Saturday, April 13, 2019

Sydney Visit

I haven't finished posting about our NZ holiday and now I have another one to post about. No wonder family on Facebook said, you are away again? You are never home. We have to travel while we can. It gets harder as you get older.

We had a great time in Sydney in spite of a bit of a mix up. Not so returning home. We chose our flight home based on the time. The flight was 12.55pm and hotel checkout time in Australia is 10.00am. Plenty of time to get to the airport, have something to eat and coffee. We were to arrive in Melbourne at 2.30pm, early enough to beat any traffic congestion on the motorway as we neared the city in what should have been a 25 minute drive home.

Not so, said Tigerair. The incoming plane is late, so you will be late leaving, about one hour. That put us in heavy traffic congestion and we weren't home until after 4pm. A whole day taken for a flight that is actually 1 hour 7 minutes. Do you wonder why I hate flying?

It is not just Tigerair. Jetstar and Qantas have let us down with delays, Jetstar twice. Virgin, not yet, but the company is no longer a cheap airline here in Australia.

PS
I was going to post something about our flights to England later this year, but it is best not to dis anyone until we get our refunds. Suffice to say, we have made a donation of $600 to a certain Sultan of a certain Asian country who has recently enacted some terrible laws. We will try a travel insurance claim for the $600. Of course it is going to cost us a lot more for the new flights, but we are 'privileged rich old gay white men in the luckiest country in the world'.

S'cuse I. I need a drink.

28 comments:

  1. I am very glad to hear you enjoyed your trip.
    And do hope you get your refunds. Hiss and spit at those appalling laws. And those who enact them.

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    1. EC, I am not confident about the insurance claim for what we won't get back. We were stupid but aside from the laws, and the no drinkies, the airline is so well rated.

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  2. Did you love being in Sydney? I hope the flight problems didn't spoil the pleasures of what is still our largest city (but not for much longer, apparently).

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    1. Hels, we always love Sydney. She is beautiful and so different to Melbourne. To the Blue Mountains and the Sydney Tramway Museum are the only times we have ventured west though.

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  3. Glad you had a good time. Sorry about the flight debacle. I used to pass ride but at the ripe old age of 60 I no longer have the patience for it. I bought a ticket for my flight to Florida and back, and hopefully all will go well.
    I'm glad you are not flying into that awful place. Good luck on the refund.
    Have a Scotch for me. Wait, It's 5:15 PM here, so maybe I'll make one for myself!

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    1. Maribeth, I don't know what pass ride is? I did have a Scotch for you, and a second. It helps makes sense of this crazy world.

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  4. Anonymous8:19 am

    Three holidays this year? You obviously have too much money. As for flight problems, roll on the very fast train service. I hear it will open after hell freezes over. - Ian

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    1. Ian, many would think that but few would say it. While we don't have a lot of cash, our apartment is worth a lot and we have no one to leave money to aside from our siblings, who all but one manage quite well. If it means a reverse mortgage in our old age, then so be it. But we have to travel while we still can. R is now 70, an unimaginable old age from a young person's viewpoint.

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  5. Great to hear you enjoyed your Sydney visit,we find its hard work to travel now. That's the most sensible decision to fly with another airline and make a claim through your travel insurance.

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    1. Cheryl, thanks. It does get harder when you are older and you don't seem to have the excitement factor to push you on.

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  6. Ah cheap airfares will often let you down one way or another. We've never had a problem flying QANTAS except once coming home from LA we were delayed 2 hrs. Glad you are not flying the Sultan's airline or to his country you may never get out alive. Hope you get your refund. Good on you for travelling as much as you can. We did when we first retired but Bill has slowed down now and we only do short trips. Hope you enjoyed Sydney. A beautiful city.

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    1. Diane, as you say about Bill, that is the reason we are travelling a lot now as we know what is ahead. We've used Tiger three times and this is the first time a flight has been late. Next domestic flight, we may well pay more for Qantas.

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  7. We could trade nightmare airline trips. Glad you had a good time and yes avoidance of these repressive regimes is a must. I avoid the USA for several reasons, not least of which is the racial profiling of one of my clients.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWB, I couldn't say it was a nightmare trip, but annoying. We have had nightmare trips in the past.

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  8. I use to love to fly. And when my daughter in law went to work for airlines as a flight attendant. I get fly dirt cheap and now I have an entire different look about it. I rather take train even if it late majority of time.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, yes, just allow time for the train being late and it is a relaxing experience.

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  9. The best-laid plans of mice and men . . . it's frustrating to plan well and then have the whole thing go to pot.

    Flying seems to be such an endurance test these days; I'm glad I never had a yen to do it.

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    1. Blissful ignorance Jenny, and you would do well enough to keep it that way.

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  10. It might be better if airlines simply 'estimated' departure and arrival times. Giving exact times causes so much angst. I shall experience that angst later todays.

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    1. Good point Cro. I remember when we were on the Rocky Mountains train in Canada, whereby the guide would not tell us arrival times at various places as the train was easily delayed and we would get there when we would get there, so no stress or annoyance about being late.

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  11. Delayed flights are ever so frustrating!

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    1. CM, especially when a late flight puts you in heavy traffic congestion.

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  12. If you hate flying so much then catch a train to Sydney next time you go. It's a whole new experience for you. And possibly more leg room.

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    1. River, I've thought about that, of course. The trains are quite old, (probably comfortable though) and about to be replaced I think, and very slow, slower than driving, which is absurd. I will look at in the future.

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  13. I've only flown a handful of times in my life. A couple times to Alaska for work, then I flew, courtesy of my brothers points, to Huntington Beach, nine years ago with a cat to be adopted. It was a one day exhausting event but I loved it.

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    1. Strayer, I am not sure if you meant the flying was exhausting, but we find it so.

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  14. We are doing the same, travelling while we can.

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    1. Yet Jackie, you do come across some really old and not very physical people who still manage to travel.

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