One World to Bahrain

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  1. browski

    browski Established Member

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    Hi guys,
    For the routing experts among you, could someone suggest a possible route for me:

    I'd like to fly economy Mel - BAH (Bahrain), preferably using OneWorld. Unfortunately all the Cathay Pacific seats are sold (according to their website) on the dates that I wish to travel (Dep Mel Aug 17, Dep Bah Aug 23).
    Now here is my problem, Qantas fly a codeshare with Gulf, but only SIN-BAH-SIN. The return flight (BAH-SIN) arrives in SIN at 9.30AM. There is no flight to Mel (or anywhere else in OZ) until 19:15pm - about 10 hours later. Any suggestions for other routes?
     

  2. Kiwi Flyer

    Kiwi Flyer Senior Member

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    Fly into one of the other middle east airports and fly/drive on from there? Not sure if schedule will be any easier though.

    Otherwise, fly non-OW if the schedule suits better.
     
  3. NM

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    How about planning to spend a day sightseeing or shopping in Singapore. You have pretty much exhausted the OneWorld options. EK can probably do a good deal for you.
     
  4. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    You could fly on the QF codeshare on the GF flights for the SIN-BAH-SIN and use the GF flight for MEL-SIN-MEL

    Dave
     
  5. browski

    browski Established Member

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    Guys, Thanks for the responses.

    Kiwiflyer: Drive option to Bahrain not really viable as it only has a land access with Saudi Arabia. However, non-oneworld, say Gulf Air/Emirates is of course always possible.

    NM: Been to Singapore plenty. Just would prefer to come home quickly this time I guess.

    Dave: I think this is the best option. 2 questions though.
    1. How do I book the Qantas code share? Certainly not from the Qantas website. Is a TA the only option?

    2. Due to the SYD airport curfew at 10.30pm, there is only 1 flight (10.20pm) after my arrival in Syd (8.15pm) to then get to Melb. I have heard that the Gulf Air flight is invariably late. Can anyone verify this?

    Cheers
     
  6. BiziBB

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    Hi browski,
    GF is invariably late, but not too bad on the long legs, and usually due to late pax rather than mechanical or airline issues. I don't recall any very late arrivals.

    As you may be aware, GF's BAH lounge is great if your ticket/status allows access, and for long transits the travel counter offers vouchers to stay at a hotel. Just don't rely on it in case it is messed up by the persons working at the counter.

    Overall flying GF is a good experience, especially if you have a F/J seat.
    Good luck!
     
  7. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    My dad returned from ATH on GF last month. Flight was slightly delayed and was due to arrive at 8:15pm into SYD but revised back to 8:00pm as they had made up time during flight. I arrive at SYD airport at 7:45pm and flight did not touch down until after 9:00pm. GF does not have a good reputation for being on time but then I seem to have the same problem with most airlines anyway.
     
  8. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

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    Perhaps with QF over the phone is another way

    Dave
     
  9. SeatBackForward

    SeatBackForward Established Member

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    Cathay Via Hong Kong to Bahrain. CX733


    Editted to add..oh ok should read the post more slowly...sorry.
     
  10. bravoecho1

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    Browski,

    if it was me, I would take CX to DXB and then either GF or EK to BAH. Its only a 40 min flight from memory and certainly beats hanging around SIN for 10 hrs.

    Cheers
     
  11. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    The same CX flight HKG-DXB continues on to BAH. There is availability on August 17th CX731 HKG-DXB-BAH and August 23rd CX732 BAH-DXB-HKG but I think only business class available looking at the airfare of HK$23464.
     
  12. bravoecho1

    bravoecho1 Member

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    John,

    What I was getting at (couldn't you read my mind :)) is that there maybe availability just to DXB and then buy a GF or EK ticket from there, I just didn't explain myself too well.

    I did the flight you mentioned in March. Try and avoid CX lounge in BAH. Picture a shoe box and add cheese and biscuits :mrgreen:.
     
  13. JohnK

    JohnK Veteran Member

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    I couldn't read your mind, sorry. :( Nothing wrong with what you proposed, I was just looking at availability and there is no availability to either DXB or BAH other than business class or full economy.

    I assume no alcohol for the mice either. Other than a xONEx for increased mileage, I cannot picture myself anywhere near the area.
     
  14. bravoecho1

    bravoecho1 Member

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    I didn't check the alcohol status as once I saw how small it was I decided to explore the terminal (we only had a 40 min turnaround from memory).
     
  15. ksthommo

    ksthommo Active Member

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    Alcohol is available in Bahrain (expensive). The Saudi's come across the causeway in droves on a Thursday night.
     
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