In early May I'll be flying HKG to LAX. Actually, I'm flying LAX-AKL-HKG-LAX business class but no one seems to want to book that at a reasonable price. UA wants more than $16,000. Thats USD, not HKD.
I can get reasonable fares into and out of AKL, its the HKG to LAX that's ridiculous non-stop. I've got two reasonable alternatives, CA via Beijing, and OZ via Seoul. Same price, around $2200. I want to stay on Star Alliance.
Here are the questions:
1. If I transit in Beijing, can I get to the Star Business lounge during the transit, or am I stuck in some transit limbo? The CA web page is unclear.
2. On the long CA flight (983) the aircraft is shown as 777-300. Do those aircraft have true lie flat seats? I guess some 777's have them, some don't and seatexpert/seatguru offer no help.
3. On the long OZ flight (204) its a 777-200(ER, I think). I can't figure out if they have the new Quantium Smart seats or not. Except for the horrible name, they sound nice. The old seats don't.
I lean toward OZ because the arrival at LAX is a bit more convenient. Any advice on transit experiences at PEK versus INC? CA versus OZ?