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Double Status credits so I travel with Virgin Australia?

Hello from Byron Bay where I arrive this afternoon, on a Virgin Australia flight. Oh, the irony of travelling on Virgin in a week when Qantas announced its first double status credits promotion for 2020.

Sorry for this newsletter looking like an ad for Qantas, but since general double status promotions have become so rare, this is quite an occasion.

Before you dive into this promotion, look carefully. Just remember that special fare prices have disappeared, and many prices seem to have been hiked, so you will end up paying for those double status credits somehow.

What happened last week?

Aside from the double status promotion, we heard Qantas half-yearly results, which I have yet to trawl through.

The big news is the effect Coronavirus is having on the travel industry and the consequences for the airline industry. Qantas, having slashed its capacity to China including Hong Kong, is now reducing international flights, particularly in Asia, but also across the Tasman, and domestically.

Consumers can only hope that this might end in a bit of a price war, although there is no evidence of that quite yet.

In other news, Singapore Airlines are offering some great 'Spontaneous Escape' fares, Alaska Airlines is slated to join OneWorld, and I reviewed a LATAM domestic flight between Iguazú and Rio de Janeiro.

What's coming up?

I'm in Byron for the week, having a well-earned post-Christmas break. Reports on local wildlife will follow . . .

I have some trips to plan, and some reviews to catch up on.

You can catch up on posts from last week below. Until next week . . .

Happy Travels,



Updates from

2PAXfly – Travel News, Airline Flight and Hotel Reviews

Love to fly? So do I.

In the 02/23/2020 edition:

Qantas: Flights cut all over the place

By 2paxfly on Feb 21, 2020 10:34 am

As part of the Qantas Group’s half-year financial results (they are doing quite well, but facing economic headwinds, because COVID-19) Alan Joyce announced a fairly major cut back in flight services for Qantas International, Domestic and Jetstar. Qantas International cutbacks Woah! They are cutting capacity to Asia until at least the end of May by […]

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Double Status Credits! Qantas exhumes loyalty dinasour!

By 2paxfly on Feb 20, 2020 03:21 pm

Well, we thought these were ‘dead, buried, cremated‘, but apparently not. Details you need to know ThisQantas Double Status Credits offer has the following conditions: You have to register You have to login as a frequent flyer You have to book between now (20 February 2020) and midnight (OK 11:59 pm to be precise) on […]

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Redeem: Singapore Airlines Spontaneous Escapes – 30% points saving

By 2paxfly on Feb 19, 2020 06:29 pm

Why I haven’t posted these type of specials Let’s not beat about the bush. I usually don’t post specials like this – thinking that you, dear readers, would already subscribe to every specials newsletter from every airline frequent flyer program of which you are a member. Then, I thought, I do this research anyway for […]

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Review: LATAM flight Iguazu to Rio

By 2paxfly on Feb 18, 2020 08:00 am

Flight: LA 3738Route: Iguazú Falls (IGU) – Rio de Janeiro (GIG)Date: Saturday, 2 March 19Depart: 1:15 PM (BRT)Arrive: 3:15 PM (BRT)Duration: 2 hrsAircraft: A320Seat: 6E & F (Economy Class)Cost: part of a multidestination ticket AU$2,105 (destinations include: IGU-GIG-LIM-CUZ-LIM-UIO-LIM). Introduction This was to be the exciting part of our honeymoon trip – heading off to Carnival […]

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OneWorld: Alaska airlines to join OneWorld Alliance

By 2paxfly on Feb 17, 2020 08:00 am

Alaska Airlines has announced its intention to join the OneWorld alliance by mid-2021 and to form an international alliance with American Airlines. Current arrangements Alaska currently has a domestic codeshare agreement with American Airlines, but it was scheduled to shrink this as of March 202. Instead, they will expand this codeshare agreement to West Coast […]

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