• As a VA Plat I was often underwhelmed by the J catering, particularly the day that fruit scones and cream (fruit!) was the only offering on three consecutive flights.Even Marks & Sparks pre packs would be a better option.Seriously though, David this is a great suggestion that VA should look at.

  • Personally I'm a fan of China Air, but the Sydney Sky Team lounge is poor.  Am hoping that Starlux ( the latest Taiwanese carrier) adds Australia to its growing route network.

  • A brave move when no one knows the Flybuys to Velocity conversion rates and onto Krisflyer going forwawd.   When ANZ capped earning rates my personal spend on their card went from $8Kpm+ to $2K and after they restricted their travel insurance coverage last October it went to zero. ...

  • When VA went into administration all ticket holders unfortunately became unsecured creditors and so ended any, and all, consumer rights.  If Bain is consistent, international tickets may get a refund offer at the same rate as bondholders, that is around 10c in the dollar as an option in...

  • Crunch the numbers: assume 14 day return quarantine and even if 20% of the usual volume of Australians (19M in 2019) opted to travel over the next year that equates to 150,000 return pax in quarantine on a given day ( It was about 30K in April/May). Typical quarantine non-compliance is reportedl...

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  • Fly Air Canada as its always better than UA and credit your miles to Mileage Plus ( I'm Oz based, but been a member for 30 years).If your Canadian destinations are West Coast, then Alaska Air and its mileage program wins hands down.Peter

  • On arrival into LAX, and once you clear customs, you'll find the transfer belts are outside security - no way around this on your routing. If your return starts at Toronto or Yvr then you'll clear US customs there and arrive at Lax as a domestic passenger. If you are ticketed and bag checked al...

  • Just booked GA today for MEL-LHR for mid April 2018, returning 1 May and transit times in CGK both ways are around 90-130 minutes. Its a case of picking the days when the connections are tight-ish.Niall, use Expertflyer to see the equipment scheduled for your flights and the seat layout, then us...

  • As a  UA Platinum FF may I recommend avoiding United for these flights.  The 777 long haul seat config is cramped at 20' width in a 2-4-2 layout when VA is 2-3-2 with 23" width.  Look at Seatguru.com for the dates you are travelling to find the scheduled carrier config. If UA is pr...

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