Qantas Sydney to Brisbane return Sydney

Recently flew Qantas from Sydney to Brisbane on QF 528 and back to Sydney on QF 549. Both aircraft servicing these flights were newer Boeing 737 with the aircraft on the return leg configured internally with the "sky interior".

We arrived at the terminal with not much time to spare due to slow traffic traveling in from home on a raining Friday and we briefly visited the Qantas frequent flyer lounge in Sydney using our status as we were flying economy.

Qantas QF756

Our return flight on Qantas QF756 commenced enjoying time with our traveling partners in the excellent Qantas lounge in Adelaide Airport. This lounge has plenty of room and is new and well appointed and each time we have visited this lounge has been good.

QF 756 is a Boeing 737 and we were all flying economy for this short flight, usually less than 2 hours in the air.

Atura Adelaide Airport

The last night of our trip across the Nullarbor and back before returning to Sydney we again stayed at the Atura Adelaide Airport. Our stay here at the start of our trip was great and this stay was also good. We had dinner in the Atura restaurant with two other family members who are living in Adelaide and although expensive for a hotel meal the evening was pleasant.

Atura Adelaide Airport

We recently flew to Adelaide prior to a road trip from Adelaide in South Australia to Esperance in Western Australia and back. The Atura is a new hotel and can be accessed directly from the Adelaide Airport terminal. The rooms were clean and modern and the rates reasonable. We all had breakfast included in the morning which was good. We would certainly consider using this hotel again, we actually stayed here again the night before our return to Sydney.

Qantas QF783 Sydney to Adelaide

We recently flew down to Adelaide in South Australia from Sydney on a Qantas 737 flight number 783. We were flying economy with 2 others and using our Oneworld status we were all able to visit the Qantas Frequent flyer Lounge in Sydney T3 terminal. Qantas Boeing 737 economy seating is 3 abreast so three of us seated together and one other seated across the aisle.

Quality Hotel CKS Sydney Airport

We usually stay at the Rydges right outside the Sydney international T1 terminal but on this occasion decided to try the Quality Hotel CKS Sydney Airport which is a 15 minute walk from T1.

We arrived at the hotel and there was no lift to our room on the first floor so we had to carry luggage up stairs. The room was spacious and clean and as we had a long day we pretty much went straight to sleep for the night.

Hawaiian Airlines HA265 Maui Kahului to Oahu Honolulu

Maui - Kahului, HI (OGG) to Oahu - Honolulu, HI (HNL) • Flight HA 265 • First • 717
Depart 1:07p Arrival 1:50p (TERMINAL 1) Duration 43m
As with our flight down to Maui from Honolulu the aircraft was a Boeing 717. this is a short flight. Kahului airport although small has shops and a food court, we gave the Hawaiian lounge a miss.

It appeared our departure may have interrupted someones game of golf.

Hawaiian Airlines HA 276

We had booked Hawaiian Airlines HA 276 to connect down to Maui following our arrival into Honolulu on Qantas. flight details Oahu - Honolulu, HI (HNL) to Maui - Kahului, HI (OGG) • Flight HA 276 • First • 717
Depart 11:54a (TERMINAL 1) Arrival 12:39p Duration 45m
Hawaiian like Qantas are one of the very few carriers using the Boeing 717 which is an old aircraft design but is a well proven aircraft with a great safety record.

Ibis Budget Auckland Airport

A recent trip saw us arriving into Auckland late and leaving very early in the morning on our departure day so we did not see any sense in paying the extra for the Novatel where we have stayed on many occasions previously.

Arrival day. Arriving late around midnight there was no problem checking in. The walk is further than the Novatel but it is mostly flat and no problem at all. Rooms are small but clean. There are cafes in close proximity open during the day. It is only a short walk back to Auckland airport terminal and rental car pickup areas.