How To Use Your Bonus AAdvantage Miles From Hong Kong

For the next couple of days, American Airlines is offering a 120,000-mile bonus for every 150,000 miles that you buy from their website (with smaller bonuses for smaller increments). If you have an AAdvantage account over 30 days old you’re eligible to purchase, but the bonus reduces every day after that (I’m not actually sure what they’re on about, since the website suggests the bonus is “reduced every day for the first 12 days”, but the bonus has stayed at 120,000 miles all along). This represents a value of 1.77 American cents (HK$0.14) per mile, which is pretty good (it reduces the value of a 150,000-mile roundtrip to Europe to US$2,660, or HK$20,800).

I’m sure most of you have already taken advantage of this offer, so that’s not the point of this post. Instead I want to point out some really nice redemptions that you can make with your extra miles (now that the promotion is almost over, and I’m sure those of you who usually take advantage of these deals have already done so).

Fly QSuites to Europe for the value of HK$20,800, or fly twice if you already have a bunch of miles at hand

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Review: Qantas Business Class Lounge Sydney Airport

Out of all the hub lounges I’ve been to, my three favourite business class lounges are Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse at London Heathrow, Cathay Pacific’s The Pier Lounge Hong Kong, and Swiss’ Dock E Lounge in Zurich (more or less in that order, with Qatar Airways’ Al Mourjan lounge being a fourth). While I’d love to write a post dedicated to what I believe are the world’s best business class lounges, I have a couple more to visit this year that I believe will make the list, so I’ll hold that off until later this year.

Off the top of my head, I knew Qantas’ lounge at Sydney Airport wouldn’t make the list. While Qantas has a famously good first class lounge, the business class lounge has long seemed to be somewhat of an afterthought, with reports being that it’s drab, crowded, and aging. Qantas is planning on refurbishing this lounge, and the new lounge will be fully completed by the end of 2019.

With my family, my bags and somewhat low expectations, I headed to Sydney Airport at 1 PM for our 4 PM flight.

Sydney Airport Check-in Hall

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Review: The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong

Introduction
The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Cabin Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Wing Business Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Bridge Lounge Hong Kong
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Plaza Premium Airport Experience Zone Taipei Taoyuan
Cathay Pacific 405 A330-300 Business Class Taipei to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Arrival Lounge Hong Kong


Cathay Pacific’s check-in was near the South Wing of Hong Kong Airport immigration, at aisle B. We entered through there – on the plus side, there are less people, but on the other hand I was aching to revisit the Qantas Lounge, which is my second favourite lounge at Hong Kong Airport. That’s located right past the North Wing of immigration, so I had to take the trek across the terminal back there.

Keep in mind that the Qantas Lounge Hong Kong is a oneworld business class lounge, so apart from status, you can get in the lounge with basically any oneworld carrier. I’m assuming that with Emirates’ partnership you can also visit the Qantas Lounge flying Emirates first or business class, though I’m not sure about that.

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Which Lounge to Use Before A OneWorld Business Class Flight From Hong Kong?

While there’s a lot I need to learn about airlines, I’m one of the best people to ask regarding oneworld business class lounges in Hong Kong. I’ve been to every single business class lounge that the alliance holds (as well as all the Star Alliance lounges, which I’ll talk about after I post my review of the United Club), and reviewed every single one of them – while I still don’t really know how many people will be in each lounge at a specific time, I have a pretty good general understanding of what each lounge has to offer.

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The Pier Business Class Lounge is easily the best lounge in Hong Kong, as well as one of the best in the world

So, what I want to share is: which lounge should you visit before your flight if you’re flying in oneworld business class from Hong Kong?

(This post isn’t necessarily to say which lounge is the best, but which you should visit under varying circumstances. If you’re wondering which lounges are the best, there’s a post I wrote in 2015 entitled “Comparing OneWorld and Star Alliance Lounges Hong Kong“, but there’s nothing on the Pier as I hadn’t visited back then.)

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Our “Best” and “Worst” Travel Of 2015

Happy new year! Last year, we thought it would be fun to create a post on our “best” and “worst” travel of 2014. After updating our trip report index, we decided to make this thing annual so it would be cooler (i.e. scrolling down and going “woah, that’s Alvin/Jason/Nat’s worst flight of the year”).

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Obviously, this is just a follow-up and all relative, as I’ve enjoyed all my flights this year – each and every one.

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Comparing OneWorld and Star Alliance Lounges Hong Kong

While I’ve only flown business class a few times this year (it’s made up the bulk of my flying, but comparatively I didn’t fly much, especially compared to next year), I have flown all three alliances in business class.

I’ve flown on Star Alliance with Thai Airways on the A330-300 from Hong Kong to Phuket and back

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Thai Airways Airbus A330-300 Business Class

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Review: To London and Paris – The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong

Introduction
The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Wing Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific The Bridge Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific 239 777-300ER Business Class Hong Kong to London Heathrow
Hotel Indigo London Kensington
Eurostar 9018 E300/British Rail Class 373 Standard Premier London St. Pancras to Paris Gares du Nord
L’Empire Paris
Cathay Pacific Lounge Paris Charles de Gaulle
Cathay Pacific 260 777-300ER Business Class Paris Charles de Gaulle to Hong Kong


I had a lot to do airside in Hong Kong Airport (wave off some friends who were departing on the same day, etc.), so arrived three hours before my flight, deciding to do a little lounge run before the flight. Immigration was virtually empty, so I got through, deciding to check out the Qantas lounge before anything else (a lounge I decided I would DEFINITELY visit during the wait).

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The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Entrance

I was promptly admitted, and when asked if I could access the Wing or the Bridge later (as I was planning to check out the lounge closest to my gate), the lounge attendant just gave me my lounge invitation back, saying that I could use it there while accessing this lounge spotlessly. Hooray!

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The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong – WOW!

Hello from London, fresh off my first flight in a reverse herringbone business class seat! I’ll talk about my first impressions of the seat in a separate post, but I visited three lounges in the airport, one of which I’m dying to talk about.

The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Seating

The Qantas Lounge is massive and features lots and lots of seating. It holds the same concept as The Cabin, except that it’s much airier, has much more natural light and is much bigger.
The concept of the lounge is minimalistic blue-wood-red-white, which the lounge delivers in an unbelievable way.

The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Seating

The Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Seating

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Premium economy: is it business class?

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a look at quite a few business class products this year, and really, I think I like what I see.

I’ve been on Korean Air’s fully flat product, which is an incredibly solid product and I thoroughly enjoyed my flight, and my enjoyment wasn’t hindered by the fact that I got amazing food on the flight..

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Korean Air Airbus A330-300 Business Class Cabin

I’ve been on THAI’s angled flat product, which was rather solid for a three hour flight. I loved the seat, and thought the whole experience was on par to my expectations and to the competition.

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THAI Airbus A330-300 Business Class Cabin

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