Sydney & Cairns with Matt – 2016

An intro to my last trip: US to Australia and back in Economy, a surprise upgrade to Business, and a cool first-hand video of two planes landing in sync

Last month, Point Hacks Contributing Editor Matt Moffitt embarked on a 10-flight, 17-day, 24,000-mile trip from his current base in Austin, Texas to Minneapolis, over to his hometown of Sydney, up to Cairns, then a visit to Detroit, down to Dallas and back home to Austin.

Here is an overview of his trip and which posts and reviews you can expect to read on Point Hacks in the coming weeks as a result of his experiences… Continue reading…

United 787 Dreamliner Business Class – San Francisco to Sydney UA863 review

In early September 2016, I flew on an open-jaw ticket with United from Minneapolis to Sydney via San Francisco, and Sydney to Detroit via San Francisco and Houston.

Bought with cash for only $554 USD in Economy Class, I prepared myself for many hours of uncomfortable seats, but was lucky enough to get upgraded to Business Class on my first Transpacific leg (who said flirting with the check-in agent never works?!) and Premium Economy on the way back (due to my United Gold status). Continue reading…