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Advice...Australia/NZ next year

Advice...Australia/NZ next year

Old Jul 21, 13, 5:53 pm
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Originally Posted by SeriouslyLost View Post
The AA 10k awards between Aus & NZ are good value. Within NZ, however, they're terrible value. JetStar will do AKL-CHC for NZ$60 if you book at the right time. On the competitive routes the airlines really do compete.
Both NZ/JQ have sales all the time on these routes, not uncommon to pick up a $45 fare.
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Old Jul 22, 13, 2:05 pm
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Originally Posted by cavemanzk View Post
Both NZ/JQ have sales all the time on these routes, not uncommon to pick up a $45 fare.
Even better. There's a reason I don't waste 10,000 points on internal NZ flights.

Now, 17,500 points cross Tasman in business? That's worthwhile IMO. 10,000 in Y cross-Tasman depends on what's on sale.
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Old Jul 23, 13, 8:13 pm
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I'm flying CX ORD>F>HKG>C>SYD in October. Could not find anything on QF in F/C, and won't fly Y. Started looking in Feb. Had my assistant checking every hour for a few weeks. Nada. I did grab QF SYD>C>DFW for the return. Beats the SYD>HNL>LAX combo that came up when C was listed as available.

I read in an Aussy FF site that QF A-380 (or most) F isn't avail for AA. 2010 I landed QF F ORD>LAX>MEL>C>ACK. Routed back thru SYD. The F lounges in MEL & SYD are worth the extra miles. Good luck in the search.
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Old Jul 24, 13, 7:03 am
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Have you considered flying Toronto to Sydney... there seems to be good availability, at least from what I see for next summer, on Air Canada, with a nice business class.
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Old Jul 24, 13, 7:44 am
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Originally Posted by tom911 View Post
U.S. to Australia? AA only charges 125K for a RT on Qantas in business.It can also be booked one way for half that price. See their award chart:
http://www.aa.com/i18n/disclaimers/a...rtnerChart.jsp

I have photos from a number of Qantas flights, including LAX-SYD two months back, here:
http://tom911.smugmug.com/AirlinesIf...9038&k=WmdX9G8
On my last trip I came home via Kong Kong in Cathay Pacific first class.

One of the best values AA has is award travel within Australia, or between Australia and New Zealand, at 10K in coach. Makes it easy to pop all over the place.

Another option to look at is a One World Explorer award which is mileage based and requires two AA partners:
http://www.aa.com/i18n/disclaimers/oneworld_awards.jsp

Qantas business class seat on 747 upper deck:
Do those business seats go full flat?
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Old Jul 24, 13, 10:29 am
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Yes, they do go flat.
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Old Jul 24, 13, 11:02 am
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Originally Posted by tom911 View Post
Yes, they do go flat.
BTW... GREAT pitures of your various flights!
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