Following flight QF17 from Sydney to Los Angeles and time in the American Airlines LAX Flagship Lounge we boarded American Airlines AA28, an Airbus A321-200 around 10:30 PM. Scheduled time for AA28 was depart LAX at 11:00 PM and arrive at JFK Terminal 8 at 7:16 AM the following morning.
Even though our arrival flight QF17 was late, and the as expected immigration lines at LAX were long and slow, we had allowed plenty of time to make our way from Tom Bradley International across to Terminal 4 for our connecting flight AA28 to JFK. Once clearing security at Terminal 4 the American Airlines lounges entry are on the right just after the first gate. On presentation of our boarding passes we were handed black Flagship access cards and told to make our way to the next level and use the door on the left which is the Flagship lounge.
When initially booking Qantas flight QF17 SYD-LAX as a segment of multiple flights the operating aircraft A380 seating configuration was the same original layout configuration in place since Qantas first started flying A380 Airbus. Qantas started upgrading business class seating to "The Business" style as is now installed in all Qantas A330 and all B787 aircraft midway through 2019.
After the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco we picked up a Ford Expedition from Avis a couple of blocks away and took he I-80 E across to Sacramento then around the southern and eastern shores of Lake Tahoe to the US-50 E, US Rote 50 sometimes referred to as Americas loneliest road..
We only had one night stop over in Holiday Inn Express & Suites Carson City, there were renovations going on near the lobby, the blind on the window in the room did not operate correctly and breakfast is fair but that aside the room was reasonably clean and the hotel not far from the highway.
With 4 nights booked at the Hotel Nikko San Fransisco we arrived at the hotel early in the day and were coerced into upgrading to a suite which would allow early check in. After an overnight flight from Sydney Australia we took the option and checked in. the room was spacious and well appointed, separate lounge area, bedroom and large bathroom, and great views out the window, this booking also included access to the club room every afternoon for free drinks and light food. the club room was ok, time was a little limited and it was no match for the standard of say the Lanham in Hong Kong.
Qantas QF73 B747-400 Sydney 1245, 12:45 PM Terminal 1 San Francisco 0905, 9:05 AM 04 Apr 18 Terminal I
As the Boeing 747 appears to be well on the path toward discontinuation by most commercial passenger airlines we decided to take the opportunity on this flight of a 747 upper deck experience.
This trip to Las Vegas started in Sydney with QF510 a Boeing 737 flight from Sydney to Brisbane connecting with QF 15 to Los Angeles. This connection requires a terminal change in Brisbane from Domestic to international, there is a free shuttle bus running regularly between terminals. Our travel class on QF15 was premium economy and the flight from Sydney to Brisbane was in economy. QF15 equipment was Boeing 747 and inflight service for this 13 hour flight was great as always from Qantas crew.
After flying with Qantas Sydney to Brisbane then on to Los Angeles our connection to Las Vegas was with American Airlines flight number 1495, equipment scheduled for our flight that day was an Airbus 320 scheduled departing time was 10:45AM. This aircraft was almost brand new and we were seated in row 2. As we taxied after leaving the gate I fell asleep, the many double espresso's I had in the lounge prior did not keep me awake! i did wake as the aircraft began turning and I saw that we turned and lined up on a taxiway not the runway.
Recently booked a flight with Delta, flight number 4816 Los Angeles To Las Vegas. This was booked as a continuation following Flight QF11 from Sydney to Los Angeles.
QF11 was scheduled to arrive at 09:40 and Delta 4816 scheduled to depart at 14:00 on the same day. This allowed 4 hours and 20 minutes to disembark, clear immigration, collect luggage, clear customs, make way to the Delta terminal and check in.
Three months after making this booking and payment in full we received an email from Delta advising that the flight had changed to;