Air Travel

Easter on Easter Island and many other interesting destinations around the globe....

I have not been writing for some time. Simply busy with being and enjoying live to the fullest. 

However, I am tented to sharing with you the following itinerary that I found thanks to the help of the guys from flyertalk.

Wide availability in 2018. Simply try it on google flights.  Depending on where you are living, combine it with cheap oneway flights to Singapore or Hongkong and then on to Aukland.

Visit French Polynesia, Tahiti or hop to Bora Bora.

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Continue to mystic Easter Island before you continue to Tango in Santiao de Chile.

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Enough seen? Fly home to Frankfurt, Helsinki or Madrid or continue to Japan. It is all up to you and your creativity.

Have fun

Bali island of gods with Garuda for less than 500 Euros return from London

Bali island of gods with Garuda for less than 500 Euros return from London

Bali island of gods, much said about it, millions travelled to it.

Mass tourism, definately yes.

Beautiful, magic and untouched places, definately yes.

Airlines constantly publish new promotions ex Europe and one will get there for around 400-600 Euros.

However, flying to Bali in comfort and style is still the exception.

I just came across a Garuda/Expedia promotion selling returns ex London for 404 £ or 470 €.  Given that you are flying with one of the few Skytrax 5 star airlines, a real bargain.

Flights widly available in 2017.

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The Essence from QR Travel festival - Fly to Bali in Style for less than 1400 Euros

 Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways

The current Qatar Airways travel festival makes its way through various travel sites.

Prices are tempting and flights are widely available towards the end of the year.  As usual blackout dates apply (Summer). Tariffs vary from QR departure airports. Since I always look for tariffs to my favorite island I just wanted to share to interesting routings.

  1. Brussels - Jakarta
  2. Istanbul - Jakarta

Business returns start for little over 1100 Euros from Istanbul and finish at 1300 Euros from Brussels. The tickets get cheaper when you book two or more. Also another 15% rebate applies when you pay with your Visa card. 

Tickets are directly bookable on the Qatar Airways website until 16th January.

  http://www.qatarairways.com/global/en/offers/travel-festival.page#

 

 

 Example ex BRU

Example ex BRU

Flights for the short Jakarta-Bali flights are available for little money and for less than 100 Euros, 

 

Königsallee to Ocean Drive / Rodeo Drive with Star Alliance for less than 350 Euros

 Ocean Drive Miami

Ocean Drive Miami

Cruising along Ocean Drive in Miami or window shopping at famous Rodeo Drive in Beverley Hills does not necessarily have to cost a fortune.

 Rodeo Drive Beverley Hills

Rodeo Drive Beverley Hills

Thanks to the current price war between the major alliances prices ex Düsseldorf dropped well below 350 Euros return! 

Yes, no hidden trick and not one of this much talked about Error Fares. 

You will fly with Lufthansa, Air Canada, Swiss or United.  Routing via Zurich allows you experiencing Swiss new 777s whereas flights via Frankfurt will get you the Airbus 380.

Wide availabilty towards November 2017 with the exception of the summer months May to September. 

Bookable with all major booking engines. 

A good start is google flights.

Have fun and enjoy your flight. 

Düsseldorf airport can be easily reached by train.  DB rail Sparpreis starts at 29 Euro. Thalys tickets should be available for a similar price. Alternatively use one of the major coach carriers.

 Sample Booking Miami February  

Sample Booking Miami February  

 Sample Booking LAX February

Sample Booking LAX February

 Sample bocking Lax October

Sample bocking Lax October

Singapore Sling meets Shopska - Singapore with Singapore Airlines in Business for 1250 Euro from Sofia

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If you want to spoil yourself fly to Singapore. 

Fly in style, fly Business Class, fly Singapore Airlines. 

SG seems to run a promo from Sofia, Bulgaria to Singapore.  Wide availabilty towards the years end.

Multiple routings via Muc, FRA or IST. 

Bookable through all major search engines. 

 

 Major booking engine

Major booking engine

Flori recommends The Park Regis Hotel Singapore

 Booking example

Booking example

Party Playa del Ingles New Years Eve in Gran Canaria

 Party in Playa del Ingles

Party in Playa del Ingles

Still undecided what to do tomorrow?   Or are you fed up with overprized restaurant bookings?

Why not spending new years eve on the island of Gran Canaria? 

 Maspalomas Dunes

Maspalomas Dunes

Spend a lovely day at the endless beach of Maspalonas, enjoy an excellent dinner in one of the many restaurants. Dance the night away at CITA or JUMBO entertainment complex. Sleep under the stars. Return with late evening flight on the 1st. 

Return flights are available for 130 Euros at LTUR

www.ltur.com

Happy new year

 Ltur super last minute  

Ltur super last minute  

DOWNUNDER WESTBOUND - AUSTRALIA VIA THE US

Most Europeans, when travelling to and from Australia, travel westbound.

Travelling eastbound however, is still pretty much unknown.  For sure it takes a bit more effort when reserving your trip but it is well worth it.

Actually all started with the idea to celebrating the 50th birthday of a close friend twice.

This is possible since you are passing the international dateline when flying from the US or Canada.

You are loosing one day on your way Downunder and winnig a day when coming back.

At present flights from Europe to the US are extremely cheap and monthly hit new record lows so why not choosing this route?

Well, there are great cities to discover in the US . Cities off the beaten track like Sacramento, Portland or Atlanta just to mention a few. Also, smaller airports are less crowded an TSA only takes a few minutes.

Coming to the point how to getting to Australia. Apart from the major US carriers there is a wonderfully different boutique airline called Hawaiian.

 Hawaiian Airlines, flag carrier of Hawaii

Hawaiian Airlines, flag carrier of Hawaii

Actually this airline is quite old, so easily comparable to the aviation dinosaurs like KLM, Quantas or Lufthansa.

However, the airline is refreshingly different. For an US airline the fleet age is young and with mainly Airbus A330 state of the art.

 Economy Class Hawaiian Airlines

Economy Class Hawaiian Airlines

Seat pich is good and ..... they offer service.

Yes you heard it right, service.

 Dinner Economy Class Sydney Honolulu

Dinner Economy Class Sydney Honolulu

Decent and free inflight meals, amenity kids, inflight entertainment and..... liquor for free. At least on the international routes or a free welcome cocktail on your way to Honolulu.

 Economy Sacramento-Brisbane

Economy Sacramento-Brisbane

 Economy 767

Economy 767

 

How do you plan your trip?

Start watching for promotional tickets from the US to Australia.

A good source for that would be www.travelpirates.com or proven www.google.com/flights for specific dates.

Watch out for less crouded airports in Hawaiian's network, lets say Sacramento or Oakland.

Also Las Vegas might be a good choice.

Book your flights and then start to finding your appropriate transatlantic connection depending on your needs and interests.

Add domestic US flights when necessary. Jetblue, Southwest and Vergin often have sales.

Enjoy!

Creative routings could include New York or Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco or Sacramento.

I personally ended up with an open jaw ticket from Sacrameno to Brisbane-Sydney and Sydney-Honolulu-Las Vegas.

RAPA NUI - EASTER ISLAND ESCAPADE FOR LESS THAN 1000 € IN BUSINESS CLASS

Most of the bloggers in budget travel often miss out the forgotton dream destinations off the beaten track.

Yesterday I blogged about the recent Alitalia bug allowing you to virtually travelling everywhere in business class for less than 1000 Euros as published at ft.com or Vielfliegertreff. It was even possible to book RTW's, fly to Sydney or.... to Papeete Tahiti. However, hunting for those fares is a game. Sometimes you win, often you loose and your tickets get cancelled. So as written many times already, those fares are nothing for beginners or ultimate bargain hunters since you can be disappointed at the end.

However, here is a routing currently not circulating at the most common blogs as they are still promoting the tickets options for Hawaii or Seychelles. 

Why not flying to mysterious Rapa Nui Easter Island.  Indeed a long flight but at the end you will be rewarded with the views of the majestic Mare.

 

 

 View of Mare stone sculptures

View of Mare stone sculptures

As with the other fares you need to start your trip in Düsseldorf and finish it in Florence, Italy

 Skyscanner.net

Skyscanner.net

Tickets are widely available till November.  Skyscanner is a good tool to identifying available dates.

As with all error fares please be aware that airlines can cancel these tickets, This is part of the game. 

Good luck and happy Easter

Current AZ Error Fare Hype RTW Biz below 800 Euro

Yes, the fare was/is available. Blogs are shouting it out loud. Be it Tokyo return for less than 600 Euro or Downunder for less than 800 Euro.

It is/was possible by simply booking a flight from Florence Italy to Düsseldorf Germany. Since it was a C fare you were somewhat flexible in picking the routing, lets say Florence-Paris-Hong Kong-Los Angeles-London-Düsseldorf.

These kind of fares have been around for years and will be luckily around for at least fäanother couple of years since airlines are still not willing to invest in modern - state of the art - reservation systems. 

So you better be quick, get yourself aboard on this one and enjoy the trip. 

PS. Papeete is still available but for some reasons -see above- slightly priced higher for round about 1500 Euros business return. 

 Sample booking Papeete, Tahiti

Sample booking Papeete, Tahiti

SOUTH AMERICA IN STYLE - FLY BUSINESS CLASS TO ARGENTINA AND BRASIL <1.200 € return

That's a bummer, South America for less than 1.200 Euro in Business class.

Flights are ex Barcelona Spain to various destinations in Brasil and Argentina.

My quick research identified availability from January to March 2017 even over MARDI GRAS.

Enjoy Rio de Janeiro with its famous Copacabana.

 Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Jet to Buenos Aires for Tango, Red Wine or my favourite Asado.

 Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo

Hit for Sao Paulo Latin Americas multi-cultural melting pot. Fly down to Tierra del Fuego for an adventure of a lifetime.

 Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego

 Latam Business Class

Latam Business Class

Tickets are available with South Americas new flag carrier LATAM airlines. Tickets price for less than 1.200 Euro return.

Flights can be picked easily by using google flights and booked via LATAM

 Latam booking tool

Latam booking tool

HNL AIRPORT UPDATE

Boy, I did not recall that HNL was in such a poor condition until I arrived here on Nov 30th. Been here a couple of times travelling  back from either one of my favorite spotd on earth - KAUA'I or connecting to and from AUSTRALIA

 Main terminal partially closed many deviations to take

Main terminal partially closed many deviations to take

Just wanted to let you know folks that the garden court still exists and that the theme gardens have already been upgraded. You can enjoy this little free outside heaven simply walking down the stair case close to food court.

Follow signs to KAL lounge.  Since their wifi is open you can simply connect without paying the 8.50$ that public wifi would cost you.

 Way to secret paradise close to food court

Way to secret paradise close to food court

 Relaxing outdoor gards at HNL main Terminal

Relaxing outdoor gards at HNL main Terminal

 Lounges have free wifi what you can use while being outside

Lounges have free wifi what you can use while being outside

REVIEW SAS LOUNGE OSLO

"The parents of little Nigg are requested to pick up their son from Smållllllland" were my first impressions when entering the SAS lounge in OSLO

 SAS Lounge OSLO

SAS Lounge OSLO

Its Sunday morning, the lounge is filling up quickly. The food selection, especially the bread is good and I do watch young business professionals heading for the secret door, opening towards  SAS Gold kingdom

 SAS Gold Lounge access

SAS Gold Lounge access

Same food with a touch of class and the obligatory smoked salmon sandwich. 

Am I jealous, I guess no, enjoying my coffee watching and learning. 

 

 Sheep love banana

Sheep love banana

CYBER WHAT - CYBER WHO - CYBER FLY? DEFINATELY THUMBS UP

Intersting to watch as we globally adapt to anglo-american customs and traditions.
A whole nation becomes totally nuts in terms of spending fortunes and hunting for the ultimate bargain. The hype usually starts with Thanksgiving, reaches its first peak with BLACK FRIDAY, continues over the weekend and then finally reaches another climax with CYBERMONDAY.
As I am writing about travels let me share some interesting discoveries.

AIR NEWZEALAND traditionally promotes decent fares ex LONDON and of course a CYBER TEASER was recently published. The lucky chosen will fly for 199GBP to LA
http://www.airnewzealand.co.uk/cyber-monday-flight-deals
It is worth watching the site since it promises more to come on Monday.
Watch out for more.

AIR CHINA also jumped on the train. This time with flights originating from GERMANY.
370€ for a return flight to many ASIAN destinations is indeed not too bad but...
their business class sale for 1502 € return to AUSTRALIA is a real banger!!!
https://www.airchina.de/DE/DE/promotion/BlackFriday2016?pid=TP-BlackFriday2016:20161114:KV:KBLK:DE:DE