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Old 07-23-2010, 09:59 AM   #1
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Australia June 11, 2011 - We're booked!

Anyone else going?
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Old 07-23-2010, 11:36 AM   #2
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Just curious, how many points do you own?
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:04 PM   #3
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Just curious, how many points do you own?
We have 545 DVC points/year...why do you ask??
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:20 PM   #4
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We have 545 DVC points/year...why do you ask??
My guess would be this is another person who thinks everyone who goes on ABD's does it with DVC points.

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Old 07-23-2010, 01:08 PM   #5
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Old 07-23-2010, 04:08 PM   #6
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Airfare?

I was looking at this. But after the ABD cost for 3 Adults and 1 Child. I do not know if we could swing the airfare.
Does anyone know a ball park estimate?
I tryed looking on expedia and find everything from 3,000 to 23,000 PER PERSON if not booked at the same time as a tour. Can ABD get group rate Airfare?

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Old 07-23-2010, 09:34 PM   #7
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I was looking at this. But after the ABD cost for 3 Adults and 1 Child. I do not know if we could swing the airfare.
Does anyone know a ball park estimate?
I tryed looking on expedia and find everything from 3,000 to 23,000 PER PERSON if not booked at the same time as a tour. Can ABD get group rate Airfare?

Thanks in advance
You can get an air quote from ABD, but I think you have to be within 330 day of traveling. I usually do everything separately. When I checked from Pittsburgh it was under $2,000 per person in the lowest economy. What I'll probably do is fly economy r/t to LAX, and then book a fare to Australia that allows me to use miles to upgrade to Business class.
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You're going to LOVE this trip - Walter and I did it in September last year, and it was amazing.

Airfare - Qantas and V-Australia are your best bets. I regularly find round trip coach for under $1000 - but I'm always looking at September, not June (I have nights where I just obsess about wanting to go back there - it's really beautiful). V-Australia is really aggressive with their pricing - they're trying to make a dent in Qantas stranglehold on that market.

I'm not sure if this is still the case, but last September we flew Qantas and booked premium economy. The route from Los Angeles to Brisbane doesn't have a premium economy section, so we were put in business class instead. When I asked why, the flight attendant told me that V-Australia was offering business class to Brisbane for the same price Qantas was charging for premium economy (for us, it was about $2800 round trip per person). I can't begin to tell you the difference it made on the flight down. These were the 'lie flat' sleeper seats - pure heaven.

Also, be prepared - apparently everything in Australia will kill you. Disney was meticulous in warning us about every type of critter, bug, snake, spider, man-eating-plant. Of course nothing bad happened, but they warn you about these things A LOT. Even still, it was a flawless vacation - and one that I would do again in a heartbeat!

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You're going to LOVE this trip - Walter and I did it in September last year, and it was amazing.

Airfare - Qantas and V-Australia are your best bets. I regularly find round trip coach for under $1000 - but I'm always looking at September, not June (I have nights where I just obsess about wanting to go back there - it's really beautiful). V-Australia is really aggressive with their pricing - they're trying to make a dent in Qantas stranglehold on that market.

I'm not sure if this is still the case, but last September we flew Qantas and booked premium economy. The route from Los Angeles to Brisbane doesn't have a premium economy section, so we were put in business class instead. When I asked why, the flight attendant told me that V-Australia was offering business class to Brisbane for the same price Qantas was charging for premium economy (for us, it was about $2800 round trip per person). I can't begin to tell you the difference it made on the flight down. These were the 'lie flat' sleeper seats - pure heaven.

Also, be prepared - apparently everything in Australia will kill you. Disney was meticulous in warning us about every type of critter, bug, snake, spider, man-eating-plant. Of course nothing bad happened, but they warn you about these things A LOT. Even still, it was a flawless vacation - and one that I would do again in a heartbeat!

Pete

Awesome info, especially about the Business Class on V-Australia. I agree about the Int'l business class - it's a different world! I usually save my frequent flyer miles up just to use for upgrades on int'l flights. Thanks Pete!
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:09 AM   #10
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Hi JSMom and fellow Pittsburgher! I'm trying to talk my DW into going to Australia in 2011 also. We haven't made any plans yet, but the flight is the main concern for her. Over 24 hours of flying is tough, but I think the prize at the end would make it worthwhile.
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Old 07-26-2010, 12:08 PM   #11
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We go to Australia often and have never paid more than $2,000 - and that is in Dec/Jan which is Australia peak.
VAustralia economy is cheap - but everything about it felt cheap.....if you can only do Economy, I suggest paying a little more for Qantas or Air New Zealand (have not done United trans-pacfiic for a long time, and never done Delta).
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:50 PM   #12
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I believe our guide from last year is doing the Australia ABD this year. His name is Daniel and he is a great guide. Have fun.
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So how was Australia

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Anyone else going?


Australia is next on my list. How was your trip?

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