Slovacek747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 6 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4879 times:
I just found out I will be going to Australia for a study abroad program and I have a few questions... It seems as if Qantas is the way to go on this flight, correct me if I am wrong.
I will be in cattle class and I am not an elite member for any airline, but I am wondering if there is any place at LAX where I can shower or relax before my flight departs for Australia? Also, if booking my ticket online, can I select my seats at the time of booking or not?
Any additional information would be greatly appreciated.
777ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4849 times:
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It all depends on where your going in terms of which airline. UA also fly to SYD and then MEL. If your flying on either UA or QF and your not an elite member, frequent flyer etc then basically forget about a refreshing shower or a place to relax away from everything
Flyboy_se From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4745 times:
i think you can select seats on Qantas.com. if not you can easily call them after you made your reservation and they can help you with selecting a specific seat.
After flying on both United and QANTAS i would prefer QANTAS.You will get great service.Also you should get a frequent flyer card, because that would earn you tons of miles.also flying domestic in Australia isnt that expensive.so you can add up miles quickly.i think QANTAS FF is pretty good.
Congrats for choosing Australia. You will love it there.
btw, when in Perth , dont miss a trip to Rottnest Island.You can go there by ferry from Fremantle.Its a great place.
Enjoy your studies.
Skyhigh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4623 times:
You will get a much cheaper ticket if you use a travel agent or a discounted ticket website.
Funnily enough I just recommended sta travel to someone on another thread, and I feel like I should get some commission!! www.statravel.com
This is just an example, as there are lots of agents and websites, try doing a search for discounted air tickets.
I don't think you can pre book your seat if you are not a QF frequent flyer although I may be wrong. Give Qantas a call, if you can book seats, they will do it for you over the phone.
As mentioned above, you should think about joining Qantas Frequent Flyer club. Distances are large and the miles can clock up quickly.
You might want to think about flying NZ and having a stop in beautiful New Zealand en route!
777ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4576 times:
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For my trip to America in June on NZ and UA I'm using Travel Cafe and I'm receiving a very nice discount on the normal fares, then what other travel agents or NZ and UA can offer me. Travel Cafe is used by heaps of cash strapped travellers looking for excellent bargains.
Simpilicity From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4550 times:
Quoting Slovacek747 (Reply 2): I'll be flying to PER from LAX...So I'm guessing QF would be the airline to take. Is it difficult to get from terminal 4 to terminal 6 at LAX?
NZ fly LAX/AKL/PER & SFO/AKL/PER. Flight might not connect at AKL in both directions, but sure beats awful SYD airport where you'd have ot change terminals & even MEL or BNE (QF fly LAX/SYD, LAX/MEL, LAX/BNE all nonstop, the latter only 5/week at present).
QF start SFO/SYD shortly 3/week I believe.
If u can aviod LAX do, it's a toliet of an airport !!!
RoseFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4370 times:
I suggest Air New Zealand as well. You will get more legroom and still get a PTV on the LAX-AKL leg. There is no PTV and the legroom isn't as good on the flight to Perth.
One thing that you enjoy upon arrival is that you spend a day in AKL. It will cost you $100, but you can relax and have a shower and maybe even walk around the city a bit. It could break up your trip a bit since flying that far in economy is hard on everyone.
StarAlly From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4290 times:
Like someone suggested earlier, you may want to consider joining a frequent flyer program for this trip, probably UA's MPP for Star Alliance or American's AAdvantage for oneworld. Miles do not expire and since you're still young, you will continue collecting them over the years and really rack up.
Please have fun in Perth and, if possible, post a trip report
Hb88 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4104 times:
If you're not a member of a frequent flyer, forget any of the things you mentioned. There is nothing in the Int'l terminal at LAX that I could find or be bothered with in my last 7hr layover in terms of a shower etc. If you have the choice (and I'm not sure you do flying from the US), flying via Asia is the best way to get to the antipodes! (at least from Europe)).
As for requesting seats in advance - I tried last time I flew with QF months, then weeks then days in advance. No go. Only if you're a QF frequent flyer (I was One World which didn't make any difference). I think they're doing the Lufthansa trick of blocking out bulkhead, front/aisle and other desirable seats for premium pax, although I may be wrong.
I used to remember the days when I loved flying Qantas, but after the last epic, I'm not sure I'll bother: cranky FAs, seat pitch which was excruciating after a few hours and generally a not so hot attitude. They don't seem quite as good as they used to be and I hear their bus product is definitely below par compared to many others. Personally I would fly ANZ, they seem to be on a bit of an upswing at the moment - excellent service last time I flew them. Great food and good legroom.
Enjoy oz, you'll love it. Don't listen to what people say about Sydney, it might not be everyones cup of tea, but it is one of the most beautiful cities around and worth checking out. Melbourne is worth a look too and if you can swing a stopover in New Zealand, you'll see why kiwis think their country is a little different! Anyway, enjoy your trip and remember to drink *lots* of water inflight. I also recommend su doku, I chewed up about 7hrs doing it last time I flew AKL-LAX.
Broocy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3918 times:
Quoting Slovacek747 (Thread starter): is any place at LAX where I can shower or relax before my flight departs for Australia?
If you are flying from Tom Bradley- no! I have often transferred here and there are no showers. I'm not sure about the AA terminal that has showers in the Qantas Club, where I normally hang out.
If you are going to PER, may I suggest you also look at the likes of SQ, MH or another Asian airline. The flights are only a few hours longer, but you might get the chance to have an interesting stopover. You could always investigate the chance of a circle Pacific fare, that might give you more options as well, such as domestic fligts in Australia or stopovers in the Pacific Islands.
Re the NZ recommendation, true the transfers are easier than in SYD, but the transfer times are horrendous. ie arrive at 5-6am in AKL, and not depart for an 8 hour flight until after lunch. Coming back, you could have all day in AKL after an overnight horror before departing on a overnight horror. Might as well visit NZ as a stopover instead. It's a great place. (No faint praise coming from an Aussie.)
The best advantage of SYD is the great bus ride through all the jumbos at the international terminal and past the QF maintainence base. The transfer process is a bit of a hassle, but for me, the bus trip is compensation.
There is plenty to do in WA, but it is a huge place. (It's 3 hour flight up to the northwest corner.) Do try and visit the outback. The Kimberly and Pilbara are wonderful- my dad used to do remote teaching up there- and the likes of Nigaloo Reef are not to be missed.
Perth is a nice city, Margaret River wineries & Rotnest Island neaby and just generally chilling.
Jmy007 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 6 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3903 times:
Quoting Hb88 (Reply 16): If you have the choice (and I'm not sure you do flying from the US), flying via Asia is the best way to get to the antipodes! (at least from Europe)).
Agreed! When I flew to Australia (BNE) for the first time, I went on SQ from LAX, via NRT and SIN.
As it turned out, it was cheaper to go this route, than non-stop. I enjoyed the service of SQ, and got to check out NRT and SIN. Ended up toding SQ stop over holiday for a couple of days. It was a great way to see Singapore. Then it's not even a 5 hour flight to Perth!
EddieIAH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 6 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3819 times:
I went LAX-AKL-MEL two years ago, and it was a good experience.
AKL has good day rooms where you can catch up on sleep and take a shower. After MEL I went on to PER but Melbourne's a great place to spend a day (or a few)...very good restaurants, museums, clubs as far as I know.
Which US college are you at? Are you going to UWA? Kinda off topic but since I'm from Perth I'm interested.
Down South (Busselton, Margaret River) is scenic and not too crowded
Albany is a long way but also a nice town
Within Perth, Subiaco and Fremantle are the most lively parts. King's Park is a very close in 'escape' from the city. And you can always catch a ferry to see the city from South Perth.