American Airlines - AAdvantage
Member since 08 Jul 2017
Total posts 11
hi, will be in MEL early Nov., need a flight to SYD 8/11; which airline is the best mid afternoon? Purchase in-advance or wait for 8/11?? thax, NJDavid
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 06 Aug 2017
Total posts 145
It's a simple one-hour commute; you really can't go wrong. The food and beverage will be better on Qantas, but for a one-hour flight, does that particularly matter?
The earlier you book, the cheaper your flight will be.
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 23 Dec 2016
Total posts 3
I'd say Qantas. They have an A330 operating QF438 that afternoon. Better than both VA and QF 737.
Member since 09 Jul 2012
Total posts 19
If you happen to have adequate status levels with American and Delta, then you'll be able to access QANTAS' and Virgin's lounges, respectively. And of course, you'll be able to credit ff points to your home account (assuming you have one). That could be something for you to consider. Agree with previous respondent that service levels are higher on QANTAS than Virgin. I usually find pricing a bit more competitive on the Virgin website; but having said that, the mid-afternoon lull in traffic means prices are good on both carriers. Can't comment on LCC Tiger and JetStar as I don't fly them. But they could be worthwhile for you to check out if cost control is an issue(?). As always, book as soon as possible. Hope this helps you...
Member since 25 Apr 2017
Total posts 6
As you are from the US, I presume you would have baggage.
Jetstar and Tiger will charge for that, Qantas and VA have a generous 23kg (50.7lbs) limit.
I've flown that route with VA many times and have always been happy. I've never had an issue with them. I'm sure QF is very similar. It is only a 1 hour flight after all.
FYI: American has ties with Qantas, Delta has ties with Virgin.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 21 Apr 2016
Total posts 7
Hi, Firstly Welcome to Australia or alternatively hope you have a nice flight from the US to the Land down under.
Member since 14 Oct 2016
Total posts 130
What Maheshh has said above regarding Jetstar ONLY flying to an airport 60km's away from the city is incorrect (I'm assuming the person never travels on Jetstar)
Member since 10 Dec 2014
Total posts 37
The best in terms of quality will be a flight with Qantas on the A330 as it has an international style configuration and will offer better seats and food, particularly in business class. (Check for the aircraft when booking) Virgin and Qantas 737 are both on par with ok food and wifi streamed entertainment. Jetstar and Tiger A320s will be significantly cheaper but much lower quality with no included bags, meals or entertainment. You need to book ASAP as prices regularly double closer to the date, business class for your date is currently $828, whilst prices for this week are $1319
Member since 13 Nov 2015
Total posts 14
Definitely purchase in advance rather than on the day. You've got time though so sign up for Virgin's V-Mail specials so they email you their Thursday Happy Hour specials tonight and next week to see if the dates fit. MEL/SYD comes up regularly. Note though that these are for the basic "Getaway" fare which has 1 free piece of luggage to 23kg, and isn't changeable on the day. It's $80 to change plus the fare difference up until the day before.
Member since 21 Mar 2013
Unless you’re returning from the Great Ocean Road, Avalon is the most convenient airport for that.
Member since 21 Mar 2011
Total posts 431
Also you will not have so much officialdom travelling Au dom flights, compared to the US system of flying US dom flights.We have individual airport's xray security staff, but we don't have the TSA (yet).If you do OLCI, and print your BP from a computer/laptop with printer, you don't even need to do prior to airport security checks (unlike the US), you just drop your bags to a person, or kiosk at MEL airport, and then go through dom xray, all coins, mobile/cell phone, any non sharp or pointed metals, belts onto a tray, and you walk through, and then collect your worldly goods and off you go.None of that pre check malarkey.There is talk of photo id needed to fly Au dom flights, but these have not as yet been enacted to become law, (probably will take a lot of time/some time later in 2018 for it to come through).
Member since 22 Jul 2015
Total posts 83
Syd-Mel is a bus service. So unless you need the full bells and whistles of Qantas or Virgin, I'd choose whatever is the cheapest and where you are not slammed for cost of baggage. Now that's just me. I am a QFF Platinum but travel so often to Melbourne that it really does not matter who takes you there as long as its cost effective. Neither of Jetstar or Tiger are at the level of Spirit in the US, a few notches up. If you are travelling more than an hour or then stay with Qantas.
Member since 12 Aug 2017
Total posts 31
Qantas and Virgin fly B737; eco and business class available. Luggage included in cost.
Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 14 Jan 2017
Total posts 17
If schedule is important avoid jetstar and tiger. They have fewer flights so if anything goes wrong you might be waiting much longer. Qantas has the most frequent services but virgin is not too far behind.
Thank you to all! After 26hrs (EWR-PVG-MEL) the flight to SYD will be a breeze... Glad to see airport 'formalities are
easier than in the U.S. Will have to return for the Great Barrier / Uluru and a deeper MEL-SYD visit. Can I get 'adopted' in (civilized) AUS, wish to hide from current U.S. Prez -nuts! Thanks again. *New Jersey David
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