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Hello travellers.

All you heard this week was Qantas, Qantas, Qantas

Yes, this was the week for the announcement of the biggest changes to the Qantas Frequent Flyer Scheme in 32 years. Actually, it was a bit of an expensive-media-event-at-the-Sydney-Cricket-ground, about nearly nothing. You can read my predictions, and my comments on the reality - so make up your own mind about how right or wrong I was.

What else happened last week?

More Qantas, with announcements about Brisbane to Chicago, and San Francisco routes. I also wrote an informal guide to unpublished benefits of Platinum Status. Skytrax announced their awards (for what that's worth), and that's about it.

Yes, yes, I know I promised trip reports. I'm getting to them. The take a lot of time you know.  

Catch up on last weeks posts below. Until next week . . .

Happy Travels,

Updates from


Love to fly? So do I.

In the 06/24/2019 edition:

Qantas Loyalty – the biggest change in 32 years?

By 2paxfly on Jun 20, 2019 10:26 am

[Updated] This was written as I discovered new aspects of the changes to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program from a combination of blogs, forums and press stories on 20 June – the day of the announcement. For upgrades its a modest downgrade of just under 10%. Ahead of the main announcement press conference, there have […]

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Qantas – more awards seats?

By 2paxfly on Jun 20, 2019 09:50 am

The Australian Financial Review reported yesterday: “We will be significantly boosting the availability of seats for frequent flyers to book, particularly on international flights: that’s the No. 1 thing our members want,” a Qantas source told The Australian Financial Review on Wednesday. “They save their points and look forward to taking their dream holiday to Europe or […]

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Skytrax Best Airline 2019 is . . .

By 2paxfly on Jun 19, 2019 01:02 pm

No surprise. Qatar Airlines skytrax best airline 2019 Whatever you think of the whole Skytrax award system, and there are plenty who think about it a lot . . . I think this award is correct. In my – admittedly limited – experience, Qatar is one of the best airlines in the air – and […]

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Qantas to make Frequent Flyer scheme revenue based?

By 2paxfly on Jun 18, 2019 05:45 pm

“the biggest overhaul to the airline’s loyalty program in its 32 year history.” Qantas media alert Thursday, June 20 sees Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, and Qantas Loyalty CEO – Olivia Wirth holding a press conference to announce ‘significant changes‘ to the program. What’s the bet that the ‘significant changes‘ are primarily about increasing revenue for […]

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Qantas does Chicago!

By 2paxfly on Jun 17, 2019 02:56 pm

Two new routes out of BrisVegas (Brisbane) are to be launched by Qantas once the USA Department of Transport gives its final approval of the joint venture between Qantas and American Airlines. The two new routes are: Brisbane – Chicago Brisbane – San Francisco Combined, the two new routes will chuck another 170,000 seats between […]

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