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Review: Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
We arrived VERY early in the morning after a 15+ hour flight from Boston. However, all of us had slept pretty well, and we were all beaming after our respective great rides over on Cathay. The walk from the gate to the lounge was filled with me asking them all about their experience in first. It was also funny because my mom still had no idea we were headed to Beijing…she hadn’t gotten her boarding pass for that leg yet 🙂 I loved hearing what they loved most, were most surprised about, etc. Seeing their reactions and hearing their impressions was nothing short of incredible, and I couldn’t have hoped for more…now it was time for some incredible lounge action. I was unsure whether or not we would all have access to The Wing as they were arriving in first, but continuing on in business class. I’m one world emerald, but booked my flight with Alaska miles. When we checked in at Boston Logan my parents both received invitations to The Wing ( YES!!!! ) and all we needed as for me to gain access with my one world emerald card. I didn’t anticipate this being a problem and we arrived at The Wing about 30 mins before it opened. We grabbed a seat in the Cathay Pacific Business Class Lounge and had some drinks.
How I was feeling after the Cathay flights…
- When: April 2017
- Where: Hong Kong ( HKG )
- Loyalty: One World Emerald
- Also, One World Sapphire, Business and First Class passengers on One World Flights
Check In + First Impression
As I’d mentioned in the intro my parents both had invitations to The Wing. I’d never been myself, but was SOOOO excited to experience it together…especially the Cabanas =)
The downstairs reception is gorgeous. I showed the attendant my parents’ invitations along with my AA app profile highlighting my executive platinum status. That was it, and all three of our boarding passes were stamped and we not only had access to the The Wing, but also the The Pier and all other Cathay Pacific lounges. Since The Wing wasn’t open yet we found a place to sit until the lounge opened.
The color scheme is beautiful.
Since the upstairs portion was still being cleaned and The Wing wasn’t open yet it seemed fairly busy. While people were shuffling around for a place to sit it wasn’t overly crowded. Cathay does an excellent job of creating spaces that are well trafficked, but still feel luxurious and refined.
While we didn’t eat anything and save our appetite for The Wing…it did look good and was presented buffet style.
The showers were impressive and gorgeous
Had we not been saving up for the cabanas upstairs I think these would have gotten great use by my family. They are drop, dead.
Better than most any business class lounge you’ll come across.
Want to see more? Check out the full report of my Mom’s Surprise Around the World Birthday Trip.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based.
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
80k offer in branch currently – I think this should be online soon
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
Super solid welcome offer.
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
There is currently an 80k offer after $4k spend in 3 months available in branch, and up to 90k after $6k spend in 6 months. I suspect some version of this will be online soon if you don’t want the hassle of going into a branch.
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 60k is a very, very good offer. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back. .
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.