The debate about Qantas rorts and political perks continues. Here are another four contributions from subscribers:

Nic writes:

Hhow about the Qantas Defence
contract worth several hundred million dollars a year. While there is
hardly competition anymore, when Ansett still existed all one star and above and
civilian equivalents got free Qantas Club membership. Guess what? They still do!
And despite the less privileged having to pay their own membership they are
threatened with disciplinary action should they use FF points for private use,
even after separation, despite the obvious, and well known, example you cite of
our political masters.


Sue writes:

One of the biggest complaints uttered by other
airlines is that the department responsible for booking MPs onto flights
unfairly favours Qantas even when huge amounts of money could be saved by using
the often cheaper alternatives. The assumption has been that it’s just
laziness. But if MPs get all these upgrades and FF points,
questions need to be asked about the real reasons for this favouratism – who is
insisting on using the one airline. Not only are MPs getting travel worth
thousands, we the taxpayers are being dudded as they go by the more expensive
option.

A wealthy retiree writes:

My wife and are are retired and living comfortably. Recently we
purchased a holiday home on Hamilton Island. Qantas then flicked this route over
to Jetstar and closed the Qantas lounge. Kilometres changed to miles, less
frequent fryer points and other conditions deleted from our Life time
memberships. I wrote to Qantas and pointed out the changes from our
original product and asked them to cash in our life membership and actuarily
give us the balance. Now as you know if you sell a product and short
change the customer this can be viewed as shonky. They ignored our letter and
requests. Now we fly Virgin everywhere and when we go overseas (once a year,
Business Class) we fly the others. We are currently transferring our
Commonwealth Bank accounts over to NAB to avoid Qantas frequent flyer points on our credit
card. All over failing to reply to our letter. As a wise man once said, “don’t
get mad, get even”.


An insurance broker writes:

It’s interesting that many of the most powerful business leaders in
Australia travel economy around the country. Many companies have an
all-levels ban on business class travel for trips less than four hours
(Syd-Perth is usually under this). Michael Hawker, the CEO of IAG, is
one of
those who joins us hoi-polloi down the back. It might be useful to ask
Crikey readers how many business leaders more they can identify who
fail to follow the pollies and senior civil servants’ lead.

Peter Fray

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