If you’ve read this far you’re a trooper. Suffice it to say I had an amazing trip. I loved visiting Melbourne, Vienna, and Kuala Lumpur. I definitely want to return to Melbourne and Vienna soon. I’m happy to have seen Kuala Lumpur, though it’s not a city on my short list of places to urgently return to.
As far as the flights go, Qantas exceeded my expectations massively. The Airbus 380 was amazing, and I finally get what the hype is all about. It just doesn’t feel like an airplane. Air New Zealand remains one of the most fun airlines to fly thanks to their quirkiness. Singapore Airlines was great in business class, as always, and hasn’t changed since the first time I flew them (other than their substantial hard product upgrade).
I had some great hotel stays as well. The InterContinental Kuala Lumpur and Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur were both great. The Holiday Inn Sydney Airport? Meh. The Park Hyatt Melbourne and Le Meridien Vienna were awesome as well.
A lot of you asked for a cost breakdown of the trip, so here it is as accurately as I can get it:
Flights from Tampa to Kuala Lumpur on Singapore Airlines (business class): 67,500 United miles plus $25.80 taxes
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur (two separate stays): $248.22
Le Meiridien Kuala Lumpur: $192.50
Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore on Sri Lankan (business class): $151.80
Flights from Singapore to Sydney to Melbourne on Qantas (first class): 45,000 American miles plus $45.80 taxes
Holiday Inn Sydney Airport: $218.13
Park Hyatt Melbourne: 30,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Points
Flights from Melbourne to London to Vienna on Qantas/BA: 80,000 American miles plus $127.20 taxes
Le Meridien Vienna: 11,000 SPG points
Flights from Vienna to Los Angeles on bmi/Air New Zealand (business class): 33,750 British Midland miles plus $213.14 taxes
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned, because two more trip reports are on their way shortly!