Stylish design, a convenient location, great food and drink, a beautiful wellness centre, and pretty good wifi are the attractions of this hotel but my experience was let down by a couple of customer service bungles. There may be some more cost-effective options to lay your head for the night.
Using 54,000 Qantas Points on this flight really is a stellar use of your Qantas balance. We cover how to easily book an award seat, what to expect in the air, and how to choose the best lounges before your flight and the best seats onboard.
Emirates A380 flights are the ones to aim for if you’re looking for comfort, service and amenities, whilst earning or redeeming Qantas Points – here we sample their Trans-Tasman Business Class service between Sydney and Auckland.
Some of the best value to be had from IHG Rewards is the quarterly PointBreaks promotion, where a number of hotels globally of the InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands are made available for 5,000 points per night – that’s up to a 90% discount.
We look at what to expect from Jetstar’s 787 Business Class between Cairns and Osaka – a serviceable way to get to Japan in relative comfort.
Cathay Pacific’s Business Class was comfortable, with good service and food – and on this trip I got to check out both of their different regional and long-haul Business Class seats.
LATAM’s Trans-Tasman service offers good value for paid Business fares on this relatively short international flight, but with long-haul grade cabins. In this overview we look at how how to use points or find good deals for LATAM flights across the Tasman.
COMO The Treasury in Perth was recently added to Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts program. It’s a unique property – newly opened, with huge rooms, excellent (and included) food, along with personable service. I felt I received great value for my money despite the high nightly rate.
A very comfortable bed, attentive service and great award availability, let down by some minor frustrations, gives this flight a solid four-star review. This is a great use of SPG Starpoints.
Emirates’ Auckland lounge is a large lounge with decent buffet dining and a lot of seating for Emirates’ many international passengers departing from Auckland.
We take a look at the Qantas International Business Lounge at Auckland Airport. It doesn’t really hit the mark.
This is the same cabin Qatar Airways flies to Doha from Melbourne (until June 2017) and Perth. We give it a four-star rating for its comfortable seat and bed, excellent food and drink offerings, and spaciousness of the cabin; at times unfriendly and spotty customer service, and a frustrating IFE and remote control let this flight down.
A brief look at the Hilton Auckland in New Zealand’s largest city. A great location on the water, but with high room rates.