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COVID-19: Australia – lockdowns everywhere!

COVID-19: Australia – lockdowns everywhere!

Australia, having wandered around with a bit of a smirk on its face, when looking at the COVID-19 preparedness of other countries, is now hiding its face from onlookers.

Over the weekend, Australia has gone from living a life almost like pre-pandemic times to now bracing itself for another long lockdown, and not just in one state – potentially nationally. And its going to get worse before it gets better.

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To explain how dire it is – I just cancelled a holiday in New Zealand scheduled to start in just over a week.

Even Darwin is in lockdown for 48 hours. Wherever you are, presume you should be wearing a mask, and keeping your distance for your fellow Australians.

Sample of today’s cancelled Sydney Airport International flight arrivals


States are going through the process of updating their number of cases in the last 24 hours and COVID-19 related restrictions. Unless you’re travel is essential, I would presume that you can’t travel between states, and any intra-state travel should also be curtailed.

You can check the links below, but for the moment, if you are in NSW and especially greater Sydney and associated large coastal population areas, presume no state wants you, and expect to be turned around at the border or fined and quarantined if you try.

And for those monitoring the trans-Tasman bubble like me:

Sample of cancelled flight arrivals into Sydney Airport today.

2PAXfly Takeout

Remembering that you can cancel and rebook any fares through to the end of February 2022, this offer is worth booking some speculative travel.

I usually value status credits over points, but triple points is a good deal. Anyway if a good bonus status credits deal comes up – I can always cancel my triple points booking and rebook using the credit to gain the the status deal. Sorry guys, you can’t combine deals.

Qantas didn’t come down in the last shower, so don’t expect this triple points deal to be giving you the best fare prices (I haven’t checked this), and the same applies to those double status points offers if they return. I have no inside knowledge, but a triple points offer, often comes just before a double status credits offer. Just sayin’.

I’m either making use of the home gym, catching up on a bunch of streaming services, reading the stack of books I have, writing this blog, or resting from the sheer exhaustion of staying at home. Actually that’s not entirely true. Secretly I’m working on dates to re-schedule the New Zealand trip, around my next term of university commitments.

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