Bula! I’ve spent the past two weeks in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Fiji – and as of yesterday, I’m back in Seattle for just two more final days of university, at which point I will graduate. Because why not fly half-way around the world a week before you’re set to graduate…
Anyway, I had the pleasure of flying Cathay Pacific First Class from Los Angeles to Hong Kong and then Cathay Pacific Business Class from Hong Kong to Singapore on their brand new Airbus A350-900. From Singapore to Nadi and from Nadi to Los Angeles, I was able to fly Fiji Airways Business Class on their Airbus A330 (their only long-haul plane). Their Business Class isn’t industry-leading since the seat is angled-flat and doesn’t have much storage, but their catering is beyond delicious. Seriously. The food was so tasty that it literally melted in your mouth.
Fiji Airways is partners with both Alaska and American Airlines and therefore you can redeem those miles for travel on Fiji Airways. However, you can only redeem Alaska Airlines miles for travel to/from Fiji to the South Pacific and North America. So you can’t use Alaska miles to fly to/from Nadi to Hong Kong or Singapore on Fiji Airways.. but you can use American Airlines miles on all Fiji Airways routes.
The great thing about using Alaska Airlines miles is that they allow a free stopover, even on one-way award tickets. So you can fly from Sydney to Nadi to Los Angeles in Business Class for 55k Alaska miles with a stopover in Nadi for as long as you’d like. American Airlines charges 80k miles to/from Nadi to North America and doesn’t allow a free stopover, so naturally, it is better to redeem Alaska Airlines miles.
Fiji Airways is a small, yet unique airline. After all, their home is the gorgeous paradise of the Fiji Islands. I really enjoyed my flights in Fiji Airways Business Class and even though the seat wasn’t very comfortable, I think the food and incredible service made up for it. Even though I didn’t get many hours of sleep, I was able to comfortably work and relax a bit in their Business Class.
I will have a full trip report soon, but in the meantime, if you are planning on flying to Fiji, I highly suggest it. Fiji is truly paradise and it is beyond gorgeous – and it felt “far” away from “real” life.