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I did find a steal business class fare on Hong Kong Airlines for $178. And it was on an A350. Sign me up.
Sure it’s only a little over an hour flight so you don’t get the full treatment, but I must say the treatment on an Asian airline for an hour flight is far different from the treatment on an hour long US Domestic flight.
Having flown ANA’s 787 with their regional recliner seat, as well as their 777 with the staggered business class seat, I was anxious to try the newer staggered seat for the 787-9 series.
As any confessed avgeek would do the morning of a highly anticipated flight, they would check for the assigned aircraft to their flight. Todays’ aircraft would be JA789A, Star Wars BB-8!
On October 1st, 2018 United announced the inaugural flight of their new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner. Without much contemplation I decided I wanted to be on this flight.
The 30 Super Diamond business class seats are all located in the front cabin before door 2.
Nevertheless I’ve wanted to experience the 2 787 models that American flies. This gave me the opportunity to “kill two birds” with one 25,000 saver award ticket.
This flight would the first from Singapore to San Francisco using the A350ULR.
A Singapore Airlines agent met me at the jetway and escorted me to the combined Singapore First and Business class lounge which was across the hall from our arrival gate.
The day began with an expectation to fly Singapore’s new A380 round trip to Shanghai, business to and first on the return. It didn’t work out.
Maybe the perfect flight.
This time there was no disappointment.
This 4-leg 15,000+ mile first class journey was everything I’d hoped for. Could it get any better? Yes!
Reward Flying has flown many miles in first class on most of the world’s premier airlines. This flight may have been the best.
While first class redemptions are always a treat, when they include special services like private check-in, the experience becomes extra special. Today’s flight would include Singapore Airlines renowned first class reception.
If you can’t get excited about flying Singapore’s A380 Suites class, then reward flying isn’t for you.
Now that I had my fun flying Qantas’ 787-9 to somewhere I didn’t need to go, I had to get to Sydney where the trip home would commenee the following day.
I traded a day in Brisbane for 120 minutes on Qantas’ new 787-9 just to experience this well publicized aircraft. I’m glad I did.
Due to my compulsive desire to tinker with trips, what was once 5 days in Cairns turned into an overnight. I won’t make that mistake again.
I was able to snag a deal and booked it primarily to plane watch before my flight to Cairns, the trip’s original destination.
After my visit to the lounge it was off to the end of Concourse C to board the A380 for a 14 hour flight to Sydney.
The whole purpose of being in Paris on this day to catch a Qatar airways flight was to experience Q-suites. Such are the perils of making reservations a year in advance.
Booking a year out is when many great reward seats are available. In this case I had the choice of flying KLM in their 747 or Air France in their A330. Easy.
Knowing Delta's intentions were to replace the 747's with their new Airbus A350, I set another aircraft change alert.
Traveling on a carrier who doesn't fly to the USA is always an anticipated experience for me, especially on one with a great reputation for premium service.
While Singapore Airlines has numerous direct flights to Bali, I thought it would be fun to try KLM's fifth freedom flight. It was a good decision.
Reward Flying has reviewed the JAL Sky Suite twice as well as the Shell Flat Neo, so reviewing the Sky Suite III was anticipated.
It's all Delta's fault. So thanks Delta for a reason to fly Japan Airlines first class again.
So I saved at least 10,000 points and got to Chicago in first class with the quickest connection.
Speaking of IFE. The true in-flight entertainment was out the window on this flight!
reward flying lounge reports
Reviews of premium lounges you might visit while reward flying.
Then just past this checkpoint is an elevator up to the Lufthansa First Class lounge. You can’t miss it, It’s well marked.
It is a grand entrance up the massive escalator to an open lobby seemingly without a ceiling. The entrance itself depicts the opulence of this one of a kind first class lounge.
After seeing both the first class and business class sides, I'd probably return to the business side as it has some better features.
In September 2017 American Airlines opened a new Flagship Lounge at Chicago's O'Hare airport.
Without question this is a fantastic lounge. It is comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, has great views, delicious food and a spa.
The golf cart pulled up to the Royal First Lounge like you'd pull up to any tee at your favorite golf course. In other words, anywhere.
Offering my boarding passes the agent immediately asked me to follow her. She escorted me through the first class lounge and handed me off to the attendant in The Private Room.
What a great lounge! Yes the decor might be getting a little long in the tooth but the food, drink and service were excellent.
While the Frankfurt First Class Terminal is best known, the lounge in Terminal One Concourse B close to gate B26 is its twin sister.
The new United Airlines Polaris lounge at Chicago's O'Hare airport is located in Terminal 1, Concourse C next to Gate C18.
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