Tag Archives: Australia

My Worst Travel Day Part 2: CNS-MEL in Qantas Business and Losing More Things

After my nasty Qantas Club experience, I headed down to the terminal. Boarding on Qantas domestic flights is only 20 minutes prior to departure, which ends up being a bit of a rush. There were friendly flight attendants greeting everyone as they boarded the 737. I took my seat in… Read more »

My Terrible Day Part 1: A Horrid Qantas Customer Service Experience and the Outrageous Qantas Club Cairns

On a two-week adventure, you’re entitled to one bad travel day. For me, when something happens bad traveling alone, it’s very easy for me to get flustered and things to snowball, since there’s no one there to distract you or give you a Cher-style “Snap out of it.” My bad… Read more »

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… Read more »

Hotel Review: Intercontinental Sydney

      No Comments on 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… Read more »

Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney

      1 Comment on 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.”… Read more »

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… Read more »

Escape to the Land Down Under, Part 1: Intro, Using AA miles to Australia, and Positioning– DCA SkyClub and DCA to New York on Delta

Last weekend, I got back from a fantastic two week trip to Australia, booked mainly on AA miles. Due to some reasons you’ll read, blogging got a bit delayed. But here’s the first in what I imagine will be a series of 6-8 posts, giving a brief overview of the… Read more »