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Australia (Besides Melbourne And Sydney) Master Thread
« on: August 24, 2009, 05:51:56 PM »
Has anyone gone to Australia, I'd like to go in a few months. Any tips on airlines/hotels/things to do?
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Re: Australia Master Thread
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2009, 08:00:59 PM »
I'm pretty sure quantas and united are the only ones that go direct from the stated and I believe they leave from either lax or sfo.
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Re: Australia Master Thread
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2009, 10:46:21 AM »
also there is a new virgin type airlines that had flights for cheap

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Re: Australia Master Thread
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2009, 12:57:55 PM »
is this what you mean? http://www.vaustralia.com.au/ it doesnt look like they fly from the US

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Re: Australia Master Thread
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2009, 06:56:07 PM »
United and american fly direct from sfo-syd
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Re: Australia Master Thread
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2009, 11:37:57 AM »
No, American does not fly to Oz. The airlines that fly to Australia are United, Delta, Qantas and V Australia.

Tickets have been cheaper than ever this summer with fares on Qantas, United and Delta all as low as $700 USD from JFK(via LAX or SFO) and $620 from the west coast. Don't expect fares to stay that low for long though cause winter is ending down under and the fares will rise. In general, try and avoid United on that route at all costs as they fly ancient planes without PTV's. Qantas is an excellent airlines and Delta has been flying their newest planes on the LAX-SYD route. Expect to pay $1000+ in the winter but try and see if you can find better deals because of all of the new competition on the route now that Delta and V Australia have begun flying to Oz.

As far as tips on Australia, please give me some more details on what time of year you are traveling and what sort of things you'd like to do and see. Generally, I would recommend some combination of Sydney, The Great Barrier Reef & Gold Coast and a few days in the South Island of New Zealand if you have the time. Melbourne is nothing to fuss about and Perth is far, far away! PM me if you need more info, I'll be happy to help you out.

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Re: Australia Master Thread
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2009, 03:42:06 PM »
Why avoid United at all costs? If you can snag an Economy Plus seat then by all means go United and bring along your own entertainment!

Anyway I'm afraid that Australia is my last of the 6 major continents that I have left to visit so I can't be of much help besides strongly recommending that you go pick up the lonely planet guide for Austrailia.
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Re: Australia Master Thread
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2009, 09:26:11 AM »
I've flown LAX-SYD in Business and the Economy looked very dated every time. I did not notice the Economy+ last time so i can't comment on it. I do know that Qantas operates an A380 on the route and Delta has been flying brand new planes.

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Re: Australia Master Thread
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2009, 02:56:40 PM »
I've flown LAX-SYD in Business and the Economy looked very dated every time. I did not notice the Economy+ last time so i can't comment on it. I do know that Qantas operates an A380 on the route and Delta has been flying brand new planes.
I'm sure Delta's And Qantas' planes are significantly newer, but they still only have a 31" seat pitch.  United's Economy Plus is about 36", which is a massive difference as seat pitch is the measure from one seat back to the next.  5" additional seat pitch is probably about double the legroom of a 31" seat pitch, which makes for a far more bearable flight unless you can get a good exit row seat on another airline.
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Re: Australia Master Thread
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2009, 02:38:41 AM »
I'm sure Delta's And Qantas' planes are significantly newer, but they still only have a 31" seat pitch.  United's Economy Plus is about 36", which is a massive difference as seat pitch is the measure from one seat back to the next.  5" additional seat pitch is probably about double the legroom of a 31" seat pitch, which makes for a far more bearable flight unless you can get a good exit row seat on another airline.

Id like to fly business or first, AA is partners with Quantas which looks to have nice planes, How does AA work with partner flight using points, is there a set amount for first class international? (ive never had nor flown AA so i dont know anything about it) All i can see from AA is award redemption amounts ( http://www.aa.com/i18n/disclaimers/free-ticket-award-chart.jsp ) and it make no mention of AU but if i hit partner award chart it brings me to quantas and then this http://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/partners/airlines/qantasAirways.jsp which i cant make heads or tails out of it

I also see LAN as well as OneWorld are partners of Quantas, does anyone know how either one of those could possibly work?

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Re: Australia Master Thread
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2009, 01:55:01 PM »
AA Partner Chart:
http://www.aa.com/i18n/disclaimers/aadvantageAllPartnerChart.jsp

AA Oneworld Chart:
http://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/partners/airlines/oneWorld.jsp#using

You can check reward availability online by opening up a mileage account on Qantas.com
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Re: Australia Master Thread
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2009, 08:54:45 PM »
Using OneWorld flying zone 7 under 25k miles  lax-hnl-akl-mel-syd-bne-cns-sin-bkk-nce-bcn-mad-nyc (24,297 miles)

Think its possible ???

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Re: Australia Master Thread
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2009, 09:36:59 PM »
Using OneWorld flying zone 7 under 25k miles  lax-hnl-akl-mel-syd-bne-cns-sin-bkk-nce-bcn-mad-nyc (24,297 miles)

Think its possible ???
Not unless there are nonstops between each of those cities.
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Re: Australia Master Thread
« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2009, 10:52:12 PM »
Only checked some of them, but I would have 16 stops and left a few open, worse comes to worse I cut out one or two stops

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Re: Australia Master Thread
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2009, 10:53:41 PM »
If I have to use a stop over, can I stay there for more than a few hours?