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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.

Etihad 50% Off Sale: Read this before you book!

Etihad are currently running a worldwide sale with massive discounts on economy and business class fares until the 31st of July. Sales like this aren’t uncommon for Etihad but this one is particularly solid for three reasons: Many of the fares are lower than we usually see. They have some excellent bargains from a larger number of the departure points they service. From many of the departure points on sale, the stopover rules are less restrictive than we often see on Etihad sale fares. There are some pretty awesome fares on offer and if you know how to utilise the generous...

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Ridiculous oneworld Round The World Fares

Recently, I’ve seen quite a few people writing about dirt cheap fares starting in Maputo, Mozambique. Ben at onemileatatime wrote about some first class Emirates fares to Los Angeles and there’s been a bit of a discussion about the oneworld fares departing MPM on Flyertalk. On the back of seeing all of the talk about this new cheap departure point, I’ve taken it upon myself to give it a go and see what all the fuss is about. oneworld Round The World Pricing oneworld offer two different formats for their round the world itineraries. oneworld Explorer tickets are priced...

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United Miles On Sale: Cheap Business Class With Thai

United MileagePlus miles are back on sale until the 15th of August. The maximum bonus is 100% and this promotion is open for all MileagePlus members. The promotion is tiered but the maximum bonus kicks in at 30k and there aren’t too many uses for UA miles that would require a purchase of less than that. With a 100% bonus, the cost per mile works out to be about US$0.019 including tax. Stopovers MileagePlus redemptions allow one stopover on return award tickets and I had always assumed that the stopover would need to be in a hub city. It...

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Flight Review: Qatar Airways Business Class

I just finished a trip with Qatar Airways in business class. I started the trip in Bangkok, flew to Munich and then flew back to Adelaide from there. This meant I was able to fly on all three of their aircraft that have the newer reverse herringbone business class seating, the A380, B787 and A350. Booking this ticket As I’ve written about before, booking a ticket to Europe that starts in Asia and finishes back in Australia can sometimes greatly reduce the price compared to a straight Australia to Europe return. That’s exactly what I did when I booked...

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British Airways Multi-Stopover Fares

British Airways have some amazing routing options on their fares from Australia to Europe. Even though they do fly into Sydney daily, they actually allow passengers to utilise a number of partner airlines to transport them between Australia and Asia on the way to Europe. These partners include Qantas, Jetstar, Cathay Pacific, Malaysian Airlines, Qatar Airways, JAL, Philippine Airlines, the list goes on and on. The best thing about these fares though, is that you are able to have a couple of stops in each direction, using these partner airlines to fly around Asia, all on a return ticket...

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Air Tahiti is a domestic and regional airline based in French Polynesia and not to be confused with Air Tahiti Nui, the flag carrier of the country. Air Tahiti have a pretty extensive route map that covers the different archipelagos of French Polynesia; the Society Islands – including Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, the Tuamotu Islands, the Austral Islands and the Marquesas Islands. These different archipelagos are spread over an enormous area in the South Pacific and are home to some true paradises. The most popular of these is Bora Bora, with its luxurious over water accommodations and the stunning...

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Flight Review: Air Tahiti Nui Business Class

A few months ago I took a trip to French Polynesia flying Air Tahiti Nui between Auckland and Papeete in both directions. I booked the flights using AAdvantage miles for 30k per direction which also included the Qantas flights between Sydney and Auckland. Thankfully, this particular award has remained the same since the changes to AA’s award chart came into effect in March. I purchased the miles needed for this trip during a promotion similar to the one that is currently going until the first of June. To purchase enough miles for this award now would cost US$1266.79. The...

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Using The Jetstar App During Sales

On the 24th of May, Jetstar had their Birthday Sale and were offering some insane discounts on international flights. They were also giving away free return legs on bookings, making the prices even better. Some examples for flights from Sydney were Honolulu return for AU$379, Bali return for AU$220 and Phuket return for AU$279. These prices are all exclusive of baggage, seats, food and booking fees but still, pretty incredible. Jeststar tends to have a one or two really compelling sales a year and there are usually pretty limited seats available at the cheapest prices. When they launch these...

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Paid Upgrades at Check-in: Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand are a fantastic choice when flying across the Tasman and beyond. They fly their 777-200, 777-300 and 787 planes from Sydney to Auckland, which all feature three cabins; economy, premium economy and business class. They also fly their 767s and A320s, which are far less exciting though, so it is well worth being particular in choosing your flight with them. Across the three aircraft mentioned , there isn’t much difference in the economy or business class offerings. However the 777-300 has the award winning Space Seat premium economy class seats, whilst the 777-200 and the 787 have the “black ones”...

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Business Class Fare – Bangkok to Seychelles

So, this is a bit of a weird one but no doubt could come in handy for anyone looking at a trip to the Seychelles. It’s not perfect as it starts in Bangkok but that shouldn’t be too difficult to position to for those in Australia. Even business class to Bangkok can be had pretty cheaply using AAdvantage miles, Lifemiles or United miles. If you have a stash of Qantas points you can even get there flying Emirates if you can find the award space. Otherwise, we’re spoiled for choice here in terms of low cost carriers to Asia....

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