Los Angeles to Hong Kong Cathay Pacific First Class
2 Days in Hong Kong
5 Days in Kansai Area
Narita to Los Angeles Singapore Suites
Let me start out by saying flying first class is probably not practical in any way nor is it necessary. Nonetheless, when the deal is that good, it’s usually not a bad idea. Cathay Pacific First Class was probably the best flight I have ever taken, even comparing that with Singapore Suites.
The process of getting two Cathay Pacific first class LAX-HKG seats was a bit complicated. Cathay Pacific usually releases one F seat about 330 days ahead and then starts releasing more seats about 7 days before departure. However for business class, they will release multiple seats about 330 days in advance. We originally booked two business class tickets at 55K AA miles each (now 70K). I then decided to upgrade one ticket to first class by paying the difference of 12.5K more. Now F class to Asia is 110K one way instead of 67.5K which is a big difference. I probably would not spend that many miles for a one way flight.
I was willing to take the gamble that Cathay would release one more F ticket closer to departure. I set alerts on Wandr.me and was alerted they released one F seat on the same flight. We were then all set to go, the gamble paid off!
After eating at the Qantas Lounge, we were ready to board. I had called Cathay Pacific’s USA number to reserve seats 1A and 2A. These are probably the best seats for couples because you get your own aisle. If you are traveling solo, 2A is the best seat.We were escorted to our seats and the stewardesses introduced themselves and greeted us by Mr. and Ms. We were quickly offered a glass of Krug champagne which I gladly accepted. The stewardess asked if we wanted to eat dinner right away and I agreed. The wife decided to skip out on her dinner (waste, oh well!). The Cathay Pacific seat is super spacious with lots of space. Being in 1A, I had 3 windows and it felt quite private. There are only 6 seats on Cathay Pacific First Class, and each person gets assigned one or two attendants to help you. The service was good and they didn’t bother you too much while you were eating. I also liked that you could order your food whenever you wanted and they didn’t rush you or anything.
For dinner, I ordered the lobster with caviar starter. I don’t really get caviar, it’s not that great tasting and it’s very expensive. The meal service was nicely paced and I enjoyed my time while watching Mad Max. The fresh bread was quite tasty and the lobster was great, although not too much meat. For some reason, I think Asian food tastes better than Western food on planes.
For dessert, I had a Glenmorangie single malt whisky, apple tart, and Hong Kong milk tea.
After dinner I fell asleep, but forgot to ask the attendants to set up my bed. I didn’t know they could put a mattress pad. After eating a midnight snack of wonton noodles, I asked for the pad and slept again. I probably slept 8 hours of the 15 hour flight. Time flew by with the meal service and sleeping, so the 15 hour flight felt just right.
By the second time I woke up, we were only about 2 hours away. I ate a light breakfast of bread and fruit, while my wife got scrambled eggs that were cooked to order! (no picture because she devoured them). Even though I wasn’t hungry, I couldn’t pass up Cathay Pacific’s signature dim sum on the flight, when will I ever have a chance to do so? It was actually really good!
We soon arrived in Hong Kong, and we felt nice and refreshed after sleeping a full 8 hours or so on the plane. Cathay Pacific First Class was the best flight I’ve ever been on because it was a perfect length to enjoy sleep, food, and comfort. I probably wouldn’t take it again unless it was an amazing deal because First Class is a bit excessive and not that practical. However, the excitement of getting a $10,000 flight for $5 is awesome! All thanks to points and miles!
Next up… 2 Days in Hong Kong!