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Old Aug 30, 19, 6:44 am
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Reality check required

ok so iím an addict. I believe my first ever flight was on a 747, I used to work on then, they have taken me all over the world to work in Japan, Korea, the US, and probably brought me to Australia for the first time as well. I have worked in Longreach and of course shelled out to go wing walk the 747 there

having not been on one for a few years, I recently did some segments and it dawned on me that itís going to be retired soon and I will be old and nostalgic

thus, my travel planning for the year is in full swing. I have reason to be in Tokyo twice next year, I also have reason to make a trip in mid December (avoiding being at home for my birthday)

now, I know I could fly JQ and pay about $2000 to score 250 SCs. But equally I could pay almost double that for 747 flights in the current sale (interestingly this scores only 240SC return). Either way it will have me way over my platinum requalification threshold 6 months early. I donít think I will make P1 either way as I have too much flying on OW (also does JQ count for P1? Not sure)

so. Do I book the 747 flights, knowing this is probably one of the last years of opportunity, or do I book the cheaper flight?
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Old Aug 30, 19, 6:48 am
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It's a no brainer - take the cheaper option

It is just an aeroplane - inside it looks not much different to any other aeroplane

The other thing to do is check what prices other airlines are offering and not be blinkered into Qantas group
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Originally Posted by nancypants View Post
Do I book the 747 flights, knowing this is probably one of the last years of opportunity, or do I book the cheaper flight?
For $2,000? Book the cheaper flight, and use the saved money to book a completely different trip on a 747!
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Old Aug 30, 19, 7:01 am
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For $2,000? Book the cheaper flight, and use the saved money to book a completely different trip on a 747!
yeah but where to for that one?

this is all very no right-brainer 😉

(ps I havenít even mentioned the SYD-MEL 747 return iíve got on hold at the moment!!)

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Old Aug 30, 19, 8:01 am
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Presumably you are nostalgic specifically for QF 747ís? If not, then no need to worry, 747ís will be flying for a while yet, albeit 747-800ís.
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Old Aug 30, 19, 8:17 am
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747ís will be flying for a while yet.
You could go as cargo
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Old Aug 30, 19, 8:28 am
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Originally Posted by lokijuh View Post
Presumably you are nostalgic specifically for QF 747ís? If not, then no need to worry, 747ís will be flying for a while yet, albeit 747-800ís.
confessing I havenít flown a 748, I am highly nostalgic for the 400 series. Also the 8s donít tend to come down this way that often 😭
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You could try flying other airlines 747-400.
I too will miss the 747 when they retire they have lots of memories for me.
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Old Aug 30, 19, 4:05 pm
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For $2,000? Book the cheaper flight, and use the saved money to book a completely different trip on a 747!
Yeah but where to for that one?

This is all very no right-brainer ��

(ps I haven’t even mentioned the SYD-MEL 747 return i’ve got on hold at the moment!!)
BA will have B747's flying for some time. From wikipedia they have 34 B747 - 400
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._747_operators [sort on total right hand column]
As a wild guess they will end up being the last major airline with B747's is regular passenger service

But it is still a metal tube
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Old Aug 30, 19, 5:10 pm
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But it is still a metal tube
It may be “just” a metal tube, but if you want to spend serious time looking at the ground in all its detail, I believe the lower deck 747 windows give you the best opportunity. The 380 has great sound insulation but that means thick walls and restricted viewing. The 787 has windows blacked out by crew. The 777 has those massive wings and engines that restrict viewing (unless you’re in the very front or back). The 330 is OK but the window in the upward part of the curve of the cabin makes viewing less than optimum.
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Old Aug 30, 19, 7:38 pm
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TG SYD-BKK is operated by a 600 year old 747. Not even slope gently down the floor seats in business class. So for that 1990s feeling, I would recommend that. And this can be quite cheap as well.
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Thai Airways fly the 747 to Japan and Germany and Australia too.
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Old Aug 30, 19, 8:00 pm
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TG SYD-BKK is operated by a 600 year old 747. Not even slope gently down the floor seats in business class. So for that 1990s feeling, I would recommend that. And this can be quite cheap as well.
this is excellent information! Thank you
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Old Aug 30, 19, 9:52 pm
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Thai use their ancient 747s on domestic routes sometimes too. You can get very cheap deals on upper-deck business class on these flights.
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Old Aug 30, 19, 9:55 pm
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Thai use their ancient 747s on domestic routes sometimes too. You can get very cheap deals on upper-deck business class on these flights.
any specific ones I should look out for? Looks like HKT-DMK is a reasonable shout from a cursory glance at regos
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