The first leg of my flight from Europe back to Australia was in Etihad’s Diamond First Class from Geneva to Abu Dhabi, redeemed using Velocity Points, and I really enjoyed it! Etihad’s ‘standard’ long-haul First Class product offers an excellent seat, and for my flight, great service.
Qatar Airways fly their A380 from Sydney to Doha and start Melbourne services soon. I had a chance to enjoy their First Class service from Sydney earlier this year.
The real appeal me about Wolgan Valley, and what makes it unique, is the number of activities on offer to get you outside exploring the setting of the resort in the valley and understanding the environment around you.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley prides itself on it’s dining experience for guests, and it didn’t disappoint. I think I ate about twice as much as I should have during our stay.
We had a two night stay at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley last year. It’s one of Australia’s most unique high-end hotel experiences, set in the NSW country and with a host of activities and amazing accommodation.
Our take on Etihad’s luxurious A380 flagship First Class Apartments. Australians have several options to access this Etihad product with frequent flyer points, and it’s worth well aiming for.
This lounge has beautiful features, tasty food and fast wifi, but it can get crowded in mornings when there are a lot of business travellers departing on international flights. Plus, a list of which Amex cards will get you access.
This shared alliance-wide lounge is spacious and light-filled, with above-average food and drink options, tarmac views and fast wifi – worth spending time in, if you have some to kill.
An exceptionally enjoyable and great value experience, Virgin Australia pulls out all the stops on routes lucky enough to carry the Airbus A330 ‘The Business’ cabin.
A six-hour journey across to New Zealand with all the extras you’d expect from a Qantas long-haul international flight. A great use of points to get a five-star experience.
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.