Cathay Pacific A330 (new) Business Class Review – CX139 Hong Kong to Sydney

This review is a long time coming. I’ve been up to Hong Kong four times this year, and felt like I was going a bit HKG mad with various reviews and posts, so I have been slowly working my way through anything worth talking about since my first trip in January.

However, I took this flight in May, and am now only just finishing up and publishing this review. Cathay launched their new Business Class onto the Sydney route not long before I took this flight, so I should have published it sooner.

This was my third trip back from HK in just 4 months, and after a shocker of an overnight return flight the trip prior where I was parked up the back and got virtually no sleep, I felt inclined to ensure I received better treatment this time around. I purposefully booked myself on the only daytime flight to Sydney, CX162, as I knew it was operating their new Business Class, and was keen to try it out. Continue reading…

Qantas A380 First Class Review – QF9 Melbourne to Singapore

I was researching my plans on how to get up to Malaysia from Sydney, and when this opportunity presented itself I couldn’t pass it up. I was yet to fly Qantas First Class on the A380, hadn’t been to the Melbourne First Class lounge, and the 90,000 points needed for this flight were sitting in my account. I booked this as an Any Seat Award, paying an extra $100 or so to accrue around 10,000 points and some status credits.

Wandering off from the lounge about as late as possible before boarding (I was enjoying the food and drink too much), I was one of the last 2 or 3 First Class passengers to board, after a long queue on the air bridge with Economy passengers – both First and Economy use the same forward door. Continue reading…

Cathay Pacific A330 (old) Business Class Review – CX162 Sydney to Hong Kong

I’ve travelled up to Hong Kong from Sydney 3 times in the first half of this year. Two of those trips I’ve picked CX162, which departs Sydney around 11am, arriving in Hong Kong at around 5.30 pm HKT.

Rather than give blow by blow reviews of two similar flights, I figured I’d combine the two and give a pictorial run through. Both flights were pretty good and perfectly acceptable, and well up to Cathay’s usual standards in Business Class, but nothing really outstanding or interesting to report happened on either. Continue reading…

Qantas 747 Premium Economy Review- QF127 Sydney to Hong Kong

My flight up to Hong Kong was on QF127, the daytime departure from Sydney at 11.50am. Although Qantas have recently started flying the A380 on this route, 3 days out of 7 are still operated by a 747 which was the case for this journey.

As this work trip was booked only 10 days before I was due to leave, the choice of seats was pretty minimal. I’d settled on a middle aisle seat, but the day before the flight I noticed that the seatmap had changed, and we had an aircraft swap to the 3 class 747 (with no First class) from the regular 4 class type that usually runs this route. This meant some seats opened up at the front of the cabin, but I struggled to find decent info about this particular configuration, and in the end I made a bad decision and got lumped with a bulkhead seat with no footroom. Continue reading…

Qantas A380 Premium Economy Review – QF32 Singapore to Sydney

This was booked as a paid Economy fare, one way Singapore to Sydney. Qantas tickets departing Singapore are usually more flexible and cheaper than one-way’s departing from Australia. They book into a more permissive booking class, allowing upgrades using points, and changes and refunds too.

As such, we applied for upgrades to Premium Economy using points as soon as the ticket was booked. They both cleared at a cost of 25,000 points each.
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