After a good night’s rest, we prepared for our day at the Pier followed by Cathay Pacific first class flight home. After checking out from the hotel we proceeded out to the Airport and followed the signage to Terminal 1. Cathay Pacific has dedicated podiums for first class and we were processed quickly with boarding passes in hand.
Checkout from our villa, and the ride back on the resort speed boat to Ao Po Grand Marina Pier went without incident. Once on Phuket, our airport transfer included car service in a large luxury van (provided by the resort) that took us from the pier, through town and to the Phuket airport.
On exiting the Aircraft, we entered the arrivals area in the Hong Kong Airport. It’s a long corridor that ends with exits to immigration (arrivals) or the transfer center. At that point you do another security check and they verify your onward travel so that you may enter the main terminal. We walked down the airport’s main connecting terminal in the 30 gates. At the end of that hall you veer right and proceed down to gate 63 and then an escalator down to The Pier lounge. At the bottom of the escalator you turn right and then left and walk into the check in area. We handed the associate our lounge passes and were checked in.
After walking through the terminal you head down an escalator to the main gate boarding area. Once we arrived downstairs the first class cabin was boarding. It was a little strange as you board. There is a line of people on both sides of the pathway to the first class gate entrance. It looks and feels like you’re on display as you walk your way to the counter of the check-in gate agent. Once you’re through the entrance it is a short corridor to the jetway, and then through the jetway to the first door of the plane.
Our journey started with a one-way Avis car rental to the San Francisco airport. After returning the car we took the AirTrain over to the international terminal and to the Cathay Pacific section for first class check in. It was a couple hours before our flight in order to have time to experience the lounge. The polite female ticket agent asked for our passports and worked at checking us in. She looked up and asked, “I don’t see your return flight?”
Susan and I we had just over 750,000 AA miles we could use. Since we would not be able to take our originally planned Maldives trip we decided to use as many AA miles on vacations during the next year and try to harvest as much value as we could.