Cathay Pacific Flight 883
11/07/2016 – 10:25pm
Los Angeles – Hong Kong
For our first ever International Business Class flight, we booked 2 tickets on Cathay Pacific for 55,000 miles each (now 70,000 miles) + $5.60 in taxes and fees.
When we arrived to the airport, there were no lines for Business Class. Security was super fast as well, despite the fact that International airlines do not currently participate in TSA-Pre Check. Once through security, we went up to the OneWorld Lounge and enjoyed some wine and snacks. The lounge was very full, especially as most flights from the Tom Bradley Terminal leave late at night. We then strolled over to our gate and saw our chariot for the next 15 hours.
We were warmly greeted aboard and shown to our spacious seats. Because they were so big, we felt so far apart!
Once in the air, the flight crew began preparing for dinner service.
Because of a long day of packing and tying up loose ends, we were completely tired and fell asleep for about 6 hours after dinner service. Upon waking we were a bit peckish, so we ordered the Shrimp & Wonton Noodle Soup and a Cheese plate.
A quick interjection here: usually on any previous flights, we wouldn’t be comfortable using the Flight Attendant Call button. With Domestic American flights, it always feels like you are inconveniencing them for doing their job. But with this flight (and other International flights) the impression they give is that it is their privilege to assist. Every time we pushed the button, they were there in about 5 seconds and ready to answer whatever request we had. We watched a little bit of Entertainment, and then took a nap.
Upon waking up, the flight crew was preparing breakfast. While it feels that all you do is eat, it is a 15 hour flight! In a normal day, we typically eat every 4-5 hours. Same here… we just didn’t want to post boring pictures of us sleeping/watching TV, so eating is all you see.
After breakfast, we only had a short while before landing. We touched down very smoothly and taxied to our gate at around 6am local time. After going through Immigration, we went to the Arrival Lounge via our Business Class Tickets. This was great as our hotel room wouldn’t be ready for several hours. So we enjoyed coffee, caught up on the news of the previous day, and took showers. The showers are cleaned after every use and had a wait of about 30 minutes. They provide most amenities you would need. Once refreshed, we requested an Uber, and began our Asia Adventure.
This was a great way of 55,000 American miles. We arrived rested and in good spirits for our time in Asia. We highly recommend using your miles for long trips in Business/First Class. If you are in need of assistance in travel planning, especially in using miles, check out our Travel Planning page.