Sampling OW Premium Services: LAX-JFK-NRT//HND-OKA-HND//NRT-CGK-HKG-LAX on AA J, JAL F/J & CX F

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    This is the first time my trip report involves airlines other than Japan Airlines (JAL). It will include the following flights:

    • American Airlines Business Class Los Angeles to New York JFK
    • Japan Airlines First Class New York JFK to Tokyo Narita
    • Japan Airlines Class J Tokyo Haneda to Okinawa Naha
    • Japan Airlines Class J Okinawa Naha to Tokyo Haneda
    • Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo Narita to Jakarta
    • Cathay Pacific Airways First Class Jakarta to Hong Kong
    • Cathay Pacific Airways First Class Hong Kong to Los Angeles

    The planning of this trip started a while back when I found out British Airways (BA) was planning to change their Executive Club program and people speculated that some big devaluation on partner award redemption is coming. Therefore I had to use up my 100K sign up bonus from Chase Visa (and I am glad that I did).

    Some of you probably know that JAL First Class awards were really hard to come by (not anymore though), especially if you want to plan for your trip far in advance. That's why I was so surprised when I found out there were plenty of availability for both of my inbound and outbound flights on multiple dates. I even had a choice to fly out from New York JFK, one of routes with the highest premium demand, too! And of course I took the opportunity and redeemed for the JFK flight which is the longest in JAL's network. Till this day I still believe that JAL made an error and that's why I saw plenty of inventory (there were 4+ seats available for the entire week that's 10 months away :p). So I considered myself really lucky! :D

    But the problem was JAL does not provide first class service between Tokyo and Hong Kong. If I want to fly on First Class all the way, I would have to fly to Jakarta (CGK), the only destination with regional First Class service in JAL's network. That's why I ended up flying on Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) on my inbound because I need to stopover in Hong Kong as part of my biannual trip.

    After finalizing my redemption itinerary, all I need to do is to get a ticket on for my positioning flight from Los Angeles (LAX) to JFK. I was prepared to sit in coach and suffer for 6 hours but an extremely generous member on MilePoint offered to upgrade my flight with his upgrade certificate for FREE. So I end up with the above itinerary.

    I will try to cover the check-in, lounge and inflight service on each of the flight. But please bear with me, I am a bit slow (I started writing this trip report a year ago) but I intend to finish it this time.

    I will post links to the rest of the report in the following posts.
     
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    2. American Airlines Business Class Los Angeles to New York JFK​
    3. Japan Airlines First Class New York JFK to Tokyo Narita (JL005)
    * The amenity kits will be covered in a later post so that it won't give out what the surprise was

     
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    * reserved *
     
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    Added two more parts to the report: JAL F lavatory and amenities.
     
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    Add JAL F drink menu on JL005.
     
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    JAL is a bit of an unknown for me so it's interesting to read about their product.
     
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    This is a bit outdated though. It is rolling out brand new products in all classes and will be completed by 2014.
     
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    Updated with the first part of the first meal service on welcome drink, starters and table setting. I didn't plan to divide this into 3 parts but I realized no way I could fit all of them into a single post after picking the photos :p Post #2 has been updated to reflect this.
     
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    Holy s_hit.... JAL is pouring Salon...???!!!!!!! :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:
     
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    My apologies.... so blown away by Salon that I forgot to thank you for the excellent reporting and your very professional website/blog !!! Congratulations !!!
     
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    Have been serving Salon for years now :)
     
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    Interesting.... I know the CEO of Salon and he is always complaining about how little juice he has to sell. I guess he has been having a little more these days. I wonder how many bottles JAL goes through in a month.... I assume they only serve it on their premium long haul flights.... so how many routes are there....?
     
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    All 7 routes with F including CGK
     
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    All routes.... impressive. I know a couple of CGK based high-rollers in wine that are fflyers with JAL. Now I can understand why. To these guys, one bottle of Salon is worth more than 1 case of Dom Perignon (and its not about the monetary value).

    Thanks again for the amazing reporting... JAL does not make it down to deep South America, but I think you can make it down to GRU on JAL metal.... if you ever come down this far, and consider coming to EZE, please let me know, a bottle of Malbec in on me !!!

    Cheers,
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    You are welcome!

    GRU!? It has been suspended since the restructuring. Would have to fly on AA metal on the GRU legs.

    Yup, Salon production is really limited and could be hard to come by :) It used to be ultra-long haul routes only but had expanded to all 7 routes with F service a couple of years ago.
     
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