Part 1: United First Class from SFO-NRT
Part 2: How to Get to Hotel from NRT Airport
Part 3: Andaz Hotel Tokyo
Part 4: Tokyo Itinerary
Part 5: How to get from Tokyo to Kyoto
Part 6: Hyatt Regency – Kyoto
Part 7: Kyoto Itinerary
Part 8: Shinkansen Kyoto to Tokyo
Part 9: Conrad – Tokyo Part 1
Part 10: Conrad – Tokyo Part 2
Part 11: Singapore Business Class Tokyo to Singapore
Part 12: Conrad – Singapore
Part 13: Silk Air Business Class Singapore to Danang
Part 14: Intercontinental Danang Part 1
Part 15: Intercontinental Danang Part 2
Part 16: Turkish Business Class Hanoi to Istanbul
Part 17: Turkish Business Class Istanbul to Rome
Part 18: United First Class Rome to Chicago
How much did this cost?
80,000 United miles x 2 tickets = 160,000 UR Points transferred to United
Using a Chase Ink Business card to accumulate UR points, this amounted to $999.51 plus $147.12 in taxes and fees for a total of $1,146.63, or $573.32 per ticket from HAN to ORD.
How much would this have cost had we paid cash?
This Turkish Airlines Business Class leg would have cost $920.00 x 2 = $1,840.00.
This was part of a trip from HAN > IST > ROM > ORD. In total, this trip would have cost $10,907.00 x 2 = $21,814.00
Combined with the starting legs of our trip, ORD > SFO > NRT > HAN > SIN > DAD > HAN, we went around the world for our honeymoon!
We had read about the Turkish Airlines Business Class Lounge before the trip and were excited to see it in person. This is hands down the largest business class lounge we have ever been to. It has several amenities usually found only in first class lounges. Upon entering, you will see a luggage locker area. Across from that is a library and a pool table.
What struck us next were the number of seating areas scattered throughout, along with open coolers stocked with drinks and espresso/coffee stations.
After getting off the ten hour flight from Hanoi, I wanted to take a shower so went to the concierge desk to put my name down and grab a number.
We weren’t hungry, given we had just eaten, so only grabbed a coffee and walked around. There were so many interesting things you wouldn’t expect. For starters, the place had not one but two grand pianos.
There was a wall of TVs, a golf simulator, a playstation and xbox gaming station, and a track to race remote controlled cars.
There was a business center with other computers scattered around.
There were a couple self service bars in the corners, but alcohol is definitely less emphasized here.
Various foods were scattered throughout.
I got buzzed when it was my turn to take a shower. The shower/bathroom was clean and well lit.
In addition, the bathrooms are well appointed and reminded me of a large bar or hotel.
After the shower we found the massage chairs but they weren’t very good. We liked them mostly because they offered a place to lie down and relax for twenty minutes. The lounge also has nap rooms, but you need to be departing on a flight longer than 8 hours and have a layover between 4-7 hours. We would have qualified but found out about it too late for it to be worth it.
The lounge also had a kiddie play area and a movie theater.
Before we knew it, we needed to run and catch our next flight to Rome. We were impressed by the effort Turkish Airlines put into the service and amenities in the lounge. The one thing we think could be improved is the food. Regardless, this is definitely a lounge worth checking out.
We walked a long way from the lounge to our gate, arriving just in time to board a bus to take us out to the plane.
We had seats 3A and 3B.
We were offered a welcome drink after settling into our seats. I really like these concoctions.
The flight was about two and a half hours, or about the time it takes to fly from Chicago to New York. Shortly after takeoff, a light breakfast was served. We didn’t eat much in the lounge so both tried the breakfast. The first dish was a slice of turkey with cheese, tomato, and bell pepper. There was a side of cucumber. After that was cleared, an omelette was served.
As I mentioned earlier, I like the pre-flight concoctions and asked for one during the meal service. I was sternly told that they usually aren’t available but an exception would be made in that situation. Breakfast ended shortly thereafter, and coffee/tea service began, served by the onboard chef.
I turned my attention to the Italian landscape unfolding below me. It was beautiful. We went from “sea to shining sea” in about 40 minutes. We went from one coast that looked like the Pacific to another that looked like the Atlantic, flying over beautiful country landscapes and farms.
Here is a video of the descent into the Rome Fiumicino Airport.
We were on the ground before we knew it, wishing we had planned a couple days in Italy before coming home.
Overall, the lounge was fantastic, but the food was nothing special. The flight was on par with a domestic US business class flight, but the food and service were better.