Coming Up/Introduction – First ‘Big Trip’ Of 2017

by Zac George

When it comes to planning flights, holidays, etc. I’m absolutely terrible at it. But with award tickets you have to be flexible and be prepared to book a bunch of tickets close to departure. Last night I noticed a had a flight in credit from AA pre-devaluation, so I decided to use it before it expired. In this post, I’ll just explain the main longer flights as there are a few short hops.

Here’s the routing for the trip:

Main Leg 1:

Etihad A380 Business Class (Melbourne to Abu Dhabi)

I’ll once again be flying my beloved Etihad to Abu Dhabi. I’ve always flown their A380 in first and this time I switched it up a bit and decided to fly their business studios on the A380. I flew the business studios on the 787 a few months ago but didn’t take photos. I managed to snag 12A, a forward facing window seat which I’m very happy with.

Miles used: 104,000 Velocity miles

(Image – Etihad Airways)

Main Leg 2:

Qatar 777 Business Class (Doha to Kuala Lumpur) 

This is definitely not a new product, but I’ll be flying Qatar Airways on their 777. The business cabin is configured in a 2-2-2 layout which isn’t modern. I am excited to be using the Al Mourjan lounge again, though. Last time I visited I didn’t take any photos, so I’ll definitely be reviewing it this time.

Miles used: 40,000 AAdvantage miles

(Image – Qatar Airways)

Leg 3: (Jakarta to Denpasar To Sydney)

This is a product I’m really excited to fly. I’ll be flying Garuda on their new B/E Super Diamond seats; the airline only has the seats on their A330-300 aircraft, and they don’t have many at all. I think there are only 2 or 3 reviews of it so I’m excited to trial it first hand. I’ve already reviewed Virgin Australia’s and American Airlines’s Super Diamond, let’s see how they vary.

(Image – Garuda)

The trip will be very quick and I’ll try to post them as quickly as possible. I might even grab some extra amenity kit’s and give them away.

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jody January 11, 2017 - 10:20 pm

I really enjoyed GA down from DPS. The plane/product was clean, and the service was friendly. If only it were a longer flight.

Zac George January 12, 2017 - 4:21 am

Sadly I had to cancel the flights as I couldn’t make it to DPS, I’ll be trying to do it quite soon though.

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