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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Friday, 15 November 2019

How I Upgraded to Business for $32
Upgrading to Business Class doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, I was recently able to upgrade an international flight from Economy to Business Class for the princely sum of $32. For this price I not only received a Business Class seat and service on the flight, but also priority check-in and airport lounge access.
Earn Velocity Points with Optus
Optus is offering up to 40,000 Velocity Frequent Flyer points if you sign up for a new Optus phone plan or recontract by 9 December 2019. This is the first time that Optus has offered Virgin Australia Velocity points to its customers. Optus has previously offered Flybuys points as a sign-up bonus to new customers, and gave out Qantas points from 2011 until 2015. Bonus Velocity more...
Qantas Commits to Net Zero Emissions
The Qantas Group has committed to reducing its carbon emissions to net zero emissions by 2050. In making this announcement, Qantas has joined a growing number of airlines to recognise the importance of sustainability in the aviation industry, which contributes around 2% of the global carbon emissions causing climate change. Qantas will now match its customers' contributions more...
Redeeming points doesn't have to be frustrating...
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Emirates Ends Brisbane-Singapore
Emirates will cease flying the Brisbane-Singapore route from 30 March, 2020. This Emirates fifth-freedom route is currently operated daily as Brisbane-Singapore-Dubai using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Emirates will retain its daily Brisbane-Dubai direct flight, and Qantas will still fly from Brisbane to Singapore beyond 30 March 2020. The Dubai-based airline had initially revealed its more...
Qantas Axes Sydney-Beijing Flights
Qantas will stop flying from Sydney to the Chinese capital of Beijing from the end of March 2020. The flying kangaroo had recommenced flights from Sydney to Beijing in March 2017 as QF107/QF108, following an 8-year hiatus from the route. But the route has been underperforming for some time. Qantas initially responded by cutting service back from daily to 5x weekly last year, but more...
How to Book the United Island Hopper using Miles
The United Airlines "Island Hopper" from Honolulu to Guam, with 5 stops in the Marshall Islands and Micronesia, is one of those unique flights with a cult following.
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