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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Friday, 10 January 2020

Virgin Business Class Catering Cutbacks
Virgin Australia has replaced its hot lunch service in Business class with smaller cold snacks such as salads and sandwiches. The change would appear to be a cost-cutting measure.

The airline says that it's simply responding to customer feedback. But frequent flyers that have experienced Virgin's new "lighter" Business class lunch service say they were left feeling hungry and disappointed.
A330s for QF9/10 from Melbourne to Perth
Qantas will operate Airbus A330s on the Melbourne-Perth legs of its QF9 and QF10 services between Melbourne and London Heathrow, replacing the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The change applies to the sector between Melbourne and Perth on more...
New United Status Match Challenge
United Airlines has launched a new MileagePlus Premier Status Match Challenge for 2020, offering 90 days of complimentary Star Alliance status and a shortcut to keeping United status for an even longer period. The current offer is valid until 31 December more...
AFF Bushfire Appeal 2020
It goes without saying that we are all affected by the horrific events unfolding in Australia right now.

To recognise the generosity of those Australian Frequent Flyer members who have donated to the bushfire cause, we are offering any AFF member who has donated $50 or more to any relevant charity, between 1 and 12 January 2020:

Read more & find out how you can participate...

Best Qantas & Velocity Credit Card Offers
Credit card sign-up bonuses are one of the easiest ways to accumulate frequent flyer points quickly and relatively cheaply. By applying for a credit card and paying the annual fee, you could earn tens or even hundreds of thousands of frequent flyer points towards your next trip! more...
Star Alliance Round the World Ticket Guide
Want to fly around the world on Star Alliance airlines? Although the mini-RTW fares offered by Lufthansa Group airlines can offer great value, the Star Alliance Round the World fare is the most comprehensive and flexible option. With a Star Alliance Round the World (RTW) ticket, more...
New Velocity Carrier Charges in 2020
When redeeming Velocity Frequent Flyer points for Virgin Australia flights, you'll need to pay a "carrier charge" in addition to the points required for a reward seat. This surcharge was initially introduced from 1 January 2019, and was recently increased on 8 January 2020. In addition to Virgin more...
Complete List of Fifth Freedom Routes
Fifth freedom flights are international routes that neither start nor end in the operating airline's home country. They typically operate as a "tag flight" extension to a flight that originates in the airline's hub. For example, the Singapore-London leg of QF1 is a fifth-freedom flight. more...
Qantas First Class Award Availability to Dallas
Want to redeem your Qantas Frequent Flyer points to fly to the USA in First class? With wide-open award availability to Dallas, this could be your opportunity!
Upcoming Changes & Expiring Deals
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