British Airways 777 First Class overview – Sydney to Singapore

I had long wanted to try British Airways’ only First Class service to Australia, with their daily Sydney – Singapore – London flight operated by a Boeing 777.

Award seat availability for using your points is not terrible, especially for well-planned or later bookings and availability is shown on the Qantas website. I redeemed 50,000 AAdvantage miles that I had purchased specifically for this flight. Continue reading…

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…