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Save $250 on Economy Class bookings to Australia & New Zealand (today only)

We don't often cover long haul Economy Class sales here on TFM, but as Australia and New Zealand are two of the more expensive destinations to fly to from the US, we thought that we'd mention the 1-day sale that Qantas has announced in which it's offering flyers a $250 discount.
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The latest Qantas schedules confirm reduction in US flights from Australia

Back in December Qantas gave an indication that it would be reducing the amount of flying that it planned to do to/from the US for the Northern hemisphere winter, so we already had a heads up that there would be cuts on the routes between Australia and the US. The latest schedules, however, show that the cuts to capacity are going to be slightly deeper than we first thought.
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Qantas is removing its vaccination mandate for international travel

Towards the end of 2020, Qantas was one of the first airlines to introduce a rule that required all passengers to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Now, following the Australian government's decision to allow unvaccinated travelers to enter the country, Qantas has said that it will roll back its vaccination rule.
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Good news: The Qantas First Class Lounge at LAX is reopening

Unsurprisingly, the Qantas First Class Lounge at LAX closed down almost as soon as the travel world came to a screeching halt in March 2020 and it has remained closed ever since. The oneworld Business Class lounge at LAX which Qantas also operates reopened late last year but until now, there has been no sign of the First Class lounge reopening. That's about to change.
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Qantas doubles its flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles (the A380 is coming back!)

Following on from the announcement that Qantas will launch a new service between Melbourne and Dallas/Fort Worth later this year, we now have confirmation that the airline is about to double the number of flights that it offers between Melbourne and Los Angeles and that its A380 will be making a very welcome reappearance on this route later in the year.
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Qantas announces a new route to Dallas/Fort Worth

Dallas/Fort Worth is the home of American Airlines - Qantas' transpacific partner - so it's a destination that can act as a gateway for Qantas flyers wanting to reach a myriad of other locations within the United States. That's why Qantas already operates flights between Sydney and Dallas and why the airline has now announced that it will also fly to Dallas from Melbourne.
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Qantas brings its A380 back to London & announces restart of the Perth –...

It's safe to say that Qantas has been one of the airlines worst hit by the chaos that the pandemic brought to world travel but with most of Australia now reopened to vaccinated travelers, it looks like the airline is getting things back to 'normal' as quickly as events allow.
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Review: Qantas Lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 3 (now reopened)

After being shuttered for almost 20 months, the Qantas Lounge at London Heathrow T3 finally reopened its doors on 10 December and is welcoming oneworld flyers once again. Fortuitously, I was flying out of Heathrow Terminal 3 shortly after the lounge reopened so I paid it a visit and took a look at what it's offering as the travel world struggles to get back to some semblance of normality.
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Qantas brings forward the return of its Sydney – Los Angeles route

Qantas has said that following the announcement from New South Wales than it plans to open up to vaccinated visitors from 1 November and that vaccinated visitors will no longer need to quarantine, it will bring forward the relaunch of a couple of its key routes. Specifically, the Sydney - Los Angeles and the Sydney - London routes are two that will be coming back sooner than planned.
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Qantas Will Offer Three ‘Mystery Flights’ From Three Different Cities

with Australia's borders still firmly closed and with international travel looking unlikely before the latter half of this year, Qantas is bringing back its 'Mystery Flight' concept in a limited (and slightly tweaked) way, as the airline looks to promote domestic tourism.
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Qantas Pushes Back International Flights To October 2021

Right at the very start of the year, Qantas announced that it was planning to restart international flights from July 2021. That news led to the airline receiving a short, sharp rebuke from the Australian authorities for preempting what should be a governmental decision. Now, following confirmation that Qantas' international flights will now not resume before October, it would appear as if the airline has come to heel.
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Owed A Qantas Refund? The Airline Is Now Offering Incentives To Passengers Accepting Credits

One of the bigger consumer stories that has emerged during this pandemic is the story of tens of thousands of travelers struggling to get their canceled trips refunded by airlines all over the world. Qantas is one of the airlines that has been less than stellar when it comes to returning customer funds and now the airline is offering customers incentives if they choose to accept a credit for future travel over the cash they're owed.
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Qantas’ Recovery Plan Could Mean That It Never Operates Its A380s Again

Qantas has unveiled the 3-year recovery plan it will be following as it navigates its way out of the current crisis, and the details shared by the airline show Qantas cutting a significant number of jobs, keeping a large proportion of its fleet grounded, retiring its 747s earlier than planned and admitting that the days may be numbered for in A380 aircraft.
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Qantas Presses Pause On Project Sunrise

Project Sunrise is Qantas' ambitious plan to offer non-stop flights from the Australian east coast to cities in Europe and cities on the east coast of the United States. Back in December, the airline announced that it had selected the Airbus A350-1000 to be the aircraft that would operate the first groundbreaking routes and that it would be making a final decision on the viability of the project in March 2020. That announcement now seems like a lifetime ago.
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Qantas Flyers Lose Access To The American Airlines Arrivals Lounge In London

The entry criteria to the American Airlines arrival lounge at London Heathrow T3 have always been stricter than the entry requirements to most other oneworld airline lounges and now it seems that the lounge is about to get even more exclusive as Qantas pulls the plug on access for its flyers.
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Quick Look: The New Qantas First Class Lounge In Singapore

Today marks the opening of the new Qantas First Class lounge in Singapore which will work in tandem with the existing Qantas Business Class lounge at Changi Airport Terminal 1. Qantas has now released details and a few images of the new lounge and it looks pretty good.
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Review: Qantas A330 Business Class (Sydney – Perth)

A review of the Qantas A330-200 Business Class cabin, service, and experience on an evening flight between Sydney and Perth. Get a view inside the A330 all-aisle-access Business Class cabin, have a look at the food served onboard and find how good or bad the service was on this 4+ hour flight.
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Sneak Peek: A Look At The New Qantas A380 Interiors

The first of Qantas' newly refurbished Airbus A380 aircraft took to the skies yesterday complete with a new cabin arrangement, new/updated seats in all cabins and a newly designed onboard lounge area where First Class and Business Class passengers can relax away from their seats.
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FLASH SALE: Qantas Economy Class USA – Australia From $799 Roundtrip

Qantas is in the process of sending out emails to its "Qantas Red" email subscribers in which it's giving advance notice (and access) to a 24-hour flash sale which will run to 13:59 PDT tomorrow, 24 September 2019.
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ENDS TOMORROW: $100 Discount Per Person On A Qantas Flight Or Lounge Access For...

Qantas is currently running a promotion in which it’s promoting its “Qantas Red” email newsletter by offering a discount off a Qantas international Economy/Premium Economy fare (departing the US) or a one-time pass to a Qantas Business Class lounge in Australia.
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Qantas Is Now Selling Tickets For Its Two New USA Routes

Qantas and American Airlines recently had their price-fixing enterprise/joint venture partnership rubber-stamped by the US Department of Transport and now it’s time for the airlines to start keeping some of the promises they made when they begged the DoT to let them collude at the expense of the flying public.
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Try The Qantas 787 Dreamliner Business Class Cabin For 22,000 Avios/25,000 Miles

I was fortunate to be in Sydney shortly after Qantas had taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and, as Qantas was using its Sydney - Melbourne route to get its crews acquainted with the new aircraft, I burned some Avios and took a ride in the Dreamliner’s Business Class cabin.
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Qantas Confirms New Non-Stop Flights To Chicago & San Francisco

Qantas has said that it plans to grow its North America network by starting up two new routes between Australia and the US. Once the DoT gives the formal go-ahead for the American Airlines/Qantas JV (a rubber stamping exercise now that tentative agreement has been given), Qantas will launch non-stop service from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco.
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Qantas Adds More Dreamliner Service To San Francisco (Not Necessarily Good News)

Qantas ordered the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to replace is ageing (and fuel guzzling) Boeing 747s and, since the airline has its first Dreamliner delivered, we've seen a number of 747 routes taken over by the newer aircraft.
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The Qantas Sale Is Now On: USA – Australia Economy Class From $749

Qantas has launched a sale for departures out of the US and, while all cabins are technically on sale, it's the Economy Class fares that are worth a closer look.
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Get 30% Off Qantas Economy Classic Flight Rewards (Book By 25 March)

Qantas has brought back a promotion I last remember seeing back in 2017 and it's offering travelers a 30% discount on the number of points required for Economy Class 'Classic Fight Rewards'.
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Qantas Dreams Of New Onboard Amenities For Ultra Long-Haul Services

Research from the University of Sydney helped influence a number of decisions Qantas took with regards its longest flight (from what food to serve onboard to the facilities offered especially for its ultra long-haul flyers in its new Perth Transit lounge) and now the airline is considering more innovative ideas ahead of its plan to launch even longer flights from the Australian East Coast.
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Qantas Upgrades Its Hong Kong Routes In Two Different Ways

Qantas has announced two changes to its Hong Kong routes that offer positives and negatives to its premium cabin flyers. One of the changes will undoubtedly go down very well while the other, I suspect, will be both loved and hated depending on the nature of the traveler it affects.
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Qantas Will End 747 Service To Los Angeles This Year (Other Changes Coming Too)

Qantas has confirmed that it will be pulling its ageing Boeing 747 aircraft from its Sydney - Los Angeles route in time for the busy period at the end of the year. In a press release put out earlier today the Australian carrier said that its last Boeing 747 service to Los Angeles will take place on 27 November 2018 as the aircraft flys one last time between Sydney and LAX.
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Up To 25% Off Qantas Explorer Fares When Booking US – Australia Flights

Qantas Explorer is a way of saving on airfare if you plan to visit Australia and, while you're there, take a number of domestic flights on Qantas, QantasLink and Jetstar. In addition, because there's no penalty for date changes to the Qantas Explorer part of an itinerary, this can be a flexible way to book domestic Australian flights if your plans are fluid.
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RUMOR: Qantas To Start Perth – Paris Service This Year

Qantas will be launching one of the longest routes in the world when it starts up service between Perth and London on 24 March 2018. The airline is on record as saying that it would like build on this route and go on to use its newly acquired Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to establish Perth as its gateway to Europe.
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Qantas Reveals The New Menu For Its Perth – London Dreamliner Route

Qantas will be starting up one of the world's longest routes when it starts flying its 787-9 Dreamliner between Perth and London on 24 March 2018 and now we have our first look at some of the food that passengers can expect on board.
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American Airlines & Qantas Want Government Permission To Price-Fix

Two years after withdrawing their last request American Airlines and Qantas have gone back to the US Department of Transport (DOT) asking for permission to form a joint venture and to revenue share across the Pacific. Essentially the airlines are asking permission to create a similar agreement to the one American Airlines has with British Airways, Iberia & Finnair for flights across the Atlantic.
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Qantas Makes Its New Perth Lounge Very Exclusive

Qantas is expected to open its new international lounge at Perth Terminal 3 on 24 March just in time for the start of the new non-stop Perth - London route which will be operated by the airline's Dreamliners. While the plans for the lounge look very nice indeed it looks as if there will be a lot of disappointed Qantas flyers come opening day.
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News: Qatar Airways A350-1000 Delivery Dates, Qantas Adds More 787 Service To The US...

A roundup of some of the latest news doing the rounds. Includes news of Qantas' changes to some of its US routes, the latest information we have on the delivery date of Qatar Airways' new A350-1000 (complete with QSuites), news of a new Hyatt property to be opened in the heart of Hollywood and details of Ethiopian's latest route to the US.
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I Loved The Crews On My Recent Qantas Flights

I don't get to fly with Qantas all that often as, let's face it, international premium cabin awards on Qantas aren't exactly easy to find and the airline never seems to discount its premium cabins down to what I'm prepared to pay. Having said that, I have fond memories of the Qantas flights I took back in 2011 (in Premium Economy) and I'm a big fan of the Qantas First Class lounges in LA and Sydney.
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News: Asiana Adds More Flights To Europe, Etihad Will Sell You Its Amenity Kits...

A roundup of some of the news I’ve noticed over the past few days which didn’t really merit a whole post of their own but that may well be of interest. Includes news that Etihad is now selling premium cabin amenities in Economy Class, details of Asiana's latest new routes to Europe and how to access the "secret" champagne at the new Qantas lounge in London.
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Review: Qantas 737 Economy Class (SYD-MEL)

I recently got to fly in the new Qantas 787 Business Class cabin while the aircraft was operating a domestic route on a crew familiarisation flight but, to catch my ride on the Dreamliner, I had to position from Sydney to Melbourne - that's where the Qantas 737 came into play.
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Qantas 787 Business Class Cabin Review

The first Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner landed in Sydney on 20 October and since 6 November the aircraft has been flying domestic routes as the airline gets its crews accustomed to the new aircraft. This aircraft will not commence service on an international route until mid-December when it starts flying to LA so this is one of the first looks at what the Qantas 787 Business Class cabin is actually like to fly in.
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The Qantas 787 Dreamliner Will Fly Between Brisbane & LAX/JFK In 2018

The first Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner will be landing in Sydney on Friday 20 October and, while the aircraft's first scheduled long-haul route is the one between Melbourne and Los Angeles (from 15 December 2017), Qantas already has other plans for its newest aircraft.
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I’ve Booked The New Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner (and I got a small surprise in...

A little under two weeks ago I wrote about Qantas scheduling its new 787-9 Dreamliner on a couple of domestic routes as the airline gets its cabin crews, ground staff and other personnel up to speed on the new aircraft (hopefully those on the flight deck are already up to speed!) I also pointed out that Business Class award inventory on these crew orientation flights was easy to find....so I decided to check the aircraft out for myself.
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Qantas Offering Double Miles & Double Status Credits On Select Flights (Possibly Targeted)

Qantas and Emirates recently announced that they would be looking to extend their partnership for a further five years (albeit with a route change or two thrown in) and now, to celebrate the partnership, Qantas is offering double points and double status credits on select routes.
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Qantas Schedules 787 Dreamliner Service – Fly Business Class From Just 9,000 Avios!

Qantas will soon be taking delivery of its brand new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and, thanks to the keen eyes over at Routes Online, we now know the first routes the airline will be using to get its crews accustomed to the airline's latest arrival.
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Qantas Says Its A380s Will Get A “Major Cabin Upgrade”

Qantas has used the announcement of its full year results to confirm that it plans to carry out what it's calling a "major cabin upgrade" on its 12 strong Airbus A380 fleet. Leaving aside for a moment the fact that Qantas and I appear to disagree on how this announcement is being portrayed (two of the four A380 cabins may be getting a major upgrade but the other two really are not) it's good to see the airline continuing to try to keep its product relevant.
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Qantas Is Investing In The Science Of Ultra Long Haul Flights

I like to use my weekends to catch up on travel news from around the world and to see what I may have missed in the week just past....and this weekend I noticed a very interesting piece in Australian Business Traveller about what Qantas is doing with a look to the future of long haul travel. What interested me the most is that this wasn't a piece about a new aircraft or a new premium cabin seat but, instead, it was a piece focusing on the work Qantas is sponsoring right which looks to use science to help travelers combat the challenges of ultra long-haul flight.
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Qantas Changes Its Livery For the 787-9 Dreamliner – Spot The Difference

Qantas has revealed an update to its livery as part of the introduction of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its fleet in October 2017. This is the first update to the livery since Qantas introduced the A380 in 2007 and is only the fifth time the tail of Qantas aircraft has been updated since it was first introduced in 1944.
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Qantas Announces New Dreamliner Cabins & Seat Plans

Qantas started dropping hints on the cabins, seats and configuration that we'll see in its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners back in August and, earlier today, the airline finally announced what passengers can expect to find in the airline's new aircraft.
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A Look Inside The New Qantas Business Class Lounge In Brisbane

If there is one thing that I like most about Qantas it's that it can do airport lounges very well when it puts it's mind to it. The First Class lounge in Sydney is fantastic, the Qantas First Class lounge at LAX is my favorite lounge in the US and I can't wait for the new Qantas lounge to open at London Heathrow Terminal 3 next year. All this is why I was particularly interested to see what Qantas would be offering at its new Brisbane International Lounge which opened its doors yesterday.
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Qantas Re-starts its Sydney – Beijing Route….But With Old-Style Cabins

Qantas has announced that following a near 8-year hiatus it will be resuming flights between Sydney and Beijing from early next year. The airline last flew to Beijing back in 2009 when it decided that the economics of the route no longer worked (not too surprising considering the state of the world economy back then) but it's not exactly re-starting the route in style.
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News Roundup: SWISS Adds New US Destinations For Its Boeing 777, A New SkyTeam...

A round up of some of the recent news stories from the airlines: News of the routes to/from the US that SWISS will operate using its new 777 aircraft, Qantas partnering with AirBnB, and SkyTeam launching a cool new online tool.
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Qantas Gives A Little More Info On Its 787-9 Dreamliner

Qantas has been talking to AUBT and, because of that, we now know a little bit more about when to expect the new aircraft and when we can expect to get more information on routes that it will fly. The airline will receive its first 787-9 Dreamliner in October next year and a further 3 aircraft are expected to be delivered by summer 2018.
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20% Discount On Qantas & $20 From Staples When You Buy Gift Cards

One of the things I like the most about American Express in the US is the fact that, every now and again, my credit...
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Qantas To Introduce Free Domestic WiFi

Qantas has announced that it intends to roll out "world-leading inflight wi-fi" from next year thanks to a partnership with global broadband services provider ViaSat that will "tap into the nbn™ network".
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New Qantas Heathrow Lounge Set For 2017

Qantas has announced that London will be the next airport to get the Qantas Flagship Lounge treatment and construction on the new facility is expected to begin in September 2016.
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American Airlines Dismisses Reciprocal Upgrade Idea

Last Thursday I highlighted a piece from Australian Business Traveller (ABT) which indicated that American Airlines and Qantas were considering reciprocal points upgrades (presumably as a...
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American Airlines & Qantas Considering Reciprocal Points Upgrades

American Airlines and Qantas have recently got a lot closer than just being OneWorld partners thanks to a joint venture agreement signed last year....
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Earn Qantas Miles For Keeping Fit, Faster OnBoard WiFi In The US, Delta Shoots...

A round-up of travel stories from around the net that didn't really deserve a whole blog of their own but deserved an honorable mention nonetheless. Everything from a new way to stay fit and earn miles (thanks Qantas) to new coffee onboard courtesy of United and a cool, short, video from Delta.
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LCC Offering Live TV, Pilot Suffers Retina Damage From Laser, Waitlist Virgin Australia Upgrades...

A round up of some of the more interesting and useful news from the airline world in recent days - including a new upgrade offering for Virgin Australia flyers, live TV on a European low cost carrier, speculation on where Singapore Airlines will fly its new A350s and more.
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Eurowings Confirms US Flights, Qantas Further Reduces LAX Service, American Adds Phoenix Flights &...

A roundup of some of the latest route news from the major world airlines including Qantas further reducing LAX service, Air New Zealand improving its offering to Hawaii and another Low Cost Carrier commencing service to the US.
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Will American Airlines’ Flights To Sydney & Auckland Yield Lower Prices?

In the space of a few months American Airlines has gone from having zero presence in the South Pacific to having two prestigious routes to Australia and New Zealand. On 17 December, American Airlines will commence a daily service between Los Angeles and Sydney, giving American its first Australia service in nearly 24 years. And, as we found out just last week, in June 2016 American Airlines will commence service between Los Angeles and Auckland breaking Air New Zealand's four-year monopoly on the route.
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Qantas & American Airlines Promise Improvements

As we wait to see if we're going to get regular cheaper fares on flights to Australia and New Zealand, the airlines are already doing their bit to improve things from a passenger experience point of view. Or at least they're telling us that they'll be doing their bit soon.
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Roundup: Will Qantas Return To Continental Europe? Delta Re-Starts Fight Over Haneda, Low Cost...

A roundup of some of the airline news from the past few days. This post sees a stronger than normal focus on Australian carriers but Delta,...
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Airline News Roundup: US Airlines Face Lawsuits, New A350 First Class, Qantas Gets HBO...

A round up of some of the latest news from the airline industry that I've noticed over the past few days - some may...
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Airline News Roundup: Awesome New Business Class Seat, ANA Offering Self-Service Baggage Drop &...

LOT Polish Airlines Reveals New Seats: Hot on the heals of their announcement of multiple new routes, LOT has given Business Traveller a peek at the...
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Qantas To Lower Fuel Surcharges On Awards (Again) – USA Travellers Big Winners

If you're new to the world of award travel or, for some other reason, haven't come across the concept of fuel surcharges before, take a...

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