Sweepstakes: Win a trip to Australia from American Airlines and Qantas

Posted on: June 11th, 2013 by: aadvantagegeek

Screenshot of a new American Airlines - Qantas promotion

American and their oneworld partner Qantas have joined together for a new sweepstakes that offers the winner a trip to Australia.

To enter, all you have to do is go to www.facebook.com/AmericanAirlines and www.facebook.com/Qantas, click on the “Plan Your Dream Australian Adventure” link:

(1) Like the Facebook Page,

(2) Follow instructions to go through the trip planner,

(3) Complete the registration form by providing the information required,

(4) Click the submit button.

All Entries must be submitted by the end date and time listed above.

Limit 2 entries per person/Facebook Account, one for Qantas page and for American Airlines page..

The Prize:

Grand Prize Winner will receive 2 economy round-trip air travel tickets, which will include travel departing from an airport of the Grand Prize Winner’s choice that is serviced by American Airlines or its “Airline Associates” (American Eagle, Executive Airlines or the American Connection carrier) from any city served by American Airlines or its Airline Associates in the 48 contiguous United States to a Qantas gateway with continuation to Sydney on Qantas ($7200 value),

Five nights hotel accommodation through Accor at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth ($750 value),

A $1000.00 gift card from the Vendor of Sponsors’ choice ($1000 value)

All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 24, 2013.

Go here for the rules. Go here (American Airlines) and here (Qantas) to enter.

Good luck!

Admirals Club and Qantas Club Bonus Miles Offers

Posted on: December 7th, 2011 by: aadvantagegeek

Admirals Club 3,000 Bonus AAdvantage Miles Offer

If you’re thinking about purchasing a new Admirals Club membership, here’s an offer that was posted by LRD on FlyerTalk:

You are invited to become an Admirals Club member.  Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you can enjoy an oasis of peace – away from all the airport hustle. It’s easy to become a member, just register for the promotion…using with promotion code QPD11.   Then purchase your new annual Admirals Club membership by…by December 31, 2011 to earn 3,000 AAdvantage miles.

According to the offer page at AA.com:

This offer is valid only for the recipients of the AAdvantage November Quarterly Print Mailing Newsletter.

Last year I purchased a new Admirals Club membership using a similar bonus miles promotion code that was posted in the Admirals Club discounts master thread at FlyerTalk.   That offer, like this one, was a targeted promotion and even though I had never received the offer, I still received the bonus miles when I used the promo code.  Your results may vary, so be aware that you might not receive the miles if you didn’t receive this offer.

Go here for full details.

Qantas Club Bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer Points Offer

Here’s an offer I learned about from an article by John Walton at Australian Business Traveller:

Join Qantas Club and earn a bonus 40,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points

Treat yourself this Christmas with the ultimate travel perk- Qantas Club membership. Become a new member between now and 31 December 2011 and you will receive a bonus 40,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points!

By joining The Qantas Club, you’ll be welcome to relax, dine, freshen up or even catch up on work before you fly at more than 25 international and domestic departure lounges around Australia Plus enjoy instant access to our extensive Qantas lounge network around the world when travelling on an eligible flight#.

Enjoy exclusive membership privileges such as a chip enabled membership card allowing you to access Faster, Smarter Check-in at selected domestic airports, premium check-in and special luggage allowances.

From the terms and conditions:

The offer is open to Australian residents only (for tax purposes). You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn points.

Go here for full details.

oneworld member Qantas is having a 72 hour sale on Qantas Club memberships

Posted on: June 28th, 2011 by: aadvantagegeek

200601 qantas club
“Qantas Club” Photo credit: Bentley Smith on Flickr

Last year I seriously considered joining Qantas Club instead of buying a membership at the Admirals Club for one big reason: Qantas Club members can access the Admirals Club when traveling on American Airlines and British Airways lounges when traveling on British Airways.

So even if you never travel on Qantas, a membership in their lounge is useful when you travel on American Airlines. An Admirals Club membership won’t get you access to any partner lounges, even when traveling on a partner airline (recently that changed and Admirals Club members can get into the Alaska Airlines Board Room when traveling on certain flights).

In the past it wasn’t a problem for me, I had AAdvantage Platinum status and was able to to access oneworld partner lounges when traveling on a international itinerary, but my travel dropped off last year and so because I dropped down to AAdvantage Gold status, I no longer have access to oneworld lounges when traveling.

I still have my Admirals Club membership, so it’s not a big problem except when I connect at London Heathrow to a British Airways flight. Heathrow has an Admirals Club lounge in Terminal 4, but British Airways flights leave out of Terminal 5 and you have to clear through security when transferring between the two terminals. So now that I don’t have access to any of the BA lounges in Terminal 5, a Qantas Club membership would solve that problem. I enjoy having access to free wifi, a place to brush my teeth and clean up a bit, and the snacks, but in the end I decided against it mainly because of the cost. I just couldn’t justify the extra cost of a Quantas Club membership in order to use the BA lounges a couple of times each year. I do miss the British Airways bacon sandwiches though!

But for others though, a Qantas Club membership might make more sense. Particularly so now that Quantas is having a 72 membership sale:

By joining The Qantas Club, you’ll be welcome to relax, dine, freshen up or even catch up on work before you fly at more than 25 international and domestic departure lounges around Australia when travelling on an eligible flight#. Plus, you’ll be welcome at more than 130 Qantas Clubs, International Qantas Business Lounges and partner and associated airline departure lounges around the world.

You’ll also enjoy exclusive membership privileges such as a chip enabled membership card allowing you to access faster, smarter check-in at selected domestic airports, as well as the ability to request On Departure Upgrades using points within Australia and receive International Priority Check-in when travelling on a Qantas International flight.

However, during this 72 hour sale you can buy a membership for $470 AUD instead of the usual $840 AUD. The fine print though is this:

Rates are…based upon a tax residency of Australia for Australian Income Tax purposes.

I went ahead and tried to sign up using my U.S. address and it let me, so I’m not sure how that is defined or what qualifies as residency, so that a question better answered by someone that’s familiar with that issue. But if you do qualify as an Australian resident for AU Income Tax purposes, you might want to take advantage of this sale before it end at 11:59pm AEST on 30 June 2011.

Go here to join or to read the complete terms and conditions.

Qantas Does Dallas.

Posted on: May 16th, 2011 by: aadvantagegeek

Qantas Business Amenity Kit
“Qantas Business Amenity Kit” Photo credit: Keith Mason on Flickr

Finally back at AAdvantageGeek World Headquarters after a long week on the road.  Missed a few days of AAdvantage 30 offers.  Planning to post a recap of all the offers so far.   Today’s AAdvantage 30th Anniversary Deal of the Day: Earn 30,000 Bonus Miles plus 1,250 Miles per $10k financed from Lending Tree. Go here for details and don’t forget to submit your name in the daily drawing for 30,000 AAdvantage Miles.

Today is the start of oneworld member Qantas’s non-stop service between Dallas/Ft. Worth and Australia. If you’re passing through Terminal D at DFW, look for the big red and white 747-400 parked at one of the gates. Qantas Flight 8 (the American codeshare is 7375) travels from DFW to Brisbane and then on to Sydney. Because the eastbound flight is with the jetstream, the return flight is able to take advantage of increased fuel efficiency and fly direct from Sydney to DFW.

The total distance of the 19 hour flight from Dallas to Brisbane is 8,303 miles making it the sixth longest non-stop flight.   The 13 hour, 8,578 mile return flight from Sydney to Dallas will be direct, making it the third longest non-stop flight.  According to MileCalc you’ll earn 17,381 total round-trip AAdvantage Miles.

Effective Monday 16 May 2011, Qantas will start flying from Dallas/Fort Worth to Brisbane and on to Sydney four times a week. On your return, fly nonstop from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth. Qantas’ three class B747-400 aircraft will fly to Australia on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with great connections from other US and Canadian cities.

To kick off service, Qantas is offer travelers from DFW the opportunity to add a stop over in Brisbane

For a limited time when travelling from Dallas/Fort Worth, explore two great Australian cities, Sydney and Brisbane, for one great price! See more of Australia by including a stop in Brisbane on your way to Sydney.

or trip to New Zealand at no extra cost:

Our Australia Fare Sale offers you the option to visit New Zealand on your way to or from Australia at no additional cost. To explore both countries and take advantage of this special offer, select the ‘Multi-City’ booking option to start your search.

If you’re scheduled to fly on the inaugural flight today, let me know if they do anything special to kick off service.

The Next Generation Check-In Experience from oneworld member Qantas

Posted on: January 18th, 2011 by: aadvantagegeek

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-YznwL_nQs

Qantas is testing a new “Next Generation” check-in service with premium members of their frequent flyer program in Sydney and Perth.   This new ground service will enable their premium customers to bypass the lines and to speed through the check-in process.

Late last year, some Silver, Gold and Platinum members of their Qantas Frequent Flyer program received a Next Generation Check-In Launch Kit which contained a “Q Card” which has a RFID smart chip embedded in it and a “Q Bag Tag” luggage tag which also contains an embedded smart chip.

When a passenger gets to the airport all they have to do is tap their Q Card against a scanning post to check-in for their flight, then they can use the same Q Card as a boarding pass.   Once they’ve checked in, all they have to do is drop off their Q Bag tagged suitcases at a self-service drop off point.  No more printed paper bag tags.

American Airlines has been testing a self service bag tag at their kiosks in Boston for a few months now.   Not sure that they’ll adopt the same process as Qantas, but I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point in the future they don’t start offering something similar.

You can view more videos of the Qantas Next Generation Check-In on their website.  Ron Hill has a fascinating first hand review of the experience on his City of Sound blog.

Qantas coming to DFW. Now you can earn more than 17,000 AAdvantage Miles direct from Dallas. Even better, a Fare Sale and Double AAdvantage Miles through January 31.

Posted on: January 17th, 2011 by: aadvantagegeek

Qantas 747-400 ER
“Qantas 747-400 ER” photo credit: Juan Francisco Diez on Flickr

Friday, oneworld member and American Airlines partner, Qantas Airways announced that they’ll launch service between Dallas/Ft. Worth and Sydney starting May 16.   They also announced that they’re canceling direct service from Sydney to San Francisco.  From the Qantas press release:

The route will see Qantas operate direct outbound flights from Sydney to DFW (as QF7), returning to Sydney via Brisbane (as QF8). DFW is the primary hub of Qantas’ fellow oneworld alliance member, American Airlines, and the two carriers will soon seek to expand their commercial relationship.

Qantas will offer four return flights to DFW each week, featuring a three-class Boeing 747 aircraft. Direct Sydney-San Francisco (SFO) services will be discontinued on 14 May 2011, but SFO will remain part of Qantas’ network as a codeshare destination.

Qantas Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alan Joyce, said DFW will be an excellent addition to the Qantas network and enable Qantas to strengthen its relationship with American Airlines.

According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, DFW Airport offered a $3.1 million dollar incentive package to get help bring Qantas to Dallas.

If you’re an airplane geek you’ll be interested to know that this will bring to three the number of Boeing 747s that fly into DFW.  British Airways started 747 service to DFW in December and Korean Air has been operating a 747 on the Dallas to Seoul route for some time now.

The flight from Dallas to Sydney is just beyond the 747-400ER‘s range, so it will stop first in Brisbane before continuing just over 250 miles to Sydney.   The total distance of the 19 hour flight from Dallas to Brisbane is 8,303 miles making it the sixth longest non-stop flight.   The 13 hour, 8,578 mile return flight from Sydney to Dallas will be direct, making it the third longest non-stop flight.  According to MileCalc you’ll earn 17,381 total round-trip AAdvantage Miles.

Through January 31, 2011 you’ll find heavily discounted introductory fares from both Qantas and American from DFW to Sydney. I found fares for as low as $1,054 including taxes, which is at least $300 less than the occasional deep discount fare.

Right now, if you register for the Qantas 90th Anniversary Double Miles Offer, you’ll have the opportunity to save money and earn Double AAdvantage Miles (as much as 34,762 according to MileCalc).   At $1,054 your cost-per-mile (CPM) will be just above 3 cents per AAdvantage mile!  Some context: it’s very rare to do better than 6 or 7 cents per mile from DFW and you’re really lucky if you can get your CPM down to 5 cents from this market.

Both the introductory fares and the 90th Anniversary Double AAdvantage Miles offer end on January 31 and you’ll have to travel between March 1, 2011, and May 31, 2011 (dates inclusive) to qualify for the Double AAdvantage Miles.

A word of warning, not all Qantas fare classes earn full AAdvantage Miles.  Some deeply discounted fare classes (Q) don’t earn any.   If you book with Qantas confirm your fare class eligibility, or book your travel through American Airlines on an American Airlines codeshare flight (AA flight number, Qantas operated aircraft) to guarantee eligibility.   I learned this lesson the hard way a few years ago.

Weekend Update: Qantas A380, AAdvantage Elite Status, and Darth Vader goes on Vacation

Posted on: November 21st, 2010 by: aadvantagegeek

I’ve been on the road so I’m introducing my first Weekend Update. It’s pretty much the same as the Friday News Roundup, only later.

New Routes

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGEgltND0Tc

American has announced a few new routes this week (from airlineroute.net)

American Airlines from 05APR11 introduces 1 Daily New York JFK – Nashville service with Embraer ERJ145 by American Eagle.

American Airlines from 10FEB11 introduces 2 new service to Mexico, where American Eagle operates Daily service on Dallas – Queretaro with Embraer ERJ135 and Dallas – Veracruz with Embraer ERJ145 aircraft.

American Airlines from 10FEB11 is increasing service with Extra Daily flight on Chicago O’Hare – Champaign (from 5 to 6 Daily) and Chicago O’Hare – Ft. Wayne (from 3 to 4 Daily).

From 05APR11,

American Airlines introduces 2 Daily Los Angeles – Boise service with American Eagle’s Embraer ERJ140 aircraft.

Also, new domestic New Zealand codeshare routes with jetStar

Effective Thursday 18NOV10, American Airlines will begin placing its “AA” code on all jetStar’s Domestic New Zealand service to/from Auckland, which covers Auckland – Christchurch, Auckland – Queenstown and Auckland – Wellington service.

oneworld News


Qantas 90th Birthday A380 Engine Back Side Exhaust

Qantas 90th Birthday A380 Engine Back Side Exhaust by emmettanderson, on Flickr

Qantas delays A380 Service

oneworld partner Qantas continues to keep their A380 fleet grounded after the November 4 A380 emergency landing in Singapore. Europe’s aviation investigators believe that the likely cause of the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine blowout was a fire from an oil leak. Qantas has announced that they will continue to suspend A380 service until they can replace the Rolls-Royce engines. (from airlineroutes.net)

As per 19NOV10 GDS timetable display, QANTAS is further postponing planned Airbus A380 service into December 2010.

Latest resumption dates as follows, note that further postponement is possible as the airline is unsure when its A380 fleet will be able to re-enter service, according to latest article by Reuters filed

Melbourne – Los Angeles eff 05DEC10
Melbourne – Singapore – London Heathrow eff 05DEC10 (LHR eff 04DEC10)

Sydney – Los Angeles QF011/012 eff 04DEC10
Sydney – Singapore – London Heathrow eff 27NOV10, service operates 4 times a week in its first week of service resumption

More troubling though is that beyond losing an engine, the A380s backup electrical and information systems failed to work after the primary systems were taken offline by the engine explosion.

Salon’s Ask a Pilot, Patrick Smith, writes how the five Qantas pilots found themselves coping with a rapidly deteriorating emergency situation in what he describes as a “Qantas’ perfect storm of failures“:

I wrote my article when the story first broke, and relatively little was known — but it’s definitely time for an update. It turns out things were a lot more serious than it first appeared: The failure of the giant Rolls-Royce turbofan triggered a massive fuel leak, as well as 50 or more failures and malfunctions of various systems and subsystems, some more serious than others and not all of which are yet understood.

That the crew managed to land the plane safely seems no less extraordinary than the US Airways 1549 landing on the Hudson River.

S7 Airlines Joins onworld

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Egk8utTK0CM

Russian airline S7 officially joins the oneworld alliance expanding the oneworld network to include 750 destinations in 150 countries. Now you’ll be able to use and earn AAdvantage miles when to visit Russia. Here’s the video that oneworld released for the occasion.


AAdvantage Elite Status


Frequent Flyer” is a 20-minute documentary about frequent flyer miles, the people who collect them, and the world of airports and airplanes that they inhabit.

If you’re trying to achieve or maintain your AAdvantage Elite status for next year, you’re running out of time to earn Elite Qualify Miles. The best milage run options are to take advantage of American’s double Elite Qualify Miles offer for round-trip flights beginning and ending in either Raleigh Durham or St. Louis.

Another option is to enter the Farecompare Map Your Miles and Fly with Status promotion.

FareCompare will whisk one winner on a whirlwind mileage run this December, guaranteed to get you at least 15,000 air miles

That’s enough miles to earn you elite status before the end of 2010!

The winner will get a 15,000 milage run designed by Farecompare CEO Rick Seaney.

Enter before Friday, November 26, 2010.


Weekend Reading


vacation reading, part 2

vacation reading, part 2 by ruminatrix, on Flickr

Charlie Leochas- “Top TSA slogans and TV fun at TSA’s expense

For a lighter look at the TSA controversy, head over to Consumer Traveler and read a list of suggested TSA slogans.
My favorite: You were a virgin.

The Cranky Flier – The New American Airlines Homepage

American’s new website design is Topic of the Week and most of the reviews are favorable. I think my favorite comment may be:

I’d rather have the most functional than the most difficult but beautiful website. Therefore, in that respect, AA may look like a pig but that pig works hard and smart!

Head over there to read or add your own comments.


Technology


The “Coach Section Laptop” concept

. Coach Flight Friendly Laptop

Coach Flight Friendly Laptop by revision3 on Flickr

Take a look at this modified laptop from the Ben Heck Show.

Ever try and use a laptop in coach? It’s pretty difficult, especially if the jerk in front of you leans back.

No longer! For Episode 5 of the Ben Heck Show we built the “Coach Section Laptop” – a modified Toshiba Satellite that can transform to fit your needs!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Iz-81VIsyg

Watch the episode from the Ben Heck show and learn how to make your own.

Free Airport Wifi

wifi

wifi by gune_ in wonderland, on Flickr

Looking for a free airport hotspot? Visit the Free Wi-Fi in Airports directory before you start your travel.


Art

coruscant

coruscant by Steve Thomas Art, on Flickr

Take a look at these Star Wars Travel Posters inspired by some of the vintage travel posters of the early 20th century. You can view the whole collection from the artist Steve Thomas at his online gallery. Two of the posters from the series, Mos Eisley and Kessel Run, are available for purchase from Acme Archives Direct.


Finally

Here’s a look at Darth Vader’s Hawaiian Vacation (photo from Hawaiian Seamonkey)


Infinite Jest 01

See all the Dark Lord of the Sith’s vacation photos here.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

To celebrate 90 years, Qantas is offering double AAdvantage Miles

Posted on: November 2nd, 2010 by: aadvantagegeek

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pS7oJNozQZM
Qantas Australia – I Still Call Australia Home

Qantas was founded on November 16, 1920 (which is also Oklahoma Statehood Day, in case you’re a fan of trivia) and to mark the occasion you’ll earn double AAdvantage Miles on qualifying tickets booked on Qantas or American Airlines codeshare flights between the U.S., Australia, or New Zealand during March, April or May of 2011 on tickets purchased between November 10, 2010 and January 31, 2011.

In order to take advantage of this offer, you’ll need to register before making your travel plans using promotion code: QF90Y – make sure you check your fare class, to make sure it’s eligible to earn AAdvantage Miles, not all fare classes earn full miles, some don’t qualify for any miles at all (I learned this lesson from Qantas a few years ago).

Here’s the details from American’s website:

Dates:
Book your trip between November 10, 2010, and January 31, 2011 (dates inclusive).
Travel between March 1, 2011, and May 31, 2011 (dates inclusive).

In celebration of Qantas’ 90th Anniversary, AAdvantage members can earn double miles when traveling on a qualifying ticket on any Qantas Airways or American Airlines flight number between the US and Australia or New Zealand during March, April and May 2011.

For every trip you take during the promotion period, you can earn double miles. Just book your trips before January 31, 2011 and register before travel. The extra miles you can earn are in addition to your standard base miles and class of service bonus.

Experience Qantas’ A380 on selected services between the US and Australia. Onboard, you can enjoy Qantas’ award winning products, including Premium Economy, voted best in class at the 2010 Skytrax World Airline Awards.

Offer valid for residents of the US and Canada.

Register before travel by selecting the red “REGISTER” button.

The A380 by Qantas. Enjoy the Journey

Go here to register, here for more details or to read the terms and conditions.

(This YouTube video is from the “I Still Call Australia Home” Qantas advertising campaign.  The actual song was originally written and performed by Australian Peter Allen: some love it, some hate it, but it occupies a unique place in popular Australian culture and this commercial was wildly successful.)


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