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Gus is a travel consultant and airfare expert based in Sydney. He's been working in the travel industry on and off since 2006 as a travel agent, product manager and in travel IT support. He digs through fare rules and routing paragraphs and shares all the best deals he comes across here.

Review: Hyatt Regency Sydney

I recently took the opportunity to spend a night at the new Hyatt Regency Sydney, which is the re-flagged Four Points by Sheraton on Sussex Street overlooking Darling Harbour. As I hadn’t had a chance to get through all my Diamond Suite Upgrade certificates, I decided that I may as well use one for this stay even though it wasn’t necessarily a great use of one. The rooms At check-in I asked if it would be possible to get a suite in the new building. Unfortunately none were available so we were assigned a suite in the older building which...

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Booking Day Use Rooms With Hilton

Booking a day use room at a hotel can sometimes be a little tricky. There are a few online travel agencies that specialise in it but whenever I’ve checked them out when I’ve needed a room for just a day, I’ve not found them to have very compelling rates. I’ve also found that most hotel chains’ websites don’t have a function to price up day use for rooms. While I’m sure many hotels, particularly ones located at airports, have rates and will happily sell you a room for a few hours, it generally seems you need to email or...

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Choosing A Resort In The Maldives

My wife and I have been eyeing up a trip to the Maldives for a couple of years now. Neither of us have been, it’s a massive bucket list item for both of us and I managed to nut out our flights so that the marginal cost to get there on our way to Italy was negligible. So we’re booked for a four night stopover on the way to Sardinia next year and have finally managed to choose a resort! The huge number of resorts and all the different variables to consider made it really difficult, especially as I’d never heard of...

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Thai Airways A350 Melbourne Service Delayed Until March 2017

Thai Airways are one of the most recent airlines to take delivery of Airbus’ A350 aircraft. When they received the first of the twelve they’ve ordered from Airbus, they were breaking them in on short haul domestic flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai / Phuket and were supposed to be using Bangkok-Melbourne as the long haul launch route. From what I gather, Australian authorities are making it difficult for Thai Airways to get approval to fly Airbus’ newest model into Melbourne even though they wouldn’t be the first carrier to operate a service into Australia on the aircraft. Thai Airways...

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Marriage Logic And Getting Better Award Availability

Marriage logic is a mechanism airlines use to manage their inventory and revenue. Just like regular marriage, it can sometimes be complicated, frustrating and counter-productive. As a concept, using marriage logic to minimise the costs involved in flying planes around at low capacity and to maximise revenue makes perfect sense. Having said that, its application is often less than perfect. What is marriage logic? When flights are searched from A to B and then separately from B to C, the availability can be drastically different to the availability when the flights are searched from A to C via B. When...

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Rant: Unusable Sectors In Fare Routings

This is something that irritates me to no end. When airlines publish fares and in the routing paragraph of the fare there are some fantastic options that would make awesome stopovers and be useful for constructing amazing multi-stop itineraries and then somewhere else in the fare rules they disallow their use. I’ve seen many examples of this over the years and it always bugs me. I’ll spot an awesome opportunity in the fare routing, hold it in, try to quote it and it doesn’t quote. Then I go through the rules and find a note making it completely useless....

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Qatar Airways Gold Tier – Qmiles And Qcredits

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Gold Tier is equivalent to oneworld Sapphire. This means it comes with all the usual perks you get with other oneworld carriers’ equivalent status levels. These include business class lounge access, priority check-in and boarding, priority baggage handling, the ability to pre-book preferred seats for no fee and extra baggage allowance. It also comes with a couple of extra perks for redeeming Privilege Club’s redeemable miles currency, Qmiles, and when you qualify for Gold Tier you’re also gifted 40 Qcredits, which work a little differently. Redemption Discount And Improved Award Availability When redeeming Qmiles as...

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Finally Booked! Business Class With SriLankan Airlines To The Seychelles!

SriLankan Airlines are in a strange place from what I can tell. As per Ben from OMAAT, they recently cancelled their order of Airbus 350-900 aircraft and are losing $170M in the process. Add that to their financial results from last year, in which they lost $113M and it’s not looking great for the airline. Having said that, until very recently there were two Sri Lankan based and government owned airlines and now there’s only one so I’m sure the Sri Lankan government won’t allow them to fail. The other airline was Mihin Lanka and from what I gather operated more or...

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Return Business Class to Maldives And Velocity Gold For AU$2400

Etihad are currently running promotion with a 30% discount off the price of their ex-Australia fares for departures until the end of November. This deal is only valid for itineraries that have all travel completed by the 10th of December 2016. The code that needs to be entered when booking is MYTRAVEL30 and this code is valid for bookings made until 10 October 2016 (Australia time). It’s valid on both economy and business class tickets and when combined with some of the fares they have on offer at the moment, there are some pretty epic deals available. Australia to...

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Cheap way to try Etihad’s first class apartment

Etihad’s apartments on their A380 aircraft are arguably the best first class seats in the sky. While they can be booked with Velocity, Etihad Guest or Aadvantage miles they’re generally pretty hard to come by cheaply on revenue tickets. There have definitely been some great fat finger fares that have briefly popped up since the product was introduced, though these were usually departing from cities that were a bit of a pain to position to (for me anyway).   Upgradeable legs on economy fares I’ve recently found a way to fly in the Etihad apartments on the cheap and even...

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