Yesterday I wrote about the rare appearance of first class award space on ANA’s new A380 service between Honolulu and Tokyo. I decided to book a whole trip around it!
It has been about a year since I last did a “review trip” and I figured, as my latest “vintage” trip report nears its conclusion, some fresh content for Live and Let’s Fly would be helpful. So I grabbed the award space from Honolulu to Tokyo and built a round-the-world trip around it.
I love what I do—all three of my businesses—most of all because I can leave at a moment’s notice (I also love who I married…). It is not always prudent to do so, but this week is relatively light…so I’m off.
I’ll break down miles/dollars used when I publish my trip report, but the final trip includes seven tickets all assembled together. I’ve given myself buffers between tickets, but one major delay or cancellation could still mess everything up.
My 14-Segment Adventure
Here’s what I’ve booked:
- United 757-300 First Class Los Angeles to Honolulu (upgraded)
- ANA A380-800 First Class Honolulu to Tokyo Narita
- Thai 747-400 First Class Tokyo Haneda to Bangkok
- Thai A350-900 Business Class Bangkok to Guangzhou
- China Southern A380-800 First Class Guangzhou to Beijing
- Cathay Pacific 777-300 First Class Beijing to Hong Kong
- Cathay Pacific A330-300 Business Class Hong Kong to Colombo
- SriLankan A330-300 Business Class Colombo to Kuala Lumpur
- Royal Jordanian 787-8 Business Class Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok
- Royal Jordanian 787-8 Business Class Bangkok to Amman
- Ryanair 737 Amman to Bucharest
- Ryanair 737 Bucharest to Milan Malpensa
- Air Italy A330-200 Business Class Milan Malpensa to San Francisco
- United CRJ-200 San Francisco to Burbank
I’ve got overnights in Honolulu, Beijing, Colombo, and Milan, but I’ll be moving rapidly…this whole trip will only take about a week.
You might ask, why Ryanair? Well, there are no nonstop flights between Amman and Milan and the timing of the Ryanair service via Bucharest was perfect…and cheap. 57EUR to Bucharest and 19EUR to Milan. I would have loved to try Tarom, another airline I have yet to review, but the flight schedule did not work out.
I’ll post daily updates along the way. It should be quite an adventure! The whole trip was built around the A380 from Honolulu to Tokyo, so I guess I am looking forward to that flight the most, but honestly I am looking forward to every single flight on this trip.