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Your travel advice LON-DPS with Emirates in Y (DXB stop over Y/N)

Your travel advice LON-DPS with Emirates in Y (DXB stop over Y/N)

Old Mar 7, 19, 6:13 am
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Your travel advice LON-DPS with Emirates in Y (DXB stop over Y/N)

Dear All

I am contemplating to fly to Bali end of September with EK in Y.

After checking flight prices I can see that it won't make any difference to stay over a night in Dubai when flying out/ flying back/ both legs.

What would you do - considering I have enough Marriott points to get a free night/ nights - taking a break in DXB eg. arriving late PM and then continuing to DPS with the 1am flight roughly 30 hours later? Fly LON-DXB-DPS with a 1 hour connection in DXB just to get it done and arrive in DPS as soon as? Or have a stop over only on the way back (arriving at 11pm and then going back to LON at 2am - 28 hours later) to stretch out the vacation?

I understand there won't be a 'right or wrong' and heavily depending on personal liking but I am just wondering of your thoughts. Please also let me know if you consider the 1hr 50 connection as too risky in DXB.

I will be EK silver (so can't guest my wife into EK lounge) but I have a Priority Pass card as well.

Many thanks!
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Old Mar 7, 19, 6:26 am
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If you have the points for the hotel, or even consider paying cash (DXB hotel rates can be surprisingly reasonable) I'd go for it, if you don't need a visa.
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Old Mar 7, 19, 7:20 am
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Same here... I generally always choose to break the flights by a day or two.

And I can recommend the Le Meridien near the airport for your stay. Your status will get you upgraded to the new(ish) Le Royal Club building. The club lounge is great - and you can get free food more or less all day (I'm typing this from there!).

You also get free Airport transfers. I got an Audi A6 last night.
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Old Mar 7, 19, 7:33 am
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I'm not a big fan of Dubai, so my preference is to use it as a pure transit point and make my way to final destination as soon as possible.
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Old Mar 7, 19, 3:50 pm
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Originally Posted by DYKWIA View Post

You also get free Airport transfers. I got an Audi A6 last night.
I did not know that
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Old Mar 8, 19, 1:01 am
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Another thing to consider is that the flight that connects on to/from Auckland may be a lot busier than the direct DXB-DPS flight (this was the case when I travelled a few weeks ago). I would probably prefer a tighter connection if that meant a better chance of an emptier flight. I'd also prefer to spend more time in Bali than Dubai!
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Old Mar 8, 19, 1:04 am
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Originally Posted by petit_manchot View Post
Another thing to consider is that the flight that connects on to/from Auckland may be a lot busier than the direct DXB-DPS flight (this was the case when I travelled a few weeks ago). I would probably prefer a tighter connection if that meant a better chance of an emptier flight. I'd also prefer to spend more time in Bali than Dubai!
Hasn't the DPS-AKL flight been canned?
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Old Mar 8, 19, 1:19 am
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Hasn't the DPS-AKL flight been canned?
It was only just introduced?
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Old Mar 8, 19, 2:38 am
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Originally Posted by DYKWIA View Post
Hasn't the DPS-AKL flight been canned?
Currently operates Su Tue Fri Sat
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Old Mar 8, 19, 7:21 am
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Hi All

Thanks for all your input.

So in the end I have booked ourselves on a 30h stopover in DXB outward/ return given that we will be in Y.

Also I will be on the AKL flight from DXB - I was not aware that this one will continue further but had the best departure/ arrival time for us (and not an EK expert as of yet - one flight away of Silver
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Old Mar 8, 19, 7:30 am
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It was only just introduced?
Yeah - sorry, I must have been getting confused. A heavy night last night with the Chavs
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