Air Asia X, Cathay, a week Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.

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  1. bedinh

    bedinh Silver Member

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    Heres a TR of my next journey not so long ago guys!

    Air Asia X : Mel - KUL
    Sama Sama Hotel KLIA
    Cathay Premium Economy: KUL - HKG
    The Novotel Nathan Road & Hong Kong Adventures
    Cathay Business: HKG - KUL
    Double Tree KL
    Grand Hyatt KL

    As there are image limitations, all the other pictures as well as previous reviews are on my blog! www.flywithdinh.com :)


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    The Premium Cabin.

    Many moons ago Air Asia (D7) were offering cheap fare's from MEL to SIN via KUL for $110 so after fiddling with the Air Asia website I had a confirmed itinerary for 2 pax waiting for me in my inbox.

    It so happens to turn out that my partner challenged me to see if I could make this a "no frill's" trip and keep our budget to a minimum in regards to hotels and other flights which I happily accepted. After about one week I received a email from Air Asia offering a OptionTown upgrade from economy to Premium seats for $70AUD per person which would be refunded if the upgrade wasn't successful, I thought about it for literally one minute and thought what the heck and signed up. The process was pretty straight forward, you pay a 3MYR fee to signup and then pre pay the required fare for the upgrade, if the upgrade doesn't go through you'll receive a refund five days after the flight.

    It was the eve before our flight and I was constantly checking my email in hopes for the email confirming the upgrade but to my misery nothing had come through so I called it a night and off to bed we went. My body clock decided to wake before the alarm and the first thing I saw when opening my email was the upgrade had gone through although we had to reconfirm at the airport so after final checks we were on our way to the airport.



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    The ever so familiar Air Asia Airbus.


    Check in was processed at counters B which was located opposite the Qantas check in desks for those not familiar with the layout of Melbourne Airport. There was already a long line queuing for economy so we decided to head straight into the Premium lane which was empty. We were ushered over by one of the agents and as he processed our checkin I asked him to short check our luggage to KL which he was happy to do so, he also informed us that we would need to ask for our new BP's at the gate as they might have last minute customers who were after premium seats. I was taken back by that but I didn't worry as I doubted anyone would pay $1400 for a one way Premium seat to KL. Passports returned accompanied with our boarding passes and a express pass card which was a nice touch to speed up security and immigration.

    Stripped of lounge access and a departure gate located in the newer concourse of MEL Airport a nice stroll was required to reach gate 18 in which we bypassed the duty free shops which bought us to the central gate's and made it a perfect opportunity to kill time and snap some pictures aircrafts. For what seemed like a eternity we finally proceeded further into the terminal and finally made it to gate 18 to find a very long queue was already forming as boarding was about to commence.

    Parents, children and passengers who needed assistance were called to board first followed by Premium passengers to board at our leisure. I noticed some passengers who tried their luck to board using the Premium lane but to their dismay they were directed towards the back of the economy line.

    As we stepped onto the A330 we were warmly greeted with a very enthusiastic crew dressed in their tight red uniforms which reminded me of Virgin Group. We were warmly greeted by Yuri as she read our boarding passes and ushered us to our seats. Premium seat's were located in the first two rows of the aircraft in it's very snug cabin with one lavatory being shared amongst 12 passengers and crew.

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    The Premium seat without the premium fare.

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    Seat controls.
     
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  2. bedinh

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    The Novotel Nathan Road! More pics on my blog :)
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    Turndown service.

    I returned to my room after a day out and noticed housekeeping offered a turndown service which was a nice touch, bottles of water were also provided and left in the fridge which was a smart thought.

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    Complimentary fruits, chocolates and sparking wine.

    The Novotel also provided a basket of fruits, chocolates and a bottle of sparking wine as a welcoming gesture which was greatly appreciated, its nice to be made welcome and feel at home which was a generous gift for platinum members.

    Complimentary buffet breakfast was served in the hotel restaurant on the first floor which offered vibrant views of the street below if your table happens to run along the stretch of glass. Food offerings were very mixed with Asian and Western options available like congee, dumplings, cold cut items, fruits and cereal. A chef was also on standby to take omelette and special requests.

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    The salad bar and cold cuts.

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    The hot items area.

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    The hotel's gym on the ground floor had a variety of machines and equipment to workout which also had bottles of water on standby on a desk in a back corner. A thing to note is that the Novotel doesn't have a swimming pool but the location and general vibe of the hotel makes it a very well suited place to stay to explore the surrounding areas. I didn't encounter any problems with my eight day stay and found staff to be very polite and courteous.

    If your stay is long and you need to do laundry then head outside the hotel towards Nathan road, go across and under the walkway and turn left, head down the street and you'll see a laundry washing and folding service which has a very fast turn around time!
     
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    Good info. Thanks
     

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