Thursday, July 9, 2020

Qantas Business Lounge & Flight Review: Wellington to Sydney

As I discussed, I don't think it's worth 40k Avios for a round trip to New Zealand from Australia. It is better to pay cash for coach and save your points. Still, it was interesting to see what flying Qantas business is like. As a company, Qantas has had a rough time competing with Virgin, the ever expanding number of competitors flying into Australia, and discount carriers.

Guns & Butter: Wellington Travel Guide

Windy Wellington! Do you know that Wellington is the capital of New Zealand? Seriously, it isn't Auckland. I've traveled near and far and have to say that Wellington is far. Just look at the Great Circle Mapper to see how far it is from the hometown of Flint.

Novotel Wellington Review: Platinum Style

We Thought You Were Cool tells the story of how my platinum status expired after signing up on a Polish website for instant top-tier status. I didn't get a lot of use out of being a platinum except for my trip to Windy Wellington. The Novotel there was reasonably priced at around $139 NZD a night and offered a $30/day hotel credit that I used on bottles of Sauvignon Blanc.

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.

Radisson Melbourne: The Business Class Room

As a Club Carlson Gold Member, I was upgraded to a Business Class Room at the Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne. Business Class aboard Finnair and business at Radisson are slightly different with the former providing much more amenities.

The Park Hyatt Melbourne: Not the Same ‘Park’

What's your favorite brand? If you're not a points participant and have some disposable income, then I'm sure it is the Four Seasons. If not then I'm guessing its either the St. Regis, Conrad, or Park Hyatt.

Cathay Pacific HKG-SYD Business A330

It's all about the Dreamliner and the 777 vs. A380, if not the A350 these days. Back then TPOL was just happy to fly business and get free champagne and ice cream.

Cathay Pacific The Arrival Lounge Hong Kong

After a smooth business class flight aboard Cathay from NRT, I had three hours in Hong Kong before my first lie-flat experience. Cathay has more lounge varieties than Chevy trucks. As a transit passenger, I was given access to The Arrival Lounge, a quiet sanctuary in the middle of the bustling HKG airport.

Guns & Butter: Tokyo Travel Guide

Here is what to do in Tokyo using the Guns & Butter methodology: A trip is composed of two factors: Labor And Lazy. Anything on the line (Production Possibilities Frontier for my fellow economists) is an efficient use of your time depending on your tastes and preferences.

Conrad Tokyo Review

Hilton Gold is the best status abroad for those of us lucky enough to have it. Suite upgrades in Seychelles, the best buffet breakfast in Maldives, and lounge access in Istanbul make it well worth the cost of qualifying each year.
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