Booked: Australia

Another international trip was recently added to the docket. Over Thanksgiving, I will be headed to Sydney, Australia for a week on American Airlines’ 787-9 Dreamliner.
This deal came through a notification from Scott’s Cheap Flights which is a great resource for international travel junkies or your casual traveler looking for an occasional cheap international giveaway. It’s well worth it to take a look at the site and sign up for their emails. They offer a free plan and paid plan. I would recommend the paid plan which is $39 annually. With this, you get multiple emails a week with updates on flight deals out of the cities of your preference. Its a small fee to pay when they save you an average of $600 per flight. Give them a look here.
The deal was sent out advertising $670 round trip economy flights between LA and Sydney between September to December. After doing a simple Momondo search, these deals were abundant on Delta, American, Qantas, and Virgin. While I was tempted to buy the economy deal, I wanted a little more with premium economy considering the length of the flight.
Delta was offering $1,500 for premium economy round trip on their 777-200 in Delta Comfort. This seemed too good to be true especially considering Delta just announced a cabin renovation for their new A350 that will be rolled out on their long haul aircraft including the 777 series. Unfortunately, the LA to Sydney flight will be renovated and available to fly in March. So I would be stuck with a sub-par premium economy on Delta since their Delta Comfort is nothing to brag about. You get minimal recline, no foot rest, and no other significant amenities.
The next best was direct round trip on American Airlines on their 787-9 Dreamliner. The premium class product through my reviews is on par with the rest of the aviation community. 38″ of pitch, 19″ wide seats, foot rest, improved meal service and a full line of complimentary beverages.
I was able to find round trip premium economy for $2,375 which normally goes for $3,000+. Business class tickets for these flights were well over $3,000 which is a bit out of budget for the flight. Using my Chase Sapphire Reserve, I pick up 3x points on travel and will end up with 7,125 Chase Ultimate Rewards points. This equates to roughly $100 when redeeming through Chase Ultimate Rewards Travel.
I’m excited to make the trip down under and write about the travel experience as well as the golf courses I play. Let me know below if there are any good courses or points of interest I need to visit while I’m there. Safe travels and hit ’em straight! Check out the flight review here!

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