• I'm a big fan of the Crowne Plaza Changi - great pool and fantastic rooms. Yes, it's fairly generic but it's incredibly comfortable and a short walk from the terminal. Also not particularly flash but definitely unique - La Costa Motel, a couple of minutes drive from Coolangatta Airport. A lovingl...

  • The mid afternoon departure from Melbourne is a 787 these days. Well worth it if it fits with your schedule!

  • I'll also add a vote for VA. I flew MEL-HKG-MEL in J class when it was still the daytime flight outbound. The personal service in the smaller cabin was phenomenal on both legs and the food was also fantastic. I find the entertainment offerings on VA also to be excellent - a few more arthouse TV s...

  • I don't know that you can use one individual experience as an indication of how things are across the board. We flew out of MEL a month ago (on the 787-9) and it was 95% full; our connecting flight to MAD was full in Y and J. It was nice to have a consistent product throughout so on that basis th...

  • My partner and I flew to HKG on VA in J class earlier this week, departing HKG back to MEL on 19 November. The review above is a fair and accurate representation of what Hong Kong Airlines' lounge is like. We were really happy with the service. Staff were attentive on arrival and at the bar. Ther...

  • Purchasing Upgrades at Check In

    Jan 22, 2020, 09:54 PM

    Singapore Airlines does it - I've taken up an offer for upgrade to Premium Economy ex SYD and was also offered an upgrade to Business ex WLG. Apart from the others already listed above, I've also seen it offered on Hong Kong Airlines.

  • Recommendations for Singapore hotels

    Jun 08, 2019, 02:04 PM

    Hotel Fort Canning is EXCELLENT if you're looking for something quieter - still only a short walk from transport but is in the middle of Fort Canning Park and has a lovely pool. Otherwise I'm a big fan of the MSocial or Oasia.

  • Hi folks,Thanks for your answers - very helpful!I have a follow up question for the 'brains trust's here. If the TG booking class does not accrue miles, does is still earn Elite Miles? The SQ website seems to suggest that elite miles (ie that go towards status) are earned on "actual miles" flown,...

  • Hi folksThis might seem like a really obvious questions but I thought I'd check as I can't seem to find any clear information on it on the interwebs.I'm a Krisflyer Elite Gold member and will be doing some domestic flying in Thailand on Thai Airways. Thai's discount economy flights are in W or V ...

  • I'm a VA Platinum member. I've not had any free upgrades but have won a heap of bid upgrades. My usual approach is to bid the lowest possible amount and if I win, I win. To date, I've managed to get some very cheap upgrades on flights MEL-HKG-MEL, CBR-OOL, MEL-CBR. It's a nice little bonus when i...