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No matter how you leave Australia for the United States, it’s always a long journey. Today’s flight was blocked at fifteen hours of travel from Sydney to San Francisco. Our standby travel efforts had us being among the last to be assigned a seat at the very rear of the economy cabin on a United Airlines Boeing 777-200, which is among the work horses of the United long haul fleet. It’s certainly… Read More

Flying standby is a bit of a game of roulette. You can get very lucky and win big, or you can spend time over and over again loosing against luck. Our efforts to get out of Sydney, Australia on an international and intercontinental flight in advance of the holiday season were challenging and made for a drama filled day. Truth be told, I didn’t enjoy the waiting or the chance it took… Read More

We had a reliable and consistent short haul domestic flight on Qantas between Adelaide and Sydney. Our flights with Qantas were similar to flying in the golden age of flying. They were punctuated by terrific lounges, great in flight service and an actual meal in the sky that led you feeling full and refreshed. Our time flying the carrier with the red and white kangaroo on the tail was as special as… Read More

Our flights within Australia were courtesy of Qantas Airlines. With only two major carriers in Australia, Qantas (along with it’s Jetstar low cost subsidiary) and Virgin Australia, we settled for Qantas which was redeemed through the British Airways Executive Club Avios program. Travel within Australia domestically is generally quite expensive, making a points redemption a very easy and worthwhile opportunity. Review: Qantas Business Class B737-8, Sydney Kingford Smith – Adelaide, Australia. At… Read More

The countries of Australia and New Zealand have an ability to take the lounge experience to the next level. They consistently offer a terrific lounge product, typically with above average food and beverage and spacious places to relax and rest before any flight. The Qantas Business Lounges are no exception to that rule. We were able to visit the terrific Qantas Business Lounge Sydney Kingford Smith Terminal Three before our onward journey…. Read More

Our travel to Sydney, Australia tonight had us departing exceptionally late in the evening with a departure time of 11:40 PM. There is a certain gap in time when such a flight doesn’t qualify as an evening flight or an over night flight. With this gap, there isn’t much you can do to fill the time other than spend time in a lounge. We aimed to visit the Plaza Premium Lounge which… Read More

This post is one chapter on our trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne with The Great Ocean Road, exploring The Yarra Valley and the beaches of The Gold Coast via Qantas First Class. This trip was booked using Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index. If you enjoyed this… Read More

This post is one chapter on our trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne with The Great Ocean Road, exploring The Yarra Valley and the beaches of The Gold Coast via Qantas First Class. This trip was booked using Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index. If you enjoyed this… Read More

This post is one chapter on our trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne with The Great Ocean Road, exploring The Yarra Valley and the beaches of The Gold Coast via Qantas First Class. This trip was booked using Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index. If you enjoyed this… Read More