As you guys know, I flew Cathay Pacific business class home from the Maldives, thanks to the cheap business class fares they publish between Male and New York.
Up until now I’ve never reasonably been able to justify flying Cathay Pacific business class rather than first class. Cathay Pacific has reverse herringbone seats in business class throughout their longhaul fleet, which is my favorite business class hard product in the world. The entertainment selection is excellent as well, with the same StudioCX programming Cathay Pacific offers in first class. First of all, each course was served off a nice trolley with all the options displayed, which I appreciated.
What I found a bit odd was that the first round of drinks were only served after the appetizer was served. As far as the food quality itself goes, while not to the level of Austrian’s business class catering, it was still quite good.
In terms of the highlights of the meal, the cod I had for the main course and the pear tart I had for dessert were exceptional. While I think Cathay Pacific has some opportunities in terms of their service process and plating, the food itself was quite good, roughly what I was expecting.
During the meal service I felt like I was part of an assembly line, but in a personalized way, if that makes sense.
I was offered a nice amenity kit after takeoff, though I was surprised by the lack of slippers.
I’ve flown dozens of sectors in Cathay Pacific first class, and have always said that I find Cathay Pacific to be one of the most consistent airlines out there.
While Cathay Pacific business class is sort of “no frills” in terms of the soft product, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
While I of course continue to think redeeming miles for Cathay Pacific first class whenever possible is a no brainer, if traveling in larger parties or if first class awards aren’t available, Cathay Pacific business class is a great option. As far as other Asia-Pacific carriers stack up, where would you rank Cathay Pacific’s business class? My bigger complaint with the food is not that the main course looks kind of unappetizing (though it does), but rather that they cook it all together in one dish like is done in economy, meaning the veggies are inevitably overcooked in order for the protein to be fully cooked through.
One of the things I especially liked about the bed was there was room for me to bend one of my knees up as I do when I normally sleep. Maybe I am the minority here, but I think for most travelers, business class products are already aspirational. You also mentioned that redemption rate delta is 12500 miles between biz and first, with AA. We are already planning for our next transcon trip but even with all the channelled credit card spend, we have long planning horizon – end of next year, and end of 2017.
Cathay Pacific F advance (1 year out) award availability has definitely been getting worse lately.
I find the meal service in CX business class very impressive, With them putting all the options on a trolley – its so great to see what the meals actually look like than just basing your choice on a menu.
I have been invited to and accepted an invitation to the delivery ceremony in Seattle and the first flight to Hong Kong. While I had an amazing time in the Maldives, it’s nice to be back “home” (whatever that means). When redeeming American miles for travel between the US and Asia, the cost for first class is only 12,500 miles more one-way than the cost of business class. While I’ll start publishing a detailed trip report about the journey this week, here are my initial thoughts. I can appreciate that on a six hour redeye, but on a 15 hour flight it’s a bit strange, in my opinion.
On a 15 hour flight you’d think there would be time to first do a round of drinks with some nuts, and then proceed with the meal service.
While there wasn’t a mattress pad, the blanket itself was well padded, and the pillow comfortable. I’ve long said that business class is all about the seat, and everything else is just the cherry on top. Give me a great bed, an edible meal, and show up when I push the call button, and I’m a happy camper.
He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to fund his first class experiences. The extra width is great and the shape of the space in general allows for a lot more lounging and sleeping positions that other seats. I think Singapore probably has slightly better service and food, though I don’t think the bed is quite as comfortable as on Cathay.
In general I’d say ANA, JAL, Singapore, and Cathay are the four best transpacific airlines in business class, assuming you get their new products.
They wake people up with the noise, and then there is no further food served for the rest of the flight so you’d better wake up and eat it. I was lucky enough to experience transcon business, in 2 different airlines (CX and American), and I thought that CX was far more superior.
Yes, that’s true, and am I correct to read between the lines that you implied that 12500 miles delta is not a lot?
Business catering on CX often gets panned nearly as much as AA’s does (although AA is marginally worst). UA and DL definitely both do plated business class meals, and I think even some carriers like AF and LH do plated meals in business even if their business class catering isn’t the most impressive overall.
I would much prefer to use miles to Asia in F, but I can’t readily find the additional fees.
Images,snapshots,and pics often capture a sentiment,a mood,a feeling,or even an idea of a person who's at the center of attention.
To keep things simple, I’ll focus specifically on the Hong Kong to Newark flight, which was operated by a three cabin 777-300ER (featuring business, premium economy, and economy).
I was fine with that, because when I pushed the call button they cheerily appeared within seconds.
I don’t like to go to the lavatory in my socks, and I hate having to put on my shoes every time, so I find slippers to be super-useful. I have a passion for travel but due to family and work commitments, I am not able to travel as often as you.
Also comparing the business class reviews with another business class would be more appropriate IMO. And as a recent review of Lucky’s shows, even he loses his fanboy love of CX on some flights (and that fanboy love comes mostly from the cheap AA redemption rates for First on CX, not from the often premium revenue fares charged on a majority of routes for a now rather lacklustre J product).
Throughout the years,pictures has become one of the most popular ways to capture memorable moments. I typically fly Qantas to Australia (and used to fly United when US Airways was in Star Alliance) and as stingy as they are with upgrades, my mouth almost hit the floor. I think for the average readers, more reviews in biz would probably help, especially now, since a lot of airlines devalues their programs, and make redemption on even business class so expensive (think UA).


And certainly,for a tantamount of consumer and shoppers you cant put a price tag on family and holiday pics. I ended up using my AA blanket as a sheet (I keep one of those with me, that way I can wash it and know exactly where it has been and that it’s always clean, haha). Can you also contrast the service and the hard products against other business class products?
Decades after the invention of the first camera, a large number of consumers and shoppers continue to take pics, in a hgh tech fashion. Assuming that our housing expense alone is 5000, that’s still more than 2 months of channeled spend per ticket, which means for a couple that is equal to 5 months of spend. Instead of the antiquated bulky cameras with huge lenses,consumers and shoppers frequently use SmartPhones and digital cameras to capture images and to take holiday pics. From family gatherings,to family picnics to traditional weddings to the holidays,consumers and shoppers often seize the opportunity at planned events and during the holidays for instance Thanksgiving and Christmas to take pictures of loved ones,family,friends and co workers. Since founding csaccac Inc in 2010, as Founder and President,I fill many hats including Product Tester and photographer. And truthfully speaking,in the beginning I experienced some difficulty;however,after I purchased my first digital camera I began to feel comfortable and enjoy the ease of taking pics with a digital camera. Months after I purchased my first digital camera,I set my sights on a tripod, a universal stand to hold my digital camera. The main reason I purchased a tripod__ at the time, I wanted to create high quality self pics and group pics. Eventhough, I've had my tripod for some months,I am still learning the ins and outs of both my digital camera and tripod.
Well,if you havent guessed or envisioned what the featured product for the month of November 2013 looks like or remotely even resembles __then as productor tester I guess I'll do the honors first__it's my tripod. Eventually, I wanted to find out what the craze had been all about and the reason that consumers seemed to ofA  been trading in personal computers for Tablets,_well, at least leaving them at home. Ultimately, I placed online an order for a NookHD+ then opt to pick up the tech item from the store instead of waiting for it to be shipped to my place of residency.
AA  few weeks with the NookHD+, I was hooked_eventhough, IA  wasna€™t a fan of touchscreen only.
And in all honesty, since the beginning of the Smart Phone craze, I had insisted upon that all of my primary tech gadgets used for work, research and blogging had to be equipped with a QWERTY keyboard. However, in this particular instance,The NookHD+, again, touchscreen only, I made an exception.
As I continued to learn the ins and outs of my newly purchased NookHD+ , at the same time, I began to inquire about the accessories compatible with the tech gadget. In doing so, I foundA  the tech item had a Stylus Pen specifically made to use with the NookHD+.
Weeks later, I purchased a different kind of Stylus Pen , I noticed while standing atA  the checkout counter at Walgreens,pictured next to this article is that Stylus Pen.
Quite astonishing the Stylus Pen worked wellA  with both of my tech gadgets ( Smart Phone & Tablet). A frequent question a tantamount of consumers and shoppers find themselves entertaining especially during the holidays when manufacturers and retailers offer what they consider to be great deals and bargains. After giving the device a run for its money as well as a brief critique of the various apps and functions,I stated in my review of the Nook HD+ how pleased I was with the tech gadget. Further into the critique, I also commented that I was soooo pleased with the tech gadget that I wanted to protect my investment. Based on my income and budget,I considered the purchase of the Nook HD+ to be a major purchase of the year.
Shortly after, I purchased the Nook HD+,I began to look at the recommended accessories for the tech gadget. Eventually, after I and my Nook HD+ survived the return and exchange 14 day trial period,I chose to protect my investment with a Nook HD+ cover. As I began to search and think of different items that could be the product of the month for September,I began to heavily weigh in on August's product of the month,the Nook HD+cover. Hours later,I arrived to the assertion that there's more than one way to protect your investment.
With the assertion___, there's more than one way to protect your investment, I made the final choice to make Smart Phone covers as the product of the month for September.
Furthermore, within the past five years,Ive purchased several Smart Phones from Virgin Mobile. To be truthful, I've even purchased Smart Phone insurance,a good choice because a few months later my Smart Phone had an accident. Despite all of the stuff I tried, sampled, tasted and tested during the recent months, as a result of a long review and critique besides from featuring the Smart Phone as a product of the month,I began to think of the different ways Ia€™ve used to protect my Smart Phone as an alternative product of the month. For instance,Smart Phone insurance has been one the ways I protect my investment from unexpected accidents. Ostensibly, there's more than one way to protect your Smart Phone from accidents such as, for example, you accidentally drop and break your Smart Phone or in some weird, odd, freak accident as you rush out the door you accidentally step on your Smart Phone or heaven forbids the same thing happens to you that happen to me, a few months ago, I dropped my Smart Phone in the toilet. Without a question, eschewing further debate, Smart Phone insurance is a great investment for consumers and shoppers who use their Smart Phone daily and for work. Best of all, Smart Phone insurance usually saves the consumer from digging deep into their pockets.
So, what about before those mishaps and accidents, if you havena€™t figured it out__ there's more than one way to protect your investment. Even though, at first, I might of skipped over protecting my investments, I am more open to the idea of investing and protecting my major purchases.
Here's an example of what I am talking about, I currently have several Smart Phone covers to protect my Smart Phone from breakage, moisture, and malfunctioning. Varying in price,color,size and shape, most of today's Smart Phone manufacturers and retailers offer to consumers and shoppers Smart Phone covers as an accessory. From passwords, to anti-theft apps, to screen locks and codes, there's more than one way to protect your investment. Regardless of the price, and hopefully it is within your budget, a true frugal savvy shopper knows the importance of protecting their investment. Above everything else,both I and my Nook HD+ survived the return and exchange process,quite remarkable,I even have the receipt to prove it.
Unlike sooo manyA  items, I ve returned and exchanged in the past,__it,meaning my Nook HD+ survived the fourteenth days as printed on the receipt. A business practice that's part of Barnes and Noble store policy that allows customers fourteen days to return an item. In short,the 14th day, adhering to store policy was the final day that I couldA  actually return my Nook HD+ and get cash back. It goes without saying ,I readA  the instructions,totally unavoidable with a new tech gadget,as well as,downloaded apps,and,uploaded wallpapers.
Not quite sure,on the day I purchased my Nook HD+__ifA  in fact, I would be satisfied with my purchase,I chose at the time not to purchase any kind of accessories. As it turns out,I was soooo pleased with my purchase of the Nook HD+,I wanted to protect my investments.


It doesnt matter if you're on lunch break,on a mini vacation,at a webinar or conference,filling out an online report or having to send emails can be a hassle if you don't have a wifi connection,a Broadband device is just one of the many tech gadgets that consumers and shoppers frequently use to get an internet connection. Constantly,on the go,I wanted to have access to wifiA  while away from my place of residency. Because,I perform an arrary task that frequently requires wifi access ,I purchased a Broadband to Go device from Virgin Mobile. Egregiously,as a Virgin Mobile customer and fan,I live by Virgin Mobile products except in the case of Virgin Mobile wifi devices.
Recently,I purchased Virgin Mobile's MiFi 2200 to conciliate my worries about not being able to access wifi home. Aside from very slow internet speed,the device could only connect to one tech gadget and,the 3G USB plug n play stick broke too easily. Affordable,great to have on hand for shopping emergencies,the latest in recycling,a recyclable tote makes shopping less of a hassle.
Ditching the old biodegradeable plastic bags for a recyclable tote,it's a smart move and a great investment for frugal,savvy,and environmentally conscious consumers and shoppers.Available in most local chain stores and at grocery stores,recyclable totes are becoming the better choice than leaving stores with the traditional biodegradeable plastic bag.
Part of a movement to get consumers and shoppers involved in recycling and to think about going green,consumers and shoppers now have the option of trading in those plastic bags for a recyclable tote. A frequent shopper,I usually purchase a couple of recyclable totes to hold store purchases and other stuff.
Eventhough,I like having the choice to purchase a recyclable tote,I havent completely stop using biodegradeable plastic bags.
However,I have to point out the fact that when a consumer and shoppers purchase a recyclable tote they're not limited to using the tote only in that store,that's why they're called recyclable totes because they can be used more than once.
In fact, most recycable totes last for more than a week,I should know because I still have a few leftover from the previous month.
A great deal,a really good find,a price you wont find anywhere else,and the best price among competitors,I love a great sale and I love rewards for shopping. Savings and Rewards,for most consumers and shoppers,it's all about getting the best price for items purchase daily.
From household supplies to groceries,anyone who shops frequently knows consumers and shoppers love a really good sale_,the economic recession of 2008 could be the culprit. In fact,since the 2008 economic recession savings and rewards has become extremely important to American families on a budget.
For many American consumers and shoppers,the unexpected downturn of the American economy caused a disruption in their daily activies thus forcing consumer and shoppers to rethink the way they shop and how they shop. As a frequent shopper and consumer,I am constantly looking for a great deal and sales on items I purchase regularly,mainly because I do live on a strict budget.
Admittedly,after the 2008 economic recession,I rediscovered coupons,and began clipping coupons frequently.
In addition to clipping coupons,I also began to check sale ads at home and at the door of stores before shopping. Along with making a shopping list,clipping coupons at home,checking sale ads at the door and comparing prices,these days one of the best ways to save and get the best deals,I feel without a question has to be with a savings and reward card.
And speaking honestly, a savings and rewards card from your local chain store should be a consumer or shoppers BF(bestie). A must have for consumers and shoppers who seriously want to save,a savings and rewards card.
Throughout the years, my experience with last minute shopping in most instances was not too pleasant. Admittedly,I empathize as well as concur with consumers who express sentiments that last minute shopping makes the shopper(consumer) feel uncomfortable and forlorn with the just thought of buying a gift at the last minute. Often tight on funds to purchase a gift ahead of time,last minute shopping for an overwhelmed consumer with a limited budget could cause the consumer to be late and in some instance not to attend the event or special function. Subsequently, over the years, I have come to realize that last minute shopping it's not the best of fun. As a result, I definitely would not recommend last minute shopping to a consumer as a shopping tip.
Unequivocally, shopping for special events and functions such as finding an appropriate could take several visits different stores. Finding the appropriate could mean spending an entire day in a Hallmark store reading cards, it could also mean spending all day on the phone with friend or relatives discussing gift registry,preferences,stores,likes and dislike of the recipient. Ostensibly,the older you get the adults in your life expect two things from you one not to embarrass them in public and two if you don't have a gift to bring at least show up at special functions on time. Indeed, an earnest shopper as well as a meticulous shopper knows finding the right gift or card for a special function could require hours of shopping and visiting different stores.
Shopping done precipitously could result in purchasing the wrong size,color, or something way out in left field.
Don't wait until the last minute to shop for a party,baby showers,bachelorette bash,birthdays,holidays ,and anniversaries avoid uncomfortableness and the feeling of being inadequate,plan the week before. On certain days, I have even shopped the day of the event that often leaves me feeling embarrassed ashamed, and guilty about my finances even worse depress. Incontrovertibly,last minute shopping in many instances could causes the consumer to become distraught,exasperated, and disconcerted not surprisingly all the emotions take away from the planned day. What's more important being punctilious for the planned event or arriving with a hand picked gift for the recipient or recipients? Ultimately,the answer remains with the shopper (consumer) The answer should be non bias and based on the event as well as the recipient and not the shoppers wallet . The meticulous consumer that normally keeps track of birthdays, holidays,and anniversaries with calendars,through emails,P DA's ,Smart phones and other tech savvy gadgets of courses would not necessarily share the same feelings of a last minute shopper . And third, the subliminal messaging of the “OO” in the title somehow makes me want to either take off my top or douse myself in water . We somehow ended up at her house anyway and when I walked in there were seven cats clawing and roaming and shedding on everything.I naively questioned the use of the word shy, since these cats had taken over the living room and had no issues with the people coming in. She politely informed me that the cats roaming about weren’t the shy ones, but that she had four more back in her bedroom.It was . DaveNot to judge, but this sounds like one of Dante’s circles of hell.Arguably Reasonable Physical ShapeAre you in shape?
I’ve had a gym membership for over a year now and have been there a total of maybe 4 times. I don’t have much along the lines of extra equipment but I can bring equipment for myself and food and water to share. She freelances as a writer and film producer, adores The Thin Man series, and has an affinity for Australia.




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