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User currently offlineFlyingKangaroo From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 532 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3133 times:

Hi there!

This is a real self-gloss thread, but I can't help myself. My mum and I have decided to go to LA and San Francisco for our Christmas Holiday! And to make it even better, we're flying SQ20 SIN-LAX direct! I know this isn't the longest flight, but at 16 hours, it's long enough for me! We've booked seats 18A & C on the A345, are these good seats? On SQ1 SFO-SIN via. HKG we've got 12H & K (upper deck!)

On a more serious note, is it possible to do airport tours of SFO (the ones where you go round the apron)? I guess all the 9/11 security measures mean that there isn't? Also, how long should we give ourselves for check-in and security at SFO? Flight is at 11.45pm (or something like that)

Also, why do SQ serve breakfast on the SIN-LAX flight? We get dinner, refreshment, and breakfast. Could someone explain?!

Once again, SO EXITED!!!!!

flyingKangaroo


QANTAS-- The Spirit of Australia
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User currently offlineBartond From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 791 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

Good for you. That should be a great trip. I've never done the LA thing but San Francisco is incredible! And the SFO airport is really large but be careful if you've got a rental car and give yourself PLENTY of time to get to the gate and check in. As nice as that airport is, I think it's a logistical nightmare.

User currently offlineSafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3084 times:

On a more serious note, is it possible to do airport tours of SFO (the ones where you go round the apron)?
No.

Also, how long should we give ourselves for check-in and security at SFO? Flight is at 11.45pm (or something like that)
I would suggest checking-in between 2.5-3 hours prior to departure.

Also, why do SQ serve breakfast on the SIN-LAX flight? We get dinner, refreshment, and breakfast. Could someone explain?!
One meal is served after take-off (dinner, I believe), one mid-flight (breakfast, I believe), and a refreshment would be the meal prior to landing.

Enjoy your trip.  Smile
-Will



"She Flew For What We Stand For"
User currently onlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17117 posts, RR: 66
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3082 times:

Also, why do SQ serve breakfast on the SIN-LAX flight? We get dinner, refreshment, and breakfast. Could someone explain?!

Don't you land in the morning?



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User currently offlineFlyingKangaroo From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3033 times:

Don't you land in the morning?

According to SQ's website, we land at 16.05 LA time.

Has anyone here experienced SQ's Spacebeds? What are they like?

Thanks!
flyingKangaroo



QANTAS-- The Spirit of Australia
User currently onlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17117 posts, RR: 66
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2996 times:

I guess all day breakfast is the concept you are looking for then  Big grin


"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3012 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2970 times:

I'm really happy for you buddy. And whenever that time will be, welcome to San Francisco. It's a truly amazing city, I should know, I live there  Big grin. I'm sure you will have a great vacation. If you want some info on the city itself feel free to contact me through e-mail (see profile).
Aeroflot777


User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2961 times:

But what is 16.05 LA time in your own local time? I imagine that's early morning, isn't it?

Anyway, enjoy your trip, and welcome in advance to the US-of-A! If you're going to be seeing San Fran and LA, you might as well take a day and see San Diego and Las Vegas. After all, this country is so big and SF/LA encompass only a small part of it.

The worst is, most of what you'll see is part of our great Southwestern Desert. You won't see the magnificent pine forests of the Rockies or the desiduous (sp?) forests of the east coast. Nor will you be blessed with views of our wonderful Gulf beaches or the stellar open-sky beauty of the great plains.

Still, see all that you can. There is always something to see or do, and lots of people who would love to take you there (for a reasonable fee)!

Of course, one day I do hope to come and see the natural beauty of your country, as well! Can I stay at your place?!?  Big grin



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User currently offlineOurboeing From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2889 times:

FlyingKangaroo,
I have been on that flight twice and Singapore Airlines is the best out there. My flight back to LAX was through Tokyo. So it was SIN-NRT-LAX on a 747-400. But it was almost a couple of years ago. The highlight of that flight was that when we were about to touchdown in NRT we had to abort landing due to a little airplane on the runway and man I tell you, it was scary but a lot of fun. I was sitting by the wing and could hear the engines turned on full throttle. I have flown HKG-LAX and yes it is a long flight. We had strong tail winds and made it in an hour and a half earlier than our actual arrival time.
Then again Cathay 747-400 was a nice ride as well Smile
BTW: My longest flight has been Air Canada A340-313 from DEL-YYZ last month and it was 15 hours long.

OURBOEING


User currently offlineGuyBetsy1 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 840 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2813 times:

Are you starting and ending in SIN? Or Australia? Don't know if you're in Oz or not to begin with.

BE prepared, however, to be photographed and fingerprinted upon your arrival in the USA. New INS rules apply effetive October 2004. Now everyone (except Canada - for now), will have to endure the above procedures when you arrive at LAX.


User currently offlineFlyingKangaroo From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2749 times:

I'm starting and finishing in Delhi, India.

flyingKangaroo



QANTAS-- The Spirit of Australia
User currently offlineStarCruiser From United States of America, joined May 2004, 301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2684 times:

I'm heading to SFO again next month (was just there at the beginning of August) and one thing not to miss is a ride on the cable cars and the historic streetcars which are painted in the liveries of many US cities. There are also some streetcars from Milan. Sometimes I just like to get on and ride to the end of the line, walk around a bit and then head back the other way. You can see a lot of the city for very little expense. If you have time I am sure you and your mum would love to tour the wine country just north of the city. That way you can cross the Golden Gate Bridge, a marvel in itself. The concierge at your hotel will be able to help you choose the best tours.

We don't have many unique cities in the USA, but San Francisco is one of them. It is truly an international city with people from everywhere. While San Francisco is easy to move about on public transportation, Los Angeles is a nightmare. Plan to spend more time in San Francisco. Someday come back and see New York, Chicago, Washington and New Orleans.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday.


User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2500 times:

Someday come back and see New York, Chicago, Washington and New Orleans.

Sure...throw in Boston, Orlando, Miami, Denver and Hawaii as well...but make sure you get up to see Seattle, Portland, and the entire Pacific Northwest...it has probably the best scenery in the country! The Oregon coast, trust me!  Big grin This country is so huge and so diverse that you would have to take hundreds of trips here to see everything worthwhile.

Have an awesome trip!  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineN707PA From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2480 times:

If you're going to be seeing San Fran and LA, you might as well take a day and see San Diego and Las Vegas.

I agree with the above statement. LA is terribly overrated. SFO, LAS and SAN are all very cool.


User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3012 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2400 times:

Personally, I hate Las Vegas. That is one city I think is terribly overrated!!! The city itself is horrible, small. Its really hard to breathe during the summer. The only thing that makes it interesting the the bunch of hotels around it. I think that the Grand Hyatt Shanghai or the newly built hotel in the UAE in Dubai, is WAY more amazing. Las Vegas is meant for gambling and for gambling only. The only reason there are so many amazing shows there is that companies see the amount of people traveling to Las Vegas, and therefore decided to make some money. And guess what, it worked. I wonder why... But the city itself is horrible.
But again that's my personal opinion.
Aeroflot777


User currently offlineGREATANSETT From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 508 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2395 times:

Actually I have done a similar trip in 2002 and it was fantastic but the downside is all the security. Anyway I'm going to the Sydney Opera House now, see you tomorrow.


Ron Paul 2012
User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4128 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2360 times:

I think that the Grand Hyatt Shanghai or the newly built hotel in the UAE in Dubai, is WAY more amazing.

Yuck. In my opinion, only the outside of the hotel in Dubai looks nice. The colors in the main lobby were so tacky that it made me sick. Emirates Towers are much more classy.

Flying Kangaroo,

Hope you enjoy your trip! I must warn you though, Southern California will NOT be scorching hot in the winter, and there might be more rain this year because of El Nino. Some things to see...The Getty Museum, Hollywood & Vine, 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills (although I've come to hate that place  Laugh out loud), and Griffith Park. You can contact me if you have any questions about things to do in SoCal. I do think you should check out LAS, but it will be quite cold when you go.



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User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3012 posts, RR: 26
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2116 times:

Mdsh00,
On that, my friend, I agree with you. But my main point was that anything and I mean anything, probably even a holiday inn in oakland, CA looks better than Las Vegas. Everything is soo fake in Las Vegas. You can like totally see the city is made for tourism.


User currently offlineSimProgrammer From France, joined Aug 2004, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1890 times:

Im surprised to see someone taking a dislike to Las Vegas.

Ive been twice, only go for 4 day stays and I see it as a bit of fun. I would go again any day.



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User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1868 times:

Welcome to America, Can I go back with you... I hate this place. I'm sure Australia is much better, yeah?

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