Review: BA First SFO-LHR

We boarded from the lounge into the First Class cabin through door 1L. This was my first time flying British Airways.

Date: Friday February 28
Flight: 284
Aircraft: 747-400
Origin: SFO
Destination: LHR
Seat: 4K
Scheduled Push Back: 4:10 PM
Actual Push Back: 4:13 PM

The seating is in a 1-2-1 arrangement on the lower deck in the nose of the aircraft. The crew was very professional and addressed me by name. The seat was comfortable and spacious. On the seat was two pillows.

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Review: SFO British Airways Terraces Lounge

British Airways recently remodeled the SFO lounge in 2019. The pictures looked stunning. This would be my first time visiting a British Airways lounge. I showed up at 12:45 PM for my 4:30 PM flight to find out the lounge doesn’t open until 1:15 PM. Taking advantage of my oneworld ticket I went over to the Cathay Pacific lounge to wait it out.

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Review: SQ Business MNL-SIN

Singapore Airlines has begun to refresh their regional product. What use to be angled flat seats in a 2-2-2 configuration has been updated to 1-2-1 on new A350 aircraft. After a quick stay at the SilverKris lounge we heading to the boarding gate.

Date: Saturday January 25
Flight: 917
Aircraft: A350-900
Origin: MNL
Destination: SIN
Seat: 19D
Scheduled Push Back: 2:05 PM
Actual Push Back: 2:08 PM

We boarded and were directed to our seats by the flight crew. The new regional product is a big improvement over the older seats. These seats feature direct aisle access and fully lay flat seats.

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Review: CX The Pier First Class Lounge

I’ve been pretty excited to check out Cathay Pacifics First Class Lounges. Based on my limited research are two main First Class lounges. The Wing has cabanas (enclosed suite with a day bed) and a Champagne bar. However, The Pier has recently-ish been remodeled and looks stunning. I decided to check out The Pier.

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Review: Hong Kong Sky City Marriott

I had an overnight layover and was looking to get some proper rest before my Cathay Pacific First Class flight to ORD. I booked this Marriott for ~150 USD which didn’t seem to bad. While not attached to the airport there is a free shuttle that runs every half hour that drives the shirt drive between the airport and the hotel.

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Review: CX BusinessFirst SGN-HKG

On December 31, 2018 I was browsing my news feed when I saw all these deal alerts for Cathay Pacific First Class from Vietnam to the USA round trip. Some fares were right below 1,000 while others were a tad more expensive. By the time I hopped on this I wound up booking SGN to ORD for ~1,200 round trip. I was pretty excited to try Cathay Pacific First Class. To position to SGN I booked Korean Airlines First Class (previous flight and lounge reviews). Korean Airlines is actually scaling back their First Class which is sad to hear (but not surprising). While Korean Airlines First Class isn’t a leading product it was good and easily available via points.

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Review: OZ (Asiana) ICN-LAX First Class

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.

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Review: JAL HND-GMP Business Class

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.

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Review: LAX Star Alliance First Class Lounge

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.

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