JL First Class worth it over Business?

Old Feb 9, 15, 7:59 pm
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JL First Class worth it over Business?

I'm considering a flight back from HND-SFO on first or business. I see that the business class is fairly private and now fully flat. Considering this is a nighttime flight, is there any advantage of riding first? I've ridden CX first and it's a big improvement over business (not that business isn't good at all). Just want to hear your opinions; I know it's all subjective. Thanks!

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I am using AA miles so 55k vs 67.5k miles. I also have a 3.5 hour layover in HND.
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Old Feb 9, 15, 9:06 pm
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I also debated this myself with the points you already have mentioned. I find the business class seats quite comfortable on their 777's and personally don't have any issues with it. The deciding factor for me is that I have a long layover at HND, so being able to use one of their dedicated flagship first lounge was it, with less emphasis on the in flight experience.

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Old Feb 9, 15, 9:06 pm
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Well, with an F ticket you get access to the F lounge in HND, so that alone might be worth it with the 3.5 hr layover you have.
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Old Feb 9, 15, 9:18 pm
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What's so special about the F lounge at HND? I can't find much information on the JL website.
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Old Feb 9, 15, 10:00 pm
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Originally Posted by hamburglar View Post
What's so special about the F lounge at HND? I can't find much information on the JL website.
This is in Japanese but it should give you an idea: https://www.jal.co.jp/inter/lounge/hnd_first/
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Old Feb 10, 15, 12:31 am
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If it is that little of a difference using miles just go for first
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Old Feb 10, 15, 3:25 am
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How quickly do you earn 12,500 AA miles?

I personally would spring for F, since I earn at a brisk pace so don't see 12.5K as a huge extra cost for the step up to F. You may see things differently, and C is quite nice as well.

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Old Feb 10, 15, 4:45 am
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Originally Posted by VNAFlyer View Post
How quickly do you earn 12,500 AA miles?

I personally would spring for F, since I earn at a brisk pace so don't see 12.5K as a huge extra cost for the step up to F. You may see things differently, and C is quite nice as well.

You can't go wrong either way.
+1

It hinges on how quickly you earn and what else you might burn the miles on. My wife and I are flying HND-SFO next month in F, but like VNA we have lots of miles to burn.

FWIW, it sounds like the HND F lounge is quite nice, though not in the stellar league of top F lounges in the world. OTOH, be aware that on this midnight HND-SFO-HND route you just get light meals with limited options for dinner from JL rather than the full-fledged F meal service that most other good Asian airlines provide for transpacific (including late night) flights.
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Old Feb 10, 15, 6:41 am
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Originally Posted by Thunderroad View Post
FWIW, it sounds like the HND F lounge is quite nice, though not in the stellar league of top F lounges in the world.
Some people disagree. HND F lounge is rated 6th best lounge in the world, only 3 points behind CX's and 8 behind the top ones.

http://thedesignair.net/2015/01/29/t...-lounges-2015/
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Old Feb 10, 15, 8:53 am
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Originally Posted by JALPak View Post
Some people disagree. HND F lounge is rated 6th best lounge in the world, only 3 points behind CX's and 8 behind the top ones.

http://thedesignair.net/2015/01/29/t...-lounges-2015/
But are there any substantial differences in terms of offerings between C and F lounge? I though the beverages and foods are somewhat similar between the two.
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Old Feb 10, 15, 11:21 am
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Originally Posted by mediator View Post
But are there any substantial differences in terms of offerings between C and F lounge? I though the beverages and foods are somewhat similar between the two.
https://www.jal.co.jp/inter/lounge/pdf/first/food.pdf
https://www.jal.co.jp/inter/lounge/pdf/sakura/food.pdf

https://www.jal.co.jp/inter/lounge/pdf/first/drink.pdf
https://www.jal.co.jp/inter/lounge/pdf/sakura/drink.pdf
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Old Feb 10, 15, 1:04 pm
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Thanks for the input. AA miles are relatively easy to acquire (2 tickets are half of a new CC signup) so I'll try it once for the novelty. I'll probably go back to business unless it's superb.
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Old Feb 11, 15, 4:38 am
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Originally Posted by JALPak View Post
Some people disagree. HND F lounge is rated 6th best lounge in the world, only 3 points behind CX's and 8 behind the top ones.

http://thedesignair.net/2015/01/29/t...-lounges-2015/
Sounds good to me! But isn't that ranking more oriented toward design and aesthetics, rather than overall experience?
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Old Feb 11, 15, 4:57 am
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Sounds good to me! But isn't that ranking more oriented toward design and aesthetics, rather than overall experience?
But it doesn't mean the overall experience was not taken into account.
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Old Feb 11, 15, 6:20 am
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Well, whether #6 or not, I'm looking forward to checking it out in a few weeks.
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