• Some years ago I had a conversation about travel with the CEO of a huge publicly-listed Australian company employing many thousands of workers. He told me that travelling business class for domestic flights was a self-indulgent waste of money and that he, and all his employees, always flew in eco...

  • Or, Velocity reward tickets need to be "full-service" or close to it. For example, an award seat on a Jetstar flight includes a 20kg baggage allowance, and award seats on Air NZ are in "The Works" category which includes a baggage allowance and a hot meal. If Virgin de-bundles its services, then ...

  • I'm very sorry to see Paul Scurrah (and probably the Virgin Australia I know and love) go. However, I can't help but feel just a little sorry for Jayne Hrdlicka. She's about to be subject to so much vilification based on her record (whether or not it's deserved, I really have no idea) that i...

  • Agreed. They're taking away maybe $300-$400 worth of benefits and refunding $105. The only small reason to maybe keep the card is that ANZ gives the full reward points on government spending (rates, Australia post, etc). But you'd need to pay a lot of money to the government for even that to...

  • Are Qantas earmarking these planes for Qantas, Jetstar or both?

  • Well, I'm Velocity Gold and I have a ton of Velocity points, so in the absence of a Qantas status match I'm not rushing for the exit yet. However, I'm definitely more inclined to fly Qantas particularly on longer flights (ie. longer than MEL-SYD) where service actually matters. I'll also probably...

  • Comment Feature

    Oct 14, 2020, 09:26 AM

    I've made at least one comment on a credit card review that has disappeared. Perhaps one of the moderators can enlighten us, but I assumed that my comment was rejected either because it had something to do with ET's licence as an "authorised credit representative of MGS Financial" (websites that ...

  • Flight schedules

    Sep 16, 2020, 10:56 PM

    MEL-SYD flights for the next few days:September 17: Virgin 4:30pm, Qantas 7:30pm.September 18: Jetstar 11am, Qantas 4:15pm (via Canberra), Virgin 4:30pm.September 19: Qantas 7am, Jetstar 11am.The good news is that getting to your hotel will be absolutely no problem: you'll be taken door-to-door ...

  • Returning to Australia

    Sep 11, 2020, 08:22 PM

    Qatar is unashamedly cancelling Economy tickets and prioritising customers in Business. If you're not in Business class, expect your ticket to be cancelled and be very pleasantly surprised if it isn't. Cancellations often happen within 24-48 hours of the flight. Of course, things could change a l...

  • Returning to Australia

    Sep 11, 2020, 11:25 AM

    Which country are you returning from? Which city are you flying into? Which airline are you flying?