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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Friday, 13 March 2020

COVID-19 Travel Update: 13 March 2020
Yesterday, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The evolving coronavirus situation is making overseas travel increasingly difficult. Even if you happen to have a pre-existing travel insurance policy that covers coronavirus - and the health risks aside - countries are increasingly placing new entry restrictions and many flights are being cancelled.
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Qantas Grounds A380 & Reduces Flights
Qantas will ground two-thirds of its A380 fleet, re-route its Sydney-London flight via Perth, and delay the launch of flights to Chicago as it responds to a sudden collapse in demand for air travel due to coronavirus. Qantas also announced that it will more...
Qantas Closes Singapore First Lounge
Qantas will temporarily close its brand new Singapore First Lounge from next month. The closure is expected to last from 20 April until mid-September 2020, although it could be reduced or extended depending on how the COVID-19 situation evolves. The more...
 
 
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Airline Award Chart Sweet Spots & Loopholes
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Earning points is only half of the equation when maximising your frequent flyer points. There is also an art to redeeming points for the maximum possible value.

With most frequent flyer programs, the cost of a reward flight is based on either the distance flown or geographical zones. There are sweet spots with both systems, but the very best loopholes tend to arise where zone-based award charts are used.

By taking advantage of airline award chart sweet spots and loopholes, you can unlock some incredible redemptions for a ridiculously low amount of frequent flyer points!

Join Matt Graham at 8pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 as he reveals the best sweet spots for low-cost reward flights in each of the major frequent flyer programs of interest to Australians!
 
 
Garuda A330-900neo for Sydney
Garuda Indonesia will fly its brand new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft with upgraded Business class seats between Sydney and Bali for the next few weeks. According to Routes Online, Garuda Indonesia will use A330-900neo aircraft on the Sydney to Denpasar more...
Airlines Limit Hand Sanitiser Quantities
Health experts have said that only hand sanitiser with an alcohol content of at least 60% has a chance of being effective against COVID-19. However, items with such a high alcohol content pose a fire risk and are therefore restricted by airlines. Virgin Australia more...
 
 
 
Virgin Offers Free Int'l Flight Changes
Virgin Australia has now followed Qantas and Jetstar in waiving change fees on international bookings until 31 March 2020. Virgin's policy is similar to the Qantas & Jetstar change fee waiver, but it's more generous as it also applies to existing more...
Qantas Waives New Booking Change Fees
Qantas and Jetstar will both waive change fees on new international bookings made until 31 March 2020. It's good news for travellers that are hesitant to book international travel amid the current coronavirus uncertainty. However, the Qantas change fee more...
 
 
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Wide Open British Airways Award Availability to London
British Airways award availability from Sydney to London is currently wide open - even in First class! You can book a seat using Qantas Frequent Flyer points.
 
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Upcoming Changes & Expiring Deals
 
17 Mar
Up to 20% off Velocity Points Booster Purchases
 
18 Mar
Air New Zealand Sale to Cook Islands
 
22 Mar
Up to 50% off British Airways Avios Purchases
 
25 Mar
50% off Marriott Bonvoy Points
 

 
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