Tag Archives: 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… Read more »

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… Read more »

2015 Index and YWW Year in Review

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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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »