Author Topic: Paradise Found: A "Holiday" to New Zealand in the Chariots of Kings  (Read 34210 times)

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Re: Paradise Found: A "Holiday" to New Zealand in the Chariots of Kings
« Reply #105 on: September 09, 2015, 07:53:43 PM »
This is probably blasphemous, especially from me, but having toured the south island of NZ, if I lived in LAX, I'd seriously consider flying NZ Y nonstop to maximize my time there. There is just so. much. to. do.

It's about the same distance is flying coach from NYC to Israel, and I've done that a few times in the past couple years.

If you didn't want to fly Y to AKL, the next best option is probably Plan B LAX-SYD/MEL-AKL.
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Re: Paradise Found: A "Holiday" to New Zealand in the Chariots of Kings
« Reply #106 on: September 09, 2015, 08:15:27 PM »
This is probably blasphemous, especially from me, but having toured the south island of NZ, if I lived in LAX, I'd seriously consider flying NZ Y nonstop to maximize my time there. There is just so. much. to. do.

It's about the same distance is flying coach from NYC to Israel, and I've done that a few times in the past couple years.

If you didn't want to fly Y to AKL, the next best option is probably Plan B LAX-SYD/MEL-AKL.
Wow, Y for a 13.5 hour flight could be bad. Although OTOH I did fly Y LAX-SYD a couple of years ago, and if the flight's empty it may not be that bad. But given the choice I'd chose J on VA over Y on NZ, especially once VA gets their new J.

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Re: Paradise Found: A "Holiday" to New Zealand in the Chariots of Kings
« Reply #107 on: September 09, 2015, 08:22:37 PM »
Wow, Y for a 13.5 hour flight could be bad. Although OTOH I did fly Y LAX-SYD a couple of years ago, and if the flight's empty it may not be that bad. But given the choice I'd chose J on VA over Y on NZ, especially once VA gets their new J.

Yeah, I once did EWR-HKG in CO in Y and didn't get up once the whole flight. (This was probably a decade ago, wayyyy before miles, but I survived.)

VA is a great option, but until they upgrade their 777s (which I hope remains on schedule as I'm booked SYD-LAX later this year), they're 2-3-2 vs UA's 787 2-2-2.

Though there's a great hidden option on the VA 777 in J... an enclosed suite for the select few who know about it  ;)
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Re: Paradise Found: A "Holiday" to New Zealand in the Chariots of Kings
« Reply #108 on: September 09, 2015, 08:31:45 PM »
Yeah, I once did EWR-HKG in CO in Y and didn't get up once the whole flight. (This was probably a decade ago, wayyyy before miles, but I survived.)

VA is a great option, but until they upgrade their 777s (which I hope remains on schedule as I'm booked SYD-LAX later this year), they're 2-3-2 vs UA's 787 2-2-2.

Though there's a great hidden option on the VA 777 in J... an enclosed suite for the select few who know about it  ;)

Too easy to figure that one out.

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Re: Paradise Found: A "Holiday" to New Zealand in the Chariots of Kings
« Reply #109 on: September 09, 2015, 08:32:54 PM »
Too easy to figure that one out.

Sure, once you google it, it ain't hard; but knowing to google in the first place? 'nother thing altogether.
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Re: Paradise Found: A "Holiday" to New Zealand in the Chariots of Kings
« Reply #110 on: September 09, 2015, 08:35:25 PM »
Yeah, I once did EWR-HKG in CO in Y and didn't get up once the whole flight. (This was probably a decade ago, wayyyy before miles, but I survived.)

VA is a great option, but until they upgrade their 777s (which I hope remains on schedule as I'm booked SYD-LAX later this year), they're 2-3-2 vs UA's 787 2-2-2.

Though there's a great hidden option on the VA 777 in J... an enclosed suite for the select few who know about it  ;)
Oh, I know about it alright. That's exactly where I'd sit if I went that way.  :D

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Re: Paradise Found: A "Holiday" to New Zealand in the Chariots of Kings
« Reply #111 on: September 10, 2015, 04:02:41 AM »
Just read through Tr from beginning. Amazing job AJK!
To echo previous comments, this trip report makes me want to push up the date on next AOR and just plunge into this game.
Reading the plethora of recent trip reports leaves me itching for my first legit intl trip.
Off to the DDF adventure board...

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Re: Paradise Found: A "Holiday" to New Zealand in the Chariots of Kings
« Reply #113 on: January 25, 2016, 05:08:31 PM »
Last update here was August 30th. This thread needs some serious BUMP'age!
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Re: Paradise Found: A "Holiday" to New Zealand in the Chariots of Kings
« Reply #114 on: January 25, 2016, 05:09:48 PM »
Last update here was August 30th. This thread needs some serious BUMP'age!

Not sure if you've followed, but a commercial break was taken to post a different TR.

AJK and Co. hope you enjoy.
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Re: Paradise Found: A "Holiday" to New Zealand in the Chariots of Kings
« Reply #115 on: January 25, 2016, 05:11:11 PM »
Not sure if you've followed, but a commercial break was taken to post a different TR.

AJK and Co. hope you enjoy.

We very much do enjoy but I thought that was Mrs. AJK's TR and this one is yours. Nothing written up since August 30th worth posting about? I need this for personal use :)
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Re: Paradise Found: A "Holiday" to New Zealand in the Chariots of Kings
« Reply #116 on: January 25, 2016, 05:13:33 PM »
Mrs. AJK and I are one in the same.

Both fly, both post TRs, and both have jobs outside of DDF. What, priorities outside of DDF? Yeah, I know, blasphemous.
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Re: Paradise Found: A "Holiday" to New Zealand in the Chariots of Kings
« Reply #117 on: January 25, 2016, 05:17:34 PM »
Mrs. AJK and I are one in the same.

Both fly, both post TRs, and both have jobs outside of DDF. What, priorities outside of DDF? Yeah, I know, blasphemous.

See if you'd decide to join the Board of  'DansDeals incorporated' as a Partner [unless the CEO speaks out against that] you'd be able to combine work and pleasure! :)
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Re: Paradise Found: A "Holiday" to New Zealand in the Chariots of Kings
« Reply #118 on: January 25, 2016, 09:43:06 PM »
Nowadays, would you still do SIN-AKL for the A380 even though it means another $$ flight and less time on the roads or would you do SIN-CHC direct? More time on the ground but obv a much lesser flight experience. 
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Re: Paradise Found: A "Holiday" to New Zealand in the Chariots of Kings
« Reply #119 on: January 25, 2016, 09:59:02 PM »
Nowadays, would you still do SIN-AKL for the A380 even though it means another $$ flight and less time on the roads or would you do SIN-CHC direct? More time on the ground but obv a much lesser flight experience.

I would still do SQuites.  I may consider the non-stop if the SIN-CHC route was operated by a 77W, but it's operated by a 772 or 77L without F at all.

For a 3-4 hour difference (a time which one can almost guarantee with “Flexi-time” fares), I'd prefer the A380.  At this point, if it was operated by a 77W, I'd probably skip the extra leg and go non-stop.
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