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Old 04-03-2008, 10:14 AM   #1
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Since there are so many of us I thought it might be good to start a thread where we can share any information that may be helpful to each other

in case any of you don't know, virgin are offering flights from Sydney to LA for under $1000 it may be worth while to fly to sydney on a cheap jetstar flight and then catch a plane for there. Under VAustralia, Virgins Australian international arm (which only started this week i think)

But of course the most important question of all is not how are we going to get there its...... who's going to bring the vegemite.
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Old 04-03-2008, 12:34 PM   #2
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MY GAWD!!!!!!!!! I have tried that crap....uh, stuff and it's absolutley horrible!!!

Sorry for the US invasion of your topic!
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Old 04-03-2008, 08:16 PM   #3
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No Problem Marc, I'm already planning many and varied ways i can inflict vegemite (and promite) onto our fellow non-aussie leapers. The reactions are so 'funniest home video' worthy. So If I were you I'd be on alert!!
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Old 04-03-2008, 08:17 PM   #4
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Back to aussie stuff: Another thing I'm planning to do is try and get some travellers cheques now into US currency as the exchange rate is so good, but not too many as it may get better, but not hugely better I don't think. I don't think our $ would end up being more that $1 against the US $1, but if someone thinks otherwise please say so!!
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:08 PM   #5
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I'm going too, as you already know :P. That makes 2 Aussies so far...
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:10 PM   #6
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I'm going too, as you already know :P. That makes 2 Aussies so far...
Have you looked on the attendance list lately nags, if not check it out, as CT says.... its a braussie invasion.
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Old 04-04-2008, 01:07 PM   #7
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Marmite is better than vegemite. Much tastier
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Old 04-04-2008, 06:39 PM   #8
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Marmite is better than vegemite. Much tastier
MARMITE!!!
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Old 04-05-2008, 07:06 AM   #9
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Marissa here from the suburbs of Sydney.

I have been saving for this event since 2006, and I was definately not going to go all the way to L.A. and not get Diamond seating. I am so excited - I got a front row seat!

Anyway, now I don't know whether to keep collecting frequent flyer points or to go with Virgin for $1000. I wonder if they feed you? One good thing is I don't have to add on the extra cost of getting to Sydney.

I can't wait to meet up with the other Aussies as well as Mike from Auckland.
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:16 AM   #10
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Hi Marissa, apparently the $1000 deal was just a one off and they are going to be a bit more expensive than that, but keep collecting frequent flyers even if you do go virgin, you can probably use them for something else, maybe accomodation? I just figured out I can use my altitude rewards to fly to and from sydney, which means my only airfair expense is the trip to LA.
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:21 AM   #11
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Sorry but it's a long way off to lock in an airfare deal right now. Rates change so often during various seasons I can't see anyone booking flights now. It could be drastically cheaper early next year and as a seasoned traveller <insert heroic music here>, I don't plan to even search for my airfare until January 2009. I booked tickest for my Germany show (April 18th) at the end of February and got a fantastic rate, despite the economy.
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:43 AM   #12
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I wouldn't wait until two months before the con though--I missed out on the best flight connections and fares last year when I went to Taos, and I bought 3 months in advance. The better flights were already booked up. I'm afraid that with fuel costs the way they are, prices will only go up. But maybe the deals are better going to a major airport like LAX.
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Old 04-05-2008, 04:27 PM   #13
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Actually I don't know what its like for eastern states people, but here in WA, due to not a great deal of choice, you book the minute you know what dates you want to travel as he who hesitates is lost.......... or stuck in Sydney without a connecting flight.
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Old 04-07-2008, 06:45 PM   #14
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I don't have to worry about a flight, as I will be driving!

So there!
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Old 04-07-2008, 06:53 PM   #15
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I don't have to worry about a flight, as I will be driving!

So there!
Hey I should give that a go..... glug, glug, glug!!!
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Old 04-07-2008, 07:05 PM   #16
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You'd better start swimming now, Bexter. You might just make it on time!
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Old 04-11-2008, 04:05 AM   #17
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No Way! I just read your signature Bex. I watched most of the Idol Gives Back thing last night but I didn't know there was an elimination. How are the likes of Kristy-Lee Cook and Jason Castro still in???? They are the two most boring singers in the competition.

I really thought Michael Johns was going to be one of the top two with David Cook. Open the phones lines to Australia, I know there is only 20 million of us compared to 300+ million in the US but I am sure our votes would have helped.

Commiserations to Michael Johns our "Australian Idol".
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Ah well - he should audition for this year's Australian Idol
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:05 AM   #19
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Hi guys, one more mad Aussie has just signed up, from Geelong in Victoria.
So how many does that make? I made a lightning decision on Monday, having got wind of an almost half-price airfare. I've got 10 weeks to worry about where the rest is coming from, and hope that our lousy dollar rises from the pits. It's worth going to the ends of the earth to see Scotto...I met him at Star Trek's 40th. in 2006 and he's awesome (but we all knew that anyway)
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Welcome Aussietrekker - there are quite a few from Victoria going to the convention, one from WA and one from NSW as far as I know.

Can't wait to meet all the other Aussies. Got the privilege to meet Bexter the other week, decided to go for a 9 day drive to Perth and back from Sydney and took the opportunity to visit with her. Thanks again Bexter, I had a great time.
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Welcome Aussietrekker - there are quite a few from Victoria going to the convention, one from WA and one from NSW as far as I know.

Can't wait to meet all the other Aussies. Got the privilege to meet Bexter the other week, decided to go for a 9 day drive to Perth and back from Sydney and took the opportunity to visit with her. Thanks again Bexter, I had a great time.

That's all excellent news. It's good that you could buddy up with Bexter before you leave.
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Hey Guys,

My Girlf riend (Zoe) and I (Brad) are attending, we are from Melbourne.

We will be staying at the Beverley Garland Hotel the whole week as we are staying in the US for two months and travelling around the US.

We will be heading to a few theme parks and just relaxing by the pool before the Con, we have second row seats.

We have never been to a convention before, a little unsure what to expect but we are also deciding if we will dress up at the Saturday Night party.

We look forward to meeting you all, and having a blast. Cant believe it is so close now!

I just read there are installing a new spa and bar at the pool, which will be done before the convention.

Brad and Zoe
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Whoo Hoo Zoe and Brad. Have you signed up on the attendence list yet? How 'bout the Bowling Party? If you're interested, hop onboard.
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:16 PM   #24
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Yes we have signed up on attendance list.

Where is the bowling party ?

Brad & Zoe
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:26 AM   #25
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Yes we have signed up on attendance list.

Where is the bowling party ?

Brad & Zoe
Downtown Hollywood but I suggest you read here.
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