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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Monday, 22 June 2020

Qantas Forced to Offer Refunds for Cancelled Flights
The ACCC has forced Qantas to contact customers issued with flight credits to inform them of their entitlement to a refund. This includes customers that opted to cancel their booking for a voucher before Qantas cancelled their flight.
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Australian International Flights Down 98% in April
In a month where international passenger numbers were down 98%, Qatar Airways had a staggering 44.5% market share.
 
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A Socially-Distant Regional Express (Rex) Review
4.0 stars
As we discovered on a flight from Sydney to Cooma, Rex could now be the only Australian airline offering wine on its flights.
 
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Popular Threads from the AFF Community
 
Carrier charges removed from Japan Airlines awards
Jetstar flights shown on Qantas website are inaccurate
 
 
Marriott Bonvoy giving 50% elite night credits for 2020
China Eastern passenger blames Qantas for "frightening" transit
 
 
AFF Community Round-Up
Current Qantas domestic flight deals
International flights may be off the cards for some time yet, but domestic flights are starting to ramp up again. With that comes some great deals!

You've got until Wednesday to take advantage of Qantas' current domestic flight offers. Register to earn double status credits on Sydney-Ballina flights, or triple points on all Qantas domestic flights.

Jetstar's current sale on domestic flights ends today, although the $19 fares available on Friday morning sold out within hours.
Featured AFF Member Trip Report
Flight Report QF642 Perth to Sydney Economy
Trip report by Mr Isolated | Just landed from a flight from Perth to Sydney. Excellent boarding procedure, 3 rows at a time. Excellent communication from airport staff and airline staff. Fantastic flight crew, looking after all passengers including those with dietary requirements. read more...
AFF Member Profile
This week, we interviewed AFF member OATEK from Sydney. OATEK joined Australian Frequent Flyer in 2013 and has so far made 3,325 posts.
 
Q: Where did you go on your last trip?
A: Spent 3 weeks in the UK during the northern hemisphere school holidays in August 2019. Took our granddaughter away for a week by the seaside in Dorset, and another week away with her and her parents in Cornwall. Then had a week in France visiting key sites on the Western Front and the Normandy beaches, with a few lovely days in St Malo to finish.
 
Q: Where will you go when the current travel bans are lifted?
A: Ready to put our (cancelled) March/April itinerary to the UK into effect at a moment's notice, to be with our family for a few precious weeks. Might need a side trip perhaps to Berlin just for fun.
 
Q: Favourite airline?
A: Our first choice in recent years has been Finnair, using Cathay Pacific or Qantas to Asia. Love the Finnair A350 - well priced, good service and enjoy a stopover in HEL. Post pandemic would like to spend some $$ on Qantas though, if the fares are reasonable.
 
Q: What's one piece of advice you would give to a new AFF member?
A: I plan to the nth degree, multiple spreadsheets, notes, URLs all captured, with lots of trawling through the AFF site for tips. But the most important thing is to make sure that, when the journey begins, you get your head up and take in all the sights and experiences that come your way.
 
Q: Favourite thread on AFF?
A: Normally it is The view from my "office" - seeing where AFFers are whether at a real home, at work or at play, at home or abroad. But during current events the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Discussion threads have required the most attention.
 
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