Kuala Lumpur -Los Angeles – Economy Meals

The ANA flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo included a regular meal, and a light snack.

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Meal Options

During the first meal service, meal cards were available for those did not speak Japanese. The card had both pictures, and a description of the two meal choices, which was a Japanese style hamburger, or a cheese omelet with chicken pate.

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Japanese Hamburger Steak

I chose the Japanese style hamburger steak. The meal came with a side of vegetables and rice. There was a cold noodle salad, yogurt, Yakult and sliced fruit. The hamburger wasn’t too bad. It was dry, and the gravy added some flavor. The noodle salad was cold and refreshing. The fruit was a little on the less sweet side.

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Tuna Sandwich

The snack/pre-arrival was a tuna sandwich with cheese and lettuce. The sandwich was kind of dry, and the amount of tuna was lacking on filling.

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Snack Mix

In regards to the flight from Tokyo to Los Angeles, United’s service started with a small bag of oriental style snack mix. I didn’t eat this so I don’t know what it tasted like.

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Chicken

For the main meal I chose the chicken entrée, which was chicken teriyaki like dish with vegetables and rice. It was okay, but nothing special. There was also an oriental style noodle salad, which had a strong sesame oil taste. I didn’t take eat the bread, so I can’t provide any comment.

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Cheese Omelet

The pre-arrival meal was a cheese omelet made with powdered eggs on top of marinara sauce, with what appeared to be a sausage boiled in water for several hours. This came with a hash brown, that wasn’t crispy. It also came with a cookie that I did not eat. This meal was about as appealing as it sounds, in other words pretty bad.

The meals on ANA are better than United, but not outstanding. Service on ANA however, is so much better than that on United. Their flight attendants actually take pride in their job, and put service first.

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Economy Meals – United & ANA LA to Bangkok

There were really good deals to Asia and Europe in May, so I booked a bunch of tickets to visit some cities that I had been to before, and some that would be new. It was also a good way for me to maintain my Star Alliance Gold status with Turkish Airlines. Unfortunatley, flying on a partner airline doesn’t really mean much other than having extra baggage allowance and lounge access, which I actually think is pretty valuable at some airports

You might have a better chance of winning the lottery than getting upgraded on a partner airline, unless the flight is oversold and all nobody has status on that airline.

My flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo was operated by United Airlines

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Teriyaki Chicken

Lunch consisted of a dish much like Teriyaki Chicken. There was a salad with wheat berries, apples and cranberries, and a roll. The chicken teriyaki tasted much like you would get at Flame Broiler, but the rice was a little on the mushy side. The salad wasn’t bad, but I am not a favorite of sweet things in salad, so the apples and cranberries were a little off putting. I did not eat the roll.

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Raspberry Sorbet

After dishes were removed, which took quite a while, a little container of Raspberry Sorbet was served. It was a little sweet, and not the best sorbet in the world.

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Omelet

Breakfast consisted of an omelet with a sausage link, and potatoes. The eggs were kind of nasty, as they were made with powdered eggs. If the potatoes had been crispy, they would have been much better. Also served was a cookie much like an almond cookie that you would find at a Chinese restaurant, only without the almond. Once again, I did not eat the bread.

After a brief layover, in which I was able to visit the ANA Business Class Lounge at Narita in Terminal 1, I boarded my next flight.

The flight from Tokyo to Bangkok was operated by ANA Airlines.

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Rice Crackers

A snack of Rice Crackers was offered. I didn’t eat these so I don’t know what they tasted like.

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Curry Chicken

The meal consisted of curry chicken with rice and vegetables. Although the chicken didn’t look too appealing, the taste was actually not too bad. The salad was a little on the skimpy side as it consisted of iceberg lettuce, and a few shards of carrot with a sesame dressing. Dessert consisted of a chocolate cake with a slight lemony frosting.

The meals on both airlines are about what you would expect in economy. I would say that the food and portion size was slightly preferred on ANA.

Introduction: Asian Mis-Adventure

Introduction
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge LAX
Eva Airlines Business Class LAX-TPE
Eva Airlines Infinity Lounge – Taipei
Eva Airlines Business Class TPE-SIN
Grand Hyatt Singapore
Ayam Penyet Ria Restaurant
Newton Hawker Center
People’s Park Hawker Center
Paradise Dynasty
Por Kee Eating House
Rainforest Airport Lounge
Cathay Pacific Business Class SIN-HKG
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Towers
Jalan Aloor
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Victoria Peak
Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui
The Big Buddha
Ferry – Kowloon to Macau
Grand Hyatt Macau
Din Tai Fung – Macau
Old Town Macau
Restaurante Litoral
A Lorche Restaurant
Ferry – Macau to Kowloon
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Bridge Cathay Pacific Lounge – Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class HKG-BKK
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Ban Khun Mae
Thai Royal Orchid Lounge – Bangkok
Asiana Airlines Business Class BKK-ICN
Gwang Yang Korean BBQ Restaurant – Seoul
Asiana Business Class Lounge – Seoul
Asiana Airlines Business Class ICN-LAX

Introduction: Asian Mis-Adventure

Early last year United Airlines announced that their award chart would be devalued on February 1, 2014, in which there would be an award chart for flights on United Airlines, and another award chart for flights on their Star Alliance partners.

I knew that I wanted to book flights prior to the evaluation since I was planning on flying on partner airlines rather than United Airlines itself.

In the end, I ended up booking a “free one way” from Toronto, Cananda to Los Angeles, with a six month stopover before continuing on to Asia.

I previously posted reports on my trip to Toronto.

Air Canada Business Class, Toronto to Los Angeles

The Carbon Bar

Cafe Polonez

Ritz Carlton Toronto

Park Hyatt Toronto

Lee Restaurant – Toronto

I managed to book an Eva Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Taipei, before continuing on to Singapore.

The return flight was from Bangkok to Seoul, with a short layover before continuing onto Los Angeles on Asiana airlines.

The entire booking was 120,000 miles per person round trip in business class.

The trip report will also contain restaurant reviews and some of the things we did on the trip.

There were plenty of “mis-adventures” on this trip, including forgetting my watch at the Star Alliance Business Class Lounge at LAX, forgetting my daypack in Singapore, leaving money in the safe in Kowloon, and a lost credit card.

Bonus United Miles

Today, I received an email from United Airlines in which double miles can be obtained when flying United Airlines through February 5, 2015.

Based upon the content of the email, the bonus seems to have something to do with the relationship that United Airlines has with Marriott.  As I am a Ritz Carlton Platinum member, I get free United Star Silver status without having to do any flying.

United Double Miles

United MileagePlus Terms and Conditions:

1. Only original recipients of the invitation to the offer can register and participate in the promotion.

2. To qualify for this offer, eligible members must register through the promotion website prior to travel, then purchase and complete paid, qualifying travel to any destination served by United or United Express® during the qualifying ticketing and travel periods. Registration for the promotion must be completed by January 5, 2015.

3. Ticketing dates: October 24, 2014 – February 5, 2015.

4. Complete travel between: November 1, 2014 – February 5, 2015.

5. Offer is valid on paid flight segments booked in F, A, J, C, D, Z, P, Y, B, M, E, U, H, Q, V, W, or S fare classes. The offer is not valid on government fares.

6. A “segment” is defined as one takeoff and one landing. All qualifying segments must by operated by United or United Express.

7. Double award miles is defined as two award miles for each base award mile that would otherwise be credited in connection with qualifying flights during the promotion period. Bonus may be earned for a maximum of 50,000 award miles in accordance with these terms and conditions.

8. Bonus miles will be posted to the member’s MileagePlus account six to eight weeks after the end of the promotion period.

9. Double miles does not apply to Premier® qualifying miles (PQM), class-of-service bonus miles, class-of-service PQM, Premier bonus miles, bonus award miles or other promotional PQM.

10. Service charges for ticketing with a United representative in the 50 United States, District of Columbia and Canada are $25 by phone, $30 at a City Ticket Office and $35 in person at the airport. Ticketing charges may vary outside of the U.S. and Canada and based on MileagePlus status level. The ticketing service charge does not apply for tickets purchased on united.com. Service charges are subject to change.

11. The offer is not valid on United-marketed codeshare flights operated by other carriers.

12. Passenger must be a member of the United MileagePlus program to qualify for this offer.

13. This offer is not combinable with other non-combinable offers.

14. Offer is subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.

15. Miles accrued, awards, and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the United MileagePlus program, including without limitation the Premier® program (the “MileagePlus Program”), which are expressly incorporated herein. United may change the MileagePlus Program including, but not limited to, rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers or terminate the MileagePlus Program at any time and without notice. United and its subsidiaries, affiliates and agents are not responsible for any products or services of other participating companies and partners. Taxes and fees related to award travel are the responsibility of the member. Bonus award miles, award miles and any other miles earned through non-flight activity do not count toward qualification for Premier status unless expressly stated otherwise. The accumulation of mileage or Premier status or any other status does not entitle members to any vested rights with respect to the MileagePlus Program. All calculations made in connection with the United MileagePlus Program and/or the Premier Program, including without limitation the accumulation of mileage and the satisfaction of the qualification requirements of the Premier Program, and/or the revisions of calculations (including any estimates), will be made by United Airlines and MileagePlus in their discretion and such calculations will be considered final. Information in this communication that relates to the MileagePlus Program does not purport to be complete or comprehensive and may not include all of the information that a member may believe is important, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to all of the information on the united.com website and the MileagePlus Program rules. United and MileagePlus are registered service marks. For complete details about the MileagePlus Program, go to united.com.

Has anybody received a similar offer?