Last time I left off writing as we were in the air flying from Dallas to S. Francisco and using the in-flight wifi for free thanks to AMEX. We were supposed in First Class on British Airways where you can enjoy excellent Hermolis Kosher meals in their First Lounge in London. However the flight to London was canceled due to the minor snowstorm that managed to disrupt worldwide air travel for an entire week. At any rate we were re-routed via the Pacific. Normally you cannot change the routing on the infexible AA One World ticket, but when a flight is canceled all of the rules fall away. Unfortunately we didn’t have any kosher meals on any flights due to the last-minute flight changes. And then our flight from Dallas to S. Francisco was delayed by an hour so we didn’t arrive in time to even go to a restaurant in S. Francisco. Of course we traveled with plenty of food just for such an eventuality, so all was well. … [Read more...] about Round-The-World Trip Notes, Part 1: Khao Lak, Thailand.
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I’m going to make a number of comparisons between Singapore and Cathay Pacific first class. On Cathay you don’t have a suite per se but you do get a very comfortable wide seat that is semi-private. Besides for in the very first row in the nose of the Cathay 747 there are no good seats for couples on Cathay that want to see each other during the flight. Contrast that to Singapore suites where the double suites are just perfect for 2 people traveling together. Cathay First has awesome availability and can be booked with partner miles like AA and BA. Singapore Suites can only be booked with Singapore miles with fuel surcharges and it can be very tough to find 2 seats at saver rates. While Cathay First from the US means flying just to Hong Kong on Singapore there are flights to Moscow, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul. … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: Singapore A380 Suites And 46 Hours In Paris
The American flight from JFK to Cleveland didn’t have award availability so that meant switching airports, but I took advantage of the 5 hour layover to rent a car, daven shacharis at the Rebbe’s Ohel, and then catch lunch with 6 DDF guys at Amsterdam Burger Company that was arranged beforehand on the NYC DO thread. The Mushroom And Caramelized Onion burger and the BBQ Pulled Beef Sandwich were great! Well, not as good as Clubhouse Cafe, but that place is long gone unfortunately. A couple guys got the Breakfast Burger which they raved about. … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: 2 Nights In Singapore And Back Home On A Korean A380
I’ve flown international first class on most American, European, and Asian airlines with my miles. I’d say that my favorite service on a flight has been from ANA and Singapore, their flight attendants are in another league and tend to your every need. My favorite first class bed and seat is on Cathay Pacific, though they are the only airline known to refuse to warm up your own kosher meal and their service isn’t quite as good as other Asian carriers. Lufthansa and Swiss have great first class lounges and ground services. Qantas‘ first class lounges are amazing as well. My favorite cabin was on TAM, where I was able to book the entire first class cabin/living room for my family with miles. And flying Singapore’s couples suites is pretty amazing as well. … [Read more...] about Maldives Trip Notes Part 1: Flying Emirates Shower Class To Dubai
Checkout was 10am and we were back on the Great Ocean Road where we hit up more fantastic sites and some other short hikes along the Great Ocean Road. Finally we headed north towards the Grampians National Park. The Grampians are just stunning. The views are simply not accurately caught in the pictures below, they’re truly a site you need to see with your own 2 eyes to appreciate. There are countless amazing hikes in the Grampians, each with a big payoff at the end in the form of breathtaking views and sites. … [Read more...] about Round-The-World Trip Notes, Part 3: Melbourne, Australia.
Days before the flight AJK texted me excitedly while I was at a Cavs game with my better half that 2 first class saver award seats opened on a JAL flight from Tokyo to Chicago. The JAL flight would mean a 90 minute connection in Tokyo on a separate ticket on an airline from another alliance. American only charges 62.5K miles in first class from Japan to the USA versus 110K on United, so at first glance it was a no-brainer. However United was also throwing in the flights from Palau to Tokyo at that 110K rate, so that would mean having to shell out 12.5K United miles in coach or 25K miles in business to get to Tokyo. Ultimately we nixed the JAL option as well because we were nervous about misconnecting, wanted to check out Tokyo, and wanted to try out ANA Squares First Class. … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 1: Honolulu