American Airlines First Class 777-300ER LAX to HKG

American Airlines First Class Seat
American Airlines First Class Seat
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I decided to fly American Airlines First Class 777-300ER from Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) because I couldn’t find any award availability on Cathy Pacific. I’ve heard from other travel bloggers that American Airlines First and Business Class are not much different from one another, except for a wider seat pitch and an extra meal.

With that in mind, I booked a one-way First Class award seat on Alaska Airlines for 62,000 miles plus $18 in tax to experience it for myself. At the time of booking, I searched on American Airlines website to see how much the seat was going for and it was priced $13,744 one-way.

American Airlines First Class 777-300ER

American Airlines First Class 777-300ER. American First Class Ticket Cost
American First Class Ticket Cost

Pre-Boarding Service

The airplane was a Boeing 777-300ER with First Class configured in a 1-2-1 seating. I patiently waited for my pre-boarding champagne, I looked behind me and noticed business class passengers already received theirs.

It was at least 7-10 minutes before my flight attendant welcomed me and offered me something to drink. He didn’t even greet me by my last name. Granted, It didn’t really bother me because I was flying for free (technically) but for someone who actually spent $13,744 on a seat, it might matter.

It’s the little things that make up the biggest difference when flying and choosing airline loyalty.

American Airlines First Class 777-300ER configuration
American Airlines First Class 777-300ER configuration

American Airlines First Class 777-300ER Seat

Similar to my United Polaris Business Class, Los Angeles to Shanghai last year, my seat came with a blanket, two pillows, a duvet, and pajamas.

The Amenity Kit came with standard travel items usually found in one (toothpaste, toothbrush, lip balm, eye mask, socks and tissue paper).

The Power compartment had two 110v outlets and a 3-prong for the Bose headset. Conveniently, next to it is a reading light that has two brightness settings.

American Airlines First Class 777-300ER power outlet
Power outlets behind the headphones
First Class Seat Side View
First Class Seat Side View
Enjoying the First Class Casper Pajamas
Enjoying the First Class Casper Pajamas

I slipped into the new Casper Pajamas and they were very comfortable. I liked the pocket they added to the top. It felt like cozy hoodie without the hood itself.

First Class Meal Service

Before my departure, the lead flight attendant announced there was going to be a limited catering service on the flight due to American Airline dropping Gate Gourmet. When I heard this, I was thinking, “hopefully, it doesn’t impact first class too much.”

As normal service started, I ordered a whiskey neat and the flight attendant brought me warm mixed nuts. Since there was limited catering service, I never received a menu for the meal selection on my flight.

American Airlines First Class 777-300ER drink
Whiskey neat and freshly warmed peanuts are the best!

The flight attendant told me only two options were available, chicken or cheese ravioli. I took the chicken.The meal was sub-par to previous business flights I’ve experienced.

American Airlines First Class 777-300ER Main Course
American Airlines First Class 777-300ER Main Course

There was no mid-flight snack or beverage service. Most airlines provide one on international flights.

Surely, their desserts would be better right? Nope!

The only options were a chocolate cake or a cheese platter. Having a big sweet tooth, I was disappointed they didn’t serve any ice cream. United and Delta serve ice cream on their international flights to Asia.

Chocolate cake for dessert
Chocolate cake for dessert

The Bald Thoughts

If I had paid $13,744 for this seat, I would not be a happy flyer when I landed. One cannot predict unforeseen circumstances such as the contamination of food by Gate Gourmet at LAX. I think American Airlines should have been more proactive to find a quicker solution for their passengers. Especially those flying in Business or First Class.

One thing I did enjoy during my First Class experience was the flat 180-degree beds.  Being 6’5″, my feet are usually crammed into the cubby hole when I fly business. Luckily, I didn’t have this issue with this flight. The wider seat in First Class and spacious leg room allowed me to sleep a solid 8 hours on the plane without waking up to any discomfort.

Sadly, that is the only nice thing to say about my American Airlines First Class 777-300ER experience.

I’m not flying to Hong Kong in the near future, but I would be interested to compare their level of service once the catering issue is resolved. But for now, I’ll stick with United Polaris or Delta One on my routes to Asia.


  1. They owe you something. Miles, money, vouchers…something. They needed to have given you options. If they’re going to insist on keeping a first class on some routes, they should treat passengers like they’re in first class. It’s really not acceptable.

  2. Wow, simply stunning how they have a good hard product, the soft product always seems to fall through. I recall reading about Gate Gourmet in LA being dropped due to food poisoning problems. Unbelievable! Asking 13K clams for this! Just flew LH J 747-8 using Avianca miles but sat in F cabin seat. Service was J but the all German cabin crew were great. Immediately took my coat, served my pre-departure drink, delivered menus, etc. It is indeed the small things that make or break air service. Thanks for the review. Will avoid AA F – only flew them once ORD-LHR. Nothing to write home about. But the PJs, amenity kit and seat were good. Sad, sad.

  3. AA first class is slightly wider and a little more spacious. Drinks are the same. Food is the same. Pillows are the same (but you get two), movies are the same, music is the same, boarding might be two minutes earlier, you get a little more overhead bin space (unless there is flight equipment where you are), one bathroom may be larger depending on plane. The worst part for me is I have to take American Eagle to get to LAX and their first class…well, it isn’t. I can see no reason to pay anything extra and, now that they are cutting leg room on domestic first class, there is no benefit at all on the connecting flights. It is simply a subpar product with subpar serivce.

    • Sooo, you’re saying not to fly AA First Class? Haha. Just kidding. Yet another example of why redeeming for foreign carriers’ Premium flights are way better than our Domestic carrier options.


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