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The SSK
9th Jun 2004, 11:00
This isn't hard-and-fast advice being sought, but it isn't hypothetical either.

An acquaintance needs to make a trip Brussels-Sydney-Beijing-Brussels (or the other way round) in September. Business Class, a good price would be nice but that's not the paramount consideration. I don't know what schemes he's a member of.

Brussels does not have direct flights to either PEK or SYD so a transfer is required both ways. There is a daily Air China service PEK-SYD but it might be just as quick to make a transfer.

Any suggestions (+ or -)

rsoman
9th Jun 2004, 12:30
Go Star Alliance the entire trip. As you mentioned the only direct flights are on the BJS BRU route and that too is not a non stop either.

Brussels- Frankfurt- Beijing on Lufthansa - Daily connections
Leaving arnd 3 PM from BRU reaching Beijing 0830 next day with a 80 min transit at Frankfurt

Beijing - Seoul - Sydney on Asiana - Daily ex Wednesday
Leaving around 4 PM and reaching 7 Am next day with a 90 min transit.

Wednesday also connection possible but add another three hour transit time

Sydney Vienna Brussels - Austrian (from SYD on Lauda Air a/c)
Daily except Tuesday - 1700 SYD and 0900 arr Vienna next day

Cant get much better than these . All flights non stop except the SYD VIE whch routes via Kualumpur.

Land After
10th Jun 2004, 17:01
By routing back via the US, there should be savings to be had on the fare and not too much additional time. Also, the oppotunity to have a nice break on the way back. Route quickly back SYD-LAX/SFO-LHR-BRU on UA, with LHR-BRU on bmi.

Add more stops for extra points/miles.

The SSK
24th Jun 2004, 12:14
Thanks for the heads-up on the Round-the-World.

Consequently saved wife's boss 500, gained her a load of brownie points and exposed the incompetence of their travel agency (which she's been trying to bring to his attention for a while).