Category: Asia

An international upgrade on AA (against dire odds)

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Sitting in The Wing lounge at Hong Kong International Airport and obsessively checking the American Airlines app on my phone, the prospects for an upgrade to Dallas didn’t look good. While I had seat 16J secured in economy – an aisle and bulkhead seat with lots of legroom - I was still staring down the very real possibility of 14 and a half hours sitting upright in a cramped aluminum tube. As a savvy traveler and purveyor of advice about points, miles and upgrades, it would have been a colossal failure on my part. (more…)

The Cathay Pacific First Class experience

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You know me – I’m all about getting the most value possible when redeeming frequent flyer miles. And when I say “value” I mean both the key metric, cents per mile, but also having an amazing travel experience. One of the most important aspects of frequent flyer miles is that they enable average travelers to have extraordinary experiences, ones they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. How many of us can pay $10,000 or more for an international first class ticket? (more…)