• I've had terrible experiences with Ola. Unlike Uber, Ola drivers have said they don't receive the in-app notes explaining where to pick up exactly at hotels with multiple entrances, etc. Ola drivers have also been much more mercenary with cancelling rides, etc, leaving me in the lurch multiple ti...

  • This is negotiation 101. Always appear genuinely ready to walk away to secure the best possible deal.Of course, sometimes you have to make good on that - but Qantas won't want to walk unless it really does look uneconomic.

  • Staff travel: who 'owns' the points?

    Apr 03, 2019, 03:40 PM

    Wayne Swan and Lindsay Tanner removed the rights of Commonwealth employees (particularly parliamentarians' staff) to keep their frequent flyer points in around 2010. The justification was that it resulted in a saving to the Commonwealth as part of the renegotiation of the Commonwealth's travel co...

  • Qantas Double Status Credits

    Aug 08, 2018, 11:10 PM

    Yes. Most of my bookings are through a corporate travel agent and the double status credits have always applied.

  • Answer: neither. The FF points don't nearly compensate for the poor exchange rates. The better option for the regular overseas traveller is: (a) the 28 Degrees card for purchases; and (b) a pre-loaded Citibank debit card for ATM withdrawals.

  • Originally Posted by CBR boy ING Orange Everyday transaction account with Visa Debit card: no fees, Visa exchange rates, and they even rebate foreign banks' ATM fees. Proviso is deposit >$1000 and make 5 card purchases a month. Plus they have a current offer of a $75 bonus for new sign-ups. ...

  • Originally Posted by mviy The Ultra USaver earns a good interest rate for a savings account and you could transfer funds to the Ultra as needed using the mobile app/websiteWill be interesting to hear reports as to how well this works or not. Last edited by mviy at Aug 22, 2018, 09.05 PM.I'm ...

  • UBank sent me an email today advising that it has abolished its 2% foreign exchange fee as well as its $4 fee for using overseas ATMs for the Visa card attached to its Ultra transaction account. Does this make it a viable option for travel alongside 28 Degrees and Citibank?I guess the advantage o...

  • This is entirely fine; I have done it myself. The important thing is to remember which country you entered on which passport - and to leave on the same passport.I made a mistake in - of all countries - the most (understandably) fussy about these things: Israel. I entered on one passport and then,...