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SFO to SYD
Looking for opinions on this route in J class.
United 777 Polaris or Qantas 787
Is Virgin so much better than these two direct options, making it worth the trip to LAX?
Where can I credit miles on Qantas?
Assuming you’re based in the US, for Qantas you can credit to AA, BA or any other oneworld partner as well as Alaska. Full partner info here: [URL]https://www.qantas.com/fflyer/dyn/partners/usa[/URL]
I’d pick QF 787 over UA but I can’t speak as to Virgin. United will have the better lounge in SFO. QF uses both AF and Cathay there.
If its me, I would pick the QF 787 over United. I flew Virgin in J a couple years ago. I found their service to be fantastic if you choose to do that, but I personally would not make the trek to LAX just for Virgin unless there is a substantial price difference.
When I fly QF, I usually credit AA. But like @MidSouthSkier says, any OneWorld partner would work if AA isnt your fancy.
As a follow up to this, would QF be considered $1400 more superior than UA on this route? UA is $5600 RT, QF is $7K.
The return flight for UA has an overnight in NZ (which I think is cool), then on the 787-10 home.
Hmmm, that’s a tougher question. I’d have to say no, QF is not $1400 better than UA. And I agree the overnight in NZ sounds fun.
Ouch – $1400 is quite a bit more, and no QF is not $1400 better than UA. Overnight in NZ would be super, so that is certainly a plus point to UA. One thing I would do, though, especially with the cost of QF over a grand more than UA, would be to look at costing Virgin out of LAX just to compare. If they were roughly equal, I would fly UA. But with that kind of difference for QF, you might get lucky and the price differential is the other way on Virgin. Its worth having a look, in any case.
Virgin has been fluctuating between $8-12k. I can get QF down to $6.6k with a stop into Brisbane on the inbound. $1k might be worth it for me? Are the foot wells bigger on QF than UA? That might be the decider for my 11s.
Lucky’s review did not rate the food very highly on QF.