i´m already planning my summer vacation next year.
gonna spend a few days in LAX and SFO, will head onto Hawaii, spent a week or two over there, split up with my family and will proceed on to Hobart, and from there i will be heading home.
primarily, i will fly star alliance carriers because through my father we can get very cheap fares on all star carriers, but still, i will be flying standy-by on most flights.
re the flights to SFO or LAX that will be Lufthansa from Frankfurt, and the flights to Hawaii will most probably be United.
but then, it gets interesting.
i want to end up in hobart, but how do i get there?
there are no direct flights between HNL and HBA, so i will have to make connections at least once.
best variety of connections to HBA provides MEL.
Air Canada currently operates the HNL-MEL route, however, the flight originates in YVR/YYZ and according to AC they cannot pick up any pax at HNL which have not begun their voyage in Canada.
that´s very sad as i would very much enjoy flying on AC again.
same accounts for the HNL-SYD routing, also op´d by AC.
another choice could be Qantas. although i would prefer star members, i wouldn´t hesitate to fly QF since i´ve had excellent experiences on QF.
however, QF only operates HNL-SYD and arriving at 700am at SYD doesn´t provide any connections for a direct flight to HBA, to my knowledge.
so i would have to fly via MEL which, as an aviation enthusiast, would certainly not be a problem!
a third possibility might be Air New Zealand, flying HNL-AKL and then connect either to SYD, better connections, but i would still have to go to MEL, or directly from AKL to MEL.
and still, would i take QF or NZ across the Tasman?
regarding the domestic flights within australia it seems that QF would be again the front-runner, since i don´t know exactly about AN´s current state and about their connections (do they already operate to HBA again?).
if i chose Qantas, i would most certainly choose them for the SYD/MEL-SIN flights, although i would love to fly Singapore Airlines, but that would make ticketing even more complicated.
the last trip SIN-FRA will again be on Lufthansa.
so if anyone has insight about Air Canada´s flights from HNL to SYD/MEL regarding 5th freedom rights, some suggestions or info regarding possible routings on the above mentioned airlines or just some experience to share on these routes and carriers, i would love to hear from you!!!