From the onset of our trip planning, we were already amazed by the architecture of the Park Hyatt Bangkok. Coincidentally, the hotel was set to be open during our time in Bangkok, so we were pretty determined on staying here. From the airport, it was about a 40 minute taxi ride to the hotel entrance. Bangkok traffic is just insane! As soon as we stepped out of the taxi, we were greeted by no less than three hotel staff who were as friendly as could be. We were led inside while our luggage was taken care of, and we were given a luggage tag for check-in.
Several months before our Asia trip, we noticed that Thai Airways was offering some reasonable business class fares for the short flight from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur. We had never flown Thai Airways, so we decided to give them a try to see what they had to offer. Additionally, Thai Airways recently scheduled their Internationally-configured 777 to fly this route, which would allow us to get a quick glimpse of their long haul business class seats.
Alright, if you’re here from our previous introduction post, you’re interested in learning more about miles and points, and how it can work for you. If you’re just joining us, welcome! This is the start of our new Miles and Points guide for Beginners! Before we get you started with earning miles, I want to first address some of the common concerns and misinformation that I hear when I talk to people about miles and points.
Miles and Points. You may have seen these terms floating around on the internet, or heard about it from your frequent flyer friends. You may have seen examples of how ordinary people can seemingly afford outrageously expensive plane tickets in First Class, taking showers and eating 5-course meals on a plane, or frequently staying at high-end hotels. How is this even possible without spending your life’s fortune?
If you’re an aviation geek, one of the things you absolutely cannot miss if you’re spending some time in Tokyo is the ANA Maintenance Hangar Tour at Haneda Airport. It’s a one and a half hour tour that consists of two parts: a 30-min classroom-style presentation, followed by the actual ANA hangar visit. Best of all, the tour is absolutely free!
Normally, ANA flies a 787-9 with the Staggered business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration between Vancouver and Tokyo (similar to the one we reviewed here). However, for a couple months between August 2017 and March 2018, the plane was downgraded to a 787-8 that had the Cradle business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration.