Once again I was able to use Frequent Flyer points (45, 000) to upgrade my Premium Economy ticket to Business class for my flight home (QF94) from LAX.

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Leaving Strahan we headed in a vaguely easterly direction on the road to Queenstown.

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From Stanley, there at least three ways you can go to get to Strahan. We chose the one that took around five hours.

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My flight from Sydney to Los Angeles was on a Qantas A380, and after spending time in the lounge, I headed down to the gate, ready to board.

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How last minute have you ever booked a hotel? A week? A day? A few hours?

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The Shangri-la hotel in Sydney is a five star establishment, and had been on my wish list for quite a while. So, it was a no brainer that this was where I was going to stay when I decided to pop up to Sydney to catch up with friends.

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After a busy Christmas to top off another busy year, J and I booked ourselves into the Lake House at Daylesford for some r’n'r before the madness started all over again in 2013.

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Traffic can cause havoc with your plans.

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The Oneworld First Class lounge at LAX is located on level 5 of the Tom Bradley terminal and is open to all Oneworld first class passengers and those that have platinum or the equivalent status.

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We were up around 8 again this morning and J went to the gym while I checked into our cabana.

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After a much needed sleep in a big fluffy bed, we thought we would try Wicked Spoon, in the Cosmopolitan, for breakfast.

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We were up before sunrise again this morning. Breakfast was courtesy of the Best Western, with a breakfast buffet put on for all guests.

 

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The Restaurant at Meadowood recently earned the coveted three Michelin stars under the reins of chef Christopher Kostow. According to my research, Chef Kostow is one of only a handful of American-born chefs, and third youngest chef ever to receive three Michelin stars (he wasn’t even 30).

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After spending the pre-flight time in the First Lounge, J and I boarded flight QF93, Melbourne to Los Angeles. We had used frequent flyer points to upgrade to Business class and therefore were on the upper deck of an A380.

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