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More crazy mileage running back to Cairo via AC, AA, BA, Alitalia and Cathay First

More crazy mileage running back to Cairo via AC, AA, BA, Alitalia and Cathay First

Old Sep 12, 18, 2:55 am
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More crazy mileage running back to Cairo via AC, AA, BA, Alitalia and Cathay First

I’m off this afternoon on another 72 hour mileage run, to help me re-qualify for both my BA Gold and AF Flying Blue Silver. My mileage run officially starts at 10am tomorrow at JFK. As for getting to JFK, why not Cathay First from Vancouver? So the first flight today is LAX-Vancouver on a cheap $103 Air Canada Economy fare, which I bought with 6,895 Chase points.











Since I'm returning to TBIT on Thursday, I parked right by the ground level TBIT door in the T4 garage and then walked down to T6 and Air Canada.







My UA 1K/Star Alliance Gold gets me access to the LAX Maple Leaf Lounge on any Air Canada or Star Alliance ticket.





Access to the lounge is either via slow elevator...



... or the elegant staircase. LOL.





And the grand entrance, a far cry from the expansive and easy to access old T2 lounge.





I’ve been here once before with Mrs. SFO777 and, while a small but comfortable place once you get there... ​







... the food offerings here are really weak.















And as before, drinks are basically hidden away.




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Old Sep 12, 18, 2:59 am
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At T-40, I headed downstairs and to the gate.





Los Angeles to Vancouver
Air Canada AC 555
A320
2:40pm-5:45pm
September 10, 2018

Despite my cheap Basic Economy fare, my United 1K status got my an auto-assigned exit row seat and priority Zone 2 boarding. Even better as I was the only one in my row.













Not bad for $103.







Air Canada's BOB menu, where the picture looked way better than real life.



























Excellent service from a friendly cabin crew. Since there was absolutely nothing worth eating at the Maple Leaf Lounge, I decided to see how close Air Canada's BOB would come to the pic.



Not so much, although the Pellegrino was just like the pic. LOL.



Yikes...



Uh no. Not even close.













I had low expectations today but was pleasantly surprised by Air Canada. Excellent service and an entire row to myself goes a long way to surviving Economy. Plus, Gogo worked reasonably well.

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Old Sep 12, 18, 8:34 am
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Vancouver International is a nice place to transIt, far more attractive than Montreal or the dump that is Toronto.



The long but pleasant walk to customs/immigration and/or transit.











One cool thing here is the ability to transit without having to clear Canadian customs. D for international or E for those cabotage pax making a US to US connection. LOL. Since Cathay is international, my YVR-JFK flight is international instead of transborder.



I headed for the International Connections entrance where my boarding pass was checked by a pleasant and helpful agent.



And less than a minute later, I was in the international departures concourse.





At this point, I was still two hours away from the Cathay lounge opening. So I decided to head for the BA Lounge...



... which was at the far end of the part of the concourse near Gate 64.





Alas, despite my double One World Emerald status, I was denied entry as BA has decided that only BA passengers can access the lounge during the summer when they operate "a bigger plane" aka the A380. I don't think I missed anything as by the looks of it, it was just another crappy BA lounge.



Fortunately, five minutes away was the SkyTeam Lounge, which is also a Priority Pass lounge.





Pretty sure I lucked out as this one is quite attractive, bright and spacious... and empty.

































I spent a couple of hours here before heading to the nearby Cathay Pacific Lounge.
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Old Sep 12, 18, 8:35 am
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At around 8:30pm, I headed across the concourse to the Cathay Pacific Lounge. Looks like someone reset the giant chess board.





The Cathay Lounge is very attractive with nice seating areas and tarmac views. Which is fortunate since I'll be here for 4 hours as toninght's flight is arriving two hours late from Hong Kong and departing two hour late to JFK.































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Old Sep 12, 18, 9:11 am
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Again , what a wonderful report so far, I always wonder how you are able to take so many pics,
I think half the times I would forget
looking for to the rest
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Looks interesting - will you get the new BA Club Europe catering? (starts today, I think)
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Old Sep 12, 18, 2:00 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO777 View Post
Vancouver International is a nice place to transIt, far more attractive than Montreal or the dump that is Toronto.
Sir, how dare you besmirch YYZ! Its far better than ....

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Ok fine, you win. I think its much better than YUL. Now that place is a dump.
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SFO777 Great start to your TR. I am looking forward to the rest.
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Old Sep 12, 18, 5:40 pm
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Originally Posted by fotographer View Post
Again , what a wonderful report so far, I always wonder how you are able to take so many pics,
I think half the times I would forget. looking for to the rest
Thanks very much fotographer. I guess after all this time, it's just part of my routine. I have my iPhone pretty much ready at all times.

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Looks interesting - will you get the new BA Club Europe catering? (starts today, I think)
Thank you Tocsin. I flew Economy from LHR-GLA-LHR so no catering except for BOB. My only BA catering today was Club World to CAI. And it was actually quite good.

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Sir, how dare you besmirch YYZ! Its far better than ...............
Ok fine, you win. I think its much better than YUL. Now that place is a dump.
LOL. Yeah neither would win any prizes, at least good prizes.

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SFO777 Great start to your TR. I am looking forward to the rest.
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Shocked that you didn't take any of those fresh, seasonal, delicious tomatoes from the Skyteam Lounge.
It looks like the LAX MLL is trying to prepare folks for overpriced Canadi>n measured alcohol in the self-serve bar.
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Old Sep 12, 18, 7:54 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO777 View Post

Despite my cheap Basic Economy fare, my United 1K status got my an auto-assigned exit row seat and priority Zone 2 boarding. Even better as I was the only one in my row.

Not bad for $107.

I had low expectations today but was pleasantly surprised by Air Canada. Excellent service and an entire row to myself goes a long way to surviving Economy. Plus, Gogo worked reasonably well.
SFO777 and BASIC ECONOMY?!?! I never thought that we'd see this in the same trip report!

Glad you're back...so far so good.
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Great stuff, thanks for posting.. just came at the right time for me as I'm looking for a TCON in November, had no idea about CX flying that route ... Cheers
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So excited to see another report from you, SFO777 - A great start to your trip and I've been excited to see a new report for the last few months! Cathay Pacific as always looks amazing - looking forward to the rest.

All best in Minneapolis,

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