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.
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This innovative seat represents a great value redemption using Velocity points or upgrade using Air NZ Airpoints (if you have them), but you’ll have to be quick to use it if wanting to travel between the East Coast and Auckland.
This lounge is very impressive, with stylish design, delicious complimentary food and drink offerings worthy of a high-quality restaurant, great customer service and a relaxed atmosphere.
We size up Virgin America’s First Class cabin and explain how to redeem Velocity Points and KrisFlyer Miles for Virgin America flights. Virgin Australia’s sister airline is towards the top of US domestic airlines.
Spend an hour or so in this lounge and it’s perfectly fine, but we wouldn’t recommend arriving at the airport early for it. Highlights include the natural light, bar and kids’ club, with improvements to be made on internet, noise and food.
If a direct flight to San Francisco is something that is important to you, and there are no seats on the Qantas flight, then the United flight is your only other option, and it is average at best.
I had an opportunity to check out Virgin’s take on First Class High Speed Rail travel in the UK earlier this year – and even managed to earn some frequent flyer points in the process.
Recent travel arrangements saw most of the Point Hacks team with flights departing from Sydney’s International Terminal and an opportunity to check out Qantas’ Sydney International Business Lounge.