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Monday, 21 October 2019

New Podcast Episode: "Hidden City" Court Case (AIR022)
Qantas Flies Non-Stop from New York to Sydney
Qantas' first non-stop Project Sunrise test flight from New York to Sydney touched down yesterday morning to much fanfare.

After leaving New York at 9pm on Friday night (local time), QF7879 flew for 19 hours and 16 hours before touching down just after 7am on Sunday morning. On board the research flight were four on-duty pilots, two off-duty pilots and six cabin crew. Other passengers included Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, Sunrise host David Koch, researchers and six volunteer passengers, making a total of 49 people on board.
13th Annual AFF Gathering a Success
Last weekend, many AFF members flew to Sydney for the 13th annual AFF weekend gathering. These weekends are a great way to meet other members and are always lots of fun. This year’s event was no exception! After Friday night drinks at the Australian Wine Emporium, the weekend began with a tour of the iconic Sydney Opera House. While learning about the history of the building, we were treated to some stunning views of Sydney more...
KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes Deals
KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes deals are a monthly staple of the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer program. Every month, Singapore Airlines offers 30% off the KrisFlyer miles required for last-minute award travel on a range of different Singapore Airlines and SilkAir routes. The KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes deals can be used to book Saver awards in Economy, Premium Economy and Business class, for travel during the following month. The latest more...
EasyJet A320 Economy Class Review
EasyJet is a bit like Ryanair, except that it's not terrible. In this review, we test EasyJet on a flight from Amsterdam to Geneva.
AFF Community Round-Up
AFF Gathering #13
Thanks to everyone that come along to AFF#13, our annual weekend gathering which this year was held in Sydney! We'll announce a date and location for next year's event in due course. In the meantime you can catch up on the weekend's events on the AFF forum. read more...
Featured AFF Member Trip Reports
China Eastern "F" SYD to PVG
Trip report by Mogul | Needed a trip to Shanghai so after a bit of searching found a First-class Classic reward ticket on China Eastern and thought why not. D day has arrived. Arrived at the airport 3 1/2 hours before flight (surprisingly no traffic) and found check in was open. No specific F line but no one in J line. read more...
There's only 1 Lake Como. Plus Zeppelins, plus F-18's!
Trip report by offshore171 | There's many amazing lake destinations in Europe. Lake Bled, Lugano, Maggiore and the list goes on. But one place has that extra geographical drama, natural amphitheatre, and sense of place - Lake Como. The plan for this trip is as follows. read more...
AFF Member Profile
This week, we interviewed AFF member burmans from Sydney. burmans joined Australian Frequent Flyer in 2006 and has so far made 6,518 posts.
Q: Most recent flight?
A: Have had a number of trips across the Tasman but my most recent serious trip was to South Korea via Beijing. Having worked there at the start of the 90's I wasn't overly keen to return but my daughter had been on university exchange there and loved it, so persuaded us to take a family trip. I am so glad we did, it has changed enormously and is now a very happening place though sadly no longer cheap. We flew Qantas to Beijing then Asiana for the Beijing to Busan leg.
Q: Favourite destination?
A: This is a hard one for me as I prefer to seek out new places. I do love Eastern Europe, far less touristed while having similar great historical and cultural attractions at a third of the price of Western Europe though that too is changing. Also love Asia with Sri Lanka being a recent highlight.
Q: What's one thing you would never travel overseas without?
A: My phone, not for use as a phone but for sights/food recommendations and downloaded maps are a huge bonus for getting around. Given I love to walk and get lost in local neighbourhoods these are a boon to finding my way back home again.
Q: What's one piece of advice you would give to a new AFF member?
A: Don't just join one frequent flyer program and don't ignore any opportunities to earn points. I don't fly anywhere as much as some here but have more points than I can reasonably use in the next couple of years thanks to advice on AFF and a few other blogs.
Q: Favourite thread on AFF?
A: Not really a thread but a forum. Because I don't fly as much as some, credit cards are where I have earned the bulk of my points so I always watch Current Credit Card Promotions. And for old times sake, this thread on US Dividend Miles was what first got me seriously into reading this forum (and others) and got me into points hacking. While US Airways Dividend Miles is long gone, some of the ideas live on, though I do miss the Grand Slam.‚Äč
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