Review: Salon Galaxy Lounge Paris CDG Airport

Introduction

CDG has three terminals. While the more well-known oneworld carriers such as Cathay Pacific, British Airways and American Airlines depart in Terminal 2 others such as Qatar Airways, TAM, Malaysian Airlines, Royal Jordanian and SriLankan Airlines depart from Terminal 1, which is probably the oldest terminal here. This also means that I can’t explore Cathay Pacific’s First and Business Class lounge and I need to use the provided Salon Galaxy Lounge instead.

In area 2 of terminal 1 SriLankan Airlines is actually quite far away to reach – first if you arrive by TGV you need to catch a free transit train to Terminal one, go up the escalator and turn right. It took me around 15 minutes just to reach the check-in area. Thankfully there was basically no queue at the business check-in counter and I was welcomed within a minute or two, just after they processed the ones before me. Check-in was done without issues and I was given a wallet, containing boarding passes to Colombo and finally Hong Kong. I was also given vouchers so I can enter the lounges during the journey.

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Easter getaway 2016: Introduction

Introduction

Being a British Airways Executive Club member it has always been a no-brainer to travel with British Airways whenever possible. I have mostly flown with them (including last time) to earn extra Avios points — it is no longer the case this time. The normally attractive fare from Germany disappeared at that time so I needed to find alternative solutions.

I have decided to do another European city run to save money (and travel to more places) after finding return fare between Edinburgh (EDI) and Hong Kong (HKG) on BA would cost around £1600 in economy, while flying Paris (CDG) in business class with their partners only costs around £1200.

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Review: British Airways flight from London Heathorw to Hong Kong in Premium Economy (World Traveller Plus)

Introduction

I was suppose to take this flight in June 2015 though I bought another ticket and travelled First on the same flight at the end — ditched it as I found a return Club World fare deal from Munich to Hong Kong via London for £780. I upgrade to First on the outbound for 30,000 Avuis. For the unused ticket I moved it to March 2016.

Because of last minute changes I needed to take a flight to Hong Kong as soon as possible. As a student purchased student fare tickets – slightly expensive however it gave me the possibility to change the flight date whenever I want for free – as long as the booked fare bucket is still available. This basically functions as a fully flexible ticket though no refunds can be made for unused sectors and has to be a return ticket.

As this ticket is booked via a travel agent I needed to phone from Edinburgh to Hong Kong to make that change: I stayed up late to write an e-mail requesting the change and I phoned in the early morning in the UK (late afternoon in Hong Kong) to reissue the ticket.

As the February school holiday was just around a week to go I therefore enjoyed an extra week of holiday while others are still working 🙂

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Review: British Airways flight from Edinburgh Airport EDI to London City Airport LCY

Introduction
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge EDI
British Airways flight from Edinburgh Airport EDI to London City Airport LCY
AirPortr same day luggage transfers
Emirates Air Line in London
Shepard’s Bush Boutique Hotel
Heathrow Express London Paddington to London Heathrow Terminal 5
British Airways flight from London Heathrow LHR to Munich Airport MUC
British Airways flight from Munich Airport MUC to London Heathrow LHR
British Airways flight from London Heathrow LHR to Hong Kong International Airport HKG
Qantas Hong Kong Lounge
British Airways flight from Hong Kong International Airport HKG to London Heathrow LHR
British Airways Arrivals lounge Terminal 5
Special: How British Airways ground agents saved my trip part 1
British Airways flight from London Heathrow LHR to Munich Airport MUC
British Airways flight from Munich Airport MUC to London Heathrow LHR
Hilton Munich Park
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge London Heathrow Terminal 5 South
Special: How British Airways ground agents saved my trip part 2
British Airways flight from London Heathrow Airport LHR to Edinburgh Airport EDI

So after the visit at British Airways Galleries Club Lounge EDI it is time for me to head of to London City. The flight only lasts for an hour however there is quite a lot to say about this flight: this is the first time of me flying BAe 146 and experiencing service from Jota Aviation who was appointed to fly this flight on behalf of British Airways. Continue reading “Review: British Airways flight from Edinburgh Airport EDI to London City Airport LCY”

Review: British Airways Galleries Lounge Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport is the closest airport from the place I live therefore I start all of my trips there. Being my preferred airport in Scotland I am also a frequent user of British Airway’s newly refurbished Galleries Club Lounge. In short I like the design and in some areas it is better than the lounges at their home base: London Heathrow Airport.

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Christmas getaway 2015: Introduction

CHristmas travel map
Travel map of this trip, generated by Great Circle Ma

 

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View of Munich on Olympiaturm in Munich’s Olympia Park

Introduction
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge EDI
British Airways flight from Edinburgh Airport EDI to London City Airport LCY
AirPortr same day luggage transfers
Emirates Air Line in London
Shepard’s Bush Boutique Hotel
Heathrow Express London Paddington to London Heathrow Terminal 5
British Airways flight from London Heathrow LHR to Munich Airport MUC
British Airways flight from Munich Airport MUC to London Heathrow LHR
British Airways flight from London Heathrow LHR to Hong Kong International Airport HKG
Qantas Hong Kong Lounge
British Airways flight from Hong Kong International Airport HKG to London Heathrow LHR
British Airways Arrivals lounge Terminal 5
Special: How British Airways ground agents saved my trip part 1
British Airways flight from London Heathrow LHR to Munich Airport MUC
British Airways flight from Munich Airport MUC to London Heathrow LHR
Hilton Munich Park
British Airways Galleries Club Lounge London Heathrow Terminal 5 South
Special: How British Airways ground agents saved my trip part 2
British Airways flight from London Heathrow Airport LHR to Edinburgh Airport EDI

As 2015 finishes and school holiday starts I decided to go back to my home, Hong Kong. As a round-trip originating from Edinburgh costs a shocking £2176 on British Airway’s World Traveller cabin I have decided to run an Ex-EU trip which starts from Munich, Germany. Running this trip not only saves money it also allowed me to visit two of my beloved cities: London and Munich. I had a nice evening wondering around and witness the London Premier of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and had a nice tour around Munich with my German friend for half a day.

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2015: A year of air travel

An annual review of my air travels in 2015

2015 is now coming to an end. Lots of nice things happened and a lot of them are to do with travelling! With the knowledge of how to maximise my travel experiences with minimal costs I have managed to travel 74,550 miles on 33 different flights…

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