to regulatory approvals, Virgin would commence daily flights from Brisbane to Haneda from 29 March 2020 using Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Qantas Completes First A380 Upgrade
Qantas' first refurbished Airbus A380 is set to return to service next Monday with a brand new interior. The airline is currently in the process of upgrading its A380s with new Business and Premium Economy seats, and refreshed First Class and Economy seats. VH-OQK is the first Qantas A380 to receive the mid-life interior refresh. The plane has been in Dresden, Germany for the past two months and will return to service with a brand new interior more...
New Beijing Daxing Airport Opens
Beijing's huge new airport, Daxing International Airport (IATA code: PKX) has now opened to passenger flights. Nicknamed "starfish" after the terminal's distinctive shape, Daxing International Airport has the largest terminal building in the world. There are four runways and construction of the airport took five years. The airport is designed to handle 72 million passengers per year by 2025, and up to 100 million annual passengers in more...
Introducing First Class Membership
In addition to their popular Premium Economy and Business Class memberships, Frequent Flyer Solutions is proud to now offer a First Class membership level.

When you fly in First Class, you can expect an unparalleled level of service and exclusive benefits. And that's exactly what you'll receive as a First Class member of Frequent Flyer Solutions! This really is the ultimate resource for frequent flyers.

In addition to all Business Class benefits - which include access to all training courses and webinars - First Class members receive:
  • A complimentary, one-on-one frequent flyer points consultation session
  • Award Flight Assist credit
  • Help Desk access
  • Complimentary AFF GOLD membership
  • Access to the entire library of past Frequent Flyer Solutions webinars
Jetstar Abandons Regional NZ & China
Low-cost carrier Jetstar will axe all regional routes within New Zealand, with the last flights to operate on 30 November 2019. Although Jetstar has announced that this is currently only a "proposal", the airline is already offering refunds to customers that booked a regional New Zealand domestic flight for travel from December 2019. Tickets beyond 30 November have been withdrawn from sale. The airline has also begun more...
Thomas Cook Leaves 600,000 Stranded
600,000 Thomas Cook customers are now stranded overseas after the UK-based travel company filed for insolvency. Around a quarter of these passengers are British holidaymakers. The 178-year-old company operates airlines, resorts, hotels and cruises, and specialises in selling Europeans package holidays to sunny destinations. The Thomas Cook Group owns Thomas Cook Airlines, as well as Condor Flugdienst in Germany, which had a combined fleet more...

British Airways Oneworld Multi-Carrier Reward
British Airways Executive Club offers its own version of the Oneworld Award, and it can be a surprisingly good use of Avios.
Air New Zealand Boeing 777 Premium Economy Review
Find out how Air New Zealand's Premium Economy service stacks up across the Tasman from Auckland to Sydney.
Upcoming Changes & Expiring Deals
30 Sep
KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes September Deals
30 Sep
Free Lounge Access with Changi Transit Programme
1 Oct
Major Thai Airways Royal Orchid Plus Devaluation
1 Oct
Many Europe Early-Bird Sales End
2 Oct
Up to 130% Bonus Miles on LifeMiles Purchases
3 Oct
ACCC Loyalty Schemes Inquiry - Closing Date for Submissions

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