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User currently offlineThadocta From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 397 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 5118 times:

Ok, have to get from Sydney to Adelaide, and company is prepared to pay for Business Class - fare is $A622.92, and I will get 1270 points (as a QF Gold member) and 30 status credits - I decide that this is not enough.

Rebook flight to the following:


The end result? Each of the flights is less than 1000 miles, so I get the 30 status credits for each sector (90 status credits in total) as well as 1250 miles for each sector (minimum points in PAID J per flight stage) as opposed to 1270 points (725 miles from SYD to ADL, plus 182 point bonus for travelling in J, plus 363 point bonus for being Gold).

The end result? 3750 points, 90 status credits, as opposed to 1270 points, 30 status credits, and all for $7 extra (CBR taxes, apparently).

Now, onto the details......


Pretty standard 737 service, mid-afternoon, they kept on filling up my wine glass, and I did not want to be rude and refuse......

Food was pretty non-descript, but then at 1500, I don't want much.

Got to CBR, proceeded to the lounge, realised I had about an hour or so, got onto the (free) grog, mainly the Crown Lagers, and waited for the flight to board.

Heard a boarding call, and then went to:


This was a BAe 146, don't remember a thing though, since I had consumed a stack of grog at the SYD lounge, on board the flight to CBR, and at the CBR lounge - in fact, I slept the entire way to MEL, they had to wake me up on arrival. Proceeded to Qantas Club at MEL on arrival.


this flight was superb - the crew could not have been more helpful. Mineral water was served prior to departure, and drinks orders were taken just after the seat belt light was switched off (I ordered a bourbon and dry) - these were delivered quickly, and then dinner commenced.

Dinner conssted of a delicious braised lamb with rice, and was one of the better meals I have had on board an aircraft. I partook of the Chardonnay, and it was superb. Dessert was a Mango dish with ice-cream.

Overall, not bad for a 65 minute sector.


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User currently offlineAussie_ From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1767 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4964 times:

Good work. I'm in CBR and often fly to Adelaide to visit my family. Though I don't have the benefit of flying J class, you can get an edeal on Qantas for $99 CBR-MEL via SYD and then a further edeal MEL-ADL.

Thus for $198 you get three sectors, 30 status points and 3000 FF miles, rather than for approx $180 the direct CBR-ADL, 1000 points, 10 status points.

It's useful knowing these little tricks. Boosts your FF points considerably.

User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3215 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4932 times:

This is a bad trip report I am voting a 1.
No aircraft regos, nothing different about the service. What was the flight time between Sydney & Canberra. Lucky all your flights were on time.
The only good thing for you was that it was in business class and you able to get 90 status credits and 3750 miles.
I thought Aussie_ was the only person who took 3 trips to get to Adelaide.

Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineThadocta From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 397 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4904 times:

BNE - after several hours in Qantas Club lounges, I was in no condition to note regos! Big grin


User currently offlineAussie_ From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1767 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4897 times:

That's a bit harsh BNE!

And no I doubt I'm the only one doing the 3 sector trip.

Then again, I probably the only one who has done a 5 sector trip (believe me, after doing cbr-adl for so many years you want variety. Things I have done are:

ADL-CBR direct (yes I have done that one on occasion!)
and the best: ADL-MGB-PTJ-MEL-SYD-CBR

in January I will do:
CBR-MEL-SYD-ADL (note reversal of MEL and SYD) and return ADL-OOL-SYD-CBR

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