Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Melbourne-Wellington: Paying Cash Saves $

Fixated with constructing the best points itinerary beheld by all of mankind, I forgot common sense in making my booking from Melbourne to Wellington. I elected to use Avios to fly business on Qantas. The fare should've been 40,000 points and a nominal amount in tax. Instead after hours arguing with terrible British Airways customer service, I ended up paying $260 which included improper fuel surcharges.

Pho Flinders Melbourne: Fantastic Pho on Flinders

If first you don't succeed...blame the terrible pho chefs in Darwin. After that horrendous pho experience, I was beginning to wonder if I knew what pho was.

Australian Open: Amateurs Welcome

Are you a fan of tennis? I am not. I've tried but the most fun I've had playing tennis is on Nintendo.

Trademark Infringement? Hungry Jack’s vs. Burger King

My fascination with Hungry Jack's began w‎hen I visited Sydney in 2013 (see The $77,000 Trip Heard Round the World).

Australian Airports: Safe And Swift Without TSA

Aussie airports are awesome. Boarding is 20 minutes before departure for domestic flights, yet somehow the flights take off on time.

Qantas Melbourne Hobart Flight Review: Alcohol Included

On the flight from Darwin to Melbourne, alcohol was not included leading me to rethink my Avios valuation (see Burn Those Avios!).

Darwin to Melbourne: Burn Those Avios!

How do you measure the value of Avios? Most will assign a dollar value of 1.5 cents. From Sydney to Darwin, I flew business for 20k Avios and took advantage of the never-ending shiraz.

Melbourne Airport Lounge Review: SQ vs. Centurion

Nothing to see here. Time to go to New Zealand.

Con-X-ion: How to Get from Melbourne Airport

You have a few options from Melbourne Airport. The popular one is the SkyBus which costs $19.50AUD.

SQ Business Melbourne to Wellington: Worth It?

I booked this flight in the literal sense of the 11th hour. Was 33k Lifemiles‎ worth it? Let's find out.
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