Flight Garuda Indonesia GA 712
Jakarta (CGK) – Sydney (SYD)
Aircraft: Airbus A330-300
During the Eid al-Adha, I was grateful that I had weekend getaway to Sydney. Also I was particularly pleased that it only cost half of the required miles. Thanks to the promotion from Garuda Indonesia, half price for redemption ticket Jakarta to Sydney on Economy and Business class. Before you know it, Boom! Confirmed two tickets on Business Class to Sydney. The flight unfortunately was not the new business class with Diamond seat. As far as I know, none of the Sydney route features the new Diamond business class seat. The usual route would be Jakarta – Denpasar, Tokyo Haneda, Shanghai and Singapore.
How much would it cost to fly Garuda Indonesia Business Class Jakarta to Sydney?
Usually it would cost around 42 million Rupiah to fly return on Business class Jakarta to Sydney. If redeeming using miles, it would cost 126,000 miles. Because of the promotion, it cost only 63,000 miles plus 3 million rupiah in tax and surchage. What interesting was the tax and surcharge cost of 3 million Rupiah is the same whether you redeem Business class or Economy class. It is no brainer you will get more value of your miles when redeeming Business class ticket.
Garuda Indonesia Business Class Check In
Flight departed at 11.40 pm from the Terminal 3 Ultimate and we arrived at 8 pm to avoid traffic. There are dedicated check-in areas for Business class, Garuda Miles Platinum or SkyTeam Elite Plus passengers. The on ground staff took care of our luggages and proceeded to check in for us, while we sit at the sofa in the premium check-in counter. She informed us of the lounge access and Fast track Immigration and security checks. You can read the full review of the Lounge and Fast Track access Here.
Boarding was through gate 10, and interestingly 2 simultaneous flights boarded through this gate. Flight to Haneda is scheduled for 11.35 pm and only 5 minutes difference with Sydney flight. I saw a lot of confusion from passengers and God knows why Garuda chose the same gate for 2 high traffic volume flights. After they have boarded 90% of passengers on Haneda flight, they started boarding for passengers bound to Sydney. As expected, they were not enforcing the priority boarding for business class, GarudaMiles Platinum and SkyTeam Elite Plus passengers. This was the only disappointing part of the whole flight.
What more confusing was whilst boarding, the on ground staff shouted, “Last call for Haneda passengers!”. I had to double check and asked if it was the correct boarding lines for Sydney passengers. After boarding I realized Haneda passengers boarded through skybridge on Gate 10, whilst Sydney passengers were directed to the skybridge on Gate 10, went down through the stairs, walked to the next gate, walked up to the skybridge and proceed to the plane.
Garuda Indonesia Business Class Seat
After we settled in our business class seats, the flight attendants offered drinks, with choices from champagne to orange juice. The seats like mentioned earlier, was old business class and the same as domestic business class. Unlike the new Diamond business class seat which feature all aisle access, the old business class consists of 6 seats in a row with 2-2-2 configuration. You will also get amenity kit, exclusively for business class passengers. I noticed that the blanket provided is not the usual plain blanket. But rather, dark colour on one side and light colour on the other side. I assumed the blanket has warm and cold side.
Shortly after take off, the lovely flight attendant gave us the food menu and took our order. Since it was midnight flight, she inquired if we wanted to have supper and breakfast or breakfast only. Browsing through the menu, I opted for nachos for supper and sausage & egg for breakfast. She then asked how I would like the egg done; scrambled, sunny side up or poached. I was totally mind blown. I would expect only scrambled egg made on board. So I decided to try sunny side up for breakfast. Just look at the photo below. Surely Garuda didn’t disappoint. Along with the service from the flight attendants that are warm and professional, this is why Garuda Indonesia is named 5 stars SkyTrax airline.
It’s funny how back then during the uni years, I dreaded flights to Sydney sitting at the back of economy class. Worried that I couldn’t sleep, etc. Now sitting on the business class, the flight time seems so short.