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David talks about Frequent Flyer points.
David talks about Frequent Flyer points.

Frequent flyer

Thursday, May 23, 2002
We shed some light on frequent flyer points and some tips on how to get that flight!

Belinda Coles from Toowoomba in Queensland has written to Getaway with a gripe about not being able to book a flight with frequent flyer points. She asked if we could shed some light on the situation.

Just how many frequent flyer seats are available on flights? Well, that's the million dollar question. The airlines won't say. With over three million frequent flyer members in Australia, this is a huge concern, so much so that the ACCC has been investigating the issue since last year.

One report has suggested that only five percent of seats are reserved for frequent flyers.


So, to increase your chances of securing a freebie, here's what we suggest you do:
  • Make your booking as far in advance as you can. With most airlines, you can book up to a year ahead.
  • If there are no seats available when you would prefer to fly, have some back-up dates around the same period.
  • Airlines sometimes release extra frequent flyer seats closer to departure, so keep asking them if any seats have come up.
  • Avoid travelling in school holiday times, which vary from state to state, as well as peak seasons. Frequent flyer seats are the first to go.

If you are really fed up with trying to secure a flight, you can always get someone else to do it for you. frequentflyer.com.au is an independent company which specialises in frequent flyer points, and for a fee, can book domestic and international flights for you, using your frequent flyer points.

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