Get it INDIA

Discussion in 'Trip Reports and Trip Photos' started by Jacques Vert, Feb 2, 2019.

Welcome to Australia's leading independent Frequent Flyer and Travel Resource!
Our site contains tons of information that will improve your travel experience.
Joining AFF is fast, simple & ABSOLUTELY FREE -  join now by clicking on the JOIN NOW button, and take immediate advantage of these great BENEFITS.
Once registered, this box will disappear. And you will see fewer advertisements :)
  1. Jacques Vert

    Jacques Vert Established Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    2,588
    2,230
    Coffs Harbour
    I should have started this thread back in October when +1 (@Gem56) and I headed off on our trip to India after attending AFF12 in Adelaide.

    Our excuse: well it was a busy trip with little down time and we've been busy since our return (you know: Christmas and all that).

    Oh well, better late than never; I just hope that I can remember where we went:rolleyes: +1's photos should help.

    But first, thanks to all those who contributed and responded to our planning thread: here

    This trip was the originally the second half of a Oneworld Classic Award and we had planned to go to Sri Lanka as well. But after +1 contracted pneumonia in Peru and we had to come home early, the rest of the ticket was cancelled and some of the award seats we had booked never reappeared as available through QF (or if they did, someone else beat me to them:mad:).

    At least we got (most of) our points back so we were still able to rebook the Indian part of the trip.:)
     
    • Like Like x 5

  2. Major

    Major Established Member

    Jan 21, 2011
    3,647
    2,827
    OOL/BNE
    Flight Map:
    View my flight map
    Loved Sri Lanka
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
    • Like Like x 1
  3. craven morehead

    craven morehead Established Member

    Aug 1, 2008
    1,306
    1,072
    Central Queensland
    Flight Map:
    View my flight map
    Following along ........
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. Jacques Vert

    Jacques Vert Established Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    2,588
    2,230
    Coffs Harbour
    To INDIA (the long way)

    There are probably easier ways to get to India from Adelaide but this is AFF after all.

    Our route: ADL-BNE-AKL (stop) AKL-DXB-DEL.

    After bidding farewell to many AFFers in the lounge in Adelaide, we flew to BNE with QF and stayed overnight at the Ibis at Brisbane Airport. We walked from the domestic terminal to the Ibis as it isn't far.

    I'm not normally a fan of Ibis hotels, but landing at 2100 and flying out at 0745 the next morning we only needed a bed for the night and it was perfectly adequate and only $159 for the night.

    We didn't take any photos (sorry), but it's pretty much the same as all other Ibis hotels.

    Next morning we took the shuttle to the International terminal ($5 each) for our flight to Auckland.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. VPS

    VPS Established Member

    Apr 2, 2011
    2,368
    2,541
    Adelaide
    Flight Map:
    View my flight map
    Following along with interest. I enjoy your TR
     
    • Like Like x 1
  6. Jacques Vert

    Jacques Vert Established Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    2,588
    2,230
    Coffs Harbour
    Why Auckland?

    Our original plan saw us spend April/May in Sth America before flying back to Auckland from where we had purchased a separate, revenue ticket home (as you know you can't return to your starting country in the middle of a Oneworld Classic Award. (No I won't refer to it as a RTW in deference to @JohnM.)

    For the second half of our Classic Award, we were to fly back to AKL, spend a couple of days in the Bay of Islands, and then fly to DEL via CMB. A mentioned above, the remainder of our ticket was cancelled when we had to cut the Sth American trip short.

    But I had already taken advantage of an Amex offer for Expedia to spend $400, get $120 back (or something like that). We had the rental car booked. And there were only two options for award seats to DEL; one via HKG that arrived a day later than originally planned, and the other via DXB on an EK 380 with lower taxes than CX from Sydney. Having never flown EK before, nor an A380, we took this as an omen.
     
    • Like Like x 3
  7. Jacques Vert

    Jacques Vert Established Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    2,588
    2,230
    Coffs Harbour
    Bay of Islands

    A few photos of our time in NZ:

    P1150499.JPG
    P1150500.JPG
    P1150514.JPG
    P1150517.JPG
    P1150520.JPG
    P1150545.JPG
    P1150563.JPG
    P1150570.JPG
    P1150577.JPG
    P1150589.JPG
     
    • Like Like x 9
  8. Jacques Vert

    Jacques Vert Established Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    2,588
    2,230
    Coffs Harbour
    #8 Jacques Vert, Feb 3, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2019
    A tradesman's upgrade

    In the Bay of Islands we stayed at the Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia.

    We had arrived late after the drive up from AKL so checked-in and stayed in for dinner which was fairly basic, but OK.

    Next morning we awoke early as tradesmen had arrived to commence renovations, including the one who had the job of removing and fitting a new exit door and all its surroundings, adjacent to our room. We all know what time tradies start work and this guy had arrived very early, along with hammers, drills, crowbars, the works.

    So after breakfast we asked the manager if they would be there again the next day and were moved to another room. About half an hour later we were moved again to the wing on the other side of the property and put into a suite with a kitchen, separate lounge room and a deck with a view over the bay.

    P1150511.JPG



    P1150512.JPG
     
    • Like Like x 8
    • Winner Winner x 1
  9. Jacques Vert

    Jacques Vert Established Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    2,588
    2,230
    Coffs Harbour
    So after three nights in the Bay of Islands, we headed back to AKL...

    P1150598.JPG

    The car ferry to Russell (no we didn't go that way)

    P1150602.JPG


    An interesting toilet block:

    P1150609.JPG


    P1150610.JPG


    P1150624.JPG


    P1150627.JPG


    P1150631.JPG


    P1150632.JPG


    P1150634.JPG
     
    • Like Like x 7
  10. kermatu

    kermatu Senior Member

    May 27, 2012
    5,627
    3,094
    Canberra
    Twitter:
    Flying EK, I'll take 1K thanks very much.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. TomVexille

    TomVexille Enthusiast

    Nov 12, 2013
    10,310
    4,796
    Melbourne
    I really must revisit the Bay of Islands
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  12. Jacques Vert

    Jacques Vert Established Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    2,588
    2,230
    Coffs Harbour
    #12 Jacques Vert, Feb 3, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2019
    AKL EK Lounge

    A most enjoyable space to spend the afternoon ...

    P1150638.JPG


    Don't you just love the way someone has to stick their foot into the corner of your photo?

    P1150639.JPG


    I think this is where I started to gain those extra kilos.

    P1150640.JPG


    P1150641.JPG


    P1150642.JPG


    P1150643.JPG



    Enjoying a wine with my friends...

    P1150644.JPG


     
    • Like Like x 11
  13. kermatu

    kermatu Senior Member

    May 27, 2012
    5,627
    3,094
    Canberra
    Twitter:
    May I ask how full did the lounge get before the Dubai flight? The last three times I've been there - admittedly only for an hour and at around 11am in advance of the DPS flight - I've been the only guest.
     
  14. drron

    drron Enthusiast

    Jul 4, 2002
    18,448
    17,152
    Sunshine Coast
    BO?:eek:o_O:D:D
     
    • Funny Funny x 1
    • Hugs Hugs x 1
  15. Jacques Vert

    Jacques Vert Established Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    2,588
    2,230
    Coffs Harbour
    As I remember, a few more but certainly not many.
     
  16. Jacques Vert

    Jacques Vert Established Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    2,588
    2,230
    Coffs Harbour
    EK449 AKL 2110 - DXB 0530

    This flight was scheduled for 17 hours and 20 minutes flight time.

    Now I know there has been a lot of discussion regarding the length of the Perth - London QF flights. I've had mixed feelings. However, after EK449, my longest flight to date, I have to admit I am quite OK with these ultra long flights; provided I'm in J or F.

    It seems to me that you can have a couple of hours in the lounge at the airport, 8 hours in the onboard lounge, 8 hours sleep, and still have time for breakfast:)

    Living the dream............

    P1150645.JPG

    P1150646.JPG

    P1150647.JPG

    P1150648.JPG

    P1150649.JPG
     
    • Like Like x 8
  17. Jacques Vert

    Jacques Vert Established Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    2,588
    2,230
    Coffs Harbour
    Roda Al Bustan:

    As our transit was just under 10 hours, we were provided with day use of the Roda Al Bustan hotel, with a chauffeur-driven Merc there and back.

    After checking in we dropped our bags in our room and headed off to breakfast: (more kilos):oops:

    P1150652.JPG P1150654.JPG
     
    • Like Like x 6
  18. Jacques Vert

    Jacques Vert Established Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    2,588
    2,230
    Coffs Harbour
    Roda Al Bustan:

    Found another photo; this one's of the foyer:

    P1150772.JPG
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Winner Winner x 1
  19. RooFlyer

    RooFlyer Enthusiast

    Nov 12, 2012
    12,739
    16,798
    Tasmania
    Flight Map:
    View my flight map
    Could we get the plane model for each sector, please? Will make it easier to index ...
     
  20. Jacques Vert

    Jacques Vert Established Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    2,588
    2,230
    Coffs Harbour
    Dubai:

    The concierge organised a car and driver and we set off for a three hour tour of some of the sights.

    From a distance...

    P1150659.JPG


    P1150661.JPG


    P1150662.JPG



    Getting closer, lots of sand around here:

    P1150663.JPG


    P1150669.JPG


    P1150671.JPG


    Going up...

    P1150686.JPG
     
    • Like Like x 6
Loading...

Share This Page