Cathay Pacific First Class Will Return to Paris CDG and Tokyo HND, following Cathay Pacific First Class to London LHR which returned December 6, 2022.
Cathay Pacific First Class to/from Paris CDG on CX261 and CX260 resumes on January 19, 2023.
Cathay Pacific First Class to/from Tokyo Haneda HND on CX548 and CX549 resumes on February 1, 2023.
To mark the resumption of first class services to Paris and Tokyo, Cathay Pacific will be serving a limited edition Krug 2004 Vintage Champagne and two vintages from Bordeaux – Blanc de Lynch-Bages 2018 and Château Lynch-Bages 2000 on flights to and from London in December 2022.
Customers flying first class from Hong Kong before December 31, 2022 will also be able to order the airline’s Christmas-themed menus.
First class amenities include Bamford bedding, natural skincare products, lavender-scented pillow mist and amenity kits. First Class passengers can also select a preference of pillow from a menu, along with organic cotton pajamas, slippers and eye mask from Hong Kong brand PYE. Of all the sleep masks we've tried and collected over the years, our PYE sleep masks are our absolute favorite.
Reserving Cathay Pacific First Class with Miles
There's very limited award availability, especially in the first part of the year. For dates that do have award availability, we recommend reserving with Alaska Mileage Plan miles, which charge 27,500 miles each way for the ~4 hour HKG-HND flight, and 70,000 miles each way for the HKG-CDG flight. Rates are higher with American AAdvantage miles, at 40,000 miles for HKG-HND and 90,000 miles for HKG-CDG.
Where to Stay in Paris, Hong Kong, and Tokyo
It's been an extremely difficult time for Hong Kong hotels, including luxury hotels, with the dearth of visitors and the exodus of expats, but the Four Seasons Hong Kong gets our vote for the best full service luxury hotel. The hotel renovated its rooms and Grand Harbour View Suites as well as added new drinking and dining options, Gallery, serving specialty teas, coffees, and comfort food, and Argo, a modern cocktail bar that also serves a la carte breakfast and a buffet lunch. These are in addition to the hotel's three-Michelin-starred Caprice and Lung King Heen, two-Michelin-starred Sushi Saito, and Tempura Uchitsu. On the boutique front, we still recommend The Upper House.
For Paris, it's hard to do better than the understated modern glamour of Cheval Blanc Paris, which is also superbly situated by the Seine for visits to the Left Bank and Musee d'Orsay, as well as the Louvre. Enjoy a view of the Eiffel Tower from select suites or during breakfast at Le Tout Paris. For our clients who prefer a boutique experience, we recommend La Reserve Paris, with just 40 rooms and suites.
Tokyo has a number of luxury hotel options, with more to open in the coming years. The newest, with the freshest rooms and suites, is the Four Seasons Tokyo at Otemachi, which opened during the pandemic. Our clients particularly like the Shangri-La Tokyo for its convenient location by Tokyo Station and assistance with collecting and seeing off guests at the station; we highly recommend reserving a room or suite with Horizon Club access. We also enjoyed a good stay at the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills just prior to the pandemic, and preferred it to the Park Hyatt Tokyo. Our other stays have included the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, Aman Tokyo, and Peninsula Tokyo, among others, so we can easily advise clients of the nuances among them.
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