Adelaide – March 2012

Qantas A330 Domestic Business Class Review – QF82 Adelaide to Sydney

QF82 Adelaide – Sydney Business Class review

After a great long weekend in Adelaide, I had us scheduled on QF82 back to Sydney. This is one of the few quirky options that Qantas offer on domestic routes, with an internationally configured A330 operating SYD – ADL – SIN and returning, meaning that you can pick up a domestic flight with international grade seating in Economy and Business class.

The timing of the flight suited well – 7.50am – and due to the fact that this flight has it’s minor downsides to a regular Adelaide – Sydney domestic hop, I had a hunch this flight would be relatively underbooked which would be helpful given we were travelling with our 1 year old without an assigned seat.

I also blew 12,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points on an upgrade to Business Class from our Economy booking, knowing we would get a roomy Skybed, in hopefully a pretty empty Business Class cabin. Continue reading…

InterContinental Adelaide Review – King Club Suite

InterContinental Adelaide Hotel Review - King Club Suite | Point Hacks

We had a 5 day stay planned in Adelaide around the time of the Adelaide festival, and as I was travelling with family, I wanted to be sure we had a decent amount of space in the hotel room so we could hang out and rest there if necessary, and not have to spend most of the day out of the hotel.

To book, I used my InterContinental Ambassador 2 for 1 weekend night certificate, and a Priority Privilege 2 for 1 certificate too, all up halving the total cost of the stay (at flexible rates) which made it an easy decision to move up a room size or two. That, combined with Ambassador status and a genuinely helpful booking team who confirmed the upgrade by email to a King Club Suite, but without Club access, I hoped meant plenty of room for us to chill at the hotel when necessary. Total cost all up was about $730 for 4 nights (effectively half price), so securing a large suite for under $200 a night I thought was a steal. Continue reading…