I can answer a few of your questions...
* Cathay Pacific around Asia. Opinions?
is pretty good on its regional flights in Asia. I think some of the best flights in terms of regional service is Tokyo and various Japanese flights. CX
uses a mix of various a/c types in regional flights. I will try to get flights with International configuration, such as Airbus A340-300s (34C and 34Ds all have J beds), Airbus A330-300 (333 -- three class configurtion; 330 -- that is the regional two class cabin -- 45" legroom and okay seats), and Boeing 747-400s. I will avoid 330 and 772/3, which feature a regional J class product. You can find 744, 34D, 34Cs, and 333s on various flights to BKK
, and MNL
. I think CX
is definitely among the strongest among all these OW
* Is Aer Lingus to be avoided in Europe? My plans means that I will have to fly them at least once... and I've read some unfortunate things on here.
regional business class product is rather average and EI
lounges are pretty dull -- not much food offering too. It is definitely weak compared to BA
. I actually like AY
better. However, a short LHR
flights is an experience -- fine. You will get a meal at all flights. I don't think EI
is on my "to avoid" list... I actually find its long haul Premier product quite fine, except a few 333s that have the old seats.
* Should I take BA
across the Atlantic? I am thinking BA
, as they seem to have a better product, but I might be wrong. I'm with AA
throughout the US and Canada though.
's Club World is fine, and is better than AA
for sure. But if you are trying to accumulate AA
miles, you cannot earn any AA
miles on BA
transatlantic service to the US. Just a warning...
* Has anyone had a OneWorld around the world ticket in the US in Business? Yes, I bought an OW
ticket before and at all domestic segments by AA
, you will entitle to domestic first class, if it is a two-class product.
About all these OW
airlines, I actually heard mostly bad things about Iberia, but all the other airlines are fine. I will try to stopover at Japan -- BA
offers pretty good service out from NRT
, and the Japanese appetizers and entrees are planned by Nobu chef... pretty good... CX
is another good airline that I will definitely try a long haul flight on. QF
's new skybed is another great thing too. You can perhaps do a SYD
, and HKG
or the vice versa. For some reasons I also like AY
much. However its International J seats are rather dated, and the new seats won't come on line till next year.
Have a good trip!