Fixated with constructing the best points itinerary beheld by all of mankind, I forgot common sense in making my booking from Melbourne to Wellington. I elected to use Avios to fly business on Qantas. The fare should've been 40,000 points and a nominal amount in tax. Instead after hours arguing with terrible British Airways customer service, I ended up paying $260 which included improper fuel surcharges.
We all travel enough to know there are tourist traps everywhere. It begins at the airport with the ATM that charges a less than friendly rate and continues with the taxi driver who exploits the unfamiliar traveler. To combat these usual occurrences we know to use Uber and keep a Charles Schwab checking account for international travel. These precautions are a must.