I would choose CX
and then NH
you are already a silver member and it is nice to be able to sit around the lounges in HK
. They are really rather good. Also there are four lounges to choose from and each has some cool amenities. The chances that you get upgraded depends. I would say your chances are higher on the BKK
sector. Although prob your chances are higher if you are gold with CX
. Also I am not sure but I thought if you are silver or gold you can choose extra legroom seats at no or little cost. You also get priority boarding and can check in at the business class counter and your bags will be priority tagged. Also CX
is a good airline and should anything happen they have 2-3 flights a day between SFO
and countless flights between HKG
. Further HKG
airport is perfect to transit and it is also an airport which caters to transiting passengers. AVOD is also another plus point for CX
/TG are both good airlines but I am not sure if they match up with CX
's offering in Y class. TG
you might not get a new plane and end up with no AVOD. NH
I can't judge as I have not flown them long haul. There food though was good when I flew them once for a 2h flight. Service is good on both carriers but then CX
also has good service usually.
: first of all, PEK
although better than before is still not an ideal airport to transit through. Also T3
can get very boring if you are stuck there for long and can't access a lounge. The building also tends to be too hot in summer and too cold in winter as something is wrong with the ventilation. Spotting can be fun but then you mostly only see Chinese carriers which after a while can get boring as well. Also the constant announcements about flights can be a pain after a while. CA
uses their newer planes to the US but I heard that the AVOD is very bad if at all existent and food is catered to Chinese people which can be unusual to say the least. It is very different than Asian food in South East Asia which is great. Service can be hit and miss and also as you read some reviews, if things go wrong, then they go wrong big time.
However if money is important to you then why not but I would prefer to pay a bit more and fly with other carriers.
Did you check if BR
have some good offers? Or you can also book a cheap ticket with FD
or one of the many carriers which fly BKK
and try to see if you can get a good ticket on UA
(*A miles) or SQ
Hope this helps. Have a safe and fun flight!