Not only does Cathay Pacific Business Class afford you early boarding, but you have your own private boarding jetway, meaning Economy Class passengers enter at the middle of the plane
Welcome to the Cathay Pacific Business Class pods. Stay a while. (15 hours from LAX to Hong Kong, to be exact.)
What feels like a miiiiillion years ago (actually, on Christmas Eve), E. and I set off for the first leg of our honeymoon: Hong Kong.
As you do when you’re flying to Hong Kong from Los Angeles, we booked tickets on Cathay Pacific, which I have heard for years is one of the best airlines around…particularly for Business Class.
We sprung for tickets in Cathay Pacific Premium Economy Class, which is supposed to be lovely and relatively-fancy and light-years better than Economy…
But it’s still not Business Class.
(And, of course, Business Class is still not First Class. There’s always another level higher. If you regularly fly First Class, you’re probably bemoaning the fact that you’re not on a private jet.)
Anyhow, long story short, whether due to the amazing Cathay Pacific PR people or to E.’s honeymoon pleas at the check-in desk, we were upgraded to Business Class at LAX. I nearly cried from the excitement of it all.
What follows are photos of the insane luxury that is Cathay Pacific Business Class. I’ve been lucky enough to travel Business Class internationally on several different airlines, including Delta, Virgin Atlantic, and British Airways, and my experience on Cathay Pacific was far and away the best.
On the next several legs of our honeymoon, including the 9 hour flight on Virgin Atlantic from Hong Kong to Sydney, E. and I flew Economy Class.
Let me just tell you: international Economy Class is really, really depressing after experiencing this:
The Cathay Pacific Business Class bathrooms feature Jurlique beauty amenities
The flight attendant, upon discovering that it was our honeymoon, gave E. a bottle of champagne for us to take to Hong Kong with us. Business Class has its own dedicated flight attendants, so we were well looked-after. We approved of this treatment.
Vegetarian meal – surprisingly yummy for airplane food! (I always order my meals in advance, even when in Economy Class)
The amenities kit, complete with Agnes B. bag and Jurlique products, we received at our seats
The wine and cocktail list for Business Class
I snapped this photo as the cabin lights changed color – we were lucky enough to be in a quiet section of Business Class with only two rows, located in between the rest of Business Class and First Class. It felt like Business Class Plus!
The mirror inside my private cubbyhole. Would you call it a cubbyhole? Let’s call it a cubbyhole.
Can we please just fly Business Class forever? No more Economy Class, ‘k? Thanks.
Since E. and I were flying on Christmas Eve, we brought wrapped presents on the plane with us and each opened one. We boarded the plane on Christmas Eve, and deplaned in Hong Kong on December 26th, technically missing Christmas Day entirely. Note the pre-flight champagne, the Shanghai Tang slippers, and the partition between my pod and E.’s pod (on the right, above).
Clearly, this is the money shot and the whole reason to dream of International Business Class: SLEEP! The beds are fully-flat and recline 180 degrees. I slept like a baby for 10 hours (aided by Ambien, but still). E. snapped this photo at some point during my slumber.
Pre-flight Christmas Eve/”Yay, it’s our honeymoon”/”Holy crap, we got upgraded to Business Class” champagne toast!
Thanks to Cathay Pacific for kicking off our honeymoon perfectly; we’ll never forget it!