I arrived at Hong Kong airport some hours before the scheduled departure. There was a short queue for checkin. The ground agent advised that the flight was ninety five to nine seven per cent full, which boded well for an upgrade, but none was to arrive.
I checked in at the airport and discovered that as this has been booked as a codeshare on Philippine Airlines, my Marco Polo status would not me use a Cathay lounge. That was the first time that had happened to me and was good to know for the future.
With Cathay’s high frequency between LAX and Hong Kong, a lot of our readers pass through the combined One World lounge in Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. It is conveniently located upstairs just after security.
I wanted to book a ticket to Taiwan at a couple of days’ notice. Cathay’s cheapest economy return tickets were almost four thousand dollars, which is exorbitant. I decided to use Asia Miles to redeem a ticket and as the difference between economy and business class was not great,