BRAZIL: Australians need a visa to enter from 10 January 2024 – full details
I previously published a post back on 1 September advising Australians entering Brazil of this change. We now have the full details published on the Brazillian government website. It’s pretty much as predicted. There is one portal to visit to make your application: https://brazil.vfsevisa.com/ What you need to apply We...
QANTAS: Seeks to codeshare with Garuda. Sydney Airport, Virgin Australia and others not happy
Back in September, Qantas applied to the International Air Services Commission (IASC) to codeshare flights with Garuda Airlines for flights between Sydney and Melbourne and Jakarta and Denpasar, Bali. Background Let’s take a step back. First, I’ll explain who IASC is. They are an Australian statutory authority that allocates ‘capacity...
QANTAS: App baggage tracking being tested from today
A source and Qantas have confirmed, that the new tracking app is being implemented from today. The app now allows customers on some routes to check the status of their bags at points in their journey. Wisely, Qantas is trialling the baggage tracking ability on routes between ten major domestic...
VIRGIN AUSTRALIA: Cabin crew vote to be able to strike
Over 99% of the unionised portion of Virgin Australia cabin crew have just voted to be able to strike. Or, as it is known more formally, they run protected work stoppages as part of their negotiations for improved wages and conditions. Negotiations have apparently stalled. However, if an agreement is...
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Win A Trip For 2 To The Channel Islands
Toad & Co is running the Gift for Good Sweepstakes. In the sweepstakes one lucky winner will win a trip for two to the Channel Islands! The prize includes airfare, ferry tickets to the islands, a $200 Trader Joe’s gift card and more. I’ve never been to the Channel Islands and...
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Ryanair Boss Blasts British Air Traffic Agency After Second Computer Meltdown Delays Flights at Gatwick Airport
The outspoken boss of Ryanair has lashed out at the British air traffic agency after a localised computer outage led to flight delays and cancellations at Gatwick Airport on Saturday. The outage was fairly short-lived and nothing like the massive computer meltdown back in August when two important systems run...
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What Is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 226
Hertz has been featured in the past in this series of articles — in this article and in this article — and Hertz appears once again. While I was pricing a vehicle for a future rental, I spotted something that I thought qualified Hertz once again for this series of...
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Why Hotels Have Free Ice Machines (It’s Not What You’d Think)
Regardless of brand, there’s a standard set of amenities you can expect to find in most American hotels. We’ve already explained some of them in the past, like: why hotel…
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Union Demands United Airlines Pay Flight Attendants When They Aren’t Flying
United’s flight attendants union – the same union that downplayed boarding pay at Spirit – wants to one-up Delta, American, and SkyWest. They want boarding pay like Delta, and like what’s been offered at American (50% pay), but they also want “Ground Time Pay” (50% pay). Continue reading Union Demands United Airlines...
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Apple dumps Goldman Sachs, 25 tips for traveling with a baby and did Marriott Bonvoy free night certs? (Saturday Selection)
Apple dumps Goldman Sachs, 25 tips for traveling with a baby and did Marriott make a mistake by nixing free night certificate extensions? All that and more in this week’s Saturday Selection, our weekly round-up of interesting tidbits from around the interwebs (links to each article are embedded in the...
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Southwest Airlines Agent Caught Playing Video Games Instead Of Helping Customers
Sometimes an agent just needs a moment to decompress, as seems to be the case with this Southwest Airlines employee who appears to be playing a video game instead of helping customers, as captured on video by a passenger at BWI airport in Baltimore. Continue reading Southwest Airlines Agent Caught Playing...
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Weekly Review: December 09, 2023
I hope everyone is having a nice weekend! I just wrapped up my quick round the world review trip. I had an amazing time, but goodness am I tired. I’ll be rolling out the full trip report soon, so stay tuned. On the points & travel front, this week Delta...
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Last Week at Economy Class and Beyond (9th December)
Hallo und Grüezi im Zuirch. Or rather, where I was today. I suspect when I hit publish, I’ll be somewhere at Heathrow waiting for a coach. Nonetheless, it is Saturday, so it must be time for Last Week at Economy Class and Beyond, as I celebrate the last hours of...
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The September 2001 Airport Security Deleted Scene From Friends
An airport security scene from Friends was supposed to air in September 2001, but was removed after the events of 9/11. The one word you should never ...
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The Hassle of Picking a Rental Car: Understanding Car Rental Policies for Choosing a Car
I remember when I first became a National Car Rental Emerald Club member. That status gave me the privilege of booking a midsize car and being able to rent any…
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Big News! A Satisfactory “Free” Hotel Breakfast Still Exists
I rarely eat the complimentary hotel breakfast these days. But I was recently reminded why I shouldn't give up on the option. The post Big News! A Satisfactory “Free” Hotel Breakfast Still Exists appeared first on Miles to Memories.
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Woah – Easy (Up to) $200 From Capital One Shopping
Hurry as I don't expect this deal to last - you can get an easy (up to) $200 by signing up for the Capital One shopping portal and installing their browser extension.
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The D In Delta Stands For Dirty: Passengers Say It’s Time The Airline Cleans Its Planes [Roundup]
A roundup of the most important stories of the day. I keep you up to date on the most interesting writings I find on other sites – the latest news and tips. Continue reading The D In Delta Stands For Dirty: Passengers Say It’s Time The Airline Cleans Its Planes [Roundup]...
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I Just Walked 23 Miles.
I just walked 23 miles in several hours for no real reason at all. I did so without stopping for a break — not even to use a toilet. I simply got into a rhythm that fed upon itself, I suppose. Readers of The Gate With Brian Cohen know that I...
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Earn Double Points (Up To 10x) For A Year With Chase’s Best ‘Everyday’ Credit Card
I’m a big fan of the Chase Freedom Unlimited®. I have had it for a number of years and it’s the best Chase card for spending outside of bonus-earning categories (it is the best consumer card for everyday regular spend). It has no annual fee and it earns at least 1.5...
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Delta Cuts New York LaGuardia to Salt Lake City and Las Vegas Routes
Delta Air Lines announced in June that it was running once weekly flights from… The post Delta Cuts New York LaGuardia to Salt Lake City and Las Vegas Routes appeared first on The Bulkhead Seat.
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20% off Marriott gift cards with email code [Targeted?]
Marriott is offering 20% off on up to $3,000 in gift cards via a possibly targeted email being sent to Marriott credit card holders. There is a unique code in the email that you’ll have to click through to get this discount, but this could be a very good deal....
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Review: Qantas International First Lounge Sydney (SYD)
The Qantas International First Lounge in Sydney (SYD) is one of my favorite lounges in the entire world, with a delicious menu of food and drinks, excellent service, and a tranquil spa. Qantas International First Lounge Sydney Review As the largest Qantas hub, Sydney features an expansive first class lounge...
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JetBlue Mint Review: Cross-Country Comfort Thanks to “Move to Mint”
After years of travel over which I've logged more than half a million miles in the air, I was able to enjoy JetBlue Mint. It's been on the list of cabins to fly for ages.  The trip was also an incredible value, thanks to a Move to Mint upgrade. The...
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Stranded Passengers Turn 8-Hour Delay into an Impromptu Hallmark Movie Production
Everyone has experienced a delay at airports, especially during the heavy travel season. Weather, airplane, and other delays can turn an otherwise normal travel experience into a nightmare. A couple of passengers stranded at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport decided to film a Hallmark-inspired movie during their eight-hour delay. Kristin Litzenberg...
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14 Amazon Tech And Travel Deals This Weekend
Amazon is running some great weekend deals, including headphones, books, toys, luggage, tech and travel gifts and Apple AirTags at their lowest price in 30 days...
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A Weekend in Beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia
Here are top tips for what to do, see, and eat in Vancouver. The city is also a starting point for adventures to Whistler, Vancouver Island and Alaska.
QANTAS: Bans on capturing images of staff, contractors or customers on flights without consent
Qantas Group has made a change to its ‘Conditions of Carriage’ that customers have to agree to travel with the airline. According to AFF, and corroborated by that amazing public internet archive tool, the WayBack Machine the changes were made on 7 & 8 November 2023. The changes we are...
WiFi: What is available on Australian domestic flights
Connectivity is becoming more and more important while travelling. With many applications moving to the Cloud, it is increasingly difficult to perform computer-based tasks without access to the internet. Domestic airlines are responding to this need, providing WiFi access to the internet on domestic flights. However, some are not. In...
VIRGIN AUSTRALIA: Increases order for 737 MAX aircraft. Existing aircraft to have interior refresh
Since it came out of administration with new owner Bain Capital, Virgin Australia has run a single-model aircraft operation. The aircraft has been the Boeing 737-800. It will stick with that very efficient single aircraft operation but with some variation. It has already ordered and received three 737 MAX-8s, and...
UNITED AIRLINES: Brisbane to Los Angeles route starts 1 December 2023
This direct Brisbane to Los Angeles route with United Airlines is applauded. United Airlines is a member of Star Alliance. This route will join the existing Brisbane to San Francisco flight, both using a Polaris Business Class outfitted Boeing 787. New Flights The new flights to Los Angeles from the...
BRITISH AIRWAYS: to remove ‘convict class’ with new seats for A380 including Business and First
According to a report back in July 2023 by John Aldridge in the Sunday Times – which I accessed on Apple News, British Airways is going to invest millions in the refurbishment of its 12 A380’s, including removing convict class. It will be introducing new seats in the A380, which...
VIRGIN AUSTRALIA: Dodged Christmas strikes with 20% pay deal
Previously, I reported that Virgin Australia could be facing protected strike action . These applications by the unions representing baggage handlers and cleaners to the Fair Work Commission have been granted. It looked like we were in for some legal strikes if the wage negotiations were unsuccessful. Strikes have been...
ETIHAD: Heading for another boom to bust cycle? Airline aims for ‘sustainable growth’.
Last week at the Dubai Airshow, Etihad Airways issued a news release titled ‘…journey 2030 charts course for sustainable growth.’ Currently, Etihad flies to Melbourne and Sydney, Australia on a daily basis using a combination of Boeing 777-300ER and 787-9 Dreamliners. As well as being a bit of a buzzword,...
QANTAS: Guilty again – this time unlawfully sacking a safety officer
Taking industrial relations to the edge of legality seems in hindsight, to be retired CEO Alan Joyce’s MO. New CEO Vanessa Hudson is living with some of the fallout of that operating approach to industrial relations and safety. The suspension of a safety officer at the beginning of the pandemic,...