Our United flight from YVR to SFO was the first of five flights in our ANA error fare business class booking. For some reason, we always seem to book an itinerary with a super early flight out of YVR, and this one was no exception. We headed to the airport at 3am, where it was still pretty quiet.
One of the main reasons we chose to stay at the Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers in Dubai was due to the availability of reasonably priced 4-person hotel rooms. We were travelling with two other friends, and didn’t want to stay in two separate rooms, so we had booked a family apartment for ~2200 AED for 2 nights.
As expected, our flight to Paris boarded from a remote gate at Abu Dhabi airport, as there are not enough gates to handle the amount of traffic they have. I was totally fine with this, because it meant I would get another amazing close-up view of the beautiful A340-600 aircraft we would be flying on.
We had our Etihad chaffeur scheduled to pick us up from the Bonnington Jumeirah at 9pm, and it was about a 45 minute drive to Abu Dhabi airport. We were dropped off directly in front of the Terminal 3 Etihad Business Class check in area, which is a completely separate area dedicated to business class passenger check-ins only.
We were especially excited for this flight, as we would be flying on an A340-600, which are slowly going out of service. I personally have never flown on one (not that I can remember anyways), and I’ve always thought they look super sleek with their four engines and long fuselage.
One of the only lounges available to us as Etihad business passengers flying out of Incheon, was the KAL Lounge Prestige Class. The lounge is open to any business or first class passengers travelling on a Skyteam airline, but they also welcome Etihad Airways passengers.
There were several factors that made Royal Hotel Seoul an ideal choice for us to stay in Korea. Firstly, location. The hotel is situated right in Myeong-dong, a hugely popular and trendy area with tons of shopping and restaurants. We were planning to do a lot of shopping in Korea, so being able to drop off stuff at the hotel so easily was super convenient.
This was an especially fun trip for us as we were joined by two of our friends, Queenie and Fion. This trip was to be their first venture into premium cabin travel, which was really exciting, not only for them, but for Peterson and I as we showed them what was possible with the hard-earned miles they’ve collected.
Although it was the end of my trip, I was looking forward to this flight back home to Vancouver. As we were travelling back from Hong Kong with my grandma, I was excited for her to be experiencing a premium cabin for the first time! I was able to upgrade her economy ticket to a business ticket two weeks before departure.
Last stop before boarding our flight back to Vancouver was The Wing Business Class lounge. The Wing is Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge at Hong Kong International, and has recently undergone renovations, since it was built quite a while ago in 1998.
Our flight to Hong Kong departed from gate 126 from Terminal A. Getting from the main terminal to Terminal A requires taking the shuttle train. One thing to note is that once you’re in Terminal A, you can’t take the shuttle train back to the main terminal.