I was able to book a flight to Asia using the old British Airways miles (pre Avios devaluation of November 2011). Before the devaluation, a round-trip business class flight from North America to Asia on Cathay Pacific costs only 100,000 miles. The same round-trip business class flight on Cathay Pacific from JFK to HKG would now cost you 140,000 miles using the British Airways Avios program.
I was booked on CX845, which left JFK very late at night and would land in Hong Kong around 4:00 AM. We would be in the air for about 15 hours. The equipment used for this flight was the Boeing 777-300ER. Because I was flying business class, I was able to relax in the lounge before my flight. I left the lounge when the boarding announcement was made but when I got to the gate, the boarding process hadn’t started yet. After a short while on line we were able to board the plane.
The British Airways Terraces Lounge at JFK Airport is located in Terminal 7. I was flying JFK-HKG in Cathay Pacific’s business class so I was given an invitation to use this lounge while I waited for my flight. The lounge was located up the stairs to the left as you leave the security screening area.
The lounge was pretty empty when I entered. It could have been because of the late hour; it was around 11:00 PM or so. I was flying on CX845 so my flight was a little bit after midnight. I’ve only been in this lounge once before and it was for an Iberia flight in the afternoon. The lounge had more people but hardly crowded. The lounge is quite big with both a seating area in the front of the lounge and the rear. In the rear, you’ll find a bar area with a selection of self-serve liquors. There was also a pub area with draught beer and a small fountain in the middle of the seating area. The bar in the pub area was closed so I don’t know how good the draught beer is.
British Airways Terraces Lounge JFK Front Seating Area
Recently, I was in Las Vegas for July 4th. This wasn’t the first time I was in Las Vegas for July 4th. I’ve already seen the fireworks on the Strip so this time, I decided to head down to Fremont Street to check out the festivities there.
Fremont Street is not close to the Las Vegas Strip at all. If you have a car, you can drive yourself. If you don’t have a car, you can take a taxi or take the public bus. The taxis are pretty expensive in Vegas so I took the bus. From the Strip you can either take the SDX express (recommended) or the double decker Deuce. I recommend taking the SDX because it’s an express bus that make less stops and gets your there quicker. The buses don’t drop you off at the same place but the bus stops are pretty close together. If you’re going at night, most of the other tourists on the bus will probably get off on the Fremont Street stop also.