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14 April 2015 @ 10:34 pm
Should buy shares in a tissue factory  
Aargh! What is it about this time of year that has me sneezing and wheezing and all hay-fevery - it's autumn for goodness sake! There's no pollen about! But every single year this happens, late March / early April, and persists for weeks. I don't know what it is that's setting me off but I wish it would just Go Away.

No overtime last night, or tonight, thank goodness, things seem to be getting a bit quieter at work. For our team, at least; pity the poor Settlements people who now have to deal with the record 880+ loans that we approved last month.

One of the additional perks from my roadside assistance is discount travel, both interstate and overseas. And as I have a couple of trips planned over the next two years I'm going to explore this. Next year is the trip to NZ to see my son get married (I'm getting teary just thinking about it; what's WRONG with me?! Oh possibly it's the gin) and the following year planning a river cruise from Amsterdam to somewhere or other exotic. Sorry, geography is not my strong point *g* but it doesn't involve open ocean, that is the important thing. Followed by a fortnight or so in the UK. I only need another 127000 Qantas points to fly to/ from Heathrow business class for free; at least it's something to aim towards!

It's funny how these loyalty / points programs can change your behaviour though. I recently signed up for a new credit card with a totally different bank, simply because it offered 40,000 bonus frequent flyer points, and then opened an account with another different bank just to get the average-balance frequent flyer points. Even changed the supermarket where I buy groceries, just for the points.
Current Mood: grumpygrumpy
byslantedlight: Sukhoi Su26 Road Angelbyslantedlight on April 14th, 2015 05:29 pm (UTC)
Erk for pollen and yeay for air miles, and potentially also for your roadside assistance sounding quite cool. I wish ours gave away free trips... okay, actually I'm not in it any more, but I might have been if they did that! *g*

The air miles schemes over here are pretty rubbish, and it's almost impossible to get seats when you do qualify, so I've not bothered here. I did like my Alaska Air Miles though, and I'm hoping they're sneaking up further as I add their partner airlines to the account... hoping also it's still active, actually!

Love the sound of all your trips, I'm all wanderlusty from it... *g*
miwahni: Firefly Can't take the skymiwahni on April 15th, 2015 11:34 am (UTC)
I wasn't very clear, above... the roadside assistance offers discount travel, while Qantas points - frequent flyer points - are honoured by Qantas but can be collected in heaps of ways (sadly not through roadside assistance).

So when I'm booking the river cruise, if I use the RACQ booking service I'll get it cheaper than I would otherwise, and if I book my airfares through Qantas I'll get a substantial discount for points-plus-pay (or if I'm very lucky between now and then, they'll be free).

But like yours, it's difficult to actually get a seat and one has to book nearly a year ahead.