Trip Reports

(Arguably) the best transcon first class in North America: Cathay Pacific CX888 YVR-JFK Review

Cathay Pacific has a daily Fifth-Freedom Flight between Vancouver, Canada (YVR) and New York (JFK). Operated by a Boeing 777-300ER in four-cabin configuration, this flight brings a true first class product to the North America transcon market. The only other airline consistently offering first class on this market is American Airlines, with its unique 321T transcon aircraft. The AA 321T…
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Which Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge at HKG should you visit: The Pier or The Wing?

Forewords Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways (rightfully) prides herself on an industry-leading first class product both in the air and on the ground. There are many well-written Cathay’s First Class reports out there on the web, so in this post I will focus on one important aspect of ground experiences: airport lounges. The last thing HKG—Cathay’s home airport—is devoid of is lounges….
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The Lounge at BOS Review

The Lounge at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is one of three airside Priority Pass accessible lounges at BOS. I was recently flying Jet Blue out of the C terminal and stopped in for a light breakfast and pre-departure beverage. Access is provided for all C Terminal departures EXCLUDING Gate C40 and C42, and from Terminal E via the walkway near Gate E1. While The Lounge is…
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(Arguably) the best business class product between Asia and North America: EVA Air Royal Laurel Class, BR30 TPE-JFK

Recently awarded 5-Star by SKYTRAX, EVA Air has a very prestigious reputation among frequent fliers. During a recent trip to China I finally got the opportunity to get some first-hand experience on EVA Air’s business class (Royal Laurel class), which turned out to be above and beyond. Compared with other airlines flying across the Pacific, EVA Air in my opinion has the…
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Dancing with fugu: dinner at Usuki Fugu Yamadaya, a Michelin 3-Star restaurant

Japanese culture is renowned for its fine craftsmanship and the pursuit of perfection. The same spirit extends to food, too. Even a non-connoisseur of food would recognize Japan as one of the best places in the world to enjoy delicacies. Indeed, as of 2017 Tokyo alone has 12 Michelin 3-Star restaurant, surpassing even Paris. In Japan, there are 296 1-star restaurants, 98 2-stars, and 25 3-stars. Most…
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AMEX Centurion Lounge Seattle (SEA) – Review

As a resident of Seattle, I am happy to report that expansion of the AMEX Centurion Studio into a full Centurion Lounge at SeaTac International Airport is now complete (ahead of schedule!). The expansion, which includes a new full-service bar, additional seating, and a shower, adds approximately 1,400 square feet of much-needed space to the smallest of AMEX’s seven domestic Centurion Lounges. The expanded space has…
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