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Frequent flyer points should be saved for when travel returns to normal instead of being spent on reward programs to get the best value for money.

Australians are being tempted into spending their valuable points on gift cards and other material items, but experts say this diminishes the profit of your points.

Redeeming your points for flights over material items can give buyers up to ten times the value per point.

Steve Hui, the CEO of iFLYflat, believes hanging onto your points while travel is restricted is the way to go.

Experts say hanging onto your frequent flyer points will give you the best value for money instead of spending your points on material items in reward programs during travel restrictions from COVID-19. Pictured: a woman watches over Noosa National Park in Queensland

Experts say hanging onto your frequent flyer points will give you the best value for money instead of spending your points on material items in reward programs during travel restrictions from COVID-19. Pictured: a woman watches over Noosa National Park in Queensland

Experts say hanging onto your frequent flyer points will give you the best value for money instead of spending your points on material items in reward programs during travel restrictions from COVID-19. Pictured: a woman watches over Noosa National Park in Queensland

‘You might be tempted because you have heaps of points, but if you hold back you will be rewarded with flights in the future,’ he told News Corp.

Despite travel restrictions, Australians are still earning loads of frequent flyer points amid the online shopping boom of the pandemic.

But a large quantity of points does not mean you should spend them, as redeeming frequent flyer points outside of airline travel reduces their worth.

Mr Hui said when points are spent on gift cards they are only worth 0.5cents, while an economy flight is worth 1.2cents and business flights jump to as much as 5c per point.

Redeeming points for flights over material items gives buyers up to ten times the value. Pictured: a woman wearing a face mask checks in for a flight at Sydney Airport in September

Redeeming points for flights over material items gives buyers up to ten times the value. Pictured: a woman wearing a face mask checks in for a flight at Sydney Airport in September

Redeeming points for flights over material items gives buyers up to ten times the value. Pictured: a woman wearing a face mask checks in for a flight at Sydney Airport in September

Many Australians are stockpiling frequent flyer points amid the online shopping boom of COVID-19

Many Australians are stockpiling frequent flyer points amid the online shopping boom of COVID-19

Many Australians are stockpiling frequent flyer points amid the online shopping boom of COVID-19

Stockpiling points can be risky if airlines inflate airfare prices and alter reward programs into the future, but Mr Hui said the benefits will be paramount at the return of international travel.

‘You know travel will resume and when it does you will be glad you have got the points to pay for it,’ he said.

Mr Hui’s sentiment was backed by thechampagnemile.com.au founder Adele Eliseo.

‘As an example, Qantas Frequent Flyer members can extract a value of 0.58c per point when redeeming for vouchers from David Jones and Myer,’ she said.

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AFP bust NSW paedophile ring where they had jobs involved being around children

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The men accused of being part of a suspected paedophile ring that abused 16 children hid their sickening crimes from bosses and colleagues as they worked in a range of blue collar jobs. 

The 44 men aged 19 to 57 in every state except the Northern Territory allegedly shared child sexual abuse material using a ‘a cloud storage’ company. They have been arrested by the Australian Federal Police and face 350 charges. 

Six children were removed from harm in Victoria, another six in South Australia, two in Queensland, one in New South Wales and one in the ACT. 

Some men were allegedly abusing children themselves, filming it and sharing the videos online. 

The alleged offenders worked as school secretaries, retail workers, construction, transport, law enforcement and hospitality, many working closely with children. 

The Australian Border Force Officers were tipped off last year that Australian men were using a 'cloud storage facility' to share child exploitation material

The Australian Border Force Officers were tipped off last year that Australian men were using a 'cloud storage facility' to share child exploitation material

The Australian Border Force Officers were tipped off last year that Australian men were using a ‘cloud storage facility’ to share child exploitation material

One of two men arrested in Eagle Vale, NSW. Men aged 19 to 57 in every state and territory except the NT allegedly shared child sexual abuse material using a 'a cloud storage' company and have been arrested on 350 charges as part of the AFP's Operation Molto

One of two men arrested in Eagle Vale, NSW. Men aged 19 to 57 in every state and territory except the NT allegedly shared child sexual abuse material using a 'a cloud storage' company and have been arrested on 350 charges as part of the AFP's Operation Molto

One of two men arrested in Eagle Vale, NSW. Men aged 19 to 57 in every state and territory except the NT allegedly shared child sexual abuse material using a ‘a cloud storage’ company and have been arrested on 350 charges as part of the AFP’s Operation Molto

AFP officers seized laptops and mobile devices which contained child exploitation material

AFP officers seized laptops and mobile devices which contained child exploitation material

AFP officers seized laptops and mobile devices which contained child exploitation material

Following a year long investigation, AFP officers around the country swooped on several alleged targets who were sharing child sexual abuse material  on a ‘cloud storage’ company.

The ‘cloud storage’ was allegedly being used by thousands of men around the world including men from Australia.  

Some of the footage allegedly showed the men filming themselves as they abused the children before sharing them online. 

Others allegedly shared sickening videos that showed girls as young as 18 months old being raped and tortured. 

AFP officers seized horrific child abuse material, including videos produced by Australian paedophile Peter Scully, who is currently serving life in the Philippines. 

The AFP labelled Scully’s abuse material as ‘the most abhorrent produced’. 

The AFP searching homes of the alleged paedophiles who were exchanging explicit child material online

The AFP searching homes of the alleged paedophiles who were exchanging explicit child material online

The AFP searching homes of the alleged paedophiles who were exchanging explicit child material online 

A suspect is arrested by AFP officers in Blacktown in Sydney's west. Some men were allegedly abusing children themselves and filming said abuse before sharing the videos online

A suspect is arrested by AFP officers in Blacktown in Sydney's west. Some men were allegedly abusing children themselves and filming said abuse before sharing the videos online

A suspect is arrested by AFP officers in Blacktown in Sydney’s west. Some men were allegedly abusing children themselves and filming said abuse before sharing the videos online

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said there has been an increase in demand for investigating people allegedly involved in child exploitation. 

‘From 1 July, 2019 to 30 June this year ACCCE ­received 21,000 incoming ­reports of child exploitation material. That’s compared to 14,000 reports in the previous financial year, a dramatic ­increase,’ Mr Dutton told parliament on Thursday.

It has also been revealed that the federal government is looking to introducing new legislation which could help give spy agencies better access when investigating.  

The nine alleged offenders in South Australia include a reservist, a wood and metal worker, a videographer and a restaurant worker.

Meanwhile, the eight alleged offenders include a fleet services manager, IT consultant, forklift driver and retail services worker in NSW. 

A Tasmanian consultant and student were arrested, a school secretary and health and safety worker were charged in WA as well as a computer programmer in the ACT.

A man is arrested in Fairfield in Sydney's west as part of Operation Molto. Some charged men allegedly shared sickening videos that showed girls as young as 18 months old being raped and tortured

A man is arrested in Fairfield in Sydney's west as part of Operation Molto. Some charged men allegedly shared sickening videos that showed girls as young as 18 months old being raped and tortured

A man is arrested in Fairfield in Sydney’s west as part of Operation Molto. Some charged men allegedly shared sickening videos that showed girls as young as 18 months old being raped and tortured

Operation Molto began late last year when the AFP were tipped off by a US intelligence agency about an international paedophile ring. 

Thousands of men around the world shared child abuse material on a cloud-based storage system as part of the ring, some of which they produced themselves.   

The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) has received 21,000 reports of child exploitation in the last last financial year, compared with 14,000 reports the previous year.

A 70-year-old man was arrested and charged with two counts of possess child abuse material obtained through a carriage service in WA and faced court on Thursday.

Laptops, phones and hard drives containing child abuse material that were seized by the AFP as evidence

Laptops, phones and hard drives containing child abuse material that were seized by the AFP as evidence

Laptops, phones and hard drives containing child abuse material that were seized by the AFP as evidence 

Meanwhile, a Ballarat man, 22, also faced court on Thursday charged with using a carriage service to possess child abuse material and accessing child abuse material using a carriage service.   

A Sydney man, 25, was arrested and charged with nine counts of using a carriage service to solicit child abuse material and eleven counts of possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service against section. 

He was refused bail at Mt.Druitt Local Court on Thursday and is next due in court on December 16. 

AFP Sergeant Joel Van Den Brun said demand for child abuse material is increasing.

‘If you access or trade these videos and images online, or pay to watch a livestream of children being abused in another country, you are complicit in the physical abuse of children,’ he said.

‘The AFP and our partners are committed to identifying anyone involved in the harm of children, whether they are in Australia or overseas, no matter their age or personal circumstances – police scrutiny is at an all-time high. 

‘It’s only a matter of time before we come knocking on your door.’

AFP officers gather evidence at an address in Rutherford, NSW. AFP Sergeant Joel Van Den Brun said demand for child abuse material is increasing

AFP officers gather evidence at an address in Rutherford, NSW. AFP Sergeant Joel Van Den Brun said demand for child abuse material is increasing

AFP officers gather evidence at an address in Rutherford, NSW. AFP Sergeant Joel Van Den Brun said demand for child abuse material is increasing

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Joe Biden compares ‘thug’ Kim Jong-un to Hitler as Trump touts ‘good relationship’ with North Korea

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Joe Biden compared Kim Jong-un to Adolf Hitler on Thursday as the former vice president slammed President Trump for ‘legitimizing’ the North Korean ruler by meeting with him.

In the second and final presidential debate, the Democratic nominee blasted Trump for his diplomacy with Pyongyang, though the Republican countered that he had achieved what the Obama administration could not.

‘They tried to meet with him, he wouldn’t do it,’ Trump said of Kim and the Obama administration.

‘He didn’t like Obama, he didn’t like him, he wouldn’t do it. OK? They tried.

Joe Biden

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Former Vice President Joe Biden (left) blasted President Trump (right) on Thursday for forging close personal ties with North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un

The president has met with the North Korean ruler three times - most recently in June of last year at the border village of Panmunjon in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea

The president has met with the North Korean ruler three times - most recently in June of last year at the border village of Panmunjon in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea

The president has met with the North Korean ruler three times – most recently in June of last year at the border village of Panmunjon in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea

Biden compared Kim to Hitler and called the North Korean leader a 'thug' while slamming Trump for being his 'good buddy'

Biden compared Kim to Hitler and called the North Korean leader a 'thug' while slamming Trump for being his 'good buddy'

Biden compared Kim to Hitler and called the North Korean leader a ‘thug’ while slamming Trump for being his ‘good buddy’

‘He wouldn’t do it. You know what? North Korea, we’re not in a war, we have a good relationship.’

Biden responded that ‘we had a good relationship with Hitler before he, in fact, invaded the rest of Europe.’

The former vice president added: ‘Come on. The reason he would not meet with President Obama is because President Obama said we’re going to talk about denuclearization.

‘We’re not going to legitimize you. We’re going to continue to push stronger and stronger sanctions on you.

‘That’s why he wouldn’t meet with us.’

Trump is the first sitting president to hold a summit with the leader of North Korea.

The president has met with Kim three times. The first summit took place in Singapore in 2018. The next year, the two leaders met in Hanoi.

Kim and Trump also shook hands at the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea at Panmunjom in June of last year.

Kim Jong-un waves during a parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang on October 10

Kim Jong-un waves during a parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang on October 10

Kim Jong-un waves during a parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang on October 10

Despite the close, personal relationship between Trump and Kim, the North Korean leader appears unwilling to bend to Washington’s demand to decommission its nuclear arsenal in exchange for a lifting of economic sanctions.

Biden hit out at Trump for saying that a ‘thug’ like Kim was his’“good buddy.’

‘They have much more capable missiles able to reach US territory much more easily than they ever did before,’ Biden said. 

During the debate, Trump was asked by moderator Kristen Welker of NBC News if he felt betrayed by Kim’s recent rollout of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

‘No,’ the president replied.

At a military parade staged earlier this month, Kim warned that his country would ‘fully mobilize’ its nuclear force if threatened as he took center stage at a military parade that unveiled what appeared to be a new intercontinental ballistic missile and other weapons.

Kim, however, avoided direct criticism of Washington during the October 10 event, which celebrated the 75th anniversary of the ruling party.

Instead, he focused on a domestic message urging his people to remain firm in the face of ‘tremendous challenges’ posed by the coronavirus pandemic and crippling US-led sanctions over his nuclear program.

Kim described the North’s continuing efforts to develop its nuclear deterrent as necessary for its defense and said it wasn’t targeting any specific country.

But “if any force harms the safety of our nation, we will fully mobilize the strongest offensive might in a preemptive manner to punish them,” he said.

Kim’s speech was punctuated by thousands of goose-stepping troops, tanks, armored vehicles, rocket launchers and a broad range of ballistic missiles rolled out in Pyongyang’s Kim Il Sung Square.

The weapons included what was possibly the North’s biggest-yet ICBM, which was mounted on an 11-axel launch vehicle that was also seen for the first time.

The North Koreans unveiled what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile during the parade in Pyongyang on October 10

The North Koreans unveiled what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile during the parade in Pyongyang on October 10

The North Koreans unveiled what appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile during the parade in Pyongyang on October 10

The North also displayed a variety of solid-fuel weapon systems, including what could be an advanced version of its Pukguksong family of missiles designed to be fired from submarines or land mobile launchers.

The missiles highlighted how the North has continued to expand its military capabilities during a stalemate in nuclear negotiations with the Trump administration.

Kim had previously expressed frustration over the slow diplomacy, pledging in December that he would continue to bolster his nuclear arsenal in the face of U.S. pressure and soon unveil a ‘new strategic weapon to the world.’

He then said the North was no longer obligated to maintain a self-imposed suspension on nuclear weapon and ICBM tests, which Trump touted as a major foreign policy achievement. 

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Sick stranger shoves a nine-year-old schoolgirl to the ground and LAUGHS in Sydney street

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A young girl has suffered a sprained ankle after she was randomly shoved to the ground by a man who then laughed and ran off.

The nine-year-old girl was pushed from behind near the intersection of Cowper Street and Glebe Point Road in Sydney at 9.15am on Thursday. 

She fell onto the footpath, injuring her head and ankle. 

The stranger laughed before running off on Glebe Point Road towards Broadway.

The nine-year-old girl was pushed from behind near the intersection of Cowper Street and Glebe Point Road (pictured) in Sydney at 9.15am on Thursday

The nine-year-old girl was pushed from behind near the intersection of Cowper Street and Glebe Point Road (pictured) in Sydney at 9.15am on Thursday

The nine-year-old girl was pushed from behind near the intersection of Cowper Street and Glebe Point Road (pictured) in Sydney at 9.15am on Thursday

He has been described as being 190cm tall, wearing a black hoodie and walking with a limp.

Detective Chief Inspector Grant Watson has appealed for public assistance to help identify the man.

‘The unprovoked assault of a child is unacceptable, and we urge anyone who was in the Glebe Point Road area yesterday – and may have witnessed the incident or saw the man running – to contact police,’ he said.

‘Motorists driving by who have dashcam fitted in their vehicle may have captured footage of the man, which could help police with the investigation.’

The random attack comes after another child was punched in the face by a stranger in the same area just a day earlier.

A five-year-old boy was with his older brother and grandmother walking along Bridge Street in Glebe when he was attacked at about 4.20pm on Wednesday.

She fell onto the footpath, injuring her head and ankle. The stranger laughed before running off on Glebe Point Road towards Broadway (stock image pictured)

She fell onto the footpath, injuring her head and ankle. The stranger laughed before running off on Glebe Point Road towards Broadway (stock image pictured)

She fell onto the footpath, injuring her head and ankle. The stranger laughed before running off on Glebe Point Road towards Broadway (stock image pictured)

A five-year-old boy has allegedly been punched in the face by an unknown man while walking along Bridge Street (pictured) in Glebe,  in Sydney's inner west, on Tuesday afternoon

A five-year-old boy has allegedly been punched in the face by an unknown man while walking along Bridge Street (pictured) in Glebe,  in Sydney's inner west, on Tuesday afternoon

A five-year-old boy has allegedly been punched in the face by an unknown man while walking along Bridge Street (pictured) in Glebe,  in Sydney’s inner west, on Tuesday afternoon 

The small boy fell to the ground and injured his chin.  

Less than an hour earlier, police say the same 40-year-old man punched a 23-year-old woman in the head twice in another unprovoked attack. 

Police arrested the man on Thursday morning, charging him with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.  

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