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Last week I got to try one of the more unique flights around, Qantas’s one-stop flight from New York JFK to Sydney. What makes this flight unique is that it includes a stopover at LAX, which I believe makes the JFK-LAX segment the only US domestic flight operated by a foreign carrier.

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The US Department of Transportation does not allow foreign carriers to operate passenger routes solely within the United States.  However, no current passenger aircraft in operation today would have the range to be able to fly from JFK-SYD nonstop (9,950 miles).  So LAX is more of a refueling stop on this flight, and although tickets can be sold for departure from either JFK or LAX, Qantas is not allowed to sell tickets for just the JFK-LAX portion.

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I recently had a fairly long layover at LAX about a week and a half ago on my way to Hong Kong and had the chance to visit several airline lounges there and wanted to write a post to talk about my experiences and what I liked and disliked about each.

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I flew on American Airlines for this trip, and being an Executive Platinum member of AA’s AAdvantage frequent flyer program (One World Emerald) and having a Priority Pass Select membership through my Citi Prestige credit card, I am able to access to quite a few lounges here.

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Qantas Frequent Flyer has announced some time ago that effective today, January 6th 2016 they will reduce some of award levels and surcharges for some of their Economy Class Classic Awards.

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Qantas has had some surreal levels of mileage requirements and surcharges in their frequent flyer program for quite some time and just now they are touching the most basic awards in Economy Class. [click to continue…]

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Here are six reader questions from the past week (so many good questions coming in!) that I have decided to reply to publicly. You can always email me, leave a note or private message on Facebook, or Tweet me with your questions.

Reader Questions November 14

Note that I can shorten the emails and edit them for clarity. I always remove the personal information of both the reader and front line employees. If there are managers involved, I may leave their names intact, however. [click to continue…]