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Traveller Letters: Frequent flyer factors promotions are a sham

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WHAT’S THE POINT

Maybe you have seen that Qantas reward factors are simpler to get nowadays and also you solely want to take a look at bank card purposes, medical insurance and rather more. Why? Because they’re much less rewarding than they was. It is now not possible to fly enterprise class from Melbourne to Europe utilizing factors. Invariably, the longest leg can be in financial system and the routes are removed from direct. The heavy promotion of frequent flyer factors is a sham as a result of the worth is now not there.

Alan Thomas, Hawthorn, VIC

LETTER OF THE WEEK

TAKE COVER

I simply had a few weeks in South Korea. If it is received a roof there, you put on a masks and 95 per cent achieve this within the streets. How embarrassing, then to see the efficiency lately of a egocentric, middle-aged group of three in holding up a flight in Sydney as a result of they wished to be exempt. They received their approach, even after fellow passengers have been telling them to place a masks on. It was my luck to be sitting behind all of them the best way to Singapore. Empty vessels take advantage of noise typically.

Philip Dowle, Willina, NSW

MARVELLOUS MELBURNIANS

On a brief journey to Melbourne, I realised after getting off a tram that I had left my backpack containing my iPad on a seat. I boarded the following tram getting in the identical route and informed the motive force who radioed an outline to the bottom. A name went out to all drivers and inside 5 minutes I used to be informed the bag had been handed in by a passenger. The driver who had made the report informed me to attend for that tram to come back again in the wrong way. He additionally gave me the route quantity and automobile quantity to look out for. It all went precisely as he stated and inside 10 minutes my backpack was returned to me. An enormous thanks to Melbourne tram drivers and trustworthy passengers.

Stephanie Lee, Willoughby, NSW

SEVERE TURBULENCE

In the May 21 version of Traveller Letters, three of the letters concerned justifiable criticism of Qantas and, specifically, the letter of the week in regards to the failure to uplift any passengers’ baggage on a flight to London was horrendous. I’m a proud former floor employees worker of Qantas for nearly 30 years and studying of failures in customer support, many pre-COVID, in the previous few years saddens me significantly, as a result of they’re coming from not simply the general public normally however from all components of the journey business, too. I sincerely hope Qantas administration will take these criticisms on board and restore this superb airline to the true “Spirit of Australia” the place it as soon as belonged.

Richard Davies, Hawthorn East, VIC

FLIGHT CREDIT

Some of your correspondents have lately complained about Qantas service. Here’s a optimistic story: a number of weeks in the past we have been at Perth Airport ready to return to Melbourne. The flight on the subsequent gate was not boarding on time, and we realised {that a} household of three on that flight was experiencing issue with the behaviour of their two boys. As frustrations grew, one of many kids bodily attacked one of many Qantas floor employees, who always remained calm and in management. I used to be very impressed by the skilled approach by which the bottom employees dealt with this extraordinarily distressing state of affairs.

Jenny Abraham, Vermont South, VIC

PAD UP

I loved Lee Tulloch’s stick with it column (Traveller, May 14). One stick with it tip is to take two or three padded envelopes which lets you put up objects again to your self. We by no means had an issue receiving Turkish cushion covers, pashmina, new (or previous) garments again in Sydney. Buying padded envelopes is commonly too difficult abroad however utilizing a put up workplace is at all times one other fascinating cultural expertise. Over years of great or enjoyable journey I used colour-coded garments. It can turn out to be boring however it makes you respect coming dwelling.

Diana Blom, Turramurra, NSW

STOW TIME

Your columnist Lee Tulloch wrote (reluctantly) that there was no excuse for utilizing checked baggage. I urge to vary. People who take plenty of carry-on baggage into the cabin take area away from others and usually tend to block up the aisles stowing, accessing and un-stowing their baggage. Some of them really count on the flight crew to carry their large packs into the bags bins for them. Carry-on baggage needs to be restricted to objects that you really want on the flight itself or are in any other case unable to be checked in.

Andrew Newman-Martin, Coombs, ACT

A TIME TO HEAL

I used to be each puzzled and brought aback by Glen op den Brou’s letter (Traveller Letters, May 21) accusing Europe travellers of ignoring the warfare within the Ukraine by means of their journey to Europe. I fail to recognise how not going to Europe would encourage Putin to chop quick his “special operation”. He most definitely would love us to boycott Europe. Glen’s place additionally fails to recognise the emotional toll inflicted by the COVID journey ban on many Europeans who made Australia their dwelling and must heal within the firm of their household in Europe. I misplaced my Dad to COVID at the beginning of the pandemic and lately flew again to Holland for the primary time in two and a half years; each to pay my respects to my late father and to assist rejoice my mom’s ninetieth birthday. While I’m sickened to the core of my being by the disgraceful warfare being waged on a sovereign nation by a despot who’s on the best way out, I don’t see how I’m dishonouring the individuals of the Ukraine by travelling – like many 1000’s of my compatriots with roots within the previous world – to my former homeland

Hans van den Tillaart, Mount Colah, NSW

BIRTH PLACE

Your One & solely information to Corfu Greece’ (Traveller, May 21) missed an enchanting historic constructing. Visit Mon Repos, the birthplace of the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, only a quick stroll from Corfu City in a scenic cliff prime location.

Mary Hoffmann, Richmond VIC

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks for the tip although you will discover a full report by Traveller on this fascinating side of Corfu, revealed earlier than the pandemic, right here.

GIVE THEM A BREAK

Apropos motels accommodating canines and different animals (Traveller, May 7), after touring Canada a number of years in the past I could not get my head round why company occurring trip needed to carry their canine with them. Surely petotels have been established to allow the mutts to take a break from their homeowners.

Allan Gibson, Cherrybrook, NSW

PILLOW TALK

Whenever I travelled I used to take a few pillow slips to offer one other layer of consolation and typically, peace of thoughts, with lodging pillows. Once when caught quick handed, I realised my spare T Shirt made a fantastic different. Forget the P-slip and take one other T-Shirt.

Geoff Geraghty, Crows Nest, NSW

EDITOR’S NOTE We’d love to listen to from readers about what different objects they like to take with them when travelling with a purpose to add one other component of consolation.

NEW NORMAL

In regards to the “Oh Canada” letter from Greg Cornwell (Traveller Letters, May 21), I too have simply returned from abroad and I needed to do each pre-flight and on-arrival PCR testing. However, all outcomes are obtained and retained in a digital format so I fail to know why Greg and his spouse have been required to spit right into a vial every day. Surely that they had outcomes on their telephone? Or on a pc? And as for Australia’s Digital Passenger Declaration, which has been in existence for months, our airline messaged me a few week previous to our return dwelling reminding us to fill it out on-line or by way of the app. We are informed of those hurdles, and while it’s an inconvenience, it’s great to have the ability to journey once more.

Debbie Wiener, East St Kilda, Vic

RISKY BUSINESS

I lately returned from a a lot anticipated vacation at a distant lodge in Western Australia, accessible solely by air or sea (I travelled there by way of Melbourne, Darwin and Kununurra). Unfortunately, effectively into the vacation, I examined optimistic for COVID. It was essential to be airlifted from the lodge by a COVID protected flight to Kununurra, at an upfront price of $4810. No insurance coverage (personal, bank card, Medicare) coated COVID-related bills. While COVID is so widespread in Australia, are such distant experiences actually definitely worth the threat?

Hugh Corr Hoppers Crossing, Vic

GATE CLOSED

With reference to Michael Atkin’s “Open the gate” letter (Tipometer, May 29) and his issue in acquiring a refund from gotogate.com, we resorted to contacting our financial institution’s bank card division and went by means of the method of retrieving the funds that approach. Our argument was that we had not obtained the service that we had paid for. Gotogate argued the purpose however the financial institution has paid us the cash again. Good luck, fellow traveller.

Kerry Vincz, Haberfield, NSW

TOP TIPS

An enormous thanks for the assistance, concepts, ideas and inspiration you might have supplied on this web page (Lonely Planet, the topic of your weekly prize, is my “bible” for my travels and it by no means failed me). Here are a few of my very own favorite journey ideas: at all times e book lodging that’s central, permitting you to have the ability to readily return to it throughout the day or evening; do study fundamental phrases within the language of the nation you’re visiting (it’s respectful and courteous); familiarise your self with the tradition’s dos and don’ts; at all times carry with you the handle and telephone variety of the lodge the place you’re staying.

Annabel Fegan, Mornington, VIC

BUY AUSTRALIAN

I learnt from associates who learnt the laborious approach, solely e book on-line with brokers accredited in Australia. I at all times test on atas.com.au to make sure that they’re. You are then coated by Australian legal guidelines to obtain credit or refunds.

Michele Sharp, Queens Park, NSW

WIN A SET OF TRAVEL BOOKS

The Letter of the Week author wins Hardie Grant journey books value greater than $100. For June, that features Ultimate Cycling Trips: Australia by Andrew Bain; On the Himalayan Trail by Romy Gill; and Rewilding Kids Australia by Melissa Mylchreest.

See hardiegrant.com

The Tip of the Week author wins a set of three nice Lonely Planet journey books, together with Ultimate Australia Travel List, The Travel Book and Armchair Explorer.

See store.lonelyplanet.com

HOW TO WRITE TO US

We give choice to letters of 100 phrases or fewer they usually could also be edited for area, authorized or different causes. Please use full sentences, do not use textspeak and do not embody attachments. Email us at travellerletters@traveller.com.au and, importantly, embody your identify, handle and telephone quantity.

Source: traveller.com.au

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