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Direct flights are usually more expensive than connecting flights. Airlines know that customers are willing to pay extra in order to avoid connections, especially the always time-constricted business travelers.

The question to ask is how much is too much when it comes to a direct flight. The recently announced Qantas direct service between London and Perth (John talked about it back in December) is probably an example of an airline revenue manager gone greedy. Their inaugural prices are making the news, and not exactly because of how cheap they are.

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Last week I got to try one of the more unique flights around, Qantas’s one-stop flight from New York JFK to Sydney. What makes this flight unique is that it includes a stopover at LAX, which I believe makes the JFK-LAX segment the only US domestic flight operated by a foreign carrier.

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The US Department of Transportation does not allow foreign carriers to operate passenger routes solely within the United States.  However, no current passenger aircraft in operation today would have the range to be able to fly from JFK-SYD nonstop (9,950 miles).  So LAX is more of a refueling stop on this flight, and although tickets can be sold for departure from either JFK or LAX, Qantas is not allowed to sell tickets for just the JFK-LAX portion.

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I recently had a fairly long layover at LAX about a week and a half ago on my way to Hong Kong and had the chance to visit several airline lounges there and wanted to write a post to talk about my experiences and what I liked and disliked about each.

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I flew on American Airlines for this trip, and being an Executive Platinum member of AA’s AAdvantage frequent flyer program (One World Emerald) and having a Priority Pass Select membership through my Citi Prestige credit card, I am able to access to quite a few lounges here.

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