Tag: Sydney

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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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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To the North: Sydney to Cairns on Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Sydney Domestic Lounge

I spent the middle portion of my Australia trip in tropical Northern Queensland, the launching point for the Great Barrier Reef. Although there are a few different ways to see the Reef, I decided to base myself out of Cairns, which is the most common base for tourists to the Reef. Sydney to Cairns isn’t
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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Sydney

For my second two nights in Sydney, I stayed at the Intercontinental Sydney. The hotel is the older of two Intercontinentals in the city, but more centrally located. It was a short walk from the Radisson, a bit closer to Circular Quay, the Opera House and the train, but a little farther from the restaurants
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Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney

Sydney is not a cheap city. Add in Mardi Gras and the Cricket World Cup and hotels were pretty expensive. At first, I hoped to use my Hilton “Be Our Guest” certificate for a free night at the Hilton, but five months out, all the “Standard” rooms were “sold out.” So I moved down the
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Exploring Sydney and Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

I did too much in Sydney to capture well in a blog post, but I really enjoyed the city. The weather was just gorgeous the entire time I was there, made even better by the fact that it was snowing back home. But I figured I’d provide some highlights of the city itself, and its
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To Australia! Qantas JFK-LAX, LAX-SYD in Business Class, including BA Galleries Lounge JFK and Oneworld Business Lounge LAX

Qantas Flight 18 JFK to LAX, B747 Business Sched. Dep. 6:35PM Actual Dep. 7:39PM Sched. Arr. 9:40PM Actual Arr. 10:55PM Qantas Flight 18 LAX to SYD, B747 Business Sched. Dep. 11:55PM   Actual Dep. 2:29AM Sched. Arr. 8:43AM Actual Arr. 11:09AM Qantas’s one flight a day from JFK is out of Terminal 7, which is now
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