Tag: New Zealand

New Zealand Conclusion:  LAX Admirals Club and LAX-DCA in American Main Cabin Extra

This is the conclusion of my 16-part series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. I’ve actually never connected at LAX before.  Particularly if you have luggage, I don’t recommend an international connection there.  Landing at the Tom Bradley International Terminal itself wasn’t that bad, and there was no
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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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Exploring Auckland and Waiheke Island

This is part 13 in a series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. As the largest city in New Zealand, it seems like Auckland would be great place to visit on a trip to New Zealand.  So I was surprised that a lot of folks told me to
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Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza Auckland

This is part 12 in a series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. Auckland has no shortage of hotels, with several large international chains well-represented.  I originally was going to spend one night at the Hilton Auckland, which is perched at the end of a pier in the
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2016 Index and Year in Review

I won’t belabor the point, but 2016 was pretty terrible.  My travels were pretty good,though.  I still owe you all a few posts from my November New Zealand adventure, but as we say goodbye to the dumpster-fire of 2016, here’s a look back at my year in travel.  For previous years’ retrospectives, check out 2015,
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Mini-Report:  Air New Zealand Queenstown to Auckland

This is part 11 in a series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. Air New Zealand Flt. 644 A320, Single-Cabin Economy Sch. Dep. 2:30pm        Sch. Arr. 4:20pm Act. Dep. 2:50pm        Act. Dep. 4:43pm The Queenstown airport is pretty small.  I really could have taken an extra hour exploring Queenstown, as
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Hotel Review: The Disappointing DoubleTree Queenstown

This is part 10 in a series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. I’ve explained before why Hilton HHonors is pretty much the worst loyalty program.  Being a Diamond member for the past year has pretty much been no better than being a Gold, and I’ve started to
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Trip Report: Wanaka, Queenstown, and Doubtful Sound

This is part 9 in a series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. My trip to New Zealand had five segments, and the only one that wasn’t particularly good was my time in the Queenstown area.  There were three reasons: (1) I had a very disappointing stay at
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Trip Report: Lake Tekapo, Mount Cook, and the Aoraki Court Motel

This is part 8 in a series about my November 2016 trip to New Zealand, booked off a $215 mistake fare. Lake Tekapo and Mount Cook are southwest from Christchurch, with Lake Tekapo pretty much equidistant from the coasts of the South Island, and Mount Cook further west.  There are several routes inland, though they all
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