• 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...

  • As one of my favourite airlines. I'd like to see them rebrand to their callsign of Dynasty and retain the plum blossom logo. This would remove the existing stigma and confusion with Air China, yet remain ambiguous enough to be non-confrontational, and most importantly provide a distinctive neutra...

  • As far back as March, China required inbound pax to pay A$200/day for their quarantine. One blog I read then was of a student who bailed out of the USA having booked an abstruse 7 sector flight to avoid crowded aircraft and was finally, frustratingly, quarantined in a hotel within sight of his h...

  • The biggest limitation of the old Velocity program (as a recurring Platinum) was the total scarcity of redemption capacity for trans Pacfic business seats. Without improving that, or the retaining the ability to move points to Krisflyer, then I'll see lttle value from Velocity.As a sidenote, th...

  • 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...