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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Monday, 23 September 2019

New Podcast Episode: Are Loyalty Programs a Scam? (AIR020)
The Trans-Tasman Airline Battle
Almost a year ago, Air New Zealand spectacularly ended its long-term partnership with Virgin Australia. Following the end of October 2018, the two airlines once again became competitors on trans-Tasman flights while Air New Zealand got into bed with Virgin's rival, Qantas.

Looking back, it seems the divorce has worked out much better for Air New Zealand and Qantas. Virgin Australia, on the other hand, has been struggling to fill its flights to New Zealand and make a profit ever since.
Virgin Axes In-Flight Entertainment Tablets
Virgin Australia is axing its Samsung in-flight entertainment tablets in Business Class on domestic and short-haul international flights. From 30 September 2019, Virgin says that it will no longer load Samsung Galaxy tablets for Business Class guests on its Boeing 737 aircraft. Instead, passengers can more...
Lufthansa's Oktoberfest Flights
Oktoberfest is on again in Munich, and German airline Lufthansa is really getting into the spirit again this year! This year, Lufthansa will operate flights where the entire cabin crew will dress up in traditional Bavarian Lederhosen and Dirndls, including two A380 flights from Munich to Beijing and Los Angeles. These flights more...
AFF Community Round-Up
Display your airline status beside your AFF posts
Did you know that you can display your Qantas and/or Virgin Australia status alongside your AFF posts? This feature is available to all members! read more...
Featured AFF Member Trip Reports
Japan with a child - Disney, robots, zoos, miniature cities, samurai parks, and a festival
Trip report by Matt_01 | On the back of the thread Writing your trip reports I have decided to finally post some old trip reports. They will be focused on travelling with kid(s) and providing a few photos of kids activities, aircraft travel and hotels. read more...
Reflections Tower 2 Coolangatta
Hotel review by RB | Thought I would write a summary of a 4 night stay we had here last week. The apartments are around a 5 minute drive from the Gold Coast airport. We were staying with another couple so we opted for a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment. Really enjoyed our stay here read more...
AFF Member Profile
This week, we interviewed AFF member 11sjw from Perth. 11sjw joined Australian Frequent Flyer in 2009 and has so far made 1,472 posts.
Q: Most recent flight?
A: To Port Hedland for work with Qantas. (I'm only a very occasional High Vis'er these days!)
Q: Favourite destination?
A: Hong Kong for a few reasons. It's in the same time zone, we have some great friends there and its hectic pace is in complete contrast to that of Perth.
Q: What's one thing you would never travel overseas without?
A: Verbatim Universal Plug/USB Charger unit
Q: What's one piece of advice you would give to a new AFF member?
A: Don't be afraid to ask questions. The people in this community have provided a great deal of good advice over the years and are, in general, happy to help out.
Q: Favourite thread on AFF?
A: My favourite thread is the Qantas Oneworld Award thread.
Upcoming Community Events
Charity Train Ride from Sydney to Rylstone
Webinar - Reaping Rewards from Hotel Loyalty Programs
Annual AFF Weekend Gathering in Sydney
Canberra Dinner & Drinks
Melbourne Christmas Dinner & Drinks

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