Ever since I can remember, I’ve gotten super-tense for early morning departures of any kind. It’s something I’m slowly getting better at, but this morning was no different – I reckon I was operating on 3 hours sleep, max, after leaving the house at about 5am to be at SYD by around 5.30, for a 7.35 departure.
Oh well- that was the deal if I wanted to fly Cathay Business and arrive at a decent hour in HKG – but it meant my pictures of the journey are a little lacking as I slept most of the way.
Checking in for Cathay was handled quickly – no one in line. I was given a lounge invite on CX stock for the Qantas International Business lounge, and headed off through customs to hang out in the lounge for a bit and grab some breakfast.
Last year I planned a brief trip to visit a friend in Hong Kong for a few days. I had collected around 13,000 miles from travel back from 2001/2002 (!) on Continental which had been sitting in an account for 8 years – it’s actually amazing they didn’t expire. Combined with a few thousand AAdvantage miles from odd promotions and a discounted offer from AA to buy the rest, I set about transferring the Continental OnePass miles to AA using points.com ($125 US for the transfer) and purchasing the remainder for my next taste of long haul business, Cathay Pacific style.
In order to feel somewhat human on arrival in HKG, and to enjoy Cathay Business, I decided to head over on CX110 – A 7.35 departure from Sydney, arriving at about 3.15pm. That meant I could enjoy the rest of the evening and head off to bed to sleep off the travel and relatively minor 3 hour time difference.