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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Monday, 18 November 2019

New Podcast Episode: Married Segments & More (AIR024)
Double Status Credits with Virgin Australia
Virgin Australia has released a brand new, public Double Status Credits offer today! You can earn double Velocity status credits on all new Virgin Australia flight bookings made until the end of this week, for travel until 13 October 2020.
How to Get Expired Velocity Points Back
Velocity Frequent Flyer points will expire if there is no activity in your account for 24 months. This means your Velocity points will be safe as long as you earn or redeem at least one point every two years. But if your Velocity points do happen to expire, is there anything you can do to get them back? When Qantas Frequent Flyer points expire, Qantas may offer a formal points reinstatement more...
Guide to International Driving Permits
If you're planning to rent a vehicle or drive while overseas, you may need an International Driving Permit. It's something that is often overlooked by Australian travellers, but it could cause a lot of problems for you if you don't have one. An International Driving Permit (IDP) is essentially an internationally-recognised translation of your Australian driver licence. It's a small grey booklet that more...
Air Namibia Business Class Review
We test Air Namibia Business Class on an Airbus A319 flying from Cape Town to Windhoek.
AFF Community Round-Up
15% NordVPN Discount for AFF GOLD members
Did you know that AFF GOLD members can get a 15% discount on 1-year plans from NordVPN, a leading VPN service? AFF GOLD members can access this discount in our Gold Member Offers section.

Learn more about why a VPN is a must-have for overseas internet access and security here, and learn more about AFF GOLD membership here.
Featured AFF Member Trip Reports
Koyo Chasing in Tohoku Japan (#9) and some last minute shenanigans
Trip report by rbjhan | So I actually booked this trip back in Jan 2019. Everything was set, I am flying JL774 to Narita in two weeks' time, 2 nights in Nikko, then 5 nights in Miyagi prefecture, back to Tokyo for 2 days then take the Sunrise Express sleeper train to Okayama, before flying from Takamatsu to Hong Kong, then VA58 back to Melbourne. read more...
Ibis Budget Sydney Airport
Hotel review by kurtislee09 | The hotel is sitting right next to the more superior Mantra Hotel, which also belongs to Accorhotels. The reception and lobby area is relatively small, making it hard for guest to pass through when it gets busy. First impression was this actually feels like a budget hotel (and in fact it is). read more...
AFF Member Profile
This week, we interviewed AFF member takenbyaliens from Brisbane/Beijing. takenbyaliens joined Australian Frequent Flyer in 2015 and has so far made 85 posts.
Q: Most recent flight?
A: From Beijing to Huai'an on China United Airlines out of PKX. Before that up to Beijing on QF107. Generally fly with Qantas but recently also did a short notice flight to Beijing on China Southern... boy have they upped their game!
Q: What's still on your bucket list?
A: Finish the Silk Road I started in 2016. Down through the 'Stans to Istanbul. Got as far as the border between China and Kyrgyzstan last time so a bit to go. Why? Totally full of history!
Q: What's one thing you would never travel overseas without?
A: In Asia it's my APEC card as it gets me into just about anywhere I need to go (and usually quickly at the the airports ). I figure if I have my passport, a phone, a charger and my wallet I can do just about anything.
Q: What's the origin of your AFF handle?
A: Came home sick during the SARS outbreak. Went to my doctor who called the ambulance. They arrived in space suits and ushered me off to an isolation room where I stayed unbeknown to anyone other than my wife. I totally disappeared from sight for a week! Anyone who came into my room had to wear double exclusion suits and dump them at various points on the way out. Suspected SARS but turned out to be a very nasty Influenza A virus. Hence 'takenbyaliens'.
Q: Favourite thread on AFF?
A: I tend to wander around the site a bit but do appreciate Ask the Pilot. Despite my 600 odd sectors I am still stunned by the enormity of sitting in a great long metal tube flying through the air at a rate of knots!
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