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- PROS: Great 1-2-1 configuration seats, spacious side table and legroom, awesome friendly crew and services,
- CONS: Noisy engine, no WiFi and unfortunate crying baby in Business Class cabin (not Qantas fault). Uncomfortable shoulder seat belt.
redemption. Not only required miles and taxes are lower than other frequent
flyer programs, Alaska also gives you a free stopover on a one-way award itinerary. So I redeemed a total of 55,000 Alaska miles plus $135 in taxes and
fees for the following itinerary during my visit to Uluru in Australia, all in Business Class:
- Ayers Rock (AYQ) – Darwin (DRW) – Perth (PER) [stopover a few days] – Business Class QF793
- Perth (PER) – Melbourne (MEL) [1 night less than 24 hours] – Business Class QF776
- Melbourne (MEL) – San Francisco (SFO) – Business Class QF49
- San Francisco (SFO) – San Diego (SAN) – First Class AS2858
cabin on each flight without having to spend any additional miles. Getting to Australia from America, I used AA miles to book Etihad Airways to experience their A380 First Class Apartment.
Check-In and Lounge
couldn’t extend a late checkout for me beyond 5 P.M. The flight’s check-in
counter did not open until 3 hours before departure. There’s also no lounge
that’s not air-side at the International terminal. While that was the case, a friendly Qantas agent assisted me with getting access to the Qantas Business Class lounge in the domestic terminal next door.
Do you know that you don’t need a
boarding pass to go through security in Australia for domestic travels? I
found that out that day.
I was famous and that they were expecting my arrival. How funny! It was nice to relax
at the domestic Qantas Business Class lounge before my flight’s check in time. When it was time to check-in, there
was a security team to ask all those questions who packed your bag, etc.
for all passengers that were leaving Australia for United States. The Business Class check-in was easy and quick
for me, and I proceeded to security then onto Qantas Business Class Lounge in International Terminal.
QF49 Business Class Seats
of Business Class seats. There are a total of 42 business lie-flat seats with 30 seats upfront
and the other 12 in the back before premium economy class cabin. Since I was traveling
alone, the 1-2-1 configuration worked perfect for me. But there are two types
of those solo seats. One being the seats that are somewhat open to the aisle area,
and the other ones being the seats that provide more privacy as they are not
close to the aisle area. So without a doubt, I was able to snag one of those
more private single seats 7K.
seat but the plane’s engine was noisy. Then there was a baby onboard in
the Business Class cabin and s/he was crying a lot. I never had to use ear
plug before but I did this time. Overall, the seat was very comfortable and I
was very pleased with the legroom. I also really liked the side table that was
very spacious for me to store things away and have everything at hand for a long trip. One of my least favorite styles of
seat belt is the one that goes across your shoulder and that’s exactly the
seat belt that’s installed in the business class seats here.
A True Lie-Flat Bed in the Sky
flat with the seat’s remote control. My seat was very comfortable and it was a
red-eye flight so I was able to catch some good sleep in my sky bed. Qantas also provided pillow, blanket and seat’s pad.
friendly and was always ready to help. This is the kind of service I truly
appreciate in a premium class cabin. So kudos to that flight attendant for making my Qantas experience an awesome one.
Food & Drinks
and breakfast. There were also light meals for those that didn’t want to eat
too much given it was a red-eye flight. I decided to have the full course of
late night’s dinner. The main course consists of selections of cheese served
with accompaniments. I decided to skip the dessert.
the items that you wanted for breakfast and then simply returned the form to
the flight attendant. My breakfast came out just like what I marked on my
form, so that was cool! This is the second time that I experienced this type of breakfast order after my Bittersweet Diverted Business Class with Swiss.
and the usual sodas, coffee and teas. See the menu below:
Pajamas & Amenities Kit
amenities kit can be found in the small bag.
spacious side table and a true lie-flat bed experience. This is definitely one of my
favorite Business Class seats in the airlines industry. The 1-2-1
configuration is great for solo travelers and those that travel as a couple.
pajamas and seat pads for Business Class passengers. While this wasn’t Qantas’s fault, there was a baby that cried a lot in the Business Class cabin that I was in, but overall I really enjoyed the flight and the time spent on
this Dreamliner aircraft. Moreover, the lack of WiFi did not bother me much and neither the engine’s
noise. I would fly Qantas airlines long flight Business Class again especially
when it’s such a great deal using Alaska Airlines Mileage Program to redeem premium
class between Australia and United States!