Kids don't count

According to some FTers kids shouldn’t count … as a guest for lounge guest entry policies. In reality practice varies by airline. Join the discussion of kids don’t count.

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Carbon Offset Programs

In honor of Earth Day, which was officially yesterday, April 22, this is a good time to link to FlyerTalk threads which discuss carbon offset programs.

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Nancy Was Hit By a Catering Truck!

Relax…Nancy will be just fine. No blood was spilt. In fact, Nancy is already back on the job!

But wait…Nancy cannot be more than a couple of years old. In fact, FlyerTalk member Blackadder1402 wonders how the catering truck did not see her, as she is hard to miss. How could Nancy be working if she is so big and young, and why is there not more of an outrage that she was hit by a truck?

The A380 (Nancy) hit by catering truck thread has the answers for this mystery, if the title of that thread did not already give it away…

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Miracles can happen

Regular Qantas flyers, or readers of the Qantas forum, know op-ups on Qantas are rare as hens teeth.  Check out the double miracle in this discussion.

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Flying on Jetstar this weekend? Urgent news.

Jetstar (subsidiary of Qantas) are doing a major overhaul of some computer systems this weekend.  There are internet and phone outages for 2 1/2 days.  To find out more how it may impact your travel or bookings on Jetstar, read the discussion here.

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Special meal requests and irregular operations

gladestoneyoung asks whether it is fair that in irrops their special meal requests could not be transferred to their new flights without at least 4 hours notice.  After all, most irregular operations have less than 4 hours’ notice and it is not the fault of the passenger that it occurred.  Join the discussion here.

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Reduced award availability on partner airlines

In the United Airlines Mileage Plus forum there is frequent discussion on the reduced availability for awards flying on partner airlines, relative to using some other Star Alliance frequent flyer miles.  A sample of recent threads includes Air New Zealand (UA filtering NZ), Asian airlines (UA filtering NH, OZ, SQ and TG), Lufthansa (UA being stingy with LH), general (UA gets tough on manual sell for award seats), and I hate the ANA tool.  A simple search on “Starnet” brings up many more threads.

For those unfamiliar with the ANA tool, anyone can sign up to the ANA program and search for awards on all Star Alliance airlines (except Swiss) online.

This is not something as simple as a blackout for a short period, or the oft-discussed situation whereby Qantas releases awards 355 days before departure but AAdvantage can only access them 330 days prior (thus many prime awards have already gone).

Do other frequent flyer programs have a similar issue of reduced availability on partner airlines? 

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Qantas any seat awards

Qantas today joins the other major local frequent flyer programs (Virgin Blue’s Velocity Rewards and Air New Zealand’s Airpoints) in offering any seat awards.  Check out the news, including just how expensive it can be (hint the number of points can reach 7 figures!), in the discussion here.

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