An early morning but great coffee and croissants in the Air New Zealand Lounge. We also enjoyed our own private check-in area as Star Golds. All that flying on UA pays off, although our seats going back don't look to be as good as flying over here.
Oh well - once we've left the Qantas Lounge in Sydney, hosted generously by a fellow Flyer Talker, we'll be sitting in the back of the bus as non-status QF flyers all the way up to Cairns.
Flying experiences like that just make us appreciate our status on United all the more.