Case study: a trip around The Pacific for 200,000 points + NZD$1,233 in taxes

This article is a recap of Matt’s travel planning for the Point Hacks Singapore meet up in September 2017.

Next month, I’ll be embarking on a four-week trip from the US to Australia via Southeast Asia and back again, taking seven flights across all four cabins.

In this post, I aim to provide you with insider knowledge to help you plan your next international trip by explaining why I chose each flight, how much I paid for it, and what my expectations are. Continue reading…

Lounge options for international travellers at Brisbane Airport

Passengers departing on an international flight from Brisbane can take advantage of four new lounges that opened in 2016, with this guide highlighting the Qantas International Premium and Plaza Premium Lounges. The other two are the Singapore Airlines SilverKris and Air New Zealand Koru Lounges.

The Plaza Premium lounge is a particularly good win – it’s the only substantial lounge in Australia offering access via Priority Pass – the only other options are the ageing Reef Lounge in Cairns, and the small Catalina Lounge in Darwin.

In this guide, we give you a tour of the lounges and explain how to gain access to them. Continue reading…

Delta Domestic First Class overview

In June 2016, I had the chance to try out Delta’s premium domestic product for the first time, flying a tiny Bombardier CRJ-900 for the very short half-hour hop from Toronto Pearson to Detroit on SkyWest (a Delta affiliate) and onto Denver on a more common Boeing 757 operated by the mainline Delta fleet and crew.

The only reason I booked this flight was that I had $300 USD worth of Delta vouchers to use, otherwise I would have just flown Economy (and you’ll see why soon.) Continue reading…

The history of First and Business Class (Part I)

Earlier this year, I was lucky to attend two weddings in Europe, meaning that I had to make two trips to Europe during this time.

While the first trip was done in Economy and relatively uneventful, it was my second trip that proved to be more luxurious and got me thinking about what I am sure is a hotly-discussed issue within airlines’ strategic teams—whether First Class still proves to be good value for customers. Continue reading…