Johnny's Australia Stories

5 Reasons to Fly Qantas Airways

A380

If you ask any of my friends which airline gets me the most excited when we go plane-spotting near LAX (psst, In-N-Out Burger has the best views), they would no doubt say Qantas Airways. I think it’s a combination of several things that make this true: 1) Qantas has wide-body aircrafts (747 & A380); 2) Their planes […]

Travel Contests: Week of April 9, 2014

The Emerald Sky in Budapest

This week’s travel contests include: Blogger Contest: Win a Emerald Waterways European River Cruise for Two! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win one of 52 trips to Australia Win a 7-day trip to your dream destination for two from Switchfly (Twitter contest; Johnny is a judge!) Win a luxurious summer trip for two to Hawaii from InsideHook and others Win […]

39 Reasons to Stay at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in Australia

Albino Wallaroo at Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort

I got invited by Destination NSW (tourism marketing company for the state of New South Wales) to go to Sydney, Australia and witness the first two games (and Opening Day) of the 2014 Major League Baseball season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was an historic occasion, as the first-ever MLB […]

Travel Contests: Week of April 2, 2014

The Emerald Sky in Budapest

This week’s travel contests include: Blogger Contest: Win a Emerald Waterways European River Cruise for Two! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win one of 52 trips to Australia Win a 7-day trip to your dream destination for two from Switchfly (Twitter contest; Johnny is a judge!) Win an 11-day safari-themed trip for two to South Africa Win a free […]

9 Reasons to Stay at The Langham Sydney

Langham Sydney bed

As soon as I heard that the Langham Hotels chain had entered the Sydney market, I immediately wanted to check out the new hotel. After all, Langham is a luxury hotel group that’s been around for a while (their first hotel opened in 1865). The Langham Sydney (rates start at $315 AUD or $292 US) opened in […]

13 Reasons to Stay at the QT Sydney

QT Sydney front desk

Back in September 2012, a fun, hip, quirky and beautifully designed hotel opened in Sydney, Australia. I was fortunate enough to visit, and after spending four nights at the QT Sydney, it’s safe to say it’s unlike any hotel I’ve ever seen—and if the below tickles your fancy, one you don’t want to miss. Here […]

Qantas and Jetstar Airlines are changing the way you earn Qantas Points and Status credits when you fly

Qantas (2)

It didn’t take Qantas, Australia’s leading carrier, long to follow Delta’s lead when it comes to earning points. Starting July 1, 2014 they’re changing the way you earn Qantas Points and Status credits on Qantas and Jetstar. It will soon be based on the fare you pay and the route you travel, rather than on […]

MLB Opening Day 2014: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia

Ball

G’day! If you’re following me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter then you know I just returned from an amazing trip to Australia. The whole thing feels like a dream, but I took tons of photos (below)—so I know it’s not! Speaking of dreams…I was Down Under for the first two games (and Opening Day) of […]