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User currently offlineRIHNOSAUR From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 362 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4359 times:

hello every one!

this goes out there to all the booking experts, I am planning a trip to Australia this summer(economy class), planning to depart from IAD or DCA. I am very exited about the whole thing cause I have never been to Australia.
Me and my wife have done some research and it seems like the Qantas airpass is an excellent deal.
Mainly because we would like to go to Tasmania and Brisbane....and the deal is as follows for ~$1000.00 you can get a rountrip to Australia + 3 other destinations. it turns out Hobart and Brisbane are included in these destinations so I am all set..I even have one more place to choose...
however, I have an option of buying the "special" from LAX and buy a separate ticket from IAD to LAX...or add $300.00 and book the whole thing with Qantas? (I am sure they have some codeshare with one of the one world member)

what is better (economy wise) should I book the whole thing with Qantas or get separate tickets????

and the final question is...any suggestions on how I can maybe get on the Qantas A330?? (i guess with the inter Australia flights) I am just a huge fan of the A330 and would be willing to pay a little more if I can fly this bird...

Also if Qantas isn't the best way to get to Tasmania..what other options are there..can you fly a 777 across the pacific??? (that is one plane I haven't yet flown and I am eager to get a ride on!)

sorry guys..I feel I have lots of experience in Latin American travelling and Europe but not across the pacific

thanks for any help in advance  airplane   bigthumbsup   bigthumbsup   goodvibes 


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User currently offlineMptpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 545 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4336 times:

You have got to go to Cairns (CNS) and check out the great barrier reef and Daintree Rain Forest. Stay at one of the lodges for the true experience.

I am going to AUS and NZ in July as well.

Have a great trip and enjoy yourselves.


User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4634 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4333 times:

Quoting RIHNOSAUR (Thread starter):
however, I have an option of buying the "special" from LAX and buy a separate ticket from IAD to LAX...or add $300.00 and book the whole thing with Qantas? (I am sure they have some codeshare with one of the one world member)

Depends on whether you can get the IAD-LAX for under $300.00 really. Qantas codeshare with American Airlines primarily throughout the US, as they're a oneworld partner. So check out the price and see.

Quoting RIHNOSAUR (Thread starter):
and the final question is...any suggestions on how I can maybe get on the Qantas A330?? (i guess with the inter Australia flights) I am just a huge fan of the A330 and would be willing to pay a little more if I can fly this bird...

Easy, go to qantas.com and plug in the origin and destination cities and the date you'll be going to those cities. Check the flights - they list the aircraft on there, and then specify the flight you want when you book.

Quoting RIHNOSAUR (Thread starter):
Also if Qantas isn't the best way to get to Tasmania..what other options are there..can you fly a 777 across the pacific??? (that is one plane I haven't yet flown and I am eager to get a ride on!)

I don't think anyone has 777s across the Pacific, though Air New Zealand might. So I think you can pretty much scratch that idea at this stage.

If you're flying to Tasmania, you will be put onto a flight with Jetstar if you book with Qantas. They're the low cost airline (all Economy, buy on board food) operated by Qantas.

Hope this helps!



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User currently offlineBullpitt From Spain, joined Mar 2004, 871 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4333 times:

Before you book anything I sugest you sit down and have a good think about what you want to see. Australia is a big country and has lots to offer. I suggest you try to get some of the outback into your trip, specially Uluru. Sidney is a must and I for one love going to camberra. Another of my favourites is a town called Ballarat just outside Melbourne. A lot will also depend on how long you're going to be there as distances are big so a good planning is a must so you don't back track to often.


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User currently offlineCrdaus From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 142 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4294 times:

Get a ticket that gives you at least CNS, MEL, SYD included. Forget CBR. You can get to HBA or LNS fairly cheap with Jetstar. In July CNS is a must because of the Daintree rainforest and Great Barrier Reef which is ideal at that time. MEL and HBA will be very cold, although not snowing. I live in Melbourne so I am biased but it is worth a stop because it is close to Ballarat, the site of the Eureka Stockade (where a war of independence almost started). If you are a foodie and like the outdoors, you will adore Australia.

[Edited 2006-04-14 15:36:03]

User currently offlineCXA330300 From South Africa, joined May 2004, 1561 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4277 times:

From what I hear, Tasmania's fantastic. If youre worried about the $$$, ship CNS, it adds more to the price.

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 2):

I don't think anyone has 777s across the Pacific, though Air New Zealand might. So I think you can pretty much scratch that idea at this stage.

NZ does have 777s going AKL-SFO



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User currently offlineQFFlyer From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4235 times:

Quoting RIHNOSAUR (Thread starter):
and the final question is...any suggestions on how I can maybe get on the Qantas A330?? (i guess with the inter Australia flights) I am just a huge fan of the A330 and would be willing to pay a little more if I can fly this bird...



Quoting Mptpa (Reply 1):
You have got to go to Cairns (CNS) and check out the great barrier reef and Daintree Rain Forest. Stay at one of the lodges for the true experience

SYD - CNS on QF has a 332 operating a morning flight.

Cheers


User currently offlineCXtra From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4198 times:

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 2):
If you're flying to Tasmania, you will be put onto a flight with Jetstar if you book with Qantas.

maybe...but don't qf still operate one direct flight syd-hba per day (qf 1011 if i remember rightly)? i think it's two from mel. if it makes no or little difference to cost, go with qf rather than jq simply because they're not a lcc.

Quoting Bullpitt (Reply 3):
I suggest you try to get some of the outback into your trip, specially Uluru

the point of visiting the outback is to get a sense of the enormity of the place and to feel your insignificance against the harsh and desolate landscape. this is kind of hard to do in uluru - where tour buses run at a greater frequency than commuter buses in sydney.

the flashy marketing makes a lot of 'being there' but having been there myself, the sheer number of tourists precludes any feeling of isolation which would otherwise make the experience worthwhile.

Quoting Bullpitt (Reply 3):
Sidney

*cough* *cough*

Quoting Bullpitt (Reply 3):
I for one love going to camberra

you are.....you're saying you love going to c-c-canberra...?? oh dear.



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User currently offlineJoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4157 times:

May be a bit off topic but I think Uluru and the Barrier Reef are some of the best offers Australia has... For some more info give a look at my profile.

Ciao
Joe


User currently offlineHighpeaklad From United Kingdom, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4135 times:

Quoting RIHNOSAUR (Thread starter):
I have an option of buying the "special" from LAX and buy a separate ticket from IAD to LAX...or add $300.00 and book the whole thing with Qantas? (

If I were you I'd pay the $300. The main reason is that if you are delayed getting to LAX , you'll count as a no show for your QF flight and they could well cancel your whole itinerary which will be very expensive, and time consuming to fix.
You'll also be able to check your bags all the way through which will save time and effort on such a long journey.

Chris



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