Tag: Australia

The Long Journey Home, Part 2: Sydney to Los Angeles (SYD-LAX), Qantas Economy A380

This is part 15 in a series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. I had a momentary panic upon landing at SYD, as the monitors showed the flight to LAX as canceled.  I soon realized, though, that it was the American flight that was canceled, not the Qantas
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The Long Journey Home, Part 1:  Qantas Auckland to Sydney (AKL-SYD), Trans-Tasman Economy

This is part 14 in a series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. Unfortunately, my great deal on my ticket to New Zealand required transiting through Sydney on the return, which added a significant amount of time to the journey – about five hours between the layover and
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2015 Index and YWW Year in Review

It’s a bit late, but here is my 2015 travel year in review post.  It was a huge travel year for me, as I hit 5 continents and did more long-haul flying than I’d ever done before. It was a lot of mileage redemptions, and low on the mileage earning front.  I re-qualified for American
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Finally: LAS-DCA on US Airways First, and the AmEx Centurion Lounge at LAS

We’ve finally reached the last post about my 2 week trip to Australia, only 3.5 months after I returned. I’ve had a busy few months in between, with lots of domestic travel for family, work, and other commitments. But in 10 days I’ll be leaving the country again, heading to Mykonos in Greece, which is
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The Journey Home, Part 2: Sydney Airport and Hawaiian Airlines SYD to HNL in Business Class

Hawaiian Flt. 452 Sydney to Honolulu A330 Business Class Sched. Dep. 9:20 PM Actual Dep. 9:24 PM Sched. Arr. 10:05AM Actual Arr. 10:43 AM My Qantas flight from Melbourne landed in the Qantas Domestic terminal at Sydney, and I had to wait about 15 minutes for the transfer bus to the International terminal. I had
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The Long Journey Home, Part 1: The Difficulty of Using AA miles to Australia and MEL-SYD Qantas Business

Qantas Flt. 454 Melbourne to Sydney B737 Business Class Sched. Dep. 5:30PM Actual Dep. 5:37PM Sched. Arr. 6:55PM Actual Arr. 7:06PM I have never made so many changes to a flight as I did for my return from Australia, taking full advantage of American’s rule that award ticket changes are free so long as you
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Exploring Melbourne

Melbourne is a city that I definitely could have spent an entire week in, though there isn’t really a lot to see, per se. I had about 3.5 days there and it wasn’t really enough, though I did enjoy my time there and got a great taste of the city. It felt more chic than
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Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Melbourne

My final night in Australia was at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne. Where the Park Hyatt was in a pretty, but sleepy, area of Melbourne, the Grand Hyatt was right in the thick of things – though only a 10 minute walk down Collins Street from the Park Hyatt – the Fifth Avenue of Melbourne. Physically,
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Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Melbourne

I had one night in Melbourne for which I had no great deal or points strategy. There are tons of hotels in Melbourne, but I decided to splurge for one night in Melbourne as I ended my trip. I had been having great luck at Hyatt properties lately, even though I don’t have high status
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Hotel Review: The Grand Hotel Melbourne, a MGallery property

I only had three nights in Melbourne, but ended up staying in three (very) different hotels. That’s not the most relaxing way to do it, but I had my reasons, which I’ll explain as we go, and actually don’t regret the decision. Two of them I’d go back to, one not so much. We’ll start
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