Review: The Hilton Gatwick Airport

If you’re short on time, let’s cut to the chase: this is a terrible, terrible hotel. Even among shabby airport hotels, this takes some beating. @TheFrankFlyer and I stayed there last night, as our flight to Palma de Mallorca departed at a very unreasonable 0825 this morning. This was far too early for a schlep ...

Brewdog on board!

I flew to Palma de Mallorca with British Airways this morning and, as soon as I sat down, I spotted that their birthday promotion with Brewdog has started. To celebrate 100 years of British Airways, they've partnered with Brewdog to launch an anniversary beer and I...I had one with my breakfast! I'm not a beer ...

JAL First Class: The best flight I have ever taken

After another wonderful stay at the Tokyo Hilton, our trip home had to commence. @Macpsych and I had said our goodbyes at the hotel, as he was flying home via Seoul Icheon and Helsinki, as part of his mileage run to collect enough BA tier points to remain gold. (I have done a spreadsheet 😉). ...

Assorted Tokyo highlights

While I haven't blogged since arriving in Tokyo earlier this week, that doesn't mean we haven't been enjoying ourselves. In fact, I'd be concerned if too much precious time in Tokyo was spent writing here! While Frank is down at the hotel gym, I'm enjoying a coffee in our room and scanning the view from ...

Cathay Pacific: Hong Kong to Tokyo

My second flight on my trip to Tokyo was with Cathay Pacific on the CX526, a 17 year old A330-300. Being a OneWorld frequent flyer, I had redeemed 30K Avios to book a business class flight to Tokyo Narita. This was my second time flying Cathay and again, the service was good. Unlike the Virgin ...

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One night in Hong Kong

After arriving in Hong Kong from London, I needed to spend one night in HK before my Cathay Pacific Avios reward redemption to Tokyo. I selected the most convenient hotel, the Regal Airport Hotel attached to Terminal 1. The hotels claim of being the worlds best Airport hotel was not true. The room I got ...

Journey to Japan – Part three: to Seoul!

I've just landed in Seoul Incheon Airport after a superb flight with Finnair. I didn't get as much sleep as I'd planned, but that was all my own fault. I enjoyed a couple of hours in the very lovely Finnair lounge in Helsinki Airport before boarding my flight. The lounge is in the middle of ...

Journey to Japan – Part Two: To Helsinki!

After adequately refuelling on coffee in the lounge, it was time to get my flight to Helsinki. With little to keep me in the lounge, I headed to the gate with just under an hour to go. My experience with Finnair is that they board with plenty of time, so I expected us to be ...

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And my journey to Japan, part one….

My journey to rendevou with @macpsych started at Heathrow.  I left home just before the rush hour started, getting to Heathrow in good time about 2 1/2 hrs before departure. Virgin check-in was a breeze (Also as AirPrtr had collected the heavy suitcase the night before) and soon I was off to the special door which ...

Journey to Japan: Part one

My latest jaunt to Japan began yesterday - and the journey to Tokyo will probably take a few posts to cover! I left London yesterday lunchtime, after squeezing in a couple more productive hours in the office. I 'checked in' via British Airways First Class section in T5 and made my way straight into the ...

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