• During the pandemic I focused on accumulating Qantas points because it was the safer option with Virgin's future under a cloud. Since then, Emirates has quadrupled its taxes and charges, and Qatar (it seems) is deliberately favouring Velocity over Qantas FF in terms of seat availability. So Qanta...

  • A few months ago I had the opportunity, for the first time, to fly an A320 and a 737 MAX on the same day (both flights in Economy). The A320 was 25 years old, but I ended the day convinced that the A320 is the more comfortable ride. On the other hand was the difference so pronounced that I would ...

  • In Melbourne, the Priority security lane might only be policed until 10am ... but it seems that they keep the sign up and the lane open all day, so in practise the priority lane is quicker at all times of the day.

  • I signed up for the Qatar Airways Privilege Club earlier in the year, took a Business Class Reward flight using Asia Miles, and still received 5000 Avios! It was very nice of Qatar to give me the Avios even though I'd booked the flight with points from another Frequent Flyer programme.

  • I’m interested in the comment that “entry is also included for holders of eligible credit cards such as the American Express Platinum…” Can you clarify: is this via the Priority Pass programme, or as a standalone perk of the Platinum card? (I’m asking because the Am...

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  • JFK-AKL problem for Air NZ

    Sep 26, 2022, 11:00 AM

    Part of the problem seems to be that Air NZ simply has too many seats on its 787s for such a long-haul flight. I think their 787s have close to 300 seats (compare with Qantas’ 787s which have 236 seats and which therefore take off lighter and have extra range).

  • As a Velocity Gold (very recently upgraded to Platinum) who flies primarily between Melbourne and Sydney, I can report the following:I have checked baggage more often than not, and in many years of flying Virgin, my luggage has not been lost (or put onto a different plane) once.The “priorit...

  • VA-NZ Merger?

    Sep 16, 2022, 10:22 AM

    Just read the article. Wow. It would solve Virgin's current NZ problem and would potentially make a lot of sense if they could get the details right. Hopefully Air New Zealand wouldn't repeat the mistakes of the Ansett debacle!

  • Best SQ aircraft for business?

    Sep 08, 2022, 03:03 PM

    Singapore Airlines Business class is great, no matter what you're flying. So no strong opinions. But I personally find the regional business class seat, which you'll find on their 787s and some A350s, a tiny bit narrow. Their long-haul A350 and 777 seats are wide and comfortable, though if you're...

  • So you purchased a ticket for a Qatar Boeing 777 and subsequently, due probably to increased demand, they changed the aeroplane to an Airbus A380 with an older business class seat? I'd put that in the "slightly disappointing" category rather than "daylight robbery" myself.Having flown in the Q-su...

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