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AFF on Air is the Australian Frequent Flyer travel podcast featuring tips, tricks and chat for Australian travellers. Keep up with the latest airline, aviation & loyalty program news and learn the best Qantas Frequent Flyer & Virgin Australia Velocity point hacks! Hosted by Australian Frequent Flyer editor Matt Graham, this free fortnightly podcast features interviews with experts from the travel industry.

AFF on AIR Podcast Matt Graham - Australian Frequent Flyer Editor

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AFF on Air is the Australian Frequent Flyer travel podcast featuring tips, tricks and chat for Australian travellers. Keep up with the latest airline, aviation & loyalty program news and learn the best Qantas Frequent Flyer & Virgin Australia Velocity point hacks! Hosted by Australian Frequent Flyer editor Matt Graham, this free fortnightly podcast features interviews with experts from the travel industry.

    Amazing Airline Award Chart Loopholes

    Amazing Airline Award Chart Loopholes

     

    Learn why airline award charts are the key to maximising your frequent flyer points, as Matt shares some of the most incredible frequent flyer redemptions he's seen during his years of covering and using points.

    Plus, COVID-19 travel restrictions are coming down across northern Asia as Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong reopen their borders to tourists.

     



    Episode contents:



    1:04 - Fortnightly news round-up

    13:18 - The best ever award chart sweet spots and loopholes

    24:23 - Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan are reopening to overseas tourists

    27:11 - Listener feedback - Overcast podcast platform

    28:07 - Listener feedback - Matt on the Points of View podcast

    29:21 - Listener feedback - Booking a KrisFlyer round-the-world award



     



    Links:



    AFF on Air Discussion thread - a dedicated AFF thread to discuss the podcast and ask questions

    Qantas Award Flights Were Incredible Value in the 1990s

    Japan is Fully Reopening to Tourists!



     



    Frequent Flyer Gazette articles referenced in the fortnightly news round-up:



    What Virgin Atlantic Joining SkyTeam Means for Australians

    RwandAir to Join Oneworld Alliance

    Why International Flights Are So Expensive Right Now

    No Seats Available on Jetstar to Bali For Next 3 Weeks

    Velocity Teases More Partner Airline Benefits

    More Airlines Give Status Credits for Environmental Contributions

    When Qatar Airways Releases Seats for Qantas Points Bookings

    Qantas Ending COVID Flexibility on Reward Bookings

    Flybuys Considering Switch to Qantas Points?

    Malaysia Airlines Offers Bonus Domestic Side Trip

    Upgraded SkyTeam Lounge Opens in Sydney

    Velocity to Introduce Carrier Charges on Singapore Airlines

    • 33 min
    The Amex-Marriott Bonvoy Transfer Trick

    The Amex-Marriott Bonvoy Transfer Trick

     

    If you want to use your points to book an international Business or First Class flight, often the hardest part is just finding award availability. But if you have American Express Membership Rewards points, there’s a great hack that can give you access to award seats across more than 30 different frequent flyer programs. Plus, until the end of this month, you can even get 50% bonus points when using this method.

    In this episode, Matt chats to Chris Chamberlin from Point Hacks who explains how transferring American Express Membership Rewards points to the Marriott Bonvoy program could be an excellent deal.



     



    Episode contents:



    1:36 - Fortnightly news round-up

    8:49 - The Europe early bird sale season is beginning

    12:32 - Interview with Chris Chamberlin about the Amex promo on transfers to Marriott Bonvoy



     



    Links:



    AFF on Air Discussion thread - a dedicated AFF thread to discuss the podcast and ask questions

    Fly Premium Economy to Europe from $1,828 Return

    This short-term transfer trick makes your Amex Membership Rewards points more valuable (Point Hacks article)



     



    Frequent Flyer Gazette articles referenced in the fortnightly news round-up:



    Virgin Australia “Switch-A-Roo” Gold & Platinum Status Match

    Virgin Australia Launches Partnership with Qatar Airways

    Qatar Airways Rewards: Velocity Members Get Priority over Qantas

    Qatar Airways, Emirates Upgrade Perth Flights to A380s

    Qantas Delays San Francisco Relaunch Until March 2023

    Virgin to Bring Back In-Flight Wifi from Late 2022

    New Zealand Drops Mandatory COVID-19 Tests on Arrival

    USA Proposes Mandatory Refunds for Aircraft Type Downgrades

    • 39 min
    The Singapore Airlines Round-the-World Award

    The Singapore Airlines Round-the-World Award

     

    The Star Alliance Round-the-World Award offered by Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer program is a great deal. For just 280,000 KrisFlyer miles, plus taxes of course, you could fly around the world with up to 7 stopovers across the Star Alliance network!

    But booking one of these does take a bit of work and there are some catches. In this episode, Matt speaks to someone who's booked 3 of these awards this year using his KrisFlyer miles.

     



    Episode contents:



    1:26 - Fortnightly news round-up

    8:40 - Interview with Alan Lam about the KrisFlyer Star Alliance RTW Award



     



    Links:



    AFF on Air Discussion thread - a dedicated AFF thread to discuss the podcast and ask questions

    How to Book a KrisFlyer Star Alliance Round The World Award



     



    Frequent Flyer Gazette articles referenced in the fortnightly news round-up:



    Qantas to Fly Sydney-New York via Auckland

    New Qantas Business Lounge for Adelaide

    Qantas Status Extensions & Gifts Offered as Apology

    Virgin Reopens Premium Lounge Entry in Brisbane

    Velocity Gold & Platinum Members Gain Air Canada Lounge Access

    Finnair Raises Business Class Round-the-World Airfares

    Optus Offer: 60,000 Qantas Points for $396

    Berlin Airport Now Offers Timed Security Line Reservations

    • 36 min
    Tools to Make International Travel Easier

    Tools to Make International Travel Easier

     

    In this episode, Matt takes a close look at two different tools and resources that can make your international travel easier in 2022.

    The first tool is Apple AirTags, which can help if an airline loses your luggage. Another is Sherpa, a website with easy-to-read, up-to-date information on where you can travelled and what's required to enter your destination. This has proven a very helpful resource when travelling overseas during and after the COVID-19 pandemic!

    This episode includes an interview with David Riley, the Chief of Staff at Sherpa.

     



    Episode contents:



    1:08 - Fortnightly news round-up

    11:34 - How Apple AirTags work

    20:29 - Interview with David Riley from Sherpa



     



    Links:



    AFF on Air Discussion thread - a dedicated AFF thread to discuss the podcast and ask questions

    Upcoming Frequent Flyer Solutions webinar

    Avoid Lost Luggage with Apple AirTags (AFF article)

    Sherpa website



     



    Frequent Flyer Gazette articles referenced in the fortnightly news round-up:



    Qantas Adjusts Departure Times By One Minute

    How to Get a Virgin Australia “Discover Gold” Status Match

    Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles Status Match

    Virgin Melbourne Lounge Now After Security

    No Virgin Lounge Access for International or Red-Eye Flights

    Earn Velocity Points on Link Airways

    New International Lounge for Adelaide Airport

    Emirates Renovating Brisbane Lounge

    Hotels Cut Back on Housekeeping

    • 39 min
    So You Want to Use Qantas Points to Europe...

    So You Want to Use Qantas Points to Europe...

     



    Over the coming months, many Qantas points collectors will attempt to redeem their points for Business Class flights to Europe during next year's peak northern hemisphere summer season. It's a great redemption... if you can get it. That's where the problems start...



    In this episode, James Green from Frequent Flyer Solutions explains how you can redeem Qantas points for flights to Europe, as well as other frequent flyer programs to consider that offer better value and award availability.



    This episode also includes some follow-up discussion about last fortnight's episode on Air Canada Aeroplan points.



     



    Episode contents:



    1:21 - Fortnightly news round-up

    11:29 - Interview with James Green about redeeming Qantas points to Europe

    40:56 - Discussion on Air Canada Aeroplan redemptions



     



    Links:



    AFF on Air Discussion thread - a dedicated AFF thread to discuss the podcast and ask questions

    kangarooflyer88's informative post in the "Aeroplan (Air Canada) is now selling points" thread



     



    Frequent Flyer Gazette articles referenced in the fortnightly news round-up:



    Instant Accor ALL Gold Status for Qantas Frequent Flyers

    Jetstar Restarts Flights to Japan

    Unusual Air New Zealand Award Availability

    Qatar Airways Awards Vanish from Qantas Website

    Jetstar Moving to Terminal 4 in Singapore?

    $400 of Annual Dining Credits for Amex Platinum Cardholders

    Qantas Considers Points Subscriptions

    No Overseas ATM Fees with Bankwest Qantas Transaction Account

    Which Credit Card Travel Insurance Covers COVID-19?

    • 46 min
    Bye-Bye LifeMiles, Hello Aeroplan?

    Bye-Bye LifeMiles, Hello Aeroplan?

     



    Has the Avianca LifeMiles program lost its shine? Buying LifeMiles during their promotions used to be a popular way of saving money on Star Alliance Business and First class flights, but using them on flights from Australia has become very difficult indeed. In this episode, find out why Air Canada's Aeroplan program may now be a much better alternative for Australian flyers.



    Also in this episode, Velocity Frequent Flyer and the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer programs have reinstated the conversion of points between each program. Plus, why airport security queues can be so frustrating for frequent flyers - and a possible solution.



     



    Episode contents:



    1:14 - Fortnightly news round-up

    6:41 - Why Avianca LifeMiles has lost its shine in Australia

    13:35 - Why the Air Canada Aeroplan program is a good replacement for LifeMiles

    21:20 - Velocity reinstates points transfers to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

    29:08 - An idea to improve airport security



     



    Links:



    AFF on Air Discussion thread - a dedicated AFF thread to discuss the podcast and ask questions

    No Availability: What’s the Point of Buying LifeMiles in 2022?

    How to Buy & Redeem Air Canada Aeroplan Points

    How to Transfer Velocity Points to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer

    How to Improve Airport Security Queues



     



    Frequent Flyer Gazette articles referenced in the fortnightly news round-up:



    The Latest KrisFlyer Spontaneous Escapes Deals

    Emirates Reopens Most Australian Airport Lounges

    AirAsia X Challenges on Sydney-Auckland Route

    Qantas Fixes Alaska Airlines Classic Reward Pricing

    Instant IHG Platinum Status + Diamond Challenge

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

deangelj ,

Excellent for travellers

Matt does a great job with keeping us updated on the ever changing world of frequent flyer based traveling. From how to make the most of your membership miles to the latest airline news Matt has the goss. He also frequently has guests on that add that extra specialised knowledge or just people who have experience in booking and traveling interesting routes.

aarondelacy ,

Great podcast

This is a great podcast, well presented by Matt, I look forward to every fortnight, I often wish it was weekly!

DK Revenge ,

Great podcast for Australians interested in travel and points

I’ve listened to every episode over the last 3 years (75 episodes total). I’m always excited to see a new episode come out every second Saturday. Lots of useful tips, tricks and advice. Matt is a great host.

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