Off to the InterContinental Bali next week….

I tend to plan “exotic” international trips with a decent bit of advance notice because anticipation is often the best part of vacations. Well, not this time. My brother and I will be heading to Bali in Cathay Pacific first class next week. Tough life, right?

You’re probably wondering why we waited so long to book. I knew our spring break was coming up, that’s nothing new. We were simply struggling with where to go. Initially we were going to do a Star Alliance first class ticket to Asia via Europe, and even spent several weeks planning it. Then the Lufthansa strike happened and that didn’t pan out. Now I’m especially happy I chose to go a different route, since the strike might just resume in the next couple of weeks.

Just for fun I decided to check Cathay Pacific first class award availability a few days ago. I figured it was worth a try, although wasn’t expecting anything. Well, much to my surprise I found two first class seats on the ideal flights from San Francisco to Hong Kong, along with great connections to Bali. Add that to American Flagship Service from New York, and we booked in a heartbeat. Unfortunately I spent five hours on the phone with American this evening to book, thanks to some of the most incompetent agents I’ve ever had to deal with. More on that later.

Usually I’d try to combine another “action” city with a relaxing place like Bali, but this trip is a bit different. I’m not usually one for lounging around, but that’s what we’ll be doing this time around. My brother is just finishing up business school and will be doing quite a bit of “real” travel over the summer, so he’s just looking to get away for a week. I really, really, really need a week to be “disconnected,” and Bali and international first class is the only place I seem to really relax and clear my mind.

We’ll be staying at my favorite hotel, the InterContinental Bali. I don’t think there’s a single hotel I’ve convinced more people to visit than this one. Since I wrote my review of the property a couple of years back, I’ve sent probably close to 100 people there, and each person has come back completely satisfied. The hotel really is spectacular, the club lounge is one of a kind, and the service is just out of this world. I don’t think there’s any place in the world that has a more genuine service culture than Bali, and the InterContinental certainly takes it one step further in terms of how “polished” the service is. You can bet I’ll write an updated report about the experience. I can’t imagine my stay will be as spectacular as the last one given the upgrade to the Jimbaran Suite last time, but we can certainly hope!

Anyway, I’m quite looking forward to it….

Filed Under: American, Awards
  1. Thanks! Is the availability shown on the Asia miles website the same that is available to AA and BA redemptions?

  2. @ Mordy — The availability on the Asia Miles website doesn’t always reflect what’s available to partner airlines, since Cathay reserves some award inventory for their own members.

  3. Got it. Also you offfered to send email re how to get Royal Ambassador in the review you link. I’d greatly appreciate if you sent me one now.

  4. I thought about IC Bali, but I already ran out of my free nights since I already used mine for Europe this summer.


  5. Shucks, that hotel is high on my list of favorite places. We had a blast there last time, hope ya’ll enjoy it again! Nothing like machine gun toting guards next to you while you lay on a beach!

  6. Yes, Bali is beyond amazing. That one summer crush – however, I would stay somewhere else for variety. Ubud is fantastic, abeit not by the beach.

    Please to tell us about your dAArkside ordeal. I personally hAAte American

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