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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Friday, 1 November 2019

Melbourne Airport Taxi Touts Scamming, Harassing Tourists
Something needs to be done about the taxi touts harassing and scamming tourists arriving at Melbourne Airport.

If you've flown to Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport recently, you may have noticed the scourge of taxi touts that hang around the arrivals area. These touts offer unsolicited transportation services and are often unwilling to take "no" for an answer. Many are not registered taxi drivers, and some are even scamming unsuspecting tourists into paying too much for their ride.
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Velocity 15% EOY Transfer Bonus
It's that time of year again! Every six months - in May and November - Velocity Frequent Flyer offers bonus points as an incentive to transfer points to Velocity from various credit card reward programs, as well as hotel loyalty programs and Flybuys. This month, Virgin Australia is calling its promotion the "15% EOY bonus". If you transfer points from one of 19 participating loyalty programs by 30 November 2019, you'll more...
New American Airlines Flights to New Zealand
American Airlines will add two more seasonal routes to New Zealand from next summer. In addition to non-stop Auckland-Dallas/Fort Worth flights, American will fly 3 times per week from Christchurch to Los Angeles. The new Christchurch-Los Angeles route will be the only direct service between New Zealand's South Island and the United States. In addition, American Airlines will next year begin its seasonal more...
 
 
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Qantas Grounds 3 Boeing 737-800 Planes
Qantas has taken three Boeing 737-800 jets out of service after cracks were found in an aircraft component known as the "pickle fork". This is a small part that assists in connecting the wing to the aircraft's fuselage. However, Qantas assures passengers that there is no risk to the flying public and its aircraft are safe to fly. Last month, the US Federal more...
Qantas Car Insurance: Is it a Good Deal?
Qantas Frequent Flyer has expanded its insurance offering with Qantas Car Insurance. As part of the deal, car insurance customers can earn 1 Qantas point per dollar on insurance premiums and bonus points when taking out a new policy by 20 December 2019. But is it worth it? Qantas Car Insurance is underwritten by Auto & General, which also more...
 
 
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Qantas Premium Economy for Sydney-Auckland
Qantas will run Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with Premium Economy between Sydney and Auckland from 4 December. On many dates, there are 8 award seats available.
 
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