Hong Kong: First Class 30th Birthday Trip, Second to Last Part

Planning Re-planning Lufthansa A330 Old First Class DFW-FRA Driving the Nurburgring Nordschleife Lufthansa First Class Terminal Oslo to celebrate Chris Guillebeau Singapore A380 Suites Class FRA-SIN Singapore Airlines Private Room and Singapore 777-300ER First Class SIN-HKG Hong Kong and the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui Cathay Pacific’s The Wing Lounge and 747 First Class HKG-SFO [witty and interesting introduction] Having been to Hong Kong last year, I was an experienced veteran at getting from the airport to Hong Kong proper.  That’s because I’m an expert travel veteran and not at all because Hong Kong International Airport is incredibly easy, I promise.  I hopped on the Airport Express train for the easy 30 minute ride into  Hong Kong. I was excited to see Hong Kong at night.  My trip last year was a long layover during the morning, and I immediately got lost upon leaving Kowloon station and wandered for about 2 hours before finding anything (since I didn’t bother to consult a map or anything before arriving, dumb).  I had my bearings better this time and knew exactly what I wanted to see: the Hong Kong skyline at night.  I strategically chose the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui for my stay, based upon the stringent criteria of them having availability and that I could use Hyatt points. The hotel was just off Nathan Road in a massive complex called K11.  After two trips, I’ve decided everything on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong is basically one big shopping centre.  All I could… read more

Oslo: First Class 30th Birthday Trip, Next Part

Planning Re-planning Lufthansa A330 Old First Class DFW-FRA Driving the Nurburgring Nordschleife Lufthansa First Class Terminal Oslo to celebrate Chris Guillebeau Singapore A380 Suites Class FRA-SIN Singapore Airlines Private Room and Singapore 777-300ER First Class SIN-HKG Hong Kong and the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui Cathay Pacific’s The Wing Lounge and 747 First Class HKG-SFO Lots of people have done incredible things.  For example: Jesus, Sean Connery, and I’m probably leaving out a few others. Roughly 3-4 years ago (I tried to find the exact date by looking back through my journals, but then I remembered I don’t keep a journal) I started following the blog of a guy named Chris Guillebeau at www.chrisguillebeau.com.  When I happened across his website for the first time, I had the same first thought many of you probably did, “this guy should’ve named his website something easier to spell.”  But my second thought was, “this is genius-level stuff here, not only does he hack frequent flyer programs but he also seems to lead a pretty fulfilled life.”  My third thought was “I need a sandwich”.  Anyhoo, back to Chris.  This is a guy who, when he turned 30, came up with an amazing goal: to visit every country in the world by his 35th birthday. What I liked about his goal is it was very big (goals should be ambitious), very measurable (instead of “I should travel more”, he defined his goal as visiting all countries recognized as such by the UN), and he made it… read more

Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal: First Class 30th Birthday Trip, Part E

Planning Re-planning Lufthansa A330 Old First Class DFW-FRA Driving the Nurburgring Nordschleife Lufthansa First Class Terminal Oslo to celebrate Chris Guillebeau Singapore A380 Suites Class FRA-SIN Singapore Airlines Private Room and Singapore 777-300ER First Class SIN-HKG Hong Kong and the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui Cathay Pacific’s The Wing Lounge and 747 First Class HKG-SFO When it comes to First Class, the airlines are in a bit of an arms race, and we all benefit.  While many airlines want to cut service and reduce cost, they all carve out a little in the budget to take care of their Very Premium Customers.  These are the ones that pay thousands of dollars/euro/pounds/wampum for First Class seats and service.  Then there are people like me, who use points to do all of it for free.  But I digress. If you go to Lufthansa’s website, or look at the back of your First Class ticket, you’ll read about the myriad benefits available to First Class customers on zie airline.  They have a Business Class Lounge at Frankfurt Airport in addition to a First Class Senator Lounge.  These are well-stocked, uniquely designed, and may or may not be reviewed here in a few days.  But there’s another service available to First Class customers flying Lufthansa.  Hidden off to the [whatever cardinal direction it is] is an experience unlike any other: Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal. First things first: how do you get to it?  Well, most of Lufthansa’s literature will say you have to be departing Frankfurt… read more

 

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