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In December 2015 – January 2016, I embarked on an epic trip around much of the Pacific Rim. I started in San Francisco, then went to Kuala Lumpur, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Osaka before heading home.
My trip was all on a single award booking. I booked the trip as my final booking using USAirways miles before the airline merged with American. As a result, I was able to fly all the way from San Francisco to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur to Auckland, then back from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong to Osaka to Los Angeles to San Francisco, all in business class on Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, and Japan Airlines for just 110,000 miles. Sadly, these creative award bookings are no longer possible through American, but they were nice while they lasted.
Here’s the map of my trip:
As you can see, that’s a lot of flying, but thankfully it was all in business class, which made it much more tolerable. I’ve always wanted to visit New Zealand, and it was such a great experience that I can’t wait to go back. My layovers in Kuala Lumpur were a great way to get quick visits in. Hong Kong is a food paradise that I can still taste today. Then finally, I had the opportunity for one last layover in Osaka, and since I love Japan, I figured why not?
Read below for all of my posts about my trip around the Pacific Rim!
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