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Friday, 25 October 2019

Manila to Europe in Business Class from $2,525 return
Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, KLM, Oman Air and Emirates currently have some excellent Business class sale fares from the Philippines to Europe, for travel right up until the end of August 2020. For example, you could fly with Etihad Airways in Business Class from Manila to Rome for just $2,571 return.

If you live in Australia, you can take advantage of these prices by positioning to and from Manila at the start and end of your trip to Europe. This could involve paying for a return ticket from Australia to Manila, e.g. on Qantas, Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific, or redeeming points. Qantas flies daily from Sydney to Manila and there are often Classic Flight Reward seats available.
Airline Route Changes from 27 October 2019
This weekend marks the start of the IATA northern winter scheduling period. As well as the end of daylight savings in Europe, this means lots of changes to airline routes and schedules. From this weekend, Cathay Pacific will pull out of Cairns. But there is also some good news, with United Airlines increasing flights to Australia and Thai Airways increasing flights to Melbourne. Indonesian low-cost airline Citilink had also announced plans more...
Virgin Australia Wins Haneda Approval
Virgin Australia is set to launch daily Brisbane-Haneda flights next year, following a decision by Australia's International Air Services Commission (IASC) to give one new slot each to Qantas and Virgin Australia at Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Qantas had applied for both of the two daytime new take-off and landing slots available from next March at Haneda Airport for Australian carriers. Virgin Australia applied for one of the two slots. more...
Redeeming points doesn't have to be frustrating...
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Air New Zealand to Fly Non-Stop to New York
Air New Zealand will launch non-stop commercial flights to New York next year, pipping Qantas to the post. Air New Zealand will fly 3 times per week from Auckland to Newark Liberty International Airport from 29 October 2020. The flights will depart both Auckland and New York on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and will be operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The new Air New Zealand more...
6 Countries that are Easier to Visit in 2019
Australians are lucky to be able to visit 111 countries around the world without a visa. Australians can also easily obtain a visa on arrival in a further 56 countries, meaning we're able to visit much of the world with relative ease. And as countries continue to liberalise their visa requirements, it will only get better. In the last year alone, there are six countries in particular that are now much easier for Australians more...
The History of Airport Slots: Ernst Krolke Speech to AFF
Ernst Krolke developed the airport slot system we have in Australia today. Here is a transcript of Ernst's speech at the AFF#13 gathering in Sydney.
Upcoming Changes & Expiring Deals
27 Oct
IATA Northern Winter Scheduling Period Begins
30 Oct
Etihad Airways Business Class Sale ex Manila
31 Oct
Up to 20% off Virgin Australia Velocity Points
31 Oct
Up to 200 Bonus Velocity Points per Flybuys Transfer
31 Oct
November KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes Deals
31 Oct
Up to 40% Bonus Miles when Buying Alaska Airlines Miles

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