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71 thought dead after Russian Aircraft plunges after take-off

Tragedy Tragic news over the weekend, that a seven years old Saratov Airlines Antonov AN-148 regional jet crashed soon after takeoff from Domodedovo airport near Moscow. The plane was only 10 years old. The plane was heading for the city of Orsk on the Kazakhstan border. It was carrying 65 passengers and six crew. Wreckage has been found over a wide area about 60 miles southeast of Moscow. Eyewitnesses have reported seeing a ‘falling airplane in flames’ (Interfax). An official of the Emergency Situations Ministry has reported that two bodies and the ‘black box’ flight recorder have been found. A criminal...

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DOH! Online hotel booking errors 101

Not just one error today, but TWO! I had a frenzy of flight and hotel bookings today as a result of the Double Status Credits bonanza with Qantas at the moment. Remember that you have until one minute to midnight (AEDT) tonight to Register and make your booking. I made one booking using Qantas hotels booking website, and one on the IHG website. In both cases, I duplicated the transactions! Qantas Hotels With Qantas hotels, after about a 5 minutes on hold to their call centre, I got to explain my dilemma, and it was patiently explained to me...

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Last day for double Qantas Status Credits! How much do Qantas Status Credits cost?

You have until a minute before midnight tonight (AEDT) to book flights and earn DOUBLE Qantas Status Credits Read this, and go straight to their booking site (and register on your way)! So, how much do Status Credits cost? Well, I know you can’t buy them directly, but what is their rough price according to how many points you get per trip, and the price you pay for that trip? I’m quite a cheapskate (thank you, Harold E., my father) – and long ago abandoned loyalty to one airline for international travel. My premium paid-fare airline choices these days are primarily...

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Sledgehammer of sentimentality in new Qantas safety demo

2016 Safety Video was refreshing About two years ago,  Qantas abandoned their full syrup theme ‘we call Australia home’ music, and made a safety video that used images from all over Australia to visually supply the tourist message. It was charming. It used to choke me up as I remembered places I had been, or Australian personality types I have met. It had a special effect when viewed on a trip from overseas back to Sydney. It looked like this:     2018 Safety video … not so much Well, now Qantas has gone ‘extreme syrup’ with a new safety...

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SQUEEL!!!! Double Status Credits with Qantas from 1 to 5 January for travel 12 Jan 2018 to 20 Jan 2020!

I need to go for GOLD This is what I have been waiting for! With my current trips (Business to Europe on Qatar) and my regular interstate trips these double status credits will get me to the magical 700 points to reclaim Gold Status on Qantas before my Qantas Club ‘Birthday’ at the end of July 2018. The question is – do I try and fit in a quick Business Class trip to Europe before then on Qantas, and add that to my roughly 700 gold points to make the magical 1400 for Platinum? I’d do it in a...

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