First Class Posts

Trip Report: Dragonair (Cathay Dragon) A330 First Class, Hong Kong to Beijing

Dragonair was recently rebranded by their parent company, Cathay Pacific, and will soon be called "Cathay Dragon." Oftentimes mislabeled as Cathay Pacific's "low cost carrier," Dragonair is actually Cathay Pacific's regional airline operating both narrow-body and wide-body Airbus aircraft to ...
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Lounge Review: Thai Royal Orchid Lounge at Hong Kong

The Thai Royal Orchid Lounge at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is located airside in the main departure hall of terminal 1, near gate 40. From the Duty Free shopping area of the departure level (6th floor), take the elevator up to the mezzanine level (7th floor) and follow the signs ...

Lounge Review: United Club at Hong Kong HKG

The United Club at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is located in the northwest concourse of terminal 1, near gate 60. From the Duty Free shopping area of the main departure level (6th floor), take the elevator to the mezzanine level (7th floor) and follow the signs for the airline lounges. The ...
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Lounge Review: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge at SFO

The Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge at San Francisco (SFO) is located airside in the international departure terminal, Area G. As you clear security, make your first right towards the United Club and go down the long hallway. The SilverKris lounge will be on your left hand side about halfway ...
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Lounge Review: Etihad Arrivals Lounge at Abu Dhabi

The Etihad Arrivals Lounge at Abu Dhabi is located in the Arrivals Hall of Terminals 1 and 3 after customs and baggage claim. Just collect your bags and proceed towards the exit. The entrance to the Etihad Arrivals Lounge is clearly marked and will be located on your right hand side. It's a great ...
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Alaska Airlines Provided Me A Personal Escort During a Close Connection

Alaska Airlines prides themselves in fantastic customer service and nothing boasts better customer service than my recent experience on a delayed inbound flight from Fresno to San Diego. My connection was scheduled for 45 minutes, but due to a delayed departure in Fresno, I landed just 16 minutes ...
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Lounge Review: Etihad First Class Lounge and Spa at Abu Dhabi

The Etihad First Class Lounge and Spa at Abu Dhabi is one of the most beautiful lounges I have ever visited. With a design inspired by their "Facets of Abu Dhabi" branding, Etihad's new flagship lounge epitomizes their re-imagined aesthetic with geometric design concepts, contrast materials and a ...
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Japan Airlines 777 First Class from Tokyo Narita to Chicago O'Hare

Another flight in First Class on a top flight Asian carrier, what a nice way to finish up our trip and head home.  Better yet, it was an easy nonstop flight between Narita and Chicago.  We took a train from Tokyo to Narita, and then would drive home from ...
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Flight Review: Virgin America First Class, DAL-LAX/SFO-DAL


Editor's Note:  This flight review will eventually be part of a larger trip report series about our trip to California in May.  I am accelerating this post to provide more detail while the flight is fresh in my mind.
My wife's brother was getting married in L.A. in May, and we ...
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Japan Airlines First Class Lounge at Tokyo Narita

Made to order sushi, a sake bar, plus free massages are just some of the features of the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge at Narita.  Our trip in Japan was nearly over, but this nice lounge was a good way to relax before the flight back to the States.
 
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Cathay Pacific First Class Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) Trip Report

Cathay Pacific First Class is not only an aspiration award but an exclusive experience in the sky reserved for the world’s richest, celebrities, and those who know how to play the points game. I have flown Cathay Pacific First Class several times, yet I will admit, that my late night, red eye ...
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Is the new Etihad First Class Lounge and Spa the best in the world?

Is the new Etihad First Class Lounge and Spa the best lounge in the world?  Maybe not, but after having visited, in my opinion it is certainly in the conversation among the best lounges I have visited.
 
 
 
Dessert and drink display in Etihad First Class ...
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Etihad Airways First Class Lounge Video Review

Etihad Airways First Class Lounge opened on May 30th in Terminal 3 in the Abu Dhabi airport. The expansive new lounge is for Etihad's First class passengers, guests of the Residence on the A380, and certain Elite members from Etihad and Etihad partner airlines frequent flyer program who are ...
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Next Adventure: Round the World in Premium Cabins

I've had this trip in the works for a while, and now it is finally here.  I booked a few final pieces just recently as availability opened up.  

Map courtesy of the excellent gcmap.com
 
This trip was built around availability for Etihad First Class Apartments on ...
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Lounge Review: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge at Hong Kong HKG

There are three Star Alliance partner lounges at Hong Kong International Airport but the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge is definitely the best option for Star Alliance Gold members and those flying in premium cabins on Star Alliance operated flights. Located near the front of terminal 1, just ...
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United Airlines Domestic First Class Flight Review Seattle To Houston

It has been nearly 6 months since I stepped foot on a United Airlines plane, but with a last minute trip to Houston, I took the plunge and flew United on a domestic award ticket using miles. As 12,500 miles $5.60 in fees made more sense than nearly $500 for a last minute ticket! Usually I do not ...
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ANA First Class from Chicago to Tokyo Narita

International First Class on an Asian carrier; definitely one of the more exciting parts of this hobby.  I've flown ANA before, but never in First Class, so as we got on board, I had pretty high expectations.  I think for the most part these expectations were met, my main complaint was ...
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Here's How To Redeem A Korean Air SkyPass Award - NOW CHEAPER!

You guys, this is great news! Korean Air used to have a horrible website and a very cumbersome process for redeeming SkyPass Miles for award flights but since their website upgrade, the process couldn't be easier now. And to sweeten the pot even more, Korean Air recently slashed their fuel ...
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Amenity Kit Review: ANA First Class

I was fortunate to fly ANA First Class from Chicago to Tokyo in late 2015.  I'm nearly finished with my trip report, but first I wanted to add a review of the amenity kit I received. For our introductory post and description of the categories, and the 5 point rating scale, please ...