My next International Trip will be to Australia (Great Barrier Reef) and New Zealand in January/February 2012.
Hong Kong (stopover) Marriott Hong Kong Airport
Brisbane (Marriott Brisbane)
Cairns (Kewarra Beach Resort)
Auckland (Langham Auckland)
Wellington (Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay)
Te Anau (Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas)
Queenstown (Crowne Plaza)
Christchurch (Best Western)
Airlines (Star Alliance)
Orlando-Newark-HongKong Continental - Business First
HongKong-Bangkok-Brisbane - Thai Air - Business
Brisbane-Auckland - Air New Zealand - Business
Auckland-Christchurch-Auckland - Air New Zealand - Economy
Auckland--LAX- Air New Zealand - Business Business
LAX-Orlando - United
Using Points for all airline travel
5 Days-4 Nights on the Coral Princess Cruising the Great Barrier Reef
Overnight Train Brisbane to Cairns (Sunlander - Queenslander Class) - chosen as one of the top 25 rail journey)
How about if you have people add what airlines they're using? With all the different International airlines, it's always interesting which airlines people are using, to help out people who can't decide which International flights are the best to take, or worst to avoid.
What a great trip! You could be a travel agent for MR Insiders!! How's the weather in these areas during your trip? Is it always warm there in New Zealand? Is Australia's summer during our winter? How are you getting around when you are based at each locale?
I noticed you are going to Christchurch....have they recovered yet from the damage done by the earthquake?
Sadly for me, my travel isn't quite that intense. We're here on St. Maarten sipping wine on the deck by the pool while watching the sunset and the departure of cruise ships and schooners (sometimes under full sail, very nice)......and..... we're not using paper cups and there is no 2 buck chuck. We're not at a Marriott, but, there is something to be said for sleeping in your own bed.
Jasper ... a suggestion for when you are in Te Anau ... take a trip to Milford Sound ... there is a great boat ride through the Fiord ... as with the rest of South Island ... the scenery is stunning. When we were there in 2009, we stayed at the same hotel ... it was fine but not quite Marriott standards. I don't know if it is still there but the was a great little Italian restaurant called La Dolcie Vita that we ate in a couple of evenings. The owner also waits table and the second time that we were there he sat down with us and opened a bottle of his 'home-made' grappa!
Enjoy the trip.
Milford Sound ...
That's a heck of a schedule. Mine is much simpler:
April, London, Marriott County Hall/Delta, and Concierge has us picked up at LHR. (Cost, the same as a taxi($100 US), but it is a private car, directly to the hotel)
May, Paris, Ren. Arc d' T,/Delta and Concierge has us met as we get off the plane and takes us thru customs, and then to a private car directly to the hotel, (About $500 US) Worth it.
Would like to add Canada to the list, but do not have anything booked.
Thanks for the interesting question.
3 weeks to Philippines and Hawaii flying Hawaiian airlines in January 2012.
5 days in Waikiki Beach Marriott
5 days in Manila Marriott
Rest of the time will be spent Island Hopping;
Philippines: Manila-Rockwell Center, Boracay, Palawan-El Nido, Puerto Princesa, Manila Mariott.
Hawaii: Maui, Oahu Waikiki Marriott then home to Los Angeles.
Two (relatively short) International trips before the end of the calendar year:
Having stayed at the LHR Ren. it is a very nice hotel.
Took the shuttle to the airport and then took the tube to Westminster Bridge. Save a lot of time and money that way. From there you have a lot of tourist sights you can walk to. Westminster Abbey, #10 Downing, Eye, Churchill War Museum, Buckingham Palace, or get on the "Big Red Bus" there and you can get to other sights easily. You can take the tube/shuttle back to the hotel.
You can see a lot in the short time you are there.
to follow on Jerry's advice, make sure you get the day pass for the tube/bus/boat service. Its usually like 8-12 pounds (depending on zones) but its unlimited on/off and takes the worry out of having the right fare or being nickle and dimed so to speak getting around the city
Been to Bangkok once before... Too much traffic for me... Loved the food... Was not as amused by the city as I was by: (1) THE Bridge Over the River Kwai - fun tour, excellent/informative small museum, gorgeous/well preserved cemetery; and (2) the Ancient City - we had a blast there... OK, we went for an elephant ride and a rickety old train ride over wooden bridges, too, and those were fun too....
Next international trip will be to Lima, Peru for more Spanish language training. Will be staying with a local family for the first 3 weeks then at the Marriott in Miraflores, if I can swing the points. ;-) Will reluctantly fly American, even though I detest the Miami airport. Any suggestions about alternative airlines that don't involve Miami or midnight departures would be appreciated.
Cathay Pacific is a great airline particularly Business and/or First Class..American not so great but at least it is domestic. And hard to beat the Four Seasons Hotel...Have a great trip!!!!
Are you a Diamond Member with Hyatt and using one of your four Suite upgrades? Marriott needs to wake up and offer some type of suite upgrade for their most loyal customers...Lets hope!!!
my next international trip from paris, will be thailand, malaysia, and indonesia
from the 11/11 to the 2/12 i stay in the phuket beach club. 2 weeks exchange and 1 week a gateways
exchange with my cheap weeks in europe 174 euro per week exchange fee with interval international and 1 gateways for 389 euro
from the 2/12 to the 7/12 i will stay in the renaissance kuala lumpur hotel for 60000 points. categorie 3 but 5 stars, and 2 executive
lounges. with a upgrate to a junior suite. then from 7/12 to the 30/12 i will stay in the jw marriott in medan..senior price 52 euros
per night, then i will stay from the 30/12 to the 4/1/2012 in the jw marriott hotel in jakarta for 60000 points, with a free upgrate to a governor
suite. there its for me, one of the best executive lounge in the world, to all this hotels i go alredy 4 times, and know very good the
manager from all this hotels. then in march i go to the courtyard in cha am where i pay with points 40000 . there its the first time,
for the upgrate i will see.. and then with a exchange from interval a 2 beedroom villa in the marriott vc empire building in bangkok.
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Sounds like a great trip...I recently was in Kuala Lumpur (where my son was born) and stayed at the Marriott hotel and was upgraded to one of the largest suites I have ever had..I posted pictures here on Insiders. Sounds like you have arranged suites for most of your travels, congrats and enjoy your trip!!!
Our next international trip will be going 'to' the USA ... in January. We are heading to LA and then onto Hawaii - Oahu, Kauai and then to Maui - we then return to LA and are taking a few days on the Newport Coast. Airlines ... UK/USA - Virgin Atlantic (Upper Class) ... LA to Hawaii and internal island flights - Hawaiian (Coach). All accommodation is with Marriott, of course?! (Despite the lack of a replacement Marriott Rewards Visa Card.)
We are planning a couple of nights in Honolulu/Waikiki when we arrive. Currently looks like the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort would suite us best ... anyone been there recently? ... do they have a concierge lounge? ... any advice?
That sounds like a wonderful trip!
If you can, while in LA, stay one night at the REN, Hollywood, it's a memorable place. You can walk to The Kodak Theatre, and Mel's Diner, etc.
Likewise, for one meal, go to the Avalon Hotel, and dine by the pool. The food is great, and you will feel like a "Movie star". A beautiful place to dine.
Thanks for the tips guys ... the 'suite' must have been a Freudian slip
Jerry, we did stay at the REN a few years back ... we got a great upgrade and view over to the Hollywood hills. The Avalon Hotel sounds worth a visit, thanks. Last time that we were there, we went to Asia de Cuba for dinner ... that was very good and 'interesting' ... there were a few stars there.
I will share this with you on a new post.
I would like to do something special about the "Generous" people on this MI site.
There are so many people that are so "Good".
I am not sure, but I think I will call it "Random, Kind People"
After all we all have an appreciation and respect for other fellow travelers.
Jasper, I am open for any suggestions,