The Flight Detective

Trent is an Australian flyer in "exile" in Ireland. You'll find detail about his flights and other travel related experiences, all of which is self-funded. As a result of his undying passion for the premium classes, he has been reduced to an affordable diet of bread and water when at home.

Review: The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame

The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame is a museum located in Longreach in Queensland. It is one of the two big museums in the town with the other being the Qantas Founders Museum dedicated to Australian airline Qantas. Celebrating the heritage of the Australian Outback, the museum is constructed of corrugated iron and timber just like many places in the country. Let’s have a look at what is on offer. Stockman’s Tickets and What’s Inside Entry to the museum is $30.00 for adults, or $50.00 if you attend the Stockman’s show which is held during the day. There is...

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How is a Platinum Tour at the Qantas Founders Museum?

The Qantas Founders Museum is located in Longreach, Queensland. This is a small town in the Australian outback with a population of around 3,000 people. The biggest game in town is the Qantas museum located next to the airport. Several ticket types are available. You would be mad to travel all the way to Longreach and not do the Platinum Tour. This is the most expensive tour available but you get to do everything. Qantas Founders Museum Platinum Tour Priced at $160.00 per person, the price seems pretty steep until you see what is included. Your tour group is...

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What’s it like flying on the LATAM 787 in Business Class?

LATAM are the cheapest option in business class between Auckland and Sydney. The oneworld carrier operates the sector as part of their daily Santiago to Sydney service. The one way flight is usually priced at NZ$418 while Qantas and Emirates charge from NZ$788, Air New Zealand NZ$712 and Virgin Australia NZ$787. Choosing LATAM results in a saving of at least NZ$300 so how do they stack up? LA801 – Auckland to Sydney (AKL-SYD) 27 August 2017 Boeing 787-9 – CC-BGE Seat: Business Class 2L Departure: 07:30 Arrival: 09:10 Boarding commences approximately half an hour or so before departure. There...

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Hey Frequent Flyer, Keep Your Feet Off The Damn Wall!

You have to feel for the plight of feet as it must be tough for them sitting in business class on a short haul flight. All that extra space from the bigger seat and extra room is useless to them. Feet do have an option when it comes to the front row however. Sitting there, those pesky extremities swing into action, utilising their wily charms to get their way. Mental strength and fortitude have to be used to stop those feet from leaping up onto the bulkhead for some rest and relaxation apparently. Why, Just Why? I have never...

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United Airlines Announce Houston to Sydney From January

United Airlines will open a new route between Houston and Sydney from 18 January 2018. This new route will be operated by the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner offering the latest in comfort on board. This is the second route between Australia and the state of Texas in the USA. Qantas currently operate non-stop services between Sydney and Dallas Fort Worth which by all accounts are quite successful. United Flight Schedule United flight 101 will depart Houston at 8pm, arriving in Sydney at 6:30am two days later thanks to crossing the International Date Line. This works in reverse on the way...

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Review: QantasLink Dash 8 Q400 Brisbane to Longreach

Longreach in Australia is the birthplace of Qantas and you can fly there from Brisbane on QantasLink. You can book flights using British Airways Avios which is handy for lowering the cost of the journey. One thing you need to be aware of is that QantasLink flights do not show up on the British Airways Executive Club web site so you will need to telephone them in order to make a booking. Join me now for two flights, one up front and one down the back on the Dash 8 Q400. QF2532 – Brisbane to Longreach via Blackall (BNE-BKQ-LRE)...

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Aer Lingus AerClub Disaster Continues With Missing Points

You know a frequent flyer programme is a disaster when the latest e-mail you receive from the airline is titled, “Claim missing Avios and Tier Credits today”. It is over nine months since Aer Lingus launched a new frequent flyer programme called AerClub and people are still experiencing issues with the programme. Flights not posting continues to affect passengers on a regular basis. Lurching from Disaster to Disaster AerClub launched late and when it did some people reported they were unable to log on to their accounts. Others reported their new status level was lower than it should have...

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New London Heathrow Lounge for Qantas, and Dubai Axed

Delays have plagued the new lounge under construction for Qantas at London Heathrow Terminal 3. During construction, passengers were directed to use the British Airways and American Airlines lounges. This has now changed. Qantas passengers are now advised to use the excellent Cathay Pacific First Class and Cathay Pacific Business Class lounges for the moment. These are easily the best oneworld lounges in the terminal. New Lounge for Qantas London Heathrow is the premier port in Europe for Qantas. It is surprising that the airline never operated its own dedicated lounge here, preferring to use the lounges of other...

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Hotel Review: Albert Park Motor Inn Longreach Australia

Longreach is a small town of around 3,000 people in central Queensland in Australia. The Albert Park Motor Inn is one of several motels in the area and is quite handily located a short walk from the airport. Tourists visit the town for its two main attractions – the Qantas Founders Outback Museum and the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. The Qantas museum is across the road from the Albert Park Motor Inn and the Stockman’s Hall of Fame is around the corner. Price and Check-In Snagging the last two rooms for the dates I visited cost A$135 (approx...

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Cathay Pacific Announce Hong Kong to Dublin Route

Cathay Pacific are going to fly from Hong Kong to Dublin starting on 2 June 2018. Services will be operated by the Airbus A350 providing passengers with one of the most up to date experiences in the sky. This is great news for Ireland, being the first ever direct service to the Asia Pacific region. The fact it is a highly regarded carrier introducing the service is just the cherry on top of this news. Frequent Flyer Delight Hong Kong’s airline is a founding member of the oneworld alliance. This means that frequent flyers who are members of a...

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