I recently flew 15 hours from Los Angeles to Sydney only to turn around a day later and fly home. Blame complications at home plus an elusive first class award on Qantas for such a short trip Down Under. But I hope it makes for an interesting trip report…
1-Day Trip To Australia On Qantas
When Qantas released a glut of award space earlier this year, I was able to grab first class seats for my wife and me from Sydney to Los Angeles (115K AA miles each).
I had flown first class on Qantas before from Sydney to Dubai and Dubai to London, but it had been many years and it had also been many years since I had visited Australia, one of my favorite countries on this beautiful earth (though perhaps not so much during the pandemic…).
So my wife and I decided to make a holiday out of it. She had never been to Australia, has German friends who live in Perth, wanted to visit Papua New Guinea, and wanted to scale the Harbour Bridge in Sydney.
Unfortunately, we had a little accident at home which messed things up and Heidi and I decided we would postpone our trip to next year (hopefully…).
Rather than lose the Qantas first space (realistically, who knows if we will ever be able to book it again from a partner account…it was a risk I was not going to take), I decided to condense the trip from two weeks to one day…
I still had to get to Australia and booked a one-way ticket on United Airlines in economy class, applying PlusPoints to upgrade to Premium Plus (premium economy) or Polaris (business class).
Unfortunately, my upgrade did not clear…not even to premium economy class.
So I canceled the United ticket and booked a last-minute Qantas ticket in premium economy for 55K American Airlines miles.
That flight turned out to be the most pleasant surprise of the trip.
The following morning I rose early to fly back to LA, this time in Qantas First Class.
Here are the segments for this brief trip report:
- Qantas A380 Premium Economy Los Angeles – Sydney
- 24 Hours In Sydney
- Great Coffee In Sydney
- Park Hyatt Sydney
- Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney (SYD)
- Qantas A380 First Class Sydney – Los Angeles
Thanks for reading!