Booking Our Airline Tickets To Go To Russia

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Using Qantas Frequent Flyer Points

We wanted to use our Qantas Frequent Flier points as much as possible for this holiday in order to keep costs to a minimum. We understood that to use your FF points you have to book early or you may not get the specific flights you want.

We got in as soon as the bookings opened. We fly out of Perth at 12:05 am on Thursday 27th May 2010. We change planes in Hong Kong and go from there to Seoul in Korea. Instead of travelling with Qantas we are using Cathay Pacific. Their flight timetable suited us better and they are a partner airline of Qantas so we can still utilize our FF points.


This is the route we plan to take across Russia

The route we plan to take across Russia


The next step of the journey will be from Seoul to Vladivostok in Russia. We can't get a same day flight out of Seoul so we will spend a night there and be on the plane to Vladivostok the next morning. We will be using Korean Air for this segment of the journey. It will cost $550 AUD each for those tickets.

We have tried to contact three hotels in Incheon which is the closest (airport) suburb of Seoul with the intent of booking a room for one night. Not one of them has got back to us. We've sent two email enquiries and one fax enquiry to one particular hotel and no response at all. Disappointing to say the least. One of the Travel Buddies Forum members has told us it is too early to book accommodation and the hotels would not consider us serious contenders when we enquire so many months in advance. He has told us we should arrange our accommodation when we get to Incheon airport. He's quite confident we would easily find a room for the night once we arrive. He's given us the exact location of the hotel help desk in the airport. This is the beauty of involving yourself in these travel forums. There are so many helpful people out there who enjoy helping others with travel arrangements.


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Travel Planning Necessities
World time zones, world weather, currency converter, language translator services.

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Trip Advisor Forum - Russia
The place to find information about Russia when you can't find it elsewhere.

Way To Russia
Another very good forum

Getting A Russian Visa
The process is explained

Trains between Moscow & Saint Petersburg
Explanation of the types of trains on that route.

Firmenny Trains
An explanation of what they are.

Moscow's Railway Stations
A map of their locations and proximities.

Learn How To Speak Russian
Free lessons.

Map of St. Petersburg
Lonely Planet's map of the city.

Map of Moscow
Lonely Planet's map of the city.

Moscow Times Newspaper
English version.

The Russia Club
A forum for all those interested in anything "Russian".

Russian Rail Timetable
It takes a bit of mastering but Ian managed it (eventually).

The Art Of Travel
Very interesting travel information for all locations.

Smart Traveller
Australian Government's site dealing with current travel advice.

Travel Independent
A site written by travellers for travellers. Lots of information.

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