Introduction: Whirlwind Trip to Asia

Introduction: Whirlwind Trip to Asia
Review: American Airlines (A321) Economy Class Dallas to Charlotte
Review: American Airlines (A320) Economy Class Charlotte to Boston
Review: Holiday Inn Express and Suites – Boston Garden
Review: United Club – Logan International Airport
Review: United Airlines (777-200) Business Class Newark to Beijing
Review: Air China Business Class Lounge – Beijing International Airport
Review: BGS Premier Business Class Lounge – Beijing International Airport
Review: Singapore Airlines (777-300ER) Business Class Beijing to Singapore
Review: SilverKris Business Class Lounge – Singapore Changi Airport
Review: SilkAir (737-800) Business Class Singapore to Kuala Lumpur
Review: Renaissance Hotel – Kuala Lumpur
Out and About in Kuala Lumpur
Review: Plaza Premium Lounge – Kuala Lumpur
Review: SilkAir (A319) Economy Class Kuala Lumpur to Singapore
Review: JW Marriott Hotel – Singapore South Beach
Review: The Private Room – Singapore Changi Airport
Review: Singapore Airlines (A380-800) Suites Class Singapore to Beijing
Review: Air China First Class Lounge – Beijing International Airport
Review: United Airlines (777-300ER) Business Class Beijing to San Francisco
Review: American Express Centurion Lounge – San Francisco International Airport
Review: United Airlines (757-200) First Class San Francisco to Newark
Review: United Airlines Classified Restaurant – Newark Liberty International Airport
Review: Admirals Club – Logan International Airport

Hi. Welcome to my next trip report. I returned last week from a short, fantastic trip to Asia. I wrote a few weeks ago about a great business class fare from Boston to Beijing on United Airlines. I booked the deal without fully understanding the Chinese visa policy. This led me to looking for other places to travel within the region. I traveled a ton of miles in both the air and the ground. This was by far the best trip that I have ever taken.

(I have included videos for some of the posts)

I started by flying American Airlines to position in Boston for my trip. There were no direct flights, so I had a layover in Charlotte before making it to Boston. The flights were fairly boring.

American Airlines A321 Economy
American Airlines A321 Economy Seat
American Airlines A321 Economy
American Airlines A321 Economy Water and Biscuit
American Airlines A320 Economy
American Airlines A320 Economy Seat
American Airlines A320 Economy
American Airlines A320 drink and biscuit

For my overnight in Boston, I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites
Holiday Inn Express and Suites King Room
Holiday Inn Express and Suites
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Lobby

Before my flight from Boston to Newark, I checked out the United Club at Boston.

United Club - Logan International Airport,Terminal B
United Club – Logan International Airport – Bar
United Club - Logan International Airport,Terminal B
United Club – Logan International Airport – Snacks

My flight from Boston was in United’s domestic first class. I have reviewed it before, so I will not be doing so again. I had a tight connection in Newark, so I quickly stopped in the temporary United Club.

United Club - Newark - Terminal C
United Club – Newark – Terminal C
United Club - Newark - Terminal C
United Club – Newark

My flight to Beijing was in United’s older business class product. The seats were in a 2-2-2 configuration. I had one of the middle aisle seats.

United Airlines 777-200
United Airlines 777-200 Business Class Seat
United Airlines 777-200
United Airlines 777-200 Seat

After landing in China, I had some issues with my visa and getting a proper taxi so I stayed in the terminal during my layover. When the gate opened for my Beijing to Singapore flight, I quickly made my way to the Air China Business Class Lounge.

Air China Business Class Lounge
Air China Business Class Lounge
Air China Business Class Lounge
Air China Business Class Lounge

I also had time to check out the BGS Premier Business Class Lounge.

My Singapore Airlines was soon boarding, so I headed to the gate. I was excited to try the seat and the smoked duck fried rice.

Singapore Airlines 777-300
Singapore Airlines 777-300 Business Class Seat
Singapore Airlines 777-300
Singapore Airlines 777-300 Smoked Duck Fried Rice

During my layover in Singapore, I checked out the SilverKris Business Class Lounge.

Singapore Krisflyer Business Class Lounge
Singapore Krisflyer Business Class Lounge Dining Area
Singapore Krisflyer Business Class Lounge
Singapore Krisflyer Business Class Lounge Seating

Next, it was time for my flight to Kuala Lumpur on SilkAir. The flight was short, but the seat was comfortable and the panini was not bad.

SilkAir 737-800
SilkAir 737-800 Business Class Seat
SilkAir 737-800
SilkAir 737-800 Panini

I stayed at the Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. The hotel was centrally located and provided great service.

Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur Deluxe King
Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur Pool

Some of my friends in Kuala Lumpur took me around the city. I visited a lot of places, to include Raj’s Banana Leaf and the Petronas Towers.

Out and About in Kuala Lumpur
Indian Food at Raj’s Banana Leaf
Out and About in Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Towers

Before long, it was time to leave Malaysia. I spent time before my flight in the Plaza Premium Lounge.

Plaza Premium Lounge
Plaza Premium Lounge
Plaza Premium Lounge
Plaza Premium Lounge Bar

The SilkAir flight to Singapore was in economy. It was fairly basic.

SilkAir A319
SilkAir A319 Seat
SilkAir A319
SilkAir A319 drink and cold towel

I had a quick overnight in Singapore, so I decided to stay at the JW Marriott at Singapore’s South Beach.

JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach Lobby
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach Premier Club Room

The highlight of my trip began the next morning. I checked into the First Class Terminal at Changi Airport and then made my way to The Private Room.

Singapore Airlines First Class Terminal

Singapore Airlines First Class Terminal
Singapore Airlines First Class Terminal Seating
The Private Room
The Private Room Changi
The Private Room
The Private Room Omelet and Dim Sum

After relaxing in The Private Room, it was time for my suites class flight aboard Singapore Airlines A380-800. The double beds were comfortable and the Boston Lobster Thermidor was delicious.

Singapore Airlines A380-800
Singapore Airlines A380-800 Suites Class Double Bed
Singapore Airlines A380-800
Singapore Airlines A380-800 Suites Class Boston Lobster Thermidor

For my layover in Beijing, I visited the Air China First Class Lounge.

My flight back to the United States was on United Airlines 777-300 in Business Class. The seat provided a ton of privacy in lie flat mode. The entrée left a lot to be desired.

United Airlines 777-300 Business Class Seat
United Airlines 777-300 Business Class Seat
United Airlines 777-300 Business Class
United Airlines 777-300 Business Class Beef Tenderloin

I needed to shower upon landing in San Francisco. The American Express Centurion Lounge filled that void.

American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco
American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco
American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco
American Express Centurion Lounge San Francisco Shower

For my next flight, I flew aboard United’s 757-200. The aircraft had lie flat seats and a beef short rib that was amazing.

United Airlines 757-200

United Airlines 757-200
United Airlines 757-200 Beef Shortrib

I had a few hours to waste in Newark before my flight to Boston, so I made reservations at United Airlines Classified restaurant. The place was small, but felt exclusive. The manager even gave me a cappuccino with my logo on it.

Classified Newark
Classified Newark
Classified Newark
Classified Newark Breakfast Sandwich
Classified Newark
Phillips Loop Cappuccino

As it neared time for me to return to Dallas, I visited the Admiral’s Club in Boston. The lounge was huge and offered tons of cold breakfast options.

Admiral's Club Boston
Admiral’s Club Boston

Admiral's Club Boston

Admiral's Club Boston
Admiral’s Club Boston Seating

For my last flight, I flew on an American Airlines 737-800 to Dallas. The flight was nothing special, but it got me home.

Again, this was the trip of a lifetime. I look forward to sharing complete details from each stop in the coming days. Thanks again for reading.

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