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Monday, 6 January 2020

Qantas Raises Service, Credit Card Fees
Qantas has quietly increased the service fees charged when making or changing a booking, including Classic Flight Rewards. The airline has also raised the cap on credit card fees, meaning customers booking expensive tickets may now be slugged an even higher credit card surcharge.
Qantas Signs Up for TSA PreCheck
Qantas has joined TSA PreCheck, meaning eligible Qantas passengers departing from the United States can now access fast track security lanes. This service is available at all US airports served by Qantas, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas/Fort Worth, Honolulu and New York more...
Skybus Axes Velocity Points
Skybus will no longer offer Virgin Australia Velocity points after 31 January, 2020. This is sad news for travellers in Melbourne and Gold Coast that can currently earn 100 Velocity points per one-way Skybus ticket, or 250 points for a round-trip ticket. Currently, you can earn Velocity points when more...
Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Business Class Review
I recently found out why Qatar Airways is consistently voted the world's best Business Class on a flight to Doha.
AFF Community Round-Up
Happy New Year!
We hope you had an enjoyable break over Christmas and New Year, and welcome to the first Frequent Flyer Gazette for 2020. This year, you'll continue to receive the latest frequent flyer news & deals in your inbox each Monday & Friday morning.
Virgin Australia Increasing Carrier Charges on Wednesday
As a quick reminder, Virgin Australia will increase the carrier charges payable when redeeming Velocity points for Virgin Australia reward flights from Wednesday, 8 January. This only applies to new bookings made from this date, so you still have two days to redeem your Velocity points at the old rates! Read more about these changes...
Featured AFF Member Trip Reports
New Years in Vanwatoo
Trip report by bpeteb | Ever since we visited Vanuatu for a day nearly seven years ago, bigAl has been wanting to return. We both had to take leave between Christmas and New Year so decided it was time to go back. We'd seen a LE deal for Hidden Cove Retreat (on Espirito Santo) but dallied too long and the dates after Christmas were gone before I pressed book. We went round and round and eventually booked the place we'd first looked at in Port Vila. read more...
Ohhhh, Canadaaaaa
Trip report by Katie | Our intrepid little fam bam are heading off on an adventure tomorrow - to Canada. Our first family trip there, and first time in Canada for Mr Katie and Miss 13 (I've had two brief conference trips to YVR and YUL). Our inspiration was it's somewhere new, and a friend of mine has been inviting me/us to visit the log cabin that he and his wife built on a lake west of Sudbury. read more...
AFF Member Profile
This week, we interviewed AFF member Irishbazz from Perth. Irishbazz joined Australian Frequent Flyer in 2016 and has so far made 261 posts.
Q: Most recent trip?
A: ORK-AMS-HKG-PER last Monday the 30th of December, with Aer Lingus and Cathay Pacific.
Q: What's still on your bucket list?
A: Maldives. It's paradise and hopefully heading there later this year.
Q: What's one thing you would never travel overseas without?
A: Apart from all the obvious ones, three things: A Champagne stopper, mini pepper grinder, mini salt mill.
Q: What's one piece of advice you would give to a new AFF member?
A: Figure out where you want to travel and point alliance(s) that will get you there, and be disciplined in your use of credit card spend.
Q: Favourite thread on AFF?
A: Singapore Airlines Tips, Trips and Tales - so much useful info contained within.
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