After a fun and delicious two nights in Singapore, it was time to turn around and head back home to the States. We took an early cab to Changi airport and arrived in plenty of time. Check-in was a breeze and we since security isn’t until the gate, we had a little bit of time to kill. So we headed to the Sky View Lounge in Terminal 1 since it was the only lounge accessible to oneworld Emerald members at that hour in the morning (the Qantas and British Airways don’t open until later in the afternoon).
The lounge was quite comfortable with some decent hot and cold breakfast options. I grabbed some noodles to go along with a Diet Coke and took a seat with my friends by the floor-to-ceiling glass windows just as the sun was coming up. We checked e-mail and surfed the Internet for a bit before it was time to head to the gate.
There was a very long line for security and boarding, but we were able to board with business class passengers despite being ticketed for an economy seat (59A). After security, I went to have my boarding pass scanned by the gate agent, and it beeped a few times. The friendly gate agent informs me, “Mr. Ryan, thank you for being a valued oneworld Emerald customer. We have upgraded you to Premium Economy Class for this morning’s flight.”
Now, I’d heard of oneworld Emeralds being upgraded before by Cathay and other airlines like LAN, but I’d never experienced it before, so this was quite unexpected. Sometimes, unexpected upgrades like this one are some of the best and most satisfying upgrades that there are.
She re-printed my new boarding passes, and I was on my was to board this A340-300 for Hong Kong!