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

by Zac George
a close-up of a plane

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:

a map of the world with a red line

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

a woman sleeping in a plane

(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

a bed in a plane

(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.

a close-up of a plane

(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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