Qantas Business Class PER-BNE

Bye Perth!

I’d say it was nice knowing you, but it kind of really wasn’t. I loved my job in Perth, but I hated living there. So off I return to the east coast!

This trip was a logistical pain in the ass. I had to be at work all day Friday, and then my flight didn’t leave until 2310. So I had to have 3 suitcases and 2 carry-on bags at work all day, because I’d already had to hand the keys to my apartment to the landlord at lunchtime. It’s a pain trying to get a taxi that fits that much luggage. Then trying to get that much luggage from the taxi drop-off zone to the check-in counters. $4 to get a trolley for the 100 meter walk from the road to the counters. Yay Perth. Then the random Qantas staff wandering around the check-in area inevitably tell me I’ve got too much luggage and I’m going to have to pay for excess.

Yeah…No. See, there’s this awesome benefit of being a platinum frequent flyer – more luggage allowance! And on top of that, even though my new employer only bought me an economy class airfare to get to my new home, I have roughly half a million frequent flyer miles – I upgraded myself. Ergo – 3 checked bags. And I had the standard 2 allowable cabin items (1 larger, 1 smaller). So there! Yes, you should totally imagine me sticking my tongue out right now!

Anyway, I check myself in at the counters, rather than the self-service kiosks. It’s a frequent flyer benefit, I’m going to use it. Confirmed my VGML was loaded. All good!

The Qantas lounge was surprisingly very quiet. It’s usually quite loud with all of the FIFO workers heading home at the end of the night. But the free food, drinks, and decent wi-fi call my name every time…A mild improvement over my last visit is the platters of fresh fruit on the work tables in the lounge. Also, Mr Barista. Always my favourite person.

Anyway, flight boarded on time. And then shock of all horror, two people failed to board because they’d gone to the casino. So then we ended up departing 20 minutes late because they had to find and offload their bags.

While we were waiting, we got offered the obligatory pre-departure drink. I got water. Then one of the cabin crew came and spoke to me about my VGML. And…Fail.

The supper option was pasta. Not vegan. Not gluten free. The breakfast option was fruit salad with yogurt. And a savoury muffin. I could eat the fruit salad, but the yogurt was full cream, and the muffin wasn’t vegan or gluten free.

IMG_0615[1]This is the regular menu that was on offer in business class. I was basically offered the “vegetarian” option which amounts to a VOML (ovo-lacto vegetarian), not a VGML (vegan/strict vegetarian).

This is what Qantas has to offer for a VGML for it’s premium class customers? This is complete and utter bollocks. I could forgive the VGML not being gluten free. But when it’s not actually vegan? It’s unacceptable. Yes, what they were offering me was vegetarian, but it wasn’t vegan. The pasta had egg in it, the yogurt was dairy, and the muffin had dairy and egg.

Ugh. When I specify VGML, I expect to get the strict vegetarian meal. Not the VOML which contains dairy and egg. If you can’t provide the VGML, then don’t offer it as an option.

I spent most of the flight watching Sherlock. Because he’s pretty.

My original intention was to sleep, because the pre-flight information said that the plane had lay flat seats. It didn’t. Must have been a last minute plane change or something, I don’t know.

All in all, the flight was uneventful. Just incredibly disappointing with regards to the catering. I’ll be sending Qantas an email about it. This shouldn’t happen.

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