Trip Report Outline – Around The World 2017

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Note: The full trip report will span a series of posts.  This post serves as the outline for the report.

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Background

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.

In terms of the flights, I was personally most excited about the first segment from Vancouver to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific’s brand new Airbus A350 route. The introduction of Cathay Pacific’s A350 service into YVR marks the very first A350 service in all of Canada. We were booked on the 6th flight since the start of the service, so we were SUPER excited to be one of the first to review it!

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Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900

Another airline I was thrilled to try was Etihad Airways. Having been on Emirates a few times, I really wanted to see how this other gulf carrier compares, in terms of the hard product as well as the service and experience. It was also cool that we would get to fly on an A340-600, which are becoming increasingly rare in the skies.

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Etihad Airways Airbus A340-600

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Mileage and Price Breakdown

The first two segments were redeemed using Alaska Mileage Plan with Cathay Pacific, using a total of 50,000 miles one-way per person:

Cathay Pacific business class (CX858) from Vancouver (YVR) to Hong Kong (HKG)
Cathay Pacific business class (CX418) from Hong Kong (HKG) to Seoul (ICN)

To get from Seoul to Abu Dhabi, and then onwards to Paris, we purchased a relatively affordable business class fare directly with Etihad Airways, for $1675 CAD per person:

Etihad Airways business class (EY873) from Seoul (ICN) to Abu Dhabi (AUH)
Etihad Airways business class (EY31) from Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Paris (CDG)

For the return, we booked an economy class ticket with WestJet, taking us from London Gatwick to Vancouver, via transfer in Toronto:

WestJet economy class (WS4) from London Gatwick (LGW) to Toronto (YYZ)
WestJet economy class (WS723) from Toronto (YYZ) to Vancouver (YVR)

Flights

1. Cathay Pacific Business Class – A350
Vancouver to Hong Kong

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Cathay Pacific A350 business class cabin

2. Cathay Pacific Regional Business Class – B777-300
Hong Kong to Seoul

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Cathay Pacific 777-300 regional business class cabin

3. Etihad Airways Business Class – A340-600
Seoul to Abu Dhabi

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Etihad Airways business class cabin

4. Etihad Airways Business Class – A340-600
Abu Dhabi to Paris

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Etihad Airways A340 business class seat

5. WestJet Economy Class – B767 / B737
London (Gatwick) to Vancouver (via Toronto)

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WestJet 767 economy class cabin

Lounges

1. Cathay Pacific Lounge
Vancouver International Airport

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Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge at YVR

1. Qantas Hong Kong Lounge
Hong Kong International Airport

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Qantas Hong Kong Lounge in HKG

3. KAL Lounge Prestige Class
Incheon International Airport

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Korean Air Prestige Class Lounge

4. Etihad Airways Business Class Lounge
Abu Dhabi International Airport

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Etihad Airways Business Class Lounge Bar

Hotels

1. Royal Hotel Seoul
Seoul

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Royal Hotel Seoul Lobby

2. Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Dubai

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Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers Family Apartment

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