Part 2 – Hong Kong to Sapporo.

So we had 1 day in HK before flying off to Sapporo. I’ve been to Japan numerous times, but never to Sapporo. One of the places I really wanted to go for a long time. Now this part is interesting, I used dividend miles to pay for this round trip HK<>Japan. If you have never heard of dividend miles, you should. Well… they are merging with AAdvantage this year so this trip may not be as cheap as when I bought it. Theres many blogs and forums to teach you how to book these cheap business class/first class tickets.

Points required for this trip? 35 k dividend mile points each so 70k all up. How much is that in AUD? – around 800AUD per person. Which is a friggin steal for first class. I bought these points when they had a 100% bonus special. So if you bought 40k points, you get 80 k points etc. I won’t delve in too much how you can book them, because you gotta call their call centre in the US and the agents are pretty hopeless. read around about it and you’ll know why.

I didn’t really want to come back first class but I had no choice. The day I leave only had first class or really early flights which didn’t suit us.

So checked in, went to the airport earlier because i was reading about this nifty lounge. “The Bridge”. Its located above gate 35 or something, once you have taken the train in the airport.

The Bridge Lounge
The Bridge Lounge

Cathay’s new logo. I think it’s quite modern.

New Cathay Logo
New Cathay Logo

Dunno what this is. A bird or something? Anyway cool looking.

What's this?
What’s this?

We were pretty hungry and the Bridge differentiates from the other lounges is that they have a bakery. Perfect for breakfast. It was quite busy as it was around 8am.

The Bridge Bakery
The Bridge Bakery

Yes I was hungry. Selections include dim sums, the white noodles, steamed egg, and pastries like croissants and danishes.

Light breakfast
Light breakfast

My breakfast just got bigger, some salad as well. I wouldn’t say the pastries are freshly baked, but its ok. Nothing beats a good pastry shop in Melb.

Bigger Breakfast
Bigger Breakfast

Wonder when they start to phase our these big 747 fleets. Massive planes indeed.

The Cathay 747!
The Cathay 747!

Not as long as the bar at the Wing, but just as good. This filipino bar tender was pretty good. Fancy champagne for breakfast? I do!

The Long Bar
The Long Bar

heres the menu. Selection of Mocktails, non alcoholic beverages, hot, cold drinks, tea, and most importantly the GROG. So had the Piper Cuvee Brut.

The Bridge Bar Menu
The Bridge Bar Menu

Here It is.

Some Champagne to start
Some Champagne to start

Crispy and delicious.

Champagne
Champagne

I couldn’t have another champagne because I need to drive once I get to Japan… So went for a tropical mocktail which was pineapple based. Pretty damn good.

Pineapple Mocktail
Pineapple Mocktail

After lounging for a bit, we went to the gate. This plane is a 747, even though there are first class seats, they werent for sale. So only business , econ etc. I have read online that you can request for the first class seat but you may need status. I went up to the counter but they said it was full. I should have asked the people at the lounge. anyway I wanted to review the coffin class anyway.

Flight to Sapporo
Flight to Sapporo

See why it’s called coffin class? Quite narrow compared to the reversed herringbone seat. but not bad over all. The business class seats are mainly on the upper deck of the 747s. Which is known to be better as its more quiet.

The reknown Coffin Class
The reknown Coffin Class

Heres a whole chunk of them. I was actually quite surprised by the amount of people of B class. I mean for a 3-4 hour trip, honkys never go on business class. There was a group of like 8 who were going to Sapporo. The guy next to me fell asleep straight away and didn’t have his meal till like 2 hours into the flight. So she sat where you rest your foot and helped cut up part of his meal so he can eat. I mean god sake just cut your own meals and eat it yourself. I just want to flip his meal in his face when I saw that. Friggin honkies. lol.

Upper Deck B class
Upper Deck B class

I can’t remember what plane this was. But here you go.

Window view
Window view

Don’t like the design of the TV in the 747 B class. Once you open this up, you can’t leave your seat unless you stow it away.

Cathay Entertainment
Cathay Entertainment

Electronic buttons are slightly different. This one has a massage function! Don’t know why they didn’t retain it in their new 333s.

Buttons
Buttons

I was offered a drink to start, how about a Bloody Mary? The flight attendant asked whether I would like it very spicy or just a little. I went for just a little. Also some japanese nuts in a BOWL. lol read about the nutty korean airline executive if you know what I mean.

Fancy some Bloody Mary?
Fancy some Bloody Mary?

Menus! This time I did keep them.

Cathay Menu
Cathay Menu

Entree to start, the prawns were good. perfect size.

Pesto Marinated Prawns with tomato, French beans and roasted peppers
Pesto Marinated Prawns with tomato, French beans and roasted peppers

The main was pretty good too, loved the fish. Also came with some soba salad and some dips as well.

Baked Sea Bream with ginger soy sauce, Japanese rice and vegetables
Baked Sea Bream with ginger soy sauce, Japanese rice and vegetables

Finally got my CHEESE and fruit this time round. Up yours overnight 333 flight.

Cheese Selection
Cheese Selection

Haagen Daz icecream and CHOCOLATEs which I refused.

Haagen Daaz Ice-cream
Haagen Daaz Ice-cream

It was time to descend into New Chitose and you can see quite a bit of snow around the area! Can’t wait!

The chitose airport is quite interesting. There are alot of shops around and it links to the domestic terminal. Took a while to find the post office to pick up my wifi dongle. Once we got there, we were ready to drive to Otaru.

Bottom Line

  • I do prefer the reversed herringbone seat as its more spacious, coffin class does seem very narrow even though you can lie flat.
  • Don’t like the TVs as it gets in the way of alot of things.
  • Not good if you’re travelling together, We sat across each other and you can’t talk or see each other. I was happy with that actually.
  • It seems the upper deck was the choice if you’re travelling B class
  • Food was excellent on a day flight, so is the service
  • The Bridge lounge was excellent.

Await for my next post. Otaru!

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