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.
We had a long walk to our gate from The Pier lounge, since our plane was scheduled to leave from gate 18. The flight to Korea was originally scheduled on a long haul configuration a330, but was swapped last minute to a regional 777-300. What luck! =( There was already a pretty big crowd when we got to the gate. Boarding began shortly after we arrived.
I’m still trying to catch my breath after a crazy experience this morning! Earlier today, YVR Deals reported a round trip business class fare for roughly ~$800 CAD, flying with ANA from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia. Available dates of travel ranged from September to December 2017. Since we are based in Vancouver, this was the perfect deal for us, as we wouldn’t need to purchase any re-positioning flights.
Our Emirates business class flight to Dubai was operated by an a380 instead of the 777-300ER which regularly flies the route. The gate was already packed by the time we got there, and the crew were doing some final checks before boarding. At around 10pm, boarding was announced and we quickly lined up at gate D19. We then boarded through the upper deck jet bridge which gave us a great view of the aircraft. I just love the view from the jet bridge!
As this was my family’s first time taking Emirates, we were all really excited to head to the airport early, in order to give ourselves plenty of time to soak up the experience. We had a 10:40pm departure out of Terminal 1 that night, so we decided to take the 6:30pm airport train from Barcelona Sants train station to Terminal 2. From there, we took the airport green shuttles to Terminal 1.
After spending three days in London, we had reserved seats on the Eurostar to Paris, where we would spend the next few days for sightseeing. As this was my first time taking the Eurostar, I had done some research prior to the trip, and found out that they had recently acquired several new e320 trains. These trains appeared to be nicer and offered a more comfortable seating environment compared to the classic Eurostar.
For the first segment of the trip, we had a 12:30pm departure out of Vancouver, and a layover of five hours in Edmonton before catching the flight to London. As this was a domestic flight, we arrived at the airport roughly two hours before departure for check-in. The check-in process with Westjet was smooth with plenty of self-check kiosks available. We immediately dropped off our bags after printing our boarding passes.