(Victoria Harbour at night) A short prelude if I may. A 5 day long weekend does not happen too often in Australia. This is because we have a national holiday Anzac Day on the 25th to remember the soldiers of Aus and NZ that died at Gallipoli in WW1. An extra day was added to the Easter break this year. As my points balance had been building up, ideas for a short trip began to form. My first find was an F saver award seat from Singapore to Auckland. I ended up booking this flight and ringing SQ to apply for an Air New Zealand award to get back to Brisbane. As I wanted to fly at the end of the Easter break, there were no award bookings to get me home. I cancelled that flight (S$38) and started again. Next I found an F saver award seat - Singapore to Melbourne. The other flight to Singapore looked fine so I booked that flight. I then noticed that there was an F saver award seat available from Hong Kong to Singapore earlier that day (Hong Kong to Melbourne being the same points.) I rang the SQ Sydney office and asked for this leg to be added to my first flight. After talks with the supervisor they said no. I then cancelled the flight to Melbourne (another S$38 fee) and booked the flight online Hong Kong – Singapore – Melbourne. The final step was to sure up the flight to Hong Kong, there is no first class available out of Brisbane. I got my flight sorted, but noticed that there was a business class saver award seat on an A380 available for Singapore to Hong Kong. I could not link the 2 segments up on the web page so I rang SQ Sydney again and after a bit of discussion, I was allowed to change to the A380 without losing my 15% online booking discount. So I was going to do quite a bit of comparison of the SQ offer. BNE – SIN Air Bus 330 Business Class SIN – HKG Air Bus 380 Business Class Total 38250 points HKG – SIN Boeing 777-300 ER First Class SIN – MEL Boeing 747-400 First Class Total 59500 points A few more points were needed to get me down to Brisbane, and then on return from Melbourne up the coast to Central Queensland. I have stayed at Langham Place twice before and feel at home there. The fact that they were having a suite deal for Easter, pay for 2 nights and get 1 free made the choice of accommodation a few minutes work. More on the flights and holiday soon.