New route to NY

By biggles69 | Mar 09, 2018, 03:26 PM
I just returned from a 6 day round trip from Sydney to NY using QF/JL via Haneda. It was the easiest US trip ever and at 28 hours door to door not much longer than via LA. Transfer at Haneda was easy with great Sakura lounge for the 4 hour transit wait. Excellent sleeper beds in Bus on both sectors. Arrival at T1 JFK the fastest ever. Using my APEC card I was through immigration and customs within 30 mins of landing, avoiding the huge queues and hassle of domestic US flying via LA or Dallas. Great timing both ways - this is the most hassle free flying to US there is!


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By MarkJohnSon | Mar 09, 2018, 06:10 PM
I wouldn't have thought so, no. Absolutely not.
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By dimi | Mar 09, 2018, 06:11 PM
I am delighted to see that you have finally discovered this entirely new and totally unexplored route too...

By the way, Korean Air via Seoul, Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong or China Airlines via Taipei to NYC are worth trying as well (and are usually quite a bit cheaper than going via LAX/SFO/DFW/IAH/YVR)

Last edited by dimi at Mar 09, 2018, 06.23 PM.
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By pab2025 | Mar 09, 2018, 06:24 PM
At 6+ hours longer, it isn't worth doing it just for a quicker immigration experience?

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By btaus | Mar 09, 2018, 06:55 PM
At 6+ hours longer, it isn't worth doing it just for a quicker immigration experience?

Definitely worth it to via Asia if prices were right. LAX TBIT immigration is pathetic, to the point it takes two hours to go through immigration, very often that NZ AKL-LAX-LHR or AF/TN PPT-LAX-CDG delayed above an hour because of slow immigration speed (US does not offer airside sterile transit).

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By GregXL | Mar 09, 2018, 07:53 PM
From Perth you can avoid both SYD and LAX with CX PER-HKG-JFK. Consistent product on both sectors and a good transit experience in HKG. I guess there will be another one stop option soon with SQ on the A350ULR.
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By Dan22 | Mar 09, 2018, 08:45 PM
Also one stop with all the ME3 carriers - does anyone know if it is quicker to go via Middle East to JFK from Perth then it is via Asia and Pacific?
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By GregXL | Mar 09, 2018, 10:10 PM
Also one stop with all the ME3 carriers - does anyone know if it is quicker to go via Middle East to JFK from Perth then it is via Asia and Pacific?

24.5 hours with Cathay with 1 hour in HKG, 27.5 hours with Emirates with 2 hours in DBX. 29.5 hours with Qantas with almost 7 hours between BNE and LAX.
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By patrickk | Mar 09, 2018, 11:44 PM
The DFW transit is very quick as the QF flight comes in when the immigration queue is shorter.
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By KT | Mar 10, 2018, 02:58 AM
The DFW transit is very quick as the QF flight comes in when the immigration queue is shorter.

Agreed. Have been thru DFW a couple times and the place was empty. Beats LAX hands down.
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By sanj747 | Mar 10, 2018, 08:10 AM
@biggles69 thanks for the note. Am flying JAL in J class next month to the east coast. Couldn't get seats on QF/JL combo so had to do JAL all the way. Looking forward to the Dreamliner experience. Have done QF through DFW which was easy and also done Cathay via HK and Asiana via ICN to the US. All good options any day leaving LAX out. The fares via Asia are very competitive.
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By NBShone | Mar 10, 2018, 06:48 PM
Try Melbourne to Hawaii QF.
Hawaii to NY American Airlines or United. 22 Hours flying time.
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By barecub | Mar 12, 2018, 02:14 PM
I've done this both for business and leisure, and the beauty is not having to do the luggage jiggle on arrival stateside

and with a new passport or ESTA (yes, they do expire) then 1 less thing to worry about is a bonus
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