• As an economy passenger, the QF 747 is far superior despite its age. United's food is appalling, their blankets are little more than a paper towel, and I always feel like walking on board a United flight is like walking into the midwest. Undoubtedly the Polaris experience is quite a different story.

  • United is also starting flights between MEL and SFO, so time will tell.

  • There are still many flights departing throughout the night. Runways are particularly busy between 10pm–midnight with all the red-eye traffic.

  • Most Americans don't know anything about Melbourne (if they know of it at all), so hopefully this new route will help to build awareness in SF (and beyond).

  • I wouldn't say it's a struggle to sit through the 787 flight from LAX to MEL. An A380 would of course be better, but that seems like a pipe dream.

  • Prepaid SIM card for USA?

    Aug 03, 2017, 11:07 PM

    AT&T and Verizon will have your best coverage by far. T-Mobile would have more competitive pricing, but coverage and data speeds will be lower. Google Fi is another good option as it's super adorable and utilizes both Sprint and T-Mobile's networks.

  • I submitted a claim once and found the process insulting. They want time/date stamps on everything and will only price match Australian companies with valid ABN/ACN. These two steps would confuse and prevent 90% of people from attempting, which to me illustrates that Qantas doesn't actually care ...

  • Qantas refresh for old Boeing 747s

    Jan 06, 2017, 03:21 PM

    I flew economy from SFO > SYD on 17 Aug 2016 on what was definitely not one of the refurbished planes. It was the first time I'd encountered such an old plane on that route and I was deeply unimpressed. I'm giving them one more try before I fly United on a 787.