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The Frequent Flyer Gazette

Monday, 3 May 2021

Virgin Opens Second Temporary Melbourne Lounge
Virgin Australia has opened a second temporary lounge at Melbourne Airport to ease overcrowding at the existing temporary lounge, amid a surge in travel demand.
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ANZ, HSBC Restore Velocity Redemptions
The ANZ Rewards and HSBC Rewards Plus loyalty programs have finally reinstated the option to transfer points to Velocity Frequent Flyer.
 
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Podcast #59: Flying to New Zealand in 2021
Alan Lam joins Matt to talk about what you need to know before flying to New Zealand, plus how to claim back the GST on items taken out of the country via TRS.
 
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Popular Threads from the AFF Community
 
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Cairns hotel recommendations
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Featured AFF Member Trip Report
A Western Australian saga.
Trip report by drron | As some know we are currently in WA. It has been a tale of problems. The first plan was for August 2020 which was for the Silo Art trail, some northern wildflower viewing and possibly Margaret river. It wasn't long before those plans fell over. We then read a TR from JohnM and were sold. An Abrolhos cruise it was going to be. read more...
AFF Member Profile
This week we interviewed AFF member QF_Flyer from Victoria. QF_Flyer joined Australian Frequent Flyer in 2017 and has so far made 104 posts.
 
Q: Where did you go on your last trip?
A: Cairns, last weekend. First time on a widebody plane since last June!
 
Q: Where will you go when the current travel restrictions are lifted?
A: Tough one, but Hong Kong because I've missed the place massively, UK to visit family, and Chile to replace the Easter Island trip I had finally booked but sadly was cancelled due to COVID.
 
Q: Favourite airline?
A: That's another tough question since so many have highlights, but my favourite all-rounder would probably by Cathay Pacific. I've taken a lot of memorable trips with CX, the service is good, food is good and their lounges at HKG are a definite high point. My personal absolute high point is Emirates First Class though.
 
Q: What's one piece of advice you would give to a new AFF member?
A: Diversify. Don't think you have to necessarily stick to one frequent flyer/hotel program, it can be beneficial to have options. But if you're chasing status, pick one and focus on it!
 
Q: Favourite thread on AFF?
A: Anything in the Trip Reports forum, although if I had to nominate one then I have been following Virgin Bart's trip to Cocos/Christmas Islands most recently.
 
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