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Author: 2paxfly

Retro-Roo over-excitement, Qantas club ‘food’ & back stairs entry

Over the weekend I did a quick trip to Adelaide, which I do about once a month to catch up with my family. Club food downgrade Nothing really to mention, except the inevitable drop in the quality of food at the Qantas Club – which I have been a member for 20+uninterrupted years – until recently – but that is another story. I remember when there used to be a queue for the party pies! They seem long since gone, like Alan Joyce’s 2014 bonus. Other than making my own toastie – for which there was a queue (the overwhelming...

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Qantas Club Melbourne – Access Restrictions

The Bad News Qantas is restricting entry for guests of Gold Members and greater, to the Club Lounge in Melbourne during peak periods (5-9am and 3-7pm) from mid-November – probably through to the second half of 2018. Capacity restrictions due to the planned renovations are the reason. The Good News Well about time, I say. The Melbourne Qantas Club has been looking like the hand-me-downs that the runt of the family gets for quite some time. Watch out if you have one of those consolation prize guest passes as a Silver Member too. You will be denied entry as...

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Qantas companion sale – two for the price of one – no, not really

I remember when a companion sale was really a companion sale. Years ago Thai Airways used to effectively have a two-for-one business class sale. Admittedly the sale price was set at the un-discounted full Business Class airfare, but you still got two-for-one. Companion Sale – doesn’t mean two-for-one anymore. Actually, to be honest, it hasn’t for some time. Qantas is having a Premium Companion Sale until 16 October (next Monday) unless it sells out earlier. Prices are not drop-dead-can’t-resist, but they are not bad, although there are date restrictions. Here’s a shot of the samples from Sydney provided in...

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SkyTeam partner Flying Blue – offering 50% Bonus Miles

I belong to the Flying Blue airline points loyalty scheme. It started when I took a couple of European flights on Air France and KLM, and didn’t have anywhere to credit them. I don’t like letting points accumulate in the ether, so I joined the program. More recently, I have credited Garuda flights to the program. I only have entry level ‘Ivory’ status, so its only the 40,000 odd points I have that I need to worry about.  The scheme is mainly associated with Air France, KLM, and also includes Air Cailin – based in  Noumea, New Caledonia. However,...

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Grand Pacific Hotel Suva

Hotel: Grand Pacific Hotel Place: Suva, Fiji Room: Premier Room 230 Size: 37sqm Price: AU$410/night for 5 nights (~US$320) – including breakfast Stay: September 2017   Introduction This was my first time in Fiji, and so my first time in Suva. I told an old friend who spent a lot of time in the Pacific in the 70’s and 80’s that we were going to Suva. She said ‘A dump, don’t bother’ or words to that effect. Well, I didn’t have much of a choice, as my partner was attending a conference in Suva, so my task was to...

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