Review: JAL First Tokyo (NRT) – Sydney (SYD)

On 1 December 2014, JAL (JL) started flying Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its daily Tokyo Narita (NRT) – Sydney (SYD) return service. This means that for a limited time JAL operate four class service to SYD. First class is again available on this route, as well as fully flat business class seating and a premium economy cabin. At present, this aircraft is only scheduled to fly this route through 28 March 2015. This aircraft is fitted with JAL’s latest SKY SUITE product and means fully flat beds are offered in both first and business class – a vast improvement on what is…


Review: JAL First Lounge Tokyo Narita (NRT)

We awaited our flight to Sydney (SYD) in the JAL (JL) first class lounge at Toyko’s Narita (NRT) airport. While not nearly as impressive as JAL’s new lounge at Haneda International Airport – Tokyo’s other airport – it is a solid first class lounge offering, with excellent food.


Review: Qantas First Lounge Melbourne

In the international terminals at its hubs in Sydney and Melbourne, Qantas operates what we think are two of the best lounges in the oneworld lounge network. Oneworld emerald status provides frequent oneworld travellers with access regardless of class flown. This is a double edged sword. On the one hand, frequent travellers get to enjoy these lounges far more often than the narrow network of destinations with first class service would ordinarily allow. On the other hand, it does mean that these first lounges can get busy at times.


Escaping the telemarketers

For those of us who have relationships with numerous banks and other financial institutions, it can get a little frustrating to constantly receive sales calls from them. A number of banks engage third-party telemarketing firms, who are very persistent in harassing the bank’s customers (by being paid on sales made, it doesn’t bother them to harass a bank’s customers). It is for this reason it is advisable to never give a bank your cellphone number. For those in Australia, we recommend ignoring telephone calls from the following numbers: ANZ: (03) 8693 5488 CBA: (02) 8094 5820 NAB: (03) 9092 6540…


Review: Malaysia Airlines Regional Golden Lounge – KUL

For travellers on short haul international flights, MH operate a Regional Golden Lounge in the main terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL). In our opinion, this lounge is far more pleasant than MH’s larger Golden Lounge located in the satellite terminal (which has an ambiance closely resembling a barnhouse). Should you be departing from the main terminal and not wish to trek out to the Cathay Pacific lounge in the Satellite terminal, this offering should also suffice. It is open daily 5am to midnight and is the first lounge you encounter after exiting Malaysia. Access is granted to Oneworld…


Review: InterContinental Singapore

Singapore has a large number of depressingly middling five star hotels, and we are constantly searching for a property that impresses. The 403 room InterContinental Singapore, located at the Bugis Junction integrated development (office tower, shopping mall and hotel), opened in 1995 and consequently has a very dated feel. This is something not uncommon in Singapore hotels.


Frankfurt to Accra in Lufthansa First Class – LH First Class Terminal

At Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Lufthansa provides a dedicated First Class Terminal for Lufthansa and SWISS passengers flying in first class (or top tier ‘HON Circle’ in its frequent flyer program, Miles & More, departing on Lufthansa, SWISS or Austrian Airlines). This ‘terminal’ offering makes it attractive to change planes in Frankfurt, so long as there) is enough time between flights to enjoy the exclusive facilities. Upon arrival at FRA, connecting passengers have to make their own way to the First Class Terminal (FCT for short), which is located about 200 metres walk from the main departures level. There are many…


Review: Sydney to Singapore in Suites Class

Singapore Airlines’ (SQ) Suites Class sets the standard for commercial aviation. The cabin is very well presented, comfortable and practical. The catering is of a high standard and the service is solid. We highly recommend that you try it – if you haven’t already that is. At the boarding gate, Suites and business class, as well as PPS Club members, board through the same priority lane (as is usually the case with SQ). Strangly, the economy boarding lane also lists ‘Star Alliance Gold’ (no priority boarding for you). While there is a business class jetbridge, and this aligns with the…


InterContinental Sydney offering 2-4-1 rate through 13 January 2015

The InterContinental Sydney is running a promotion on its page on Facebook. Customers can register for the offer on its Facebook page and then call the hotel to reserve a rate to stay 2 nights for the price of 1 (based on best flexible rate) for stays through 13 January 2015. The rate is to be equal for Flexible Rate which is as low as AU$269 including tax. Based on this, the promo rate would run as low as AU$134.50 a night. We expect this rate would post as non-qualifying for the purposes of IHG Rewards Club.


InterContinental Sydney Double Bay

The opening of the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay was long awaited by frequent visitors to Sydney, partially because it would be the city’s only five star hotel in the suburbs. In our first post we provided initial impressions of the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, and in particular its club lounge. This post looks at the rooms at the hotel. As a new property that is still finding its feet with regard to service, we have not commented on that in this post.


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