The title of this Trip Report is appropriately called Over/Under because I am planning on living in Melbourne for six weeks next spring but am unsure about the odds of that actually happening. My travel goal is to take up residency in two first-tier cities twice a year, while, as I have always done, taking multiple helter-skelter trips throughout the year (see Vote for Where TPOL Will Move Next And…). This new lifestyle is my attempt to make up time (see Lost & Found Year(s)). I am hopeful that it will work.
My anticipated first residency, Dubai, was easy to select on account of the World Cup in Qatar (see Is TPOL Going to The World Cup?). The second was dumb luck. I read a blog post from View From The Wing. He detailed great availability to Australia and New Zealand with a stopover in Fiji. Since I have not visited Fiji and since Melbourne was on the aforementioned list of “Where TPOL Will Move Next,” I decided to press my luck and search for availability. As Gary wrote, it was wide open. Within a few minutes, I made my booking and am [tentatively] on my way to a new life down under. It only cost 55k Alaska points and $43.40 per passenger.