• Good article. I did a similar analysis when traveling through UK, Spain and Portugal in July/August this year. The potential additional cost to me had I chosen the “pay in Australian dollars” option, would have been significant over the seven weeks of our travel.

  • I’m transiting through SIN on Monday week, transferring QF35 to QF1. After reading all of this, I think I’ll just head straight to the EK lounge which I can do because I’m a Platinum.

  • I participated in this survey. Told them I wasn’t enamoured with the idea and that if they introduce it, I may as well fly Jetstar.

  • I’m happy to avoid destinations with these charges.

  • Filling in the online visa application can be tedious. Apart from needing to put in past travel details it also demads other trivia such as the dates between which you were enrolled in a tertiary education institution if you declare that you have a degree. If you live outside of Sydney and c...

  • I’ve just read the T&C for the ANZ Card Insurance which will come into effect from October this year. I notice that insurance cover will cease if you are hospitalises overseas for more than 12 months. In other words it seems you would be on your own from this point if you were really s...

  • Best area to stay in Madrid

    Feb 05, 2019, 10:05 AM

    Have a look at Plaza de Santa Ana. Close to main metro stations and Atocha Renfe station. Walking distance to main attractions including Prado Museum. Several good midrange hotels are in the vicinity and there are heaps of good restaurants and bars.

  • I achieved LTG about 15 years ago. I’m now in my early 60s and am retired. I appreciate the lounge access when traveling the world with my wife. I think the benefits are a win-win for QF and for me. My first airline choice is QF because of the lounge status and associated benefits.

  • Europe Trip

    Sep 10, 2018, 06:21 PM

    Ditto the other comments. We often enter one European port and exit another to come home. Most recently entered London and departed from Madrid. Have previously entries have included Dublin and St Petersburg (and then catching train to Helsinki). Other exit ports after entry into London have incl...

  • San Francisco BART

    Sep 10, 2018, 06:16 PM

    My wife and I used BART between SFO and Powell St and return last year. Our flights were during daylight and we didn’t feel threatened at any time. We travel a lot and exercise common sense wherever we go, including being alert to unfamiliar surroundings any irregular behaviour by those ar...