• Sadly some Australians would be horrified at the thought of a dog being in the cabin. They’d freak out at the thought of it barking or defecating or biting. Meanwhile, pretty much everywhere else e.g., USA, UK, Europe welcomes dogs into normal human life in hotels, cafes, pubs, planes, buse...

  • It's a great way to get to and from Heathrow. I typically get an Uber to and from home to Paddington + Heathrow Express.Normal traffic from central London to and from Heathrow can be a nightmare. With the Heathrow Express you know it's 15 minutes.Seems to be a very reliable service too -- I've go...

  • As a frequent user of the Heathrow Express the value of this is: (1) being in the front carriage from Heathrow to Paddington and being able to exit the platform swiftly. Sometimes the ticket gates are open and you just walk through*, but other times you need to scan your ticket (again) and you ha...

  • Me too -- I'll fly immediately.I also did a completely unscientific survey of my Facebook friends - about 15 replied. All but two of them said they would be "just as comfortable" flying once flights resume. About half said they might fly a little less, but the other half said they would fly just ...

  • I suspect part of this is to help rally the troops to pressure the government to provide financial support to Virgin Australia (VA). The more Gold and Platinum VA members out there, the more vocal the public will be, and the more support and pressure there will be on the government. A smart strat...

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  • Qantas Heathrow check-in times

    Jul 18, 2022, 11:59 PM

    Thanks appreciate the heads up. I might get to the airport extra early when the Perth flight check-in is still open in that case.

  • Qantas Heathrow check-in times

    Jul 18, 2022, 12:23 AM

    Two questions:QUESTION 1:For Heathrow check-in, the Qantas website says:“Check-in opens 4 hours before the first Qantas international flight and closes 45 minutes before departure.”There’s two flights each day: departing at 11:55am (to Perth) and at 9:05pm QF2 to Sydney (via Sin...

  • Qantas phone service (or lack of)

    Apr 03, 2022, 11:40 AM

    5 year+ platinum. Have called three times last week, and each call on hold over 1.5 hours. Finally got through, but cut off mid way. Now when I call I get the “piss off” message (i.e., only stay on hold if you’re travelling in the next 24 hours).

  • The problem is that a business class flight from London to Sydney in the coming months is around $10,000.So many Australians overseas who need to return home. To look after sick or dying relatives. Australians who have lost their jobs overseas. Australian volunteers in war torn countries. The onl...

  • Reflections on a previous life

    Sep 03, 2020, 09:01 AM

    I'm an Australian living in the UK. Travel is much more sensible and realistic here.Most of Europe has re-opened for travel with no quarantine in either direction.I did a four day trip to Italy last week. No quarantine into Italy. No quarantine back into the UK. Sensible precautions taken during ...

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