I was pretty excited for this flight. It’s not everyday I get to fly on an A380. It’s a bit sad that Asiana will be ending First Class service all together later in 2019. The First Class lounge was small but quiet which is always a plus these days.
I was pretty excited to try JAL as I’ve heard good things. I don’t have any points or miles with Oneworld carriers so I transferred AMEX MR points to British Airways Avios during a 30% bonus. This flight typically is pretty expensive as it’s between the two popular close in airports popular with business travelers. Unfortunately, British Airways just increased the cost of redemption. I redeemed just 15,000 Avios (~12,000 AMEX MR with the 30% bonus) for this flight. However, the price has now gone up to 16,500 Avios.
I was excited to check out this “lounge”. I put lounge in quotes as I think lounge isn’t the right world. This is really an addition to the business class lounge that is only accessable to first class customers. The lounge even has a connected door to the business class area which has a larger buffet and even an outdoor deck. However, the business class lounge tends to get pretty crowded.
I was traveling to Tokyo Narita with ANA in First Class which provided access to the Polaris Lounge. This lounge is considerably smaller than SFO but still had all the Polaris Lounge staples.
Originally we were set to fly SIN-DEL-AMD on an Air India award ticket in business class. However, Air India canceled the DEL-AMD leg and I looked for other options. Enter Vistara. This is an airline that currently only flies domestic in India from their hub in New Delhi. The airline is a JV between Tata and Singapore Airlines.
I was on a end of year mileage PQD run to secure United Platinum Premier status. While there isn’t much of a difference it seemed worth it for the extra RDM earning in 2019. With a 2 hour layover in LAX I wondered over the TBIT to check out the Star Alliance lounge. There is a separate first class lounge which I’ll hopefully be in come July.
I had a long layover at HKG and was walking all over the airport. I went to the AMEX lounge for a bit which is one of the better options. Then I went to the Singapore SilverKris lounge which is decent but nothing to write home about. As I was walking around I noticed the Plaza Premium First Lounge.
Singapore Airlines has quite the lounge setup at Changi. There is the KrisFlyer Gold lounge. This is Singapore Airlines Star Alliance lounge (people traveling in economy with status). Then there is the KrisFlyer lounge which caters to people in ticketed business or first class. The lounge is mostly a business class lounge with a section for first class. However, the first class section is meant for passengers ticketed on Star Alliance first class. If you’re ticketed on Singapore Airlines first or suites class there is another room with the first class lounge called The Private Room.
I was pretty excited to experience the Singaore first class lounge. I was in the Hong Kong first class lounge but wasn’t feeling well. Upon entry an attendant scanned by boarding pass and open a door to the right of the check in desk.