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Monday, 7 October 2019

New Podcast Episode: Summer in Europe (AIR021)
Japan Airlines Premium Economy to Europe from $2,328 return
Japan Airlines currently has some exceptional Premium Economy airfares available to Europe. From $2,328 return, you can fly in Premium Economy with Japan Airlines on a wide range of dates to Frankfurt, Helsinki, Paris or London. Onward connections to other European cities are also available with Oneworld partner airlines.

A member of the Oneworld alliance, Japan Airlines is a 5-star Skytrax airline with an outstanding Premium Economy product and great customer service to match. Premium Economy tickets with Japan Airlines even include airport lounge access as standard, and with these fares you can also choose to add a free stopover in Tokyo.
Jetstar Adds Flights to Margaret River
Jetstar will launch direct flights from Melbourne to Busselton, the gateway to the Margaret River region in Western Australia. The 3x weekly flights will commence from 25 March 2020 and run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The new Jetstar flights will be the first commercial air services from the east coast of Australia to Margaret River. An Airbus A320 with 180 Economy seats will serve the route more...
Save Hundreds: Avoid the UK Departure Tax
If you've ever booked a flight that departs the UK, you may have noticed that there's a rather hefty departure tax. The UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) is a departure tax that adds up to £172 ($315) to the cost of your ticket! Luckily there are a few ways to avoid paying the expensive Air Passenger Duty. The exact rate depends on the distance you're travelling from the UK and your class of travel. The rates more...
Emirates Boeing 777-300ER First Class Review
Emirates First Class is a comfortable, luxurious way to fly... and well worth spending Qantas Frequent Flyer points.
AFF Community Round-Up
Two Weeks Until AFF Gathering #13 in Sydney
There's now just a fortnight to go until our 13th annual AFF weekend gathering, which this year will be held in Sydney from 18-20 October! As a quick reminder, the deadline to register and pay for any events or activities you wish to attend is next Thursday, 10 October.

Apart from a visit to HARS on Sunday, the highlight of the weekend will be dinner at Long Chim on Saturday night. The guest speaker at the dinner will be Ernst Krolke, a member of the Australian Aviation Hall of Fame. read more...
Featured AFF Member Trip Reports
The Long Way Back From PEI.
Trip report by drron | The Green Gables thread has got a little bit long at over 350 posts so I have decided to start again with our trip home. I will post a summary post of PEI on the Green Gables thread as I know quite a few are interested in going there. So to start here is the arrival of the ferry in Nova Scotia at Caribou. Close to Nova Scotia we passed an island, obviously inhabited. read more...
F is for Fail-safe Trap, Right? Book Sat fly Tues as FF points Deval Belgium, Berlin & Stockholm
Trip report by CaptJCool | As many of you would know, finding Award flights at the last minute are the pits..... and yet late last week Th/Fri 12/13 Sept up popped an array of F options from Bris, Syd and Melb.... or perhaps it was that I really wanted to fly from home (ADL) or QR from Perth.... read more...
AFF Member Profile
This week, we interviewed AFF member Myrna from London. Myrna joined Australian Frequent Flyer in 2002 and has so far made 604 posts.
Q: Most recent flight?
A: British Airways from Rio de Janeiro to London. We had been on a 18 days trip to South America (Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil), and this was the home bound leg.
Q: Favourite destination?
A: Many favourite travel destinations, and they change over time. However, Africa remains to be a destination where we would go back in a heartbeat. As animal lovers seeing the animals in the wild (not the zoos) is a very special treat.
Q: What's one thing you would never travel overseas without?
A: PressReader. I don’t watch many movies on planes, so I used to "steal" the magazines and newspapers in the lounges to read to pass the time and boredom. But, they are heavy and take up a lot of space in my cabin bag. Many airlines (like Qantas, BA) now offer free PressReader service - but only for a few days of the trip. However, a local library in London offers free PR service to members for 30 days at a time (when expire just need to log back in for another 30 days). I have the PR app on my iPad and I "auto" download selected Australian and UK newspapers as well as magazines (some "trashy" ones like No Idea!). When in hotels (overseas) with good WiFi all are downloaded without any problem and I keep up to date with reading.
Q: What's one piece of advice you would give to a new AFF member?
A: Ask questions.
Q: Favourite thread on AFF?
A: As many have said, the trip reports are interesting and useful for researching new travel destinations.
Upcoming Community Events
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