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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Friday, 20 March 2020

Qantas Extends Everyone's Status for 12 Months
Qantas Frequent Flyer will give all members a 12-month status extension due to the current COVID-19 situation.
Virgin Australia Status Extensions
Virgin Australia will extend the status of all Velocity Frequent Flyer members for 12 months. It will also gift its Silver, Gold and Platinum Velocity Frequent Flyer members with monthly bonus status credits for the next three months. Virgin initially announced that more...
Qantas Points Club Has Launched
Qantas has finally launched its much-anticipated Qantas Points Club, which offers benefits to "frequent buyers". Qantas Frequent Flyer members that earn at least 150,000 points per membership year will automatically receive Qantas Points Club more...
COVID-19 Travel Update: 20 March 2020
What a strange and sad week it has been for travel and Australia's aviation industry! Over just a few days, Qantas and Virgin have both announced massive flight reductions - including the suspension of all international flights - which will result in substantial job losses. And more...
Australia Closing its Borders
The Australian government will temporarily close the country's borders from 9pm on Friday, 20 March 2020 (tonight). The travel ban affects all international travellers except Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members. New Zealand already more...
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Qantas Grounds All International Flights
The Qantas Group will temporarily ground more than 150 aircraft and cancel all scheduled international flights from the end of March 2020. Qantas and Jetstar will also cut around 60% of domestic flights in response to sharply falling demand for air travel. International more...
Airline Call Centres in Meltdown
Airline call centres worldwide are struggling to cope with the current surge in demand, leaving many calls unanswered and others on hold for many hours. Qantas customers, for example, have reported waiting well over 5-6 hours on hold - or simply more...
New Arrival Cards for Entry to Tasmania
All travellers arriving in the Australian state of Tasmania will be required to complete an arrival card, starting from today. The new measure, designed to limit the spread of COVID-19, comes a day after the Australian more...
Dan Murphy's Suspends Cashback
Dan Murphy's will temporarily stop offering up to 3.5% cashback on online purchases via Cashrewards from today, as the liquor retailer struggles to keep up with demand. A notice on the Cashrewards website reads more...
Qantas Closes All International Lounges
Qantas will close all of its international airport lounges, some domestic Qantas Club lounges and all Chairmans Lounges as flights are substantially reduced.
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