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Destination of the Week: Adelaide

March 21, 2014

Though summer has reached an end in the Southern Hemisphere, fall can be an ideal time to escape the cold up north and head to Australia. For today’s Destination of the Week, TPG Assistant Editor Melanie Wynne explores Aboriginal culture, native gardens, regional wine and cuisine, and lots of friendly marsupials in and around the historic city of […]

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My Sydney Restaurant Recommendations – China Doll, Longrain, Lotus Dumpling Bar and More

March 11, 2014

I’m doing things a little out of order in my series on my trip to Australia with TPG Managing Editor Eric. So far I’ve covered how I used miles to book my award ticket, my flight from LAX-MEL in United GlobalFirst, Eric’s trip on Virgin Australia, the day I spent wine-tasting out in the Yarra Valley, a Melbourne […]

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Flight Review: Hawaiian Airlines Business Class Sydney-Honolulu and Air New Zealand SYD Lounge

March 7, 2014

So far in my series on my trip to Australia with TPG Managing Editor Eric, I’ve covered how I used miles to book my award ticket, my flight from LAX-MEL in United GlobalFirst, the day I spent wine-tasting out in the Yarra Valley, a restaurant review roundup of all the fantastic places we ate in the city, my review of […]

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Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Sydney City Harbour Deluxe and City View Rooms

March 5, 2014

So far in my series on my trip to Australia with TPG Managing Editor Eric, I’ve covered how I used miles to book my award ticket, my flight from LAX-MEL in United GlobalFirst, the day I spent wine-tasting out in the Yarra Valley, a restaurant review roundup of all the fantastic places we ate in the city, my review of […]

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Flight Review: Virgin Australia Hamilton Island – Sydney in Economy

March 4, 2014

So far in my series on my trip to Australia with TPG Managing Editor Eric, I’ve covered how I used miles to book my award ticket, my flight from LAX-MEL in United GlobalFirst, the day I spent wine-tasting out in the Yarra Valley, a restaurant review roundup of all the fantastic places we ate in […]

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Trip Report: Jetstar Economy Class Melbourne – Hamilton Island

February 25, 2014

So far in my series on my trip to Australia with TPG Managing Editor Eric, I’ve covered how I used miles to book my award ticket, my flight from LAX-MEL in United GlobalFirst, the day I spent wine-tasting out in the Yarra Valley, a restaurant review roundup of all the fantastic places we ate in […]

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Trip Report: Melbourne Restaurant Roundup

February 21, 2014

So far in my series on Australia, I’ve covered how I used miles to book my award ticket, my flight from LAX-MEL in United GlobalFirst, and the day I spent wine-tasting out in the Yarra Valley with TPG Managing Editor Eric. For today’s trip report on the land down under, I wanted to share some […]

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Trip Report: Wine-Tasting Day Trip To The Yarra Valley

February 19, 2014

As I wrote earlier this week, I’m currently on my first trip to Australia and I’ve been having an amazing time. I flew down in United GlobalFirst, and though I am currently on Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, my first stop was Melbourne. TPG Managing Editor Eric and I spent my first afternoon […]

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United GlobalFirst Review: Los Angeles – Sydney – Melbourne

February 17, 2014

Award tickets to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific can be among the hardest to find. There aren’t a ton of airlines flying nonstop between North America and down under, and during peak travel times, these flights are usually packed and business and first class seats cost a small fortune and are rarely released […]

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Using Miles For My First Trip to Australia: Melbourne, Hamilton Island and Sydney Here I Come

February 15, 2014

Up until this week, I had never been to Australia, which I know is hard for some people to believe since it seems like I’m constantly traveling. A visit has been on my to-do list for a while, but finally I decided to pull the trigger and take advantage of US Airway’s generous Australia awards […]

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Flight Review: Virgin Australia International Business Class LAX-MEL

February 13, 2014

TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen had the (last-minute!) chance to fly Virgin Australia to the land down under on Sunday where he’ll be traveling with The Points Guy for the next week and a half.  Be sure to follow along with their trip on Twitter and Instagram @ThePointsGuy, @EricRosenLA. Read below for Eric’s review of Virgin Australia’s […]

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