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What's that saying? Ah yes, "the best camera is the one you have on you." Since we're never without a camera and hardly ever not traveling, we've managed to capture a serious collection of travel photos in our numerous Photo Galleries.
To start the week off right, let's venture behind the tight doors of the Arrival Lounges of three airlines: Lufthansa at Frankfurt Airport, Cathay Pacific at Hong Kong Airport and Delta at London-Heathrow. We say "tight doors" because typically entrance to these loungeslounges which sit outside security on the Arrivals levelonly admit international travelers coming off their flights, holding tickets for Business or First Class.
The spaces may be small, but the comfort of Arrivals lounges are large. You can count on a private shower, breakfast, cozy chairs, free WiFi, and a quiet corner to read the day's paper before heading into the city for a meeting or while awaiting your ride.
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Flying Cathay Pacific or Dragonair in Business or First Class to Hong Kong? Lucky you, not just because you'll be kicking back in bigger seats on what is a very long flight, but you're heading for one of our absolute favorite places in the entire world. Sure, Hong Kong is excellent, but we're talking about the airport itself!
Cathay Pacific, being the flag carrier and largest airline at HKG, takes huge pride in their elite lounges. Airside, we've already toured you through the premium playgrounds that are The Wing, The Cabin and The Pier, but there's also one sweet little secret lurking on the lower level of the arrival hall, outside security. It's simply called "The Arrival."
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If you were planning on flying to London yesterday, you're probably scrambling to figure out how to make that happen today as the Nor'easter storm blizzard struck New York City and closed the area airports for nearly 24 hours.
We were one of the lucky onesone of those flights not marked with an angry orange "cancelled" on the departure board. And now here we sit in the 72-degree beauty of Hong Kong after Cathay Pacific flight 831 not only left JFK on time, but even managed to soar for 16 hours without turbulence.
The airports of the East Coast are returning to normal as airplanes return and salt trucks and plows work overtime, so here's hoping no one has to see a board with flight statuses like this again anytime soon.
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You're at Los Angeles International AIrport and preparing to wing your way to another continent and you'll be spending those in-air hours in either Business or First Class. First off, that sounds like you planned an excellent tripcongratulations. Second, you'll want to hit up the lounge for a last-minute tipple or email check, and if you're traveling on a Oneworld alliance airline (like Qantas, LAN, Cathay Pacific, British Airways and Japan Airlines), then the lounge for you is on Level 5 of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
As it's a combined lounge, the amenities here are generic but plentiful. This means more than 10 shiny Mac desktops, a long buffet bar with both and hot and cold food options, two extensive self-serve beverage areas plus a full bar with bartender, private shower rooms, and plenty of modern, comfy chairs nearby power outlets. The design isn't exactly revolutionary or even notable, but it is clean, modern and spacious.
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We love a good, easy Instagram contest where the prize will have you traveling thousands of miles away for the effort of posting a single photo. This is why you've just go to enter Cathay Pacific's "Snap & Share Your Wishes" contest to celebrate Chinese New Year.
The concept is simple: just post an Instagram (with the proper hashtags noted below) and well wishes for Chinese New Year 2013. There'll be winners for Cathay goodies every week, but a single Grand Prize will bring the lucky Instagrammer a pair of roundtrip tickets to Hong Kong for the 2014 Chinese New Year festivities, including passes to the official Cathay Pacific International Night Parade.
Here's how to enter:
Yep, it's time for yet another travel flash mob as Cathay Pacific, for the first time, joins in the trend for holiday synchronized dancing. Forget for a moment that the flight crew are due to stop smiling and reserve service to argue for a pay increase this season, and just enjoy that they can still get together for a good cause. This performance of 115 crew at their Hong Kong HQ (named Cathay City) helped solicit donations for the charity Operation Santa Claus.
It's too bad that they didn't pull this off inside an airport terminal, but the touch of the Macarena is nice, as is the moment of simulated airplane seating when the attendant walks down the "aisle" with the holiday decoration bedecked cart, but we won't spoil anything else for you. Just watch it, below.
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Here's some news of a looming airline strike just in time to throw a wrench in holiday travel plans. This time it's Cathay Pacific and, instead of reduced flying schedule or cancelled flights, the cabin crew will be cancelling meals and reducing smiles.
Last week, Cathay's flight attendant union asked for a 5% pay increase, but the airline only offered an additional 2% with a 13th month bonus. The union isn't cool with this and voted to withhold meals, drinks and smiles from passengers during the busy holiday season. If it comes down to not serving some food, the union will notify passengers to bring their own food aboard.
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We know you've planned your itinerary for overindulgence this week, but there’s still time to tweak things a little bit in advance of the shopping bonanzas known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Sure you can head out into the dark of the early morning hours in search of a discounted television, computer, or toaster, or you can just fire up the laptop, tablet, or phone and look for some travel deals. We’re not exactly sure who will be offering what—that’s the surprise of Black Friday—but here’s some hints.
· Cathay Pacific is doing something, but we’re not sure exactly what. They have a landing page set up and ready to go promising a “Black Friday Exclusive,” and requesting us to check back with them at midnight on November 23. A little research reveals that it may be a 15% off airfare deal. Expect the discount to apply for travel through February 2013, and it sounds like those booking tickets will even be entered into a special contest.
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Flying long-haul in First Class is a dream for many, a reality for only a few. Among first class cabins, Cathay Pacific’s suites are widely considered the sine qua non for comfort and serviceand as tickets can fetch $15,000 for a return between New York-JFK and Hong Kong, they’d better be.
We’ve previously taken you inside the Economy, Premium Economy, and brand new Business cabins on board Cathay, and now we can tell you first-hand what flying First is like. And no, we did not win the lottery; there are ways to make this work without maxing out your credit cards, even without leaving North America.
Who doesn't like free stuff, especially when it comes to complimentary items on flights? As rare as a gratis pillow or warm snack is these days, it's nice to see some airlines offering more than just extra legroom in Premium Economy. Specifically, on long-haul flights with their brand new Premium Economy seats, Cathay Pacific passes out little amenity kits.
Though they're not stuffed with the little lux lotions and lip balms of the Business and First Class kits, they do come complete with an eyemask, socks, toothbrush/toothpaste, mints and earplugs. To liven it up a bit, Cathay has even just now introduced new pouches for the kits, branded with a funky design from Hong Kong design and homewares brand Goods of Desire (G.O.D.).
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We make no bones about the fact that the 16-hour Cathay Pacific CX 831 nonstop stretch from New York-JFK to Hong Kong International happens to be one of the our favorite flights. While the thought of a 16-hour flight may faze most people, we've done it enough now to embrace the in-flight time andgaspeven enjoy the foil-wrapped meals that appear every several hours.
We've shown you our steak from Cathay's Biz Class and even the boxed chocolates from Cathay's Premium Economy, but trust that we mostly fly in Economy on this route and, so, can just as ably share what the whole back of the plane is chewing on.
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If you're anything like us, you probably think that the in-flight duty-free shopping catalog can eat up a good chunk of time on long-haul international flights and provide a few giggles or unique gift ideas. This week, we'll dive into the pages of some favorite airline shopping magazines and highlight our picks for the just-can't-live-without items.
Today, we bring you our recommendations from in-flight catalogs around the world that ease the pressures of traveling to a new land. No matter how many times you get your passport stamped, it is just a little stressful waiting in immigration lines, collecting luggage and getting to your hotel as quickly as possible. Some airlines will help you relieve some of the stress and all you need is a quick browse of their duty-free magazine.