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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Monday, 23 March 2020

Cancelled Flights: Am I Entitled to a Refund?
If you've booked an international flight for travel in April or May, your flight will almost certainly be cancelled. Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia are all grounding international flights from the end of this month - as are many other airlines around the world.

But if your flight has been cancelled, are you entitled to a full refund? It would appear that the answer depends on which airline you've booked with...
COVID-19 Travel Update: 23 March
There have been yet more developments over the weekend as the coronavirus situation evolves. Several Australian states and territories are now imposing self-quarantine for arriving travellers, and the Prime Minister is now advising against more...
Last Qantas 747 Flight Could Be This Week
We've known for a little while that the retirement of Qantas' Boeing 747 fleet is imminent. Qantas had announced in 2018 that it would retire all Boeing 747s by 2020, although until recently it looked like the planes may remain in the air until early next year. more...
Podcast: The World is Shutting Down
It has been a tumultuous few weeks for the airline, tourism and hospitality industries. As the coronavirus outbreak spreads exponentially, many airlines have stopped flying and international borders are being closed at unprecedented rates. In more...
Up to 40% off Alaska Airlines Miles
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles are a valuable currency. You can redeem Alaska Airlines miles to fly with around 15 different airlines including Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Finnair, Singapore Airlines and Emirates, and most awards are more...
AFF Community Round-Up
Coronavirus update
The events of the past few weeks have been shocking and unexpected for many of us. Things will get better, but in the meantime, the coronavirus will continue to impact the airline & tourism industries, the economy and our daily lives in ways we've never seen before.

There has been lots of discussion on our forums about coronavirus in recent weeks, which is completely understandable. To ensure our members can easily find information, we've created a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) Discussion forum with sub-categories.

The coming weeks and months will be difficult for everybody. But you're not alone. If you're currently in self-isolation, you can share tips and experiences with others in the same situation in our "I am in self-isolation" thread.

If you would like to offer your assistance to other AFF members - or if you need help - you are also welcome to participate in the "Do you need a hand?" thread.

The situation continues to evolve rapidly. For the foreseeable future, we'll include a summary of the latest travel-related news with each edition of The Frequent Flyer Gazette.
Featured AFF Member Trip Reports
A DYKWIA Trapped in Blighty
Trip report by TonyHancock | 2020 was supposed to be my Annus mirabilis, my swan song or even my grand finale. After more than 12 years of almost constant travel my retirement beckoned. How I yearned for my days of freedom, admittedly Griselda was still in negotiations with British Airways over something called "status", I didn’t want the "Qantas Scenario" to occur whereby I was to be denied importance by some pen pusher. British Airways clearly need to recognise my importance when I retire. read more...
AFF Member Profile
This week, we interviewed AFF member Daver6 from Perth. Daver6 joined Australian Frequent Flyer in 2011 and has so far made 5,125 posts.
Q: Most recent flight?
A: To Tel Aviv for work. It was meant to be QF to LHR and then BA to TLV. However, due to QF9 departing late (and arriving late into LHR) I missed my connection and was shunted onto LX from LHR to Zurich and then LY from there to TLV.
Q: What's still on your bucket list?
A: The Jura region of France. I've been in love with the wine from the region and the scenery there looks amazing.
Q: What's one thing you would never travel overseas without?
A: Only one thing?! A sense of humour and a sense of adventure. Things sometimes don't go to plan. Take that as an opportunity for a new experience and make the most of it.
Q: What's one piece of advice you would give to a new AFF member?
A: You get out of AFF what you put in. It might seem a bit daunting to post initially and your question might seem basic, bit this builds up a huge body of knowledge for us all to benefit from.
Q: Favourite thread on AFF?
A: The view from my "office" - I love seeing what fellow AFF members are up to. I've also found it to be an amazing source of inspiration for places I'd like to see and experiences to try.

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