Posted at 11:06 am , on July 26, 2019
Far from being an adventurous person, I was initially doubtful if my choice of Panama was suitable. After some reading and first-hand experience from my patient (who was relocating to Panama), I felt that it should be fun and I did not regret choosing Panama for a visit.
Panama is a large country and with only 6 days, I could only limit myself to within Panama City and the Canal Zone area.
Posted at 1:11 pm , on July 5, 2019
Playa Bonita is a seaside area just 20 minutes from Panama City. Located at the coast of Pacific Ocean, Playa Bonita is not far off from the entrance of the Panama Canal (Pacific side) and Bridge of the Americas.
Being a seaside resort, this place is popular with tourists. It is not far from Panama City and easy to get there (driving or Uber) yet without the city noise and congestion.
Posted at 1:07 pm , on July 3, 2019
The second of my stay on my Hilton Honors Diamond Status matching was Waldorf Astoria Panama City. Located strategically just off Avenue Balboa (slightly further in from the main avenue), it is not a location one would expect to find a Waldorf Astoria. It is just a stone’s throw away from the Hilton.
As the road in front of the hotel is undergoing construction, do expect a bit of congestion especially in the late mornings and early afternoons.
Posted at 2:14 pm , on June 27, 2019
The name Copa Club gave me a vibe that it is modelled after United Club. Being the hub airport, I figured that Copa Club should be of a certain standard. My gut feeling tells me that I won’t be great since it is a Priority Pass lounge and turned out that my gut feeling was right.
Posted at 8:50 pm , on June 22, 2019
After 1.5 weeks in Texas and Panama, it was time for us to move on to our final stop – New York. Without any fifth freedom flights from Star Alliance, I am left with either Copa Airlines or United Airlines. While United Airlines had a slightly better timing, redeeming a ticket can be rather challenging. Copa Airlines on the other hand can be redeemed directly from the Krisflyer portal without any issue. Although there are 3 flights into JFK, neither is good and only CM 804 was available for redemption (for my travel date). The redemption cost is 30,000 miles per person in Business Class.
Posted at 4:04 pm , on June 22, 2019
This is a very new route that was launched only in April 2019. Twice a week, Air China would have a 5th freedom flight from Houston to Panama City operated on a Boeing 777-300ER. The other options would be United Airlines which uses a Boeing 737. Between an international long-haul First Class vs a domestic USA First Class, the choice if very obvious.
Air China being part of Star Alliance can be redeemed using Krisflyer miles (and it can be searched directly from Singapore Airlines website). The miles required on First Class is 40,000 miles per person while Business Class requires 30,000 miles (it has since been devalued to 46,000 and 34,500 miles respectively).
So how did the flight go?