My wife and I are travelling Syd-Lax 28 May 2005 and returning Lax-Syd on the 24 June via FF Award redemption. It appears that FF points are not earned on this flight according to QFF. As we are not frequent flyers we have no idea on how to book flights/hotels and tours. We plan to visit San Franciso, Las Vegas, Vancouver/Toronto and probably New York. Have approached travel agents and they suggested that air passes are the way to go. What about hotels and tours? Has anyone heard of or used RatesToGo for travel planning and booking of flights/hotels/tours? We are in our 60's and any advice/help/tip to make this trip of ours memorable would be very much appreciated. Is there any advantage of booking and paying tours here in Australia via travel agents?