DC to Hong Kong, new ANA First and Cathay First

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  1. KLA
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    Moving from a lurker to make my first post on a travel site! Pretty experienced traveler, a United 1K and have had the chance to try some of the best international first class products on awards (OZ F, TK F, LX F, TG F) and to take advantage of mistake rates like Alitalia’s Cyprus fare and United’s Auckland fare, Malaysia’s LAX-Taipei and Kuala Lumpur.

    But registering and posting has always seemed a bit intimidating, wasn’t sure whether my questions made sense or were too obvious, or whether the things I’d offer from experience would seem to obvious. So you haven’t ever seen me before. But since this is a brand new community, and since I was invited to join, I thought I’d start off the beginning of a report that should be an interesting trip next week.

    We decided to go to Hong Kong for a few days, just to break up a heavy work season. And it’s a chance to experience ANA for the first time, in their new First Square even, and also Cathay Pacific for the first time. We were originally slated to go around the world on this trip using two one way awards.
    • United miles from DC to HKG via Rome and Bangkok on United and Thai First Class for the outbound, and then BA miles HKG to YYZ in CX F Rounded out by a one-way United saver award YYZ-IAD.
    • Miraculously 2 seats on the new ANA first came up on our exact dates, so we switched our outbound.
    One of the really great things about being a United 1K is the ability to change and cancel awards with no penalty. And being able to just jump on an opportunity like trying out the new ANA first class almost make the two weekend trips to Australia last fall on United Twares that yielded 1K status for the first time worth while.

    So our itinerary currently stands:
    • DCA-LGA on in US Airways First
    • Overnighting at the Holiday Inn Manhattan View in Long Island City. Currently booked into the Queens view suite, but hoping for an upgrade to the amazing Manhattan View we stayed in two years ago when they made all of their room types available on points by mistake.
    • JFK-NRT in ANA’s new First Square suites
    • Overnighting at the Hilton Tokyo Narita Airport hotel
    • NRT-HKG in Cathay Pacific intra-Asia biz class
    • 3 nights at the Intercontinental Grand Stanford (friends and family rate booked into a Deluxe Harbour View suite as pre-committed Royal Ambassador upgrade)
    • 1 night at the Westin Macau
    • HKG-YYZ in Cathay Pacific First
    • Overnighting at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel attached to the Airport
    • YYZ-IAD in United explus
    I’ll be updating the report as I go here, so stay tuned, I hope to make an interesting first contribution to a travel community and glad to make it here on Milepoint!
     
  2. IMGone
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    Curious what you're planning on for the to/from Macau .... sounds like a great trip, Enjoy and thanks for sharing!
     
  3. tommy777
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    Thanks for registering and posting! You'll find a great home here on milepoint
     
  4. gleff
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    Oooh, love the avatar -- methinks you're even better traveled than you suggest above. Looking forwad to the trip report, NH F and CX F should make for a pretty nice redemption trip and an even better trip report!
     
  5. KLA
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    Still figuring out the details going to Macau, but probably the ferry. When departing Macau we'll be taking the Turbojet to the airport -- we'll clear immigration on the dock and check our bags, then check in with Cathay on the ferry pier when we arrive.

    Can't wait to post how it actually turns out!!
     
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    Please definitely share how that goes ... Sounds like a great trip!
     
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    Please definitely share how that goes ... Sounds like a great trip!
     
  8. sobore
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    Very nice report KLA! Thanks for posting!
     
  9. chrislacey
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    Great background! ...and welcome to MP KLA! I look forward to hearing how you make out on this trip. Sounds fantastic!
     
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    As a big fan of asian food (and the major carriers, having tried zero so far) I look forward to reading the rest!
     
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    Sounds like a great trip. Looking forward to the rest of the trip report
     
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    I flew ANA J last month for the first time in a long time (ORD-NRT) and I was so impressed. The service was exceptional. I'd love to try their new First product so am looking forward to what you think. Well done for taking the leap and writing your first trip report! Mind you, I couldn't do it [​IMG]
     
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    Btw, how much was the fuel surcharge and taxes on Cathay hkg yyz? Looking forward to the report!
     
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    I flew ANA business for the first time ever last October NRT-SFO (despite most people recommending UA new C over it) and I was really, really happy I did. The service was so amazing and I'll never forget the FA who kept smiling as she brought me container after container of Haagen-Dazs after I told her I couldn't just have one. I didn't mind the slanted lie-flat seat either, mainly because I'm not that tall and I found sleeping in a semi-but-not-fully-reclined position to be quite comfortable.

    Looking forward to KLA's report in the new F seat!
     
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    I'll be flying NRT-IAD in F and ORD-NRT in C in a few months, so I look forward to comparing experiences!
     
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    Thank You for sharing.
     
  17. NYC_Gal
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    I'm jealous. :) Post some pics too.
     
  18. Henry
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    Can't wait to hear more about the trip!
     
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    Looks like a great trip, looking forward to hearing more about it!
     
  20. For someone who doesn't get to do much travelling and therefore lives vicarioulsy through TR's, looking forward to hearing about your trip.
     
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    Paging KLA, enquiring minds get impatient for your report! :)
     
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  22. Me too!!
     
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    Ooh nice trip. Looking forward to the report.
     
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    Here too ... I kept reading down ...waiting ... and waiting ... but alas, no such luck yet [​IMG]
     

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