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This is part of the Trip Report So Long Mongolia, Hello SE Asia (December-January 2015) which covers:
- Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Chiang Rai, Thailand
- Yangon, Myanmar
- Ngwe Saung, Myanmar
- Mandalay, Myanmar
- Bagan, Myanmar
- Hong Kong
- Orlando, Florida
Catch up by reading the preview, The Banana Pancake Trail to Myanmar Starts This Monday, then the overview, Thailand, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Disney, Home, where the game time decision was made to leave Mongolia for good.
67,500 AA miles to fly first-class from Hong Kong to Chicago is a sweet deal. Finding out that I received a 6,750 rebate for having the Citi AA MasterCard made it even better. Add in 15 hours of first class luxury and I was in for a real treat which I felt I deserved after all the headaches of Mongolia. Much of the flight was a blur as I had glass after glass of Krug champagne, though I did manage to take a few pictures.
Overall, Cathay was Cathay. It reminds me of a road trip with my parents where I sit back and relax and they do the hard work of getting me from point A to point B. In terms of flying first versus business, besides the selection in champagne and the wider seats, business is not that much of a downgrade. That speaks to the quality of this airline. But for my belief that AA miles will soon be devalued and the rumor that Cathay will limit the number of first class seats, I would gladly chose business over first and be a happy man.
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