I’ve recently come across some availability to Australia, and am considering a trip to the land down under during the Memorial Day timeframe here in the US.
It’s all at low-level using AAdvantage miles, but I need your opinion.
- The outbound starts in JFK, and flies to LAX on Qantas in Business Class
- Then, from LAX to BNE on Qantas in Business Class
- Then, from LAX to either SYD or MEL on Qantas in Business Class
There’s a Park Hyatt in both Melbourne and Sydney, with points or points/cash availability for my preferred nights, which is nice.
- Return from either MEL or SYD via BNE on Qantas to HNL on Hawaiian Airlines in Business Class
- A possible stopover in HNL, or a continuing to the US, connecting in SFO on Hawaiian Airlines in Business Class
- From SFO to JFK, return on American Airlines Flagship First on the A321T
So, there’s a number of questions I have unanswered that I need your opinion on.
- Ultimately, I’d like to go to both Sydney and Melbourne. Which city is worth more time in? I’ll use Avios to fly between the two.
- Qantas is not available on the return flights, with the exception of the short hope to Brisbane. So, I’d be “roughing it” in a recliner Business Class seat on Hawaiian for about 10 hours to Honolulu, and then another 6 hours from their to the mainland. Is it worth it, considering this is the only option to get back?
Ultimately, I think the thing that’s really holding me back is that the only way to get back to the US is on a recliner style seat. Without a fully flat bed, I fear the jet-lag doubling, and it being a very uncomfortable adjustment back to east coast time.
So, what are you thoughts? Has anyone flown Hawaiian’s over-the-water Business Class?
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