Tagged: Sydney

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Qantas First Class Lounges: SYD & LAX

During my recent trips to and from Sydney, I’ve been able to enjoy the Qantas First Class lounges by utilizing my Oneworld Emerald status (AA Executive Platinum). The Sydney lounge is ranked in the Top 10 Lounges in the World so I had high expectations when going for the first...

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72 Hours in the Life of Palo: San Francisco to Sydney

Ever wonder what it takes to travel from San Francisco to Sydney? It might seem all of my travels are fun and easy, but that’s not always the case. Check out the 72 hour adventure! Monday 10AM (T-36 before LAX-SYD AA73): I received a notification from ExpertFlyer stating there is upgrade...

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Virgin Australia Business Class: OOL-SYD B737-800

I booked this Virgin Australia domestic Business Class ticket using Virgin America points as typically I fly Coach for short flights. It was just a 90 minute flight from Gold Coast to Sydney, but the service was fantastic! Virgin Australia mainly flies 737-800 planes on their domestic routes which is the...

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Qantas Business Class: SYD-MEL A330-300

I wanted to try out Qantas’s A330 Business Class and found award availability using British Airways points when I booked this ticket a few months ago. It was a short 1.5hr flight from Sydney to Melbourne but it gave me enough time to get to know the seat. The business...

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Hertz 24/7 Australia: Audi Q5

Hertz 24/7 Australia is a separate entity than your traditional Hertz rental car location. Your Hertz login won’t work. They operate just like Zipcar here in the US. I was excited to try it out and drive in Australia for the first time. The cars are parked in designated car sharing spaces throughout...

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Etihad First Apartment: AUH-SYD A380

Etihad introduced their new A380 with Apartments and The Residence on December 27th, 2014 serving their Abu Dhabi to London route. Ever since they started this service I’ve been eyeing any opportunity to try it out and my dream came true last month. With the devaluation of American Airlines miles...

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Virgin Australia Premium Economy: LAX-SYD VA2

As I’ll be frequently flying this route to Sydney, I decided to try Virgin Australia which is 1 of 4 carriers with nonstop service from LAX. Previously, I flew Air New Zealand to Australia via Auckland but I love the Virgin brand so I had to try Virgin Australia. During...