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Monday, 16 September 2019

Qantas Downgrade Compensation is Woefully Inadequate
When you've booked a Business Class ticket, it's extremely frustrating to turn up to the airport and find out you've been involuntarily downgraded to Economy Class. But, if you're flying with Qantas, that's only the beginning of the nightmare.

Australian Frequent Flyer has been very concerned to learn of Qantas not providing adequate compensation to passengers for involuntary downgrades. So, we did some investigating to find out what Qantas' official downgrade compensation policy is. As it turns out, the policy falls well short - which is probably why it's hidden from public view.
Final Call: Qantas Devaluation Coming
There are now just days before the major 2019 devaluation to Qantas Frequent Flyer reward and upgrade pricing takes effect. After 11.59pm on Tuesday 17 September, Qantas will increase the number of points required for Classic Flight Reward and Oneworld Award bookings in Premium Economy, Business and First Class. This applies not only to flights on Qantas, but all more...
Priority Pass Lounge Membership Guide
Access to airport lounges is normally a perk of flying Business class or holding elite airline status. But even if you're not a frequent flyer, you can enjoy access to airport lounges around the world with a Priority Pass membership. Priority Pass members have access to more than 1,200 airport lounges in six continents. But the real beauty is that you can use the lounge regardless of your more...
AFF Community Round-Up
Annual AFF Weekend Gathering: 18-20 October 2019 in Sydney
There is now around a month to go before our annual AFF weekend gathering, which this year will take place from 18-20 October in Sydney! All AFF members are most welcome. Places are filling up, so please make sure that you've registered and paid for your preferred events & activities if you're planning to come along. read more...
Featured AFF Member Trip Reports
A quick trip to Mexico and Delta One Suites Review
Trip report by Milboo | I had a conference in Mexico in early July so tacked on a few days R&R ahead of it and this is how it went down... Flight Review - DL 40 - SYD to LAX. Followed by LAX to CUN via ATL read more...
A Duck flies north - to Sweden and Norway
Trip report by OZDUCK | On Friday 9/8 we start our 30 day trip to the northern climes of Sweden & Norway. Firstly, we take ScootBiz to Singapore and spend 2 1/2 days there, staying in Katong, before we pick up QR, in J, to fly to Stockholm. Our first time in the QR J Suites. We will spend 5 nights there before catching SAS, in Y, for the 1 hour hop to Oslo. We spend about 3 weeks in Norway, including hiring a car for 15 days read more...
AFF Member Profile
This week, we interviewed AFF member SYD from - you guessed it - Sydney. SYD joined Australian Frequent Flyer in 2009 and has so far made 557 posts.
Q: Most recent flight?
A: Well, I'm writing this from the Qantas First Lounge on my way to Christchurch for a cheeky weekend status run (50% SC offer and J sale fare) but also just back from Europe. Flew SYD-AMS and LGW-SYD via HKG with Cathay Pacific. We were away when the riots took over Hong Kong International Airport! But all fine transiting through on the way home. Hadn't been on CX for a while. Very enjoyable.
Q: Favourite destination?
A: London. One of those great world cities you never tire of. I've been there at least once a year for the last 20 odd years (work and pleasure). There is always something new to discover. Thinking about buying an apartment to overcome the accommodation costs! Meanwhile, AirBNB and hotel loyalty points are your friends.
Q: What's one thing you would never travel overseas without?
A: It used to be explorer socks but with overheated aircraft cabins these days, it's now a T-shirt. On the ground, always a pair of walking shoes. The best way to discover a place is on foot.
Q: What's one piece of advice you would give to a new AFF member?
A: If you're travelling for work a lot, sign up to any and all hotel programs that you use. Collecting those points for future holiday stays (and status) will be better in the long run than a couple of miles per stay. That breathtaking suite upgrade will impress your +1 more than a free toaster.
Q: Favourite thread on AFF?
A: If I'm in a hurry, I usually go to the Qantas forum first to see what the other "rusted on" Qantas frequent flyers have to offer, then look at the Virgin Australia forum to see what my alter ego should be doing. When I have time, I do also enjoy The View from My Office - I'm a window shutter up person!
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