• The jet lag management relies on having a flat bed. Not all aircraft have that. For example Narita to Vancouver on JAL is a 787 without a flat bed in J class. Although JAL are not in Star Alliance I am sure that there are examples in Star Alliance.

  • I traveled J class return from Melbourne to the US on Air NZ last year. I was happy with the flight and am about to do it again. The flat bed comfortably fitted my 191cm frame which is more than I can say about the bed on some Asian airlines. On the trans-pacific flights I spend more time sleepin...

  • I have flown Emirates business class on a number of occasions and consider that on the 380 it is very good. I always make sure that I have an A, E, F or K seat to fit my 192 cm frame. On one occasion my over-night flight was a 777. You can't find out the particular aircraft version until after y...

  • As a retiree, every year I travel overseas for a long holiday, usually in business class, plus several domestic trips. When it comes getting new credit cards, my applications are invariably declined seemingly because I have a very low taxable income. However, I have a substantial non taxable p...

  • The problem with the idea of keeping the free CBA card that comes with a mortgage and getting a better card from someone else is that when applying for a card the limits on all cards are added up and used to determine eligibility. Providers are getting very tough on who they give cards to. I have...

  • A couple of years ago I tried to use Qantas points to book business class to Europe. The only available flight out of Melbourne was on Emirates at 3:30am. After the flight was booked I looked up the aircraft type and discovered that it was an older 777 in which the business class seats were not l...

  • The Garlic Restaurant (don't breathe on your fellow passengers afterwards) and opposite is a wonderful fur shop run by an old lady and her daughter who specialise in mink and Arctic fox. I bought a terrific mink hat for my daughter that she uses whenever she is in a cold country. They are accessi...

  • I am curious as to why you don’t use roaming. For my last leisure trip to the USA I made sure that mobile data was turned off and diversion to voicemail was cancelled. I communicated via SMS, didn’t answer incoming calls except one where I recognised the number and made a few loc...