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The best way to make use of your frequent flyer points right now



Demand for air travel has soared, but trying to find seats using points is impossible. Here’s the best way to make use of your points

The cost of flying has soared as we all rush to get back into the air. The experts call it “revenge travel”, but we all make up for two years of restrictions.

But now airfares to popular international destinations have soared to more than double pre-pandemic levels. And if you’re trying to use your points to pay for flights, you’re probably finding it hard to book any seats.

So with all this unprecedented demand, what’s the best way to get the most from your points and get you back in the air?

If you’re organised, flexible and determined, you’ll do well. Steve Hui, from iFlyFlat has some ideas.

Singapore Airlines has more seats available than other airlines

The frequent flyer expert noted a common misconception around redemption rates right now, amid claims rates have quadrupled in some cases.

“The number of points for flights is still the same, it’s just that you can’t find seats right now,” says Steve Hui, from iFlyFlat.

What the airlines say

It’s worth noting how far in advance airlines release their rewards flights.

A Virgin Australia Group spokesperson said: “Velocity members can be savvy by taking advantage of discounted fares during sales and booking ahead with reward seats available more than 300 days in advance.”

The two main Australian frequent flyer schemes, Velocity and Qantas Frequent Flyer, have recently reported record points redemption rates.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has acknowledged airfare price hikes.

“Fuel prices have spiked and our fuel bill next year will be $1.8 billion more than it was before COVID,” said Joyce.

“At the same time, there’s still unbelievably low airfares out there. Jetstar had a $29 airfare sale yesterday [June 15], so you still can get very low air fares, but air fares will have to go up with the oil prices.”

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Disney trumps DeSantis with legal loophole



Disney has outplayed Ron DeSantis by leaning on a decades-old royal clause

In February, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis moved to take over Disney World’s governing body.

It was all in retaliation to the company’s public stance against the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

But now, new reports suggest this whole plan may have backfired.

Members of the new governor-appointed board argue the previous members stripped the board of its power before they left.

It was all part of an agreement, which was approved a day before DeSantis assumed more control of the land around Disney’s theme park.

Disney is leaning on a property law which essentially makes the company the government of the area.

New board member Ron Peri says the board has lost the majority of its ability to do anything beyond maintain the roads and basic infrastructure.

For just under six decades, Disney has operated its expansive theme park and resort in Florida under a specially designated district.

A board oversaw the area and had free reign of development processes.

Disney also had the authority to appoint district board members.

But this special status came under threat when Disney clashed with DeSantis and his “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Florida lawmakers the passed a bill in February to end Disney’s self-governing status and give the governor the authority to appoint new board members to the district.

DeSantis appointed five supervisors, including a parents’ rights activist and three Republican donors.

But the new supervisors say previous board members entered an agreement before they left their positions – effectively stripping them of any powers. #trending #featured

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The Power of Play



Let’s take a look at the history of video games and the exciting future of the gaming industry.

From classic arcade games to the latest consoles and online multiplayer experiences, gamers have been lining up for decades to get their hands on the hottest games.

But what goes on behind the scenes to create these immersive worlds? The Power of Play takes you behind the curtain to explore the hard work and dedication of game developers as they bring these virtual experiences to life.

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Avoiding mass company layoffs



What alternatives can companies implement, other than just sacking employees, to save something in the short-term?

Let me give you some numbers: Meta, 18,000; Amazon, 9,000; Disney, 7,000.

No, that isn’t the amount of daily subscribers joining the respective platforms, but the amount of job cuts each company has recently announced.

As sexy as that headline ISN’T – it’s a fact of reality that after spending too much during the pandemic, the financial books need to be reined in.

And yes, this may look good to investors in the short-term, but what does it do for the employee – and company morale – going forward?

Are there other alternatives that may satisfy all parties involved?

Digital transformation expert Kamales Lardi discusses the matter.

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