• I agree with all of that. And I should clarify that, once booked, I'd only cancel (and expect a refund) if I had to cancel due to COVID-related border or travel restrictions. I'm not talking about booking speculatively with the intention to cancel.Nevertheless, if there are cheap fares/rates to b...

  • The other side of the story is that flights and accommodation are dirt cheap, and cancellation policies are extremely generous. When I can get accommodation in a 5-star tropical resort for close to $100/night, it's time to make hay while the sun shines.My strategy: book weeks or months ahead and ...

  • Look, I was appalled at her appointment too -- not because of her but because of the duplicitous way that Bain insisted that they wouldn't appoint her, and then they did. But can't you remember that when Alan Joyce was appointed to head Qantas, the cry from near and far was "He might have done OK...

  • It's now time for Virgin to re-open its lounges in Melbourne and Sydney. At the very least, they should provide a date. The situation in Melbourne is particularly dire: if you want to eat before the flight, there's McDonalds and basically nothing else (though Grill'd and a couple of other places ...

  • Flying really is the safest way to travel and I have no doubt that flying on the MAX is extremely safe. But the reality is that there are always teething problems with planes and, highly complex and sophisticated as they are, it can take years for all the issues to be discovered and dealt with. J...

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  • Qantas Club TV

    Feb 23, 2021, 10:39 AM

    Well, we all have different, sometimes strongly-held, opinions but my personal belief is that Sky News has the best daytime news coverage in Australia (in the evening it's a very different beast, of course). The problem is those appalling infomercials that they show during their ad breaks. If tho...

  • Virgin Points Giveaway

    Feb 12, 2021, 10:07 AM

    I was frankly surprised to receive that many points. If you do the maths, it means that the 20 million points were divided among 125,000 Velocity members -- just over 1% of the total membership (approximately 10 million). I was expecting about 10% of the members to activate the offer, meaning we ...

  • Limited Virgin Australia Services

    Dec 02, 2020, 08:51 PM

    I've definitely noticed it. I was in Sydney T2 on Saturday afternoon, catching a Virgin flight to Melbourne. Between Saturday afternoon, when I arrived, and Saturday night, the Departures board listed exactly one departing Virgin flight (my flight to Melbourne) and eight Jetstar flights.

  • Queensland is it safe ?

    Nov 26, 2020, 04:00 PM

    The Qld Premier's statement about hospitals being for Queenslanders only was a political statement (albeit an outrageous and disgraceful one), rather than a change of policy. It was spoken in the approach to an election campaign, as a justification for closing the border.Needless to say, anyone ...

  • 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...

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