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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #1035 on: October 26, 2015, 04:52:08 PM »
July 4 leaving ORD
July 11 leaving MEL
What exactly do you plan on doing in MEL, SYD and AKL? IMO you won't have time for more than SYD, maybe, maybe MEL too, but definitely not AKL. Plus it'll be the middle of winter, so kind of rainy and cool.

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #1036 on: October 26, 2015, 07:02:54 PM »
Thanks for the advice...
I also plan on doing HKG for 1-2 days.
If I add in AKL, I will lengthen the trip...  Not planning on doing much in MEL except the Jewish community and flying to AUH on A380...
and trip is longer than a week, from leaving USA till leaving Australia is a week

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #1037 on: October 26, 2015, 07:12:42 PM »
Thanks for the advice...
I also plan on doing HKG for 1-2 days.
If I add in AKL, I will lengthen the trip...  Not planning on doing much in MEL except the Jewish community and flying to AUH on A380...
and trip is longer than a week, from leaving USA till leaving Australia is a week
1. I haven't been to NZ, but if you're going to add on AKL and not see anywhere else in the country I don't think there's a point in going.
2. You're going to MEL and not driving the GOR?! :o
3. I meant 2 full weeks on the ground in Australia, not 2 weeks away.

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #1038 on: October 26, 2015, 07:23:30 PM »
1. I haven't been to NZ, but if you're going to add on AKL and not see anywhere else in the country I don't think there's a point in going.
2. You're going to MEL and not driving the GOR?! :o
3. I meant 2 full weeks on the ground in Australia, not 2 weeks away.

1. Good point about NZ. Will look into my options
2. I didn't even know what GOR was till you mentioned it. Just googled it. Looks cool
Thanks

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #1039 on: October 26, 2015, 07:26:17 PM »
1. Good point about NZ. Will look into my options
2. I didn't even know what GOR was till you mentioned it. Just googled it. Looks cool
Thanks
Most people say you should take 2 days to do the GOR, but we did it in one long day (about 10 hours) from MEL to the 12 Apostles and back via the inland route. Ask in the MEL thread for more info.

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #1040 on: October 27, 2015, 09:53:47 PM »
ORD-HKG CX J booked for 50K AS x2 pax
will add on HKG-SYD in CX J for additional 10K AS per pax when it opens up
SYD-MEL is ~$100/pax for flight in Y, only 1.5 hrs no biggy.
Am considering adding on AKL while down there.
also held MEL-AUH EY F A380 for 2 pax today, will use 60K AA ea. Waiting for some SPG transfers to go through to AA.

I'm almost out of miles. Any good ideas to get back home? AUH-something-NYC/ORD?

I told my friends I just booked this... They were literally awestruck, with responses ranging from "you will get yourself killed in Dubai" to "Wow SOOO cool to fly Etihad in luxury to Dubai" to "where's that?", and many more....

as a DDF'er I forgot how this sounds to the outside world

#1stWorldProblems
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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #1041 on: October 27, 2015, 10:20:30 PM »
I told my friends I just booked this... They were literally awestruck, with responses ranging from "you will get yourself killed in Dubai" to "Wow SOOO cool to fly Etihad in luxury to Dubai" to "where's that?", and many more....

as a DDF'er I forgot how this sounds to the outside world

#1stWorldProblems
#SignsIMightBeADDF'er
Most of the questions were on Dubai though. People understand wanting to go to Australia.

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #1042 on: October 28, 2015, 01:14:10 AM »
I told my friends I just booked this... They were literally awestruck, with responses ranging from "you will get yourself killed in Dubai" to "Wow SOOO cool to fly Etihad in luxury to Dubai" to "where's that?", and many more....

as a DDF'er I forgot how this sounds to the outside world

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You might want to inform them that Etihad doesn't fly to Dubai.

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #1043 on: October 28, 2015, 01:20:20 AM »
You might want to inform them that Etihad doesn't fly to Dubai.
Lol, I think they'd just stare blankly at him and say it's all the same thing.

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #1044 on: October 29, 2015, 10:47:25 PM »
ORD-HKG CX J booked for 50K AS x2 pax
will add on HKG-SYD in CX J for additional 10K AS per pax when it opens up
SYD-MEL is ~$100/pax for flight in Y, only 1.5 hrs no biggy.
Am considering adding on AKL while down there.
also held MEL-AUH EY F A380 for 2 pax today, will use 60K AA ea. Waiting for some SPG transfers to go through to AA.

I'm almost out of miles. Any good ideas to get back home? AUH-something-NYC/ORD?

....AAAAAAAND we're booked!!!!!!! boy am I excited!!

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #1045 on: October 29, 2015, 11:15:05 PM »
ORD-HKG CX J booked for 50K AS x2 pax
will add on HKG-SYD in CX J for additional 10K AS per pax when it opens up
SYD-MEL is ~$100/pax for flight in Y, only 1.5 hrs no biggy.
Am considering adding on AKL while down there.
also held MEL-AUH EY F A380 for 2 pax today, will use 60K AA ea. Waiting for some SPG transfers to go through to AA.

I'm almost out of miles. Any good ideas to get back home? AUH-something-NYC/ORD?
Why not 4.5k BA.

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #1046 on: October 29, 2015, 11:22:12 PM »
Didn't think of that... good point... will be on QF?

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #1047 on: October 29, 2015, 11:23:23 PM »
Didn't think of that... good point... will be on QF?
Yeah. Can you cancel and book with avios?

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #1048 on: October 29, 2015, 11:29:20 PM »
Yeah. Can you cancel and book with avios?

Even better- I didn't book it yet :)

All I have booked so far is ORD-HKG in CX J, and MEL-AUH EY F.
CX flight is with AS so totally cancellable, and EY is with AA so can change dates/times for free. So lots of flexibility.

HKG-SYD apparently has horrible availability, nothing on my dates or even close, but anyway it seems hit and miss with good reverse herringbone J vs old yucky J... HKG-ADL has availability AND has good J, but only 1 flight per day. Still waiting to decide if it's worth liquidating my last 12K SPG to AS to do this flight (I have 8K now) or figure out something else... Will probably just do the SPG route.

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Re: What Award Itinerary Did You Just Book/Hold?
« Reply #1049 on: October 29, 2015, 11:33:10 PM »
Even better- I didn't book it yet :)

All I have booked so far is ORD-HKG in CX J, and MEL-AUH EY F.
CX flight is with AS so totally cancellable, and EY is with AA so can change dates/times for free. So lots of flexibility.

HKG-SYD apparently has horrible availability, nothing on my dates or even close, but anyway it seems hit and miss with good reverse herringbone J vs old yucky J... HKG-ADL has availability AND has good J, but only 1 flight per day. Still waiting to decide if it's worth liquidating my last 12K SPG to AS to do this flight (I have 8K now) or figure out something else... Will probably just do the SPG route.
Good, so you can use avios. Excellent.