Hong Kong and Japan: A Combined Effort

In December 2015, Mom, Dad and I traveled to Hong Kong for two nights, and then to Japan for 8 nights. The idea was mine, but Dad was integral to the vision, and execution. Mom was along for the ride. The following is a re-cap of miles, points, free nights, and cash used.

United Airlines: Rapid City – Denver – Newark (Economy)

  • 37,500 United miles + $16 total for 3 passengers

British Airways Galleries Lounge – Newark (Access with Cathay Pacific Business ticket)

  • Impressive selection of snacks and drinks

Alcohol in BA Lounge(British Airways Galleries Lounge – Newark Airport)

Cathay Pacific: Newark to Hong Kong (Business)

  • 110,000 American Airlines miles for 2 passengers (received 10,000 miles back as benefit of Barclays Aviator credit card) + $11
  • 50,000 Alaska Airlines miles for my ticket + $44
  • Lie-flat seats + amazing food and service

Champagne on Cathay.jpg(Mom and Dad enjoying champagne before takeoff on Cathay Pacific – EWR – HKG)

Cathay Pacific Arrivals Lounge

  • Shower + Snacks and Caffeine

Intercontinental Hong Kong

  • Free Night Certificate (from Into the Nights promotion)
  • $85 per night upgrade to Harbourview Room

Hong Kong Panoramic(Hong Kong skyline from Victoria Peak)

Intercontinental Hong Kong

  • Free Night Certificate (from Into the Nights promotion)

The Wing: A Cathay Pacific lounge

  • Coffee Bar, Noodle Bar, Sandwiches and Pastries

G16: A DragonAir lounge

  • On par with American lounges

Cathay Pacific: Hong Kong to Narita (Business)

  • 40,000 British Airways avios for 2 passengers + $43
  • 0 miles for me: Newark to HKG included this segment. HKG was my stopover.

Appetizers on Cathay(Appetizers on Cathay Pacific – HKG – Narita)

Intercontinental Tokyo Bay

  • Free Night Certificate (from IHG credit card)
  • View of Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Bay

Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo to Kyoto

  • $112 per person
  • Mt. Fuji smiled at us

Hyatt Regency Kyoto

  • 20,000 of Dad’s points
  • + $101 per night for third person

Zen Garden Kyoto(Zen garden in Kyoto)

Hyatt Regency Kyoto

  • 20,000 of Dad’s points

Shinkansen from Kyoto to Nagoya +

Limited Express train from Nagoya to Nagano

  • $92 total per person

Jizokan Matsuya Ryokan – Nagano

  • $161
  • Traditional Japanese guesthouse with futons on floor

Snow Monkeys(Snow Monkeys at Jigokudani – outside Nagano)

Shinkansen from Nagano to Tokyo

  • $67 per person

Conrad Tokyo

  • Free Weekend Night Certificate (from Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve credit card) + $71 per night for third person
  • Access to Executive Lounge (free breakfast, afternoon tea and snacks, and cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres)
  • View of Tokyo Bay from room

Conrad Breakfast(Breakfast at Conrad Tokyo)

Conrad Tokyo

  • Free Weekend Night Certificate (from Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve credit card)

Tsukiji3(Tsukiji Fish Market – Tokyo)

Park Hyatt Tokyo

  • Dad’s Free Night Certificate (from Hyatt credit card) + $153 per night for third person
  • Classy + Great Views

Park Hyatt Room(Sunset from room at Park Hyatt Tokyo)

Park Hyatt Tokyo

  • Dad’s Free Night Certificate (from Hyatt credit card)
  • Lost in Translation filmed at this hotel

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.jpg(Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden – Tokyo)

Delta Airlines: Tokyo – Detroit – Minneapolis – Rapid City

  • 105,000 Delta miles + $136 total for 3 passengers
  • $170 per person to upgrade Tokyo – Detroit segment to Economy Comfort (bulkhead seats)
  • Disappointing service and food on Tokyo – Detroit segment

All in all: a memorable trip!

(Menus from Cathay Pacific – EWR – HKG)

Cathay Supper Menu

Cathay Snacks Breakfast Menu

 

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5 replies

  1. It was an amazing adventure!!

    Bob Riter

  2. It is always so much fun to read about your amazing adventures! Thank you once again for sharing!

  3. Hi mattewriter. Looks a great trip. Thank you for liking my poem returning! Best wishes. The Foureyed Poet.

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