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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Monday, 5 August 2019

Qantas Trials New Bali Lounge
Qantas passengers flying from Bali's Denpasar Airport could soon be offered a brand new lounge experience. The airline is currently trialling a new "pre-flight service" in Denpasar, in partnership with the Novotel airport hotel. Early reports suggest that it's a vast improvement over the current Qantas lounge arrangements in Bali.
Tap On to Sydney Trains by Credit Card
If you use public transport in Sydney, you can now tap on and off using a debit or credit card. Contactless payment is offered on trains, ferries, light rail and now also buses in Sydney, including at the Sydney Airport train stations. Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards with contactless payment enabled are all accepted. While contactless payment has been available on Sydney's public transport network for some time, an exciting change was more...
ANZ Removes Online Points Transfers
ANZ Rewards has removed the ability to transfer points to most frequent flyer programs online. ANZ Rewards points can be transferred to four frequent flyer programs; Virgin Australia Velocity, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles and Air New Zealand Airpoints. Previously, it was possible to transfer points to any of these airlines by logging into the ANZ Rewards website. But online transfers are now only possible to Virgin's Velocity more...
Upcoming Webinar...
Qantas Changes: Maximise Your Points

On 20 June 2019, Qantas Frequent Flyer announced significant changes to its frequent flyer program. Alongside new program features like lifetime Platinum status, new partner airlines and a Points Club, Qantas announced that it will increase the number of points required for upgrades and Classic Flight Reward redemptions in premium cabins.

This means that, from 18 September 2019, Qantas award seats in Premium Economy, Business and First Class are all going to become more expensive. This not only applies to Qantas flights, but also seats on all other partner airlines that are booked using Qantas points. Qantas' popular Oneworld Award, which allows you to travel around the world with up to 5 stopovers, is also becoming more expensive in the pointy end.

In the upcoming Frequent Flyer Solutions webinar on Wednesday 14 August, Matt will explain exactly what's changing and how you can maximise your points before Qantas increases the cost of redeeming them. If you have a large balance of Qantas points - or status credits - this webinar is for you.
QantasLink Dash 8 Seat Selection
In general, it's possible to select your preferred seat in advance when flying on Qantas. But when flying on a QantasLink Dash 8 aircraft, you'll only be able to select a seat once online check-in opens 24 hours before the flight. Before this time, you'll only be able to nominate an aisle or window preference. So, why is this and how can you ensure a good seat on QantasLink Dash 8 more...
Star Alliance Fifth-Freedom Routes
If you want to fly with a Star Alliance airline, but aren't flying to or from a member carrier's hub airport, it can be worth looking for Star Alliance fifth-freedom routes. These are tag flights that neither start or end in the carrier's own country, and they can be a great way to fly! 18 of the 27 Star Alliance member airlines operate 62 fifth-freedom flights all around the world. This includes more...
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