World Trip 2009-10: Flight Journal

Back in 2009  my nephew Andrew Gauci, I undertook a stunning 2009-10 trip exploring some of North and South America as well as New Zealand.

Between 27 November 2009 and 31 January 2010 we visited seven countries – USA, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, New Zealand

To do this we went on nine flights (across 5 travel legs) and four airlines (QANTAS, LAN Airlines, American Airlines and Jetstar). We flew 20,753 km and where we the air for 59 hours 55 minutes .

Andrew got spoilt (along with me) with two free upgrades, the first on the long haul Melbourne to Los Angeles 14 hour+ flight from economy to premium economy and the second on the Christchurch to Sydney 3.5 hour flight from economy to business class. Not bad since the flights were purchased with Qantas Oneworld Economy Award costing 140,000 points each. I used my points for both our flights and my status top get lounge access at every airport and priority boarding, free baggage and free seat allocation (including exit room for one overnight flight).

Leg 1
12,748 km Melbourne to Los Angeles – 14 hours 25 minutes (QANTAS Premium Economy Upgrade)
Transit time: 1 hour 30 minutes
3,983km Los Angeles to New York – 5 hours 25 minutes (QANTAS Economy)

Leg 2
1,753 km New York to Miami – 3 hours 25 minutes (American Airlines Economy)
Transit time: 1 hour 30 minutes
6,699 km Miami to Rio De Janeiro – 8 hours 35 minutes (American Airlines Economy – Exit Room Seats)

Leg 3
6,706 km Lima to Los Angeles – 8 hours 40 minutes (LAN Airlines Economy)

Leg 4
10,467 km Los Angeles to Auckland – 12 hours 55 minutes (QANTAS Economy)
Transit time: 3 hours 20 minutes
745 km Auckland to Christchurch – 1 hour 25 minutes (Jetstar Economy)

Leg 5
2,219 km Christchurch to Sydney – 3 hours 30 minutes (QANTAS Business Class Upgrade)
Transit time: 1 hour 50 minutes
706 km Sydney to Melbourne – 1 hour 35 minutes (QANTAS Economy)

Total 20,753 km and 59 hours 55 minutes.

About Nathan

An Australian World traveler who has been fortunate enough to experience 56 countries so far. https://nathanburgessinsights.com/travel/
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2 Responses to World Trip 2009-10: Flight Journal

  1. Lucky you for the two free upgrades – that is quite a lot of travel time! I’m sure it was worth it, though 🙂

    • Nathan says:

      Thanks. Yes very lucky especially for my 18 year old nephew on this first overseas trip as an adult. Qantas are a lot tigther with there free upgrades these days.

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