Class: Cathay Dragon First Class
Date: April 7, 2019 | 6:10PM – 9:29PM
Actual Flight time: 3 hours 19 minutes
Booking: Revenue+Avios: Japan, Singapore, HK & Beijing
After a bunch of economy class flights (both short and long haul) on my trip around Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, I was definitely ready to step back into first class. To be honest, I didn’t find economy class to be that bad at all, apart from the food department – but I always eat at the airport anyways so I have no problems skipping a meal on the plane.
I arrived at HKG almost 4 hours the departure time to take maximum advantage of Cathay’s first class lounges. First class passengers are given a ticket to the “courtesy channel” which cuts quite a bit of time going through Hong Kong airport’s busy security screening lines.
I first stopped at the Amex Centurion lounge to check out their food options. The HK Centurion lounge is always busy (sometimes to the point where it is hard to find a seat), but their food is always top notch.
The beef brisket was so amazing, I can still vividly remember how good it was! I also made use of their freshly brewed cappuccino that you can request from the bartender.
Next, I hurried over the The Pier. The Pier is known for it’s full sit down dining menu, day beds and free massage.
This is my first time at The Pier and it completely blew me away. I’ve been to a few first class lounges before but this is completely next level. The grand lobby would fit right in a multi million dollar show house.
My first order of business was to eat more food. It looks like the menu was refreshed recently – I ordered spicy chicken wings, soy sauce chicken rice, a burger and finally a mango sago dessert. I would say the food is good, but don’t set your expectation at Michelin star level.
I also put down my name for a massage, but was told there is a four hour wait, with the expected time to be around 4pm. Since my flight is scheduled to leave at 3pm, I took a number but did not expect to make it. Before I left, I also checked out the showers, which was very nice. There is a seating area, the water pressure and they had Aesop bath gels and face wash. They smelled very nice indeed.
Next, I had to check out the other first class Cathay first class lounge in HKG – The Wing. The wing is actually bigger than the Pier and has more seating area, but their food is more limited. However, they are known for the Cabana, a massive shower / bath / lounge area. I tried to book this straight away, but was given a buzzer and was told they had no idea when it would be available.