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Hotel Review: The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

When I planned my HKG over MLK weekend I booked flights which allowed for a two night stay in Hong Kong. Having never been to Hong Kong I wasn’t exactly sure where to stay. I searched for hotels for a few days trying to figure out the perfect place to book. With each search I…
Lounge Review: Cathay Pacific The Arrival Hong Kong International

After the nearly 15 hour Cathay Pacific Premium Economy flight from Chicago I had finally arrived in Hong Kong. I arrived just before 8PM local time. During my short stay in Hong Kong I remained on Chicago time so my body thought it was closer to 6AM. Since I slept for about 8 hours in…
Review: Cathay Pacific 777 Premium Economy Chicago To Hong Kong

During Cathay Pacific’s Black Friday sale the airline offered 60% off round trip fares. During that sale I was able to purchase a round trip Premium Economy from the United States to Hong Kong for just $1,100. By comparison that same flight today is approximately $2,200. I understand $1,100 is still a lot of money…
Lounge Review: British Airways First Lounge Chicago O’Hare International

As a Chicago based traveler I oddly enough I haven’t spent much time in Chicago O’Hare’s Terminal 5. That’s because only international flights on international carriers depart from this terminal. International flights on all US airlines and some international carriers on the other hand depart from the main concourse. Luckily, the start my HKG over…
Introduction: HKG Over MLK

  On Black Friday 2017 I booked a trip to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific. The trip I booked was in Premium Economy on Cathay Pacific from Chicago to Hong Kong to Los Angeles and then back to Chicago on American. Typically Premium Economy fares on Cathay cost upwards of $2,000, but I was able…
Conclusion: Around The World In A Weekend

My Around The World In A Weekend trip was one for the (personal) record books and one that almost didn’t happen. The first flight of my trip departed Chicago just 6 days after I flew 40,000+ miles in a single week during my insane Qatar Airways Mileage Run. I was ready for a break and…
Review: Cathay Pacific 777-300ER Economy Hong Kong To Chicago

When I set off on my Around The World In A Weekend trip I hadn’t booked a flight home. I know that sounds absolutely crazy, but it’s just the way I like to travel. I like to keep my options open. You never know when that perfect last minute award space may open up. It…
Lounge Review: Plaza Premium Lounge (Gate 1) Hong Kong Airport

I arrived at the Hong Kong airport at approximately 1:30AM immediately following my flight from Ho Chi Minh. At that hour there wasn’t much open in the airport. Most of the airline and contract lounges remain closed over night and wouldn’t open until 5:30AM. I didn’t exactly feel like waiting in the empty gate areas…
Lounge Review: American Express Centurion Lounge Hong Kong

Way back in 2014 the American Express Platinum card lost a valuable benefit. Beginning in March of that year Amex Card Members lost access to American Airlines Admirals clubs. This was a huge blow to the card and prompted many to look at other premium credit cards. Since then, American Express has done a great…
Review: Cathay Pacific A330 Economy Class Ho Chi Minh To Hong Kong

The midpoint of my Around The World In A Weekend adventure was back in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam. I arrived back in Vietnam after a series of Qatar Airways business class flights. The first flight of my trip was on the Qatar Airways Boeing 777 from Chicago to Doha. Next, I spent nearly 10 hours in the…