As Jon described it, this was the trip to end all trips and spoil us for life. It's true. Flying in economy class will never be the same again. Jon cashed in 290,000 United miles for two first class tickets to Hong Kong. But, by scheduling a free stopover in Paris and creatively utilizing availability on partner airlines, we were able to fly eastward around the globe to Hong Kong. We flew on some of the world's best airlines in first class--24,302 total miles flown--for the same price in frequent flyer miles it would've taken to just fly right over the Pacific.
Flying first class internationally is more than just getting a larger seat with more legroom. We enjoyed elaborate, multi-course meals on our flights; received turndown service for our seats that converted to fully-flat beds; were treated to great food in exclusive airport lounges, including an entire terminal dedicated to first class passengers in Frankfurt; were escorted to gates and the front of security lines in private buggies by personal assistants; had our luggage arrive first every time at baggage claims; received a complimentary one-hour massage during our layover in Bangkok; and finally, were driven, in a Mercedes--on the tarmac--directly to our final flight back home.
These photos are more about documenting our trip than anything else. I spilt the gallery up by flight, and for those interested, provide details on the airline/aircraft flown. For this set, the most valuable lens by far was my Tokina 11-16 f/2.8. It allowed me to go wide and bright inside tight airplane interiors.