• One of the reasons I haven't bought AirPods is that I've heard that the "up to five hours" battery life tends to reduce to one hour or so after a year or two of use. I'd be interested to hear from people who've been using AirPods for a while about whether they can confirm (or refute) this: what's...

  • You actually need 159,000 Qantas points to fly from Sydney/Canberra to Europe.

  • You can't move your Qantas points to any other programme so that decision is made for you. As for Velocity, you can convert them to KrisFlyer but you'll lose 35% of your points in the process so that's only worth doing if you have a specific purpose in mind. If you're not sure what you're going t...

  • I have almost exactly 340,000 Amex Ascent points, so the choice is a pretty obvious one for me: convert the points to Asia Miles and bag return business class flights to Europe for my wife and me. In fact the first half of the trip is already booked! The caveat is that Asia Miles availability int...

  • The other night I flew Qantas MEL-SYD. The flight was totally full and with about one quarter of the passengers still to board, the overhead lockers were full. At one point a boarding passenger saw that there was no space for her bag, so she removed my (undersized) bag from the overhead locker, g...

  • Health insurance (Qantas Health), electricity (Red Energy) and Qantas Travel Money are three I can think of at the top of my head. Head over to qantaspoints.com, then click on "earn points" and spend some time exploring.

  • As a very general rule, I find that Singapore Airlines has the best availability on the routes I want to travel. But the best strategy is to do your own research and then, and only then, transfer the points to the airline that has the best supply on the routes and dates you want to travel. Rememb...

  • Perth to the Ningaloo Reef

    Oct 20, 2019, 07:25 PM

    I lived in Perth until a couple of years ago but I only drove north as far as Geraldton; if I needed to go further north I flew. I don't know how familiar you are with WA so forgive me if you already know this, but driving in country WA isn't like driving "over east": you stop where you can as th...

  • Yes, it's definitely possible (and advisable) to make two bookings so that you don't miss out on available seats. And yes, because you're making two separate bookings you can of course fly on two separate airlines.

  • Here's what's hopefully a constructive and positive suggestion: swap the positions of the "Life & Style" and the "Community" sections. So the forums are back up at/near the top of the homepage, and the "Life & Style" stuff that's (frankly) peripheral to why most people come here is at the...