My strategy for flying from Perth to Los Angeles in cost-effective comfort has been:
- Take the 7.30pm direct flight to Auckland, so I wouldn’t have to sleep on the plane.
- Sleep for five hours at the Jucy Snooze hostel in Auckland’s city centre.
- Bid for an upgrade to Premium Economy for the Auckland to Los Angeles flight.
The Jucy Snooze looks basic because it is basic…
… but it’s also clean and comfortable.
Perhaps I could have gone to a hotel near the airport, but then I would have missed swapping stories on the Skybus with a local called Peter about our trips to Argentina.
He too had been to the Grand Splendid bookshop in Buenos Aires, and wondered whether it made any money. I always found it so impressive that I never fully thought of it as housing something so mundane as a business that had bills to pay.
I also wouldn’t have seen a ferris wheel and a wall of philosophies in the lobby of an office building on the walk up to the Jucy Snooze.
It’s been a day of philosophies. I’ve only just found out that my upgrade bid was successful, but I need not have worried. As I am in New Zealand, I should have had faith in that country’s great supermodel philosopher Rachel Hunter, who used to tell us on TV in Pantene commercials – It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.