Jump to content

Which flights to minimise jetlag?

  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 CheekyKids

Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:54 AM

Could all you savvy travellers help with choosing flights to minimise jetlag please? (And yes, I realise jetlag is going to be bad with either option!)

Sydney to London, New York to Sydney:

Option 1
Departing Sydney at 6 am - arriving at 8.15pm with 1 hour 15 min stopover in Dubai
Departing New York at 11.20 am - arriving at 7 am two days later with 2 hr 30 min stopover in Dubai

Option 2
Departing Sydney at 4pm- arriving at 6:30am the next day with1 hour 15 min stopover in Dubai
Departing New York at 10 pm - arriving at 8:40am 2 days later with 2 hour stopover in Los Angeles

Of the two options, there is one airline that I'd prefer to fly with due to great feedback on their customer service, but I would like to consider the jetlag as well.


Edited by CheekyKids, 23 February 2013 - 06:55 AM.

#2 MrsLexiK

Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:14 AM

It's a tough one, I personally can't sleep in planes even when I'm in the pointy end I can't. I never have been able to whether it is a night flight or day flight or whatever.  I find though that flying does make me tired so arriving in the afternoon (where possible) I try and do and there is sometime to explore, an early dinner and then bed. Of course doesn't normally work out this way, with flight times!

#3 Penguin78

Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:35 AM

In my experience, I find it easier to arrive mid afternoon.  Then you check in to accom, have dinner then go to bed at 8.30pm.
If you do arrive in the morning have a nap late morning or early afternoon but set your alarm and don't sleep for more then two hours. Then go to bed at 9.30pm.

Doing this, trying to get into normal routine from day 1 has been the best combat against jetlag.

#4 Ice Queen

Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:58 AM

Option 1 for me.

However, you dont say the actual flight times.  If the flight back via LA was a much shorter flight time I would take that one.  Same flight time, option 1 for sure.  Also LA is revolting for a stopover.  At least in Dubai you could find a shower and have something decent to eat.  

Just saw 10pm departure from NY on option 2, yuck!

#5 minidiamond

Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:09 AM

Can't understand how you'd depart NYC at 10pm and get to LA in time to get those flights out to Sydney ? I have found doing a night in LA helps if you can (ie rather than go all the way from NYC to Sydney).  

In any case, that 2 hour stopover will go very quickly because you'll have to transfer to the other terminal etc, depending on airline.

#6 *LucyE*

Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:26 AM

Are you travelling with kids or without?  How old are the kids if you are travelling with them?

If I'm flying without kids, I prefer to go non stop and arrive in the morning. I nap on the plane (it's never good quality sleep so not quite refreshing) and stay awake for the first day to adjust. Go to bed early and am right the next day.

Flying with young kids, I have at least a day (usually more) stop over. Yes, it drags out transit times but going at a leisurely pace is so much less stressful for all concerned. I prefer to fly at night with the kids but early evening/late arvo flight so they are not ratty at the airport. I find travelling with kids exhausts me even when they are angels so I also try to minimize transit times at the destination. After being cooped up, they need some space to stretch out without rigid rules and I need space without having to manage them.

Flying anti clockwise really affects me so I like your itinerary.

#7 Isolabella

Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:36 PM

On arrival in UK I like to arrive afternoon/evening as you can go to bed and crash. Arriving 6am in London it is very hard to stay awake all day. Most accommodation will not allow you to check in before 2pm so you are stuffed. We were lucky when we arrived at 5am that they gave us our room early so we did have a 90mins kip at 12 noon till 1.30pm, but like PP said don't sleep any longer.

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.


What's hot on EB

How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.

Mum's desperate plea as whooping cough alert issued

A desperate mother has shared a heart-breaking video of her baby struggling to cope with a coughing fit caused by pertussis.

Coffee could help you live longer

New US research found people who report drinking three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson's disease.

The joy and dread of playdates

To live vicariously through your child is to rediscover anxieties you thought dead and buried.

Sick baby could die without scarce special formula, mum says

Lizzie Cann is down to her last three tins of a special formula in short supply.

Adorable toddler's strop foiled by squeaky shoes

We're probably all familiar with the pouty bottom lip and tightly crossed arms of a tot mid-strop.

More sex during World Cup created more baby boys

More sex during South Africa's World Cup meant a disproportionately high number of boys were born nine months later, a new study has found.

Win one of two ABC Shop prize packs in time for Christmas

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Do fitness challenges really work?

Fitness challenges aren't new. There's Michelle Bridges 12WBT and a bunch of other programs if you really want to lose weight.

What are pregnant women Googling?

Pregnancy is a huge change for any woman, so it's natural we'll have questions - and turn to Google to ask them.



Can't decide?

Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.