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30 May 2005 @ 08:23 pm
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okay, I can't decide whether to travel to London on Emirates and stop over in Dubai, or on Singapore Airlines and stopover in Singapore. One way fares are the same price for both airlines ($ 1,440-ish which includes taxes), but Emirates doesn't leave from Adelaide - I'd have to get a flight to Sydney first so that would be an extra $ 100. I've heard good things about both airlines, so I guess in the end it'll be about where I want to stop over (if I even DO a stopover, I'm still not sure about that), and if I go to Sydney first for a few days or not.

If anyone has travelled on either airline before, or been to either Singapore or Dubai (United Arab Emirates), let me know what you thought?

I'm so indecisive. I love all the options though. It's so exciting to realise there are all these possibilities... and nothing to stop you from trying them all. I love it. I LOVE it.


Tonight is the perfect time to be writing for my zines, but guess who, as always, lacks the motivation? Grrr.

**edit @ 8:54pm: oh, now add Qantas/British Airways to the list of possible Airlines. Considering they are actually about $ 250 cheaper AND according to Best Flights, I could stop over in Tokyo -- now, I really HAVE always wanted to go there. These decisions are just getting harder & harder by the minute!

**edit #2 @ 9:04pm: WOW. I have just found a really f**king fantastic ticket price for Qantas/British Airways on Fab Travel Deals - one way to London from Adelaide = $ 973 + taxes (about $ 200 taxes). Okay, I am thinking that perhaps I will go with them after all -- that's a pretty big saving really. I'm so thrilled. Just for the record guys (in Australia), Fab Travel Deals uses the same search engine for finding flights as Best Flights, but are actually cheaper -- can't remember the exact reason, but snowcanwait, your dad told me that -- and he was right!!! I'm so stoked. Okay, note to self: book through Fab Travel Deals -- or at least see if a travel agent will price match through them. *nods*

** edit #3 @ 9:15pm: Okay, and even Singapore Airlines is heaps cheaper on Fab Travel Deals (only $ 100 more than Qantas/BA) than on Best Flights, so I'm sort of back to my original question re: airlines. I think tomorrow I am going to print our my search results at work and in my lunch break go down and see the travel agent who recognises me, and find out if they price match online prices. If not, maybe I'll just book it online. snowcanwait, can you please give your Dad a BIG thankyou for me -- because honestly, I've never seen this site mentioned before, but it sounds like he has used it, and I am sooo grateful to find cheaper flights on all these airlines!!!

Okay, enough edits, promise ;)

kys mig, jeg er danskjadey_mcshadey on May 30th, 2005 11:01 am (UTC)
I've been to Singapore. There are lots of cabs.

I liked it. If you've not been before, definitely take a day or two and go over to the island whos name I've forgotten. Yeah.

You'll spend less money stopping over in Singapore. I've not been but my ex says Dubai is really expensive.

The only airline I tell people to avoid is Korean.

Fionariphertoshreds on May 30th, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
Bin Tan island? That looks beautiful.
kys mig, jeg er danskjadey_mcshadey on May 30th, 2005 11:40 am (UTC)
That's the one.

Jade - BA is a great airline and qantas are kind of shit, but you get lots of little bags of peanuts and they give you magnums if you can't sleep. Do you have frequent fliers? I generally travel qantas and her affiliates and I've gotten a free trip to NY/HI and one to Auckland out of it.

Tokyo is also really, really expensive and you'll need to stay more than one night because Narita is quite far from the airport, but you get to catch the ultra-futuristic train from the airport.

    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on May 30th, 2005 11:43 am (UTC)
Thankyou so much hon -- your information is really helpful :)
Am still relatively undecided, although since finding a reallyreallyreally cheap fair at fabtraveldeals.com.au ($ 973 + taxes on Qantas/BA), I am seriously considering not doing a stopover and just heading straight to the UK, because I wanted to do a Europe tour when I first got there anyway, and by saving more on my airfare, I can do a longer tour, and I think I'd rather do that first. I think ;) My mind honestly keeps changing every few hours lol.
kys mig, jeg er danskjadey_mcshadey on May 30th, 2005 11:59 am (UTC)
:) That's why I generally plan my trips no more than three days in advance!

Please let me know if you have any other questions. I've travelled quite a bit. I wish I had a spare couple of grand to go see Josh :(

Korean and Turkish. I'll remember that!

    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on May 30th, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks sweetie -- I will definitely let you know (I'm sure there'll be quite a few more in the coming months ^^)
I think it's awesome you've travelled so much. I'd love to hear about some of your trips and places you've been sometime <3
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on May 30th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC)
My dad travelled Turkish airlines last month, he said to avoid them also. He was pretty horrified :X
Fionariphertoshreds on May 30th, 2005 11:26 am (UTC)
Hmm, both quality airlines.

Are you planning a stopover? The shopping in both cities is fantastic. Friends that have flown to the UK on Emirates have also stopped in Singapore, but it was only a refuelling stop, they didn't have to leave the plane.

    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on May 30th, 2005 11:54 am (UTC)
I was thinking about doing a stopover, but I'm not entirely sure -- I'm sort of thinking it might be best to just get over to the UK and launch into a tour of Europe, because I'd meet more people etc that way; it might be a bit lonely doing a stopover on my own in a great place like Singapore or Dubai. Not to mention I can't really afford the shopping (which is sort of why I want to go... ;)) so maybe it's best if I avoid temptation.

On the other hand, I worry about "missing out on opportunities" - like I might regret not staying longer. Hmmm.
ex_lambkin76 on May 30th, 2005 12:04 pm (UTC)
dude.. i read the $973 and didn't read it properly and thought it was for a return flight and I almost wet myself
haha lovely I know
but still!

sounds like fun all this planning! I wanna go somewhere tooo :)
ex_snowcanwa171 on May 30th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)

My dad says you are welcome, hehe. :D

citydancer on May 30th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
british airways are the shiznit, they're really nice. the food is so good! of course i only flew with them from arlanda to london but we got there 30-45 minutes before schedule and the terminal was nice. (hah, the airport geek in me.)

but yay, jade is returning to europe! so happy for you making all these plans for the future! <3
d-elicatehandsdown on May 30th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
Qantas rules.

/end contribution ;)
indriya on May 31st, 2005 02:03 am (UTC)
My partner always says British Airways are crap... but he's talking about their business class there.

The food on Qantas was AWFUL. Singapore Airlines was great! Depending on what Emirates flight you're on, you might not get alcohol... if that's important, heh. Malaysian Airlines are my favourite though, but Singapore is next. I've been told Emirates have the biggest seats in economy but I've never been on them.

My only real advice is: FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD, get a vegetarian meal or a vegan meal - better quality food every time! Depending on the airline, there's lacto-ova veg, vegan-veg, Chinese veg, Indian veg... lots of choices :) Or failing that, you can get special orders if you tell them you're allergic to, say, anything with that revolting airline mince or chicken in it... Malaysian airlines tend to have fish meals that didn't look quite so hideous.
indriya on May 31st, 2005 02:06 am (UTC)
P.S. If you're going to stopover in Singapore, book a hotel ahead - they tend to be pretty busy. There's sites online you can book cheap places... Try to get one on Orchard Rd if possible - awesome shopping there! a great night food stall "hawkers market" too... omg, the shaved ice with sweet beans was fabulous.
ex_snowcanwa171 on May 31st, 2005 03:54 am (UTC)

Oh my dad said to me this morning that the best thing to do would be to go to FLIGHT CENTRE instead of booking online thru Fab Travel Deals or a similar site, b/c they price match anything and are terrific if anything goes wrong. :)

yes anastasiaconcertina__ on May 31st, 2005 08:01 am (UTC)
you have no idea how much reading these posts and reading your zines makes me want to travel. ♥
a is for the ache in achillesturnedoffneon on June 2nd, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
singapore airlines is quality, we used that when we went to singapore last year.
they're nice, the have new films (i really hate seeing old films on planes) and music & food isn't too bad.
and singapore is okay to wander around, but i mean, it's hard to explore in a short time. shopping is fantastic with the converted the £, but i don't know how it is compared to the AU$. it's roughly 1:3 of pounds to singapore dollars.
erm. singapore is really really clean, and sunny and... i don't know. it's got a lot of culture but it takes a more time to find it cos singapore's development has sped up so quickly. everything is quick, clean, businesslike during the day. at night on the riverfronts it's really lovely though.
Elysia: ___&! firefly sunsetsstarellis on June 4th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
Definitely take Singapore Airlines! It is one of the best airline services in the world. Also, I think you will like your stopover in Singapore. (Haha... I'm Singaporean, and I adore it here) ♥