The Flight Detective

Trent is an Australian flyer in "exile" in Ireland. You'll find detail about his flights and other travel related experiences, all of which is self-funded. As a result of his undying passion for the premium classes, he has been reduced to an affordable diet of bread and water when at home.

Double Avios Offer For Aer Lingus AerClub

In case you live under a rock, Aer Lingus have a frequent flyer programme called AerClub. Regular readers will remember the guide to the programme that I put together. Anyway, there is currently an interesting double Avios promotion on offer. Avios is the currency that Aer Lingus use which is the same as that used by British Airways, Iberia and a few other airlines. There is the ability to transfer between programmes which makes things very interesting. Double Avios Offer The Supermarket partner in Ireland is SuperValu. Every time I rack up about 200 points in their Real Rewards...

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Review: British Airways Lounge Amsterdam Schiphol

Sweeping views over the tarmac and floods of natural light are just two features of the British Airways Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The lounge is located near the D gates as lounge number 40 and is much nicer than the previous lounge. Amsterdam Schiphol is a large airport and there is always a lot of walking when there. The BA lounge is a little bit difficult to find as there are some renovations going on however once there it is lovely. Amsterdam Lounge Entrance The entrance to the lounge is through a pair of automatic sliding doors. To...

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Review: KLM Europe Business Class

Dutch airline KLM started flying to Dublin in their own right relatively recently. I usually head over to an event in the town of Roosendaal each year and this time I decided to give KLM a try. When I checked in for my flight, I was offered an upgrade and decided to purchase it. Besides flying in KLM’s Europe Business Class, it also allowed me Fast Track at Dublin Airport along with lounge access. KL936 – Dublin to Amsterdam (DUB-AMS) 31 March 2017 Embraer 175 – PH-EXI Seat: Business Class 1F Departure: 13:20 Arrival: 16:55 KLM board from the...

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Today I Used The Secret British Airways Gold Frequent Flyer Benefit And It Worked!

Thanks to the power of the Internet, someone, somewhere will get some little known nugget of information out to the masses. I read a couple of aviation forums and often it turns up some illuminating information. I am a Gold level frequent flyer with British Airways and there is an interesting lounge access benefit which I read about online. It changed the way I booked a particular flight and turns out it is legitimate. A Word On Lounge Access Lounge access is available when flying on British Airways flights and when flying other oneworld alliance airlines. This means lounge...

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Sound Familiar, Expats? Lifetime Frequent Flyer Credit and Moving To Another Country

Many airlines loyalty programmes offer lifetime status for their most frequent flyers. All your years of flying accrue and you can hold your status forever. It sounds wonderful really! Qantas in Australia have lifetime Silver (oneworld Ruby) for 7,000 status credits, and lifetime Gold (oneworld Sapphire) for 14,000 status credits. Another example is British Airways who offer lifetime Gold (in their case, oneworld Emerald) for those who accumulate 35,000 tier points. Becoming an Expat and Changing Programmes People who move to another country are faced with a bit of a dilemma. Do you stay with the programme you have...

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How About An Alliance Frequent Flyer Card?

An airline alliance is a very handy thing for frequent flyers. You are a member of your chosen airline’s programme and earn miles and points when you fly. When you travel to far flung places, you travel on other airlines in the alliance and still have an opportunity to earn miles and points. Benefits are usually reciprocal in one way or another as well. Wedded To An Alliance I confess, I am wedded to my alliance. I am a oneworld boy through and through. Part of the reason is that I joined Qantas Frequent Flyer years ago and they...

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Do You Think €59 Is A Good Price For An Upgrade To Business Class?

The €59 upgrade offer at check in. It certainly is an eye catching number which deserves some consideration, especially for someone like me who enjoys flying up the front. Regular readers may remember my dual news and complaint post in November. At that time I noted KLM decided to start flying to Dublin and that flights were very expensive in Business Class. It Didn’t Stop Me Booking Despite the complaint I booked anyway. Economy Class. KLM is a new airline for my rear end and I am looking forward to giving it a try. My flight cost €82.78, which...

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Want a Video Tour of Cathay Pacific’s Heathrow First Class Lounge?

Cathay Pacific recently opened a new lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 3. Taking inspiration from the fantastic The Pier First Class lounge in Hong Kong, the one at Heathrow is like a junior version of its bigger brother. I specifically booked a flight from T3 so I would be able to spend time in this lounge. Ever had an airport lounge all to yourself? Lucky for you, I did and so I decided to spend a few minutes wandering the lounge making a short video. Come With Me On A Video Tour This is the first time I have...

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Review: Salon Hegoa Lounge Lyon Airport

Terminal 1 at Lyon Airport in France has a lounge called Salon Hegoa which is used by British Airways. It is always nice when a third party lounge surprises you and I am pleased to report this is one of those times. After security screening you turn left and the lounge is at one end of the terminal. When I entered, I showed my boarding pass and immediately noted how small the place is. Salon Hegoa The space is divided up quite nicely so it is not as small as it first appeared. It is quite possible to not...

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Review: Hotel NH Lyon Airport

Flying in to an airport and flying out the next morning… sound familiar? Many people do this on a daily basis and even when staying for just one night, your hotel choice is important. The Hotel NH Lyon Airport is directly across the road from Terminal 1 and 3 which makes it the perfect choice for a quick sleep. Hotel booking site Kaligo is one of my first two ports of call when I need a hotel. This is because they offer more Avios points than the hotels themselves award in the British Airways Executive Club. As someone who...

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