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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Monday, 29 November 2021

Border Rules Tightened Over Omicron Concerns
Australia has banned non-citizens who have been in nine African countries during the past 14 days from entering the country amid concerns over the new Omicron coronavirus variant, which the WHO has classified a "variant of concern". NSW, Victoria and the ACT have also re-introduced self-isolation requirements for travellers arriving from all overseas countries.
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New Qantas Green Tier Rewards Sustainability
Qantas Frequent Flyer will soon offer bonus points or status credits to environmentally-conscious members through a new "Green" frequent flyer tier.
 
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Norfolk Island Reopens to NSW & Victorian Tourists
Norfolk Island has today reopened to vaccinated travellers from New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT with a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test.
 
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Last Chance for Free Emirates Travel Insurance
Emirates will only continue offering free multi-risk travel insurance with every ticket sold, which includes cover for COVID-19, with tickets purchased until 30 November.
 
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Podcast #74: Post-Pandemic Award Travel
The pandemic has turned award availability on its head, and Australians are also using their points to travel to different places than before.
 
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Popular Threads from the AFF Community
 
American Express updates credit card travel insurance
Wearing face masks on long-haul flights
 
 
Rex takes over on Charleville, Roma routes from QantasLink
AFF member stock market discussion
 
 
AFF Community Round-Up
Featured AFF Member Trip Report
The final Work contract. In Tasmania of course.
Trip report by drron | The time has come the walrus said to think of other things. Yes my working days will be coming to an end in December. I began my locum career on 16/12/06 and will finish on 18/12/21 just before my 75th birthday. As luck would have it I will be working in Launceston for that time. It will make it nearly 6 years that I have worked in Tasmania in those 15 years. read more...
AFF Member Profile
This week we interviewed AFF member Zanzara from Melbourne. Zanzara joined Australian Frequent Flyer in 2005 and has so far made 176 posts.
 
Q: Where did you go on your last trip?
A: Moorea and Papeete, French Polynesia (Tahiti). I had booked with Qantas points to Taiwan and South Korea, all J class, but due to COVID raging there at the time had to cancel. At short notice booked to go to PPT (via AKL) J class instead. It was an awesome and really memorable trip. Used QF out and NZ back to connect onto TN and VT. Arrived back into MEL and escaped having to quarantine by just a couple of hours.
 
Q: Where are you planning to go on your next trip?
A: I have travelled a lot. Even to some hard to get to places such as Easter Island, Patagonia, Reunion (using mostly points of course). But, after visiting Charleston and Savannah, Georgia a couple of years ago I want to go back. Booked as soon as I could using KrisFlyer miles flying into IAH. J class of course :)
 
Q: Favourite airline?
A: Singapore Airlines. The business class seats are truly completely flat. No hype. Service is understated but always, always, always impeccable. Transferring in SIN is easy. Everything works and is seamless.
 
Q: What's one piece of advice you would give to a new AFF member?
A: Be flexible to get to where you want to go.
 
Q: Favourite thread on AFF?
KrisFlyer Star Alliance Round-the-World Award Planning - fantastic advice and really inspiring. With some careful planning, the world can literally be your oyster.
 
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