As a Canadian, I had surprisingly never tried Air Canada’s Business Class product. So when I needed to find a way home using my Aeroplan miles, I jumped on the opportunity. Since my flight to Vancouver was leaving later in the evening, I decided to head to the Airport Express station in Kowloon for their in-town check-in service. What’s great about the Airport Express is that you can actually check-in for your flight here and drop off your luggage, all while still in the heart of Hong Kong.
After catching up on some sleep using a day-use booking at the Hilton New York JFK Airport hotel, I was fully charged and ready for my 12-hour flight to Abu Dhabi. For this segment, I had booked myself a seat on Etihad Airway’s A380 in their Business Studios cabin. Last year when I flew on Etihad’s (now retired) A340-600 from ICN to AUH and AUH to CDG, I was left a little disappointed, so I was curious to see how their newer A380 product stacks up.
Before you dive in and start to earn your own miles to make award redemptions, it’s important to understand the different kinds of miles and points and how they can be used for different travel styles. In part three of this guide, you will learn about the three different types of miles and points, as well as the pros and cons associated with each. By the end of this section, you should have a better idea of which type you should be focusing on to suit your personal travel goals.
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?