Distance MEL to Alice Springs / Ayers Rock

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  1. rpmsol

    rpmsol Intern

    Jun 11, 2006
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    Just wondering if anybody has noticed that according to the Points Calculator, Ayers Rock is 1202 Miles from Melbourne and Alice Springs is 1156 Miles - yet the route map (and any other map) clearly shows that Alice Springs is further from Melbourne than Ayers Rock.
    Any ideas why?
    Cheers,
    Paul.
     

  2. Shano

    Shano Established Member

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    According to Great Circle Mapper, MEL-ASP is 1,154 miles see here

    and MEL-AYQ is 1,185 miles see here

    So Ayres Rock is in fact further from Melbourne than Alice Springs.

    Not sure why there is a 17 mile discrepancy between GCM and the QF distance.
     
  3. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    I wouldn't trust QF map to be accurate. A proper map shows while Alice Springs is a little more north, Uluru is quite a bit further west.
     
  4. dajop

    dajop Senior Member

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    And those extra few miles are quite significant. MEL-AYQ return awards cost 36,000 pts, whereas MEL-ASP return awards are 24,000 points.
     
  5. rpmsol

    rpmsol Intern

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    The current sale makes MEL-AYQ possible for $189 (great value), but it is significantly more expensive to get to or from ASP than AYQ - even when specials are not taken into account. (Plus the MEL-AYQ gives an extra 5 SCs.)

    Also - the scheduled 3 hour flight to AYQ from MEL gives you a movie - but not when travelling to Alice Springs - as it is less than 3 hour duration.

    Cheers,
    Paul.
     
  6. dajop

    dajop Senior Member

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    Makes award flights to ASP one of the better value economy award in terms of c per point (around 1.9c per point when taxes are taken into account compared to the AYQ flight at around 0.8c per point). Even better when they offer 20% off which I took advantage of in January.

    On my flights they played movies on both MEL-ASP and ASP-MEL sectors, although on arrival in ASP the movie didn't finish until a minute or so after the door opened, but they did keep it going to the end.
     
  7. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    Not sure if the pricing has changed (too lazy to look it up) but when I went to ASP & AYQ from MEL I went via SYD for the same fare as direct (ignoring a few $ extra in taxes) and extra points and SCs (both destinations in zone 3 from SYD + also get MEL-SYD) :mrgreen:
     
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