Today I took some more flights, down to Sydney for the day to check out the MCA exhibition by Yoko Ono, War Is Over! (if you want it). I’d be lying if I said there was no ulterior motive for the visit of course, and that was to check out the private MCA lounge, available to members and Platinum One cardholders.
My day started ordinarily enough, checked-in the night before and made sure I had a seat up the front of economy, drove to the airport, parked and headed to the lounge. The security queue was monstrous in size, snaking and stretching right past the Jetstar desks, however I just walked down the empty priority line and was through in a minute.
The point of difference was at the gate, my second upgrade in the four (mainline) flights I’d taken since becoming P1. Seat 4D became seat 1D and I ended up with a sparkling wine and talking to my seat mate, whose husband flew for Qantas Freight. It was a good chat.
On arriving in Sydney I decided to try the Mascot station trick (walking to Mascot station) and then catching the train from there, and had it not been for rain later in the day, my rail travel would have cost but $2.50. Compare that with $32 and a short walk doesn’t seem so bad.
It was a shame about the weather, cloudy when I arrived, it never seemed to get much brighter, with some sprinkles of rain around lunch before a shower shortly before I made it back to the airport (though luckily not caught out in it).
The exhibition was interesting. I’d heard some mixed reviews on it, but overall found it to have a lot of interest to me, lots of interaction if that’s your thing (not so much mine, but nice to see others getting amongst it) and wonderfully, photography allowed so you can relive, or even share the experience as I shall attempt to do.
The MCA lounge was refreshing for me. After my long walk from Circular Quay to the MCA, or not, the light aircon (not a freezer) and a refreshing San Pellegrino helped me keep going. The free wifi was fast and they even had the March edition of The Australian Way (onboard magazine) already! I took a copy.
Through the new Qantas Restaurant program I was able to book a $29 special yesterday at Cruise Restaurant, including a main meal and glass of house wine. Had there not been the Queen Mary II parked in front of the restaurant, I’d have dined looking out over the Opera House. The food was good though, and just for using the service I’ll earn myself 100 QFF points.
Back in the Sydney lounge I bumped into a fellow frequent flyer, who I always seem to meet in airport lounges, before getting my last surprise to cap off the day, my third upgrade in five flights. I don’t know who I did right by at Qantas, but thank you and I hope to continue to stay in your favour.