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7 Simple Tips for a Great Flight

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Never Do this with Your Points

 

Hint from Skyscanner.com never spend your points on hotels or airline shops.
Skyscanner suggest Velocity Frequent Flyer and Qantas Frequent Flyer offer the most opportunities for point earning and route coverage.

As a guideline, frequent flyer points are worth more in the sky than they are on the ground. Your points typically have more value when it comes to booking flights than they do for purchasing goods through the airline’s store or booking a hotel room.
Points usually have the best value when used for upgrades and purchasing full-priced fares. If you find a flight on sale, it might be worth paying for that flight outright and earning points with it than spending your points and getting nailed with taxes and surcharge fees of the full-price (not sale) fare.

According to the Blogg ‘The Simple Dollar . com‘the best Airline rewards  in America are the following:-

In some cases points also expire, so if you’ve accrued many, be sure to spend them before they disappear.

 

Another interesting fact I read from the Courier Mail Australia that a pet peeve of flight attendants is when a Diet coke is requested. The reason being this drink is especially fizzy because the lower air pressure in the cabin means it is easier for the CO2 to release. In fact, in the time it takes to pour a single Diet Coke, a flight attendant could have also served three other passengers this was confirmed by the blogg These Golden wings. com

So be warned probably not a good idea to order Diet Coke on the trip if you want to keep on the right side of the Attendant.

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Sarcasm At Its Best – Letter To A Budget Airline in Australia

I thought this was priceless

 

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Budget airlines seem to have a knack for copping flack from their passengers — but you’ve never seen a complaint quite like this before.

Passenger, Jay Mancuso from South Australia, flew low-cost carrier, Jetstar, back to Australia from Bali recently and contacted the airline with a rather unusual gripe. Here’s his hilarious letter to Jetstar on Facebook and their just as witty response.

Dear Mr & Mrs Jetstar.

Hello, my name is Jay, and you guys gave me and my beautiful new wife a lift to Bali the other week to get married. Twas a lovely occasion and I believe you also gave about 60ish of our guests a lift also. Apart from the cramped seats, all went very well.

Now, I have read with interest several attacks on budget airlines, such as yourself, in recent years. Today I’d like to become one of these people (insert eye roll here).

On Friday evening at Denpasar international airport, my wife (still getting used to that) and I checked in at your Jetstar desk. Tired and grumpy (no one likes leaving holidays) we walked through the immigration stuff and wasn’t till we were “on the other side” we noticed that we were incorrectly allocated our seats. Prior to travel, I booked and paid for extra legroom, being a big fella, in seats 1a and 1b. Alas, we were allocated 15c and 15b. What?! That’s outrageous, I thought. I continued to the gate and talked to a lovely lady there who said the seats were double booked. But they changed our seats to 2a & 2b. Oh well, not much I can do from here.

Disgruntled as we were, we walked onto the plane and a wonderful lady, Abbey, flight manager, asked us why we had our tickets changed. I explained. Abbey then moved us to front row opposite and apologised profusely.

BUT! It didn’t stop there. Abbey had the nerve to tell us that she was incredibly embarrassed about our mix up, gave us both a Jetstar comfort pack (love the toothbrush) and a warm little blanket for the journey. Wow, of all the insolence. Then, THEN just after take off, would you believe she continued her torrent of niceness, and told us to select a beverage and some food FREE of charge!!!!!

Landing in Adelaide at 6:00am she then still gave us a huge friendly smile and apologised once again.

This is not the behaviour one expects when travelling with a low cost carrier and it must stop! I expect far less of your staff and I think Abbey needs a good talking to.

So, in finishing. To dear Abbey, flight manager on board flight JQ128 ex DPS -ADL on Friday night the 25th November 2016, I salute you. Your customer service and attention to detail was exemplary. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, you turned our frowns upside down. Jetstar, give this girl a sticker of excellence. It’s conduct like this that ensure we will be flying Jetstar again. (But can we please have a Dreamliner plane for the Adelaide to DPS run?)

Yours in good fun.

Jay Mancuso

 

Jetstar penned this reply:

Hi Jay,

Thank you for your post and congratulations to you and your new Mrs!

I’m sorry to hear of the issues with your seating, but so glad Abbey could turn it around for you and make sure you had an awesome flight. We go to great lengths to try and provide passengers with excellent customer service so it’s always helpful when a customer takes the time to tell us exactly what we’re getting right.

 

It’s also really rewarding for our team to have their work recognised in such a thoughtful way. I’ve passed your comments on to Abbey and her managers and I know they’ll really appreciate your thanks.

I’m sorry if I’m just pushing it too far, but I’ve also requested for a refund to be processed back to your credit card for the cost of the extra leg room seating, just as a further gesture of goodwill (how annoying can we be?). We’ll process this within 15 business days.

Thanks again for your great post and all the best to you and your new wife. We hope to see you both on board again soon :)

Cheers — Mrs Jetstar (Emma)

 

Source: Escape.com.au

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Birds Form Spectacular Shapes in the Sky

A flock of starlings take flight in what is known as a murmuration, a rare gathering that looks like dancing clouds.

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Save Time and Money When Traveling

TripIt_Logo_Color_SOHPTripit.com is a free app that organizes your travel plans and gives update on flight changes.
You handle the booking. They take care of the rest.

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Air New Zealand You Are Ripping Me Off

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I very rarely complain – do I? Well this time I am, and so pissed off.  It is not the first time this Airline has overcharged (in my opinion). For changing a flight date ($400) for what i believe a compassionate reason (Mother gravely ill) and not only did I have to pay that ridiculous price for changing my flight date they downgraded me to economy even though I had paid for a Works Deluxe seat. By this time I had almost paid for a ticket to America and back. Once again paying for a ‘Works Deluxe’  seat this week ($603 one way from Tauranga) I was ushered to an economy seat. This has not happened once it has happened twice. This ticket allows you into the lounge. Well I bloody near had to tackle the host to get in as they told me my ticket did not allow entrance to this area. Word of advice” Always Always” keep your online ticket to show proof (which I did thank goodness) of your purchase. Don’t assume that your passport is enough proof. These airlines can change your ticket and without you realizing they have downgraded you not upgraded. They do so without verbally letting you know.
This last trip the staff very nicely put me in a seat with more room ‘BUT NO ENTERTAINMENT’ it was not working – so I just had to drink more wine – Thanks to that very nice steward on flight NZ139
If they had upgraded me this letter would not exist.
Anyway I feel better now for getting this off my chest but a word of warning to all those who travel with Air New Zealand always check your boarding ticket to make sure you get what you paid for before you leave the counter.

Air-New-Zealand

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Did You Know – 12/15/2014

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1. One number of the flight code was changed by a Brazilian airline after a psychic said an aircraft using that code would crash. A little Superstitious I would say.

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2. Now this does not surprise me. There is a 10% rise in demand in the US for nose jobs created by selfie phenomenon, as patients go in search of the picture perfect look

 

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3. Now this is a piece of useless information. 17 is the number of perfumes released by Paris Hilton. Told ya. Your saying “Who Cares”

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4. 25.5 is the number of acres in the world’s biggest corn maze that is to be downsized after too many people had to call police after getting lost.

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5. Common to certain dogs, cattle and rabbits they have what they call a ‘dewlap’ which is a longitudinal flap of neck skin. Oh I think I have one too.

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Survive crisis No 4

The pilot announces that your plane must make an emergency  landing
(My worst fear)

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You always assume that if a plane goes down everyone dies. Not always the case. A good example is the landing of flight 1549 piloted by Captain Chesley Sullenberger in the Hudson river in 2009. All crew and passengers escaped alive.

 

Here are some things to think about before you book your ticket for a flight.

a. In 2007 Popular mechanic’s published an analysis of 36 years worth of airline seating charts and 20 accidents back to 1971. Passengers sitting behind the wings had a 69 percent survival rate in an accident. Those sitting over or in front of the wings have a 56 percent survival while in first class only 49%.
(I have always observed that in most plane accidents the tail is sticking up off the ground and mostly in reasonable condition so I assumed you had a better chance of survival if you were in the back). So the plane maybe a little bumpy back there but if you are traveling coach it may be a good idea to book a seat at the back. First Class well you would assume you would go head first into the ground. Die in style.

b. Not everyone including myself always listens to the emergency instructions at the beginning of the flight. Air New Zealand have a great video for this and use humor to attract your attention to the emergency instructions.
Anyway identify your nearest emergency exit before you take off. Count the number of rows ahead and behind to the nearest Exit. The reason for this is that it may be dark or smoky and unable to see and have to feel your way out of the plane.

c. Dress in practical easy to move clothing and shoes. Wear long pants, long sleeves and athletic shoes for best mobility. If you have to run from a burning plane across a muddy field you will find heels, clogs or flip-flops totally impractical.

d. If possible stow your carry on under the seat in front of you.
Your carry on in this position will protect your legs.
Rest your forehead on the seat in front of you and let your arms hang loose. This way your head will have minimum movement on impact.

e. Listen closely to the instructions from the Flight attendant. Do not question it is no time to argue. Follow those instructions to the letter

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My Fav Facebook Picture – A Powerful Picture

I found this picture very powerful and In my opinion we need to realize these boys and girls need a lot more support than they are getting from their country when they come home. Again in my opinion we do not need to send these boys or girls to any more worn torn countries, their problems will never be solved by us as it all stems from Biblical times that will continue for centuries.
We need our soldiers home to protect our country not anyone else’s – Just sayin.
I am sure that all of us with children feel his sadness and pain.

 

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From Facebook

A friend of a friend, posted this picture of a military dad waiting to board his flight, trying to say goodbye to his newborn daughter. Made me hug my kids a little longer, and made me fill with gratitude for the incredible sacrifices our military members make.
Hit “like” if you are also grateful for all they do for our freedom! — with Daniel Joe Sam.


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Did You Know – 05/19/2014

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That if you marinate your meat in beer before BBQ you can reduce cancer causing compounds by approx 53%. Dark beer like Guinness is the best as it has more antioxidents.
sound good to me
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2. This is what it takes to make 16oz of honey.

16 ounces of honey

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It is to your advantage financially if you happen to get bumped from a flight. If you are flexible with your flying time you should let the airline know. This will only happen if you have carry on luggage.

Some airlines will give you a voucher or cash. It can range from as little as $200 to $400 for domestic or $800 International. You can also request first class which will also give you extra points. If you are not in a hurry to get to your destination it is worth a try and some desperate passenger will love you for it.

4.6 air purifying house plants

Certain plants can purify the air taking out toxins or bad or stale air, these are some wonderful plants to keep around the home.

1. Bamboo Palm: It removes formaldahyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.

2. Snake Plant: It absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldahyde.

3. Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.

4. Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldahyde from the air.

5. Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the “clean-all.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mold spores. Also know to remove formaldahyde and trichloroethylene.

6. Gerbera Daisy: Not only do these gorgeous flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen over night.

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My friend Trish on beach, sunshine coast, Australia

My friend Trish on beach, sunshine coast, Australia

I love this piece of information because I love the mornings but if they are correct I should be very skinny.

A recent study from Northwestern Medicine has found out that timing, intensity and duration of your light exposure during the day is linked to weight. In this study, researchers have found out that daily exposure to even moderately bright light in the morning can bring about a significantly lower BMI as compared to those who had light exposure later in the day. The researchers commented that this finding was independent of physical activity, caloric intake, sleep, age or season. Thus if you want to lose weight, you should aim to get more bright light between 8AM and noontime.

This is a very interesting article and worth the readSource

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