What are your thoughts on best airlines and lounges these days? I'm constantly amazed by how much is being taken away (pillows, peanuts, magazines... I was on one airline that charged me for water). It was truly a pleasure, then, when I was put on a Cathay Pacific flight. I normally travel back to the US on Singapore/Northwest, but all those flights were booked so they put me on Cathay/American. Initially I was bummed because I wouldn't get my normal frequent flier miles. Turns out, it was the best flight ever. Even though I didn't have a single mile to my name on their airline, they bumped me and my friend up from business to first. Excuse me, make that "First" with a capital F. I fly business on at least a few trips every year, and definitely all the flights between US and Asia.
What a world of different Cathay's First class is compared to business. Actual lie-flat seats with privacy screens. Best pajamas ever. They tucked me in with a duvet, not one of those little rags other airlines try to foist off on you. Beautiful. Their lounge in Hong Kong was amazing. I wasn't hungry so can't speak about the food, but the shower facilities were excellent. Each shower room was about the size of my living room at home, with slate floors, walk-in shower with bench, and the hugest towels I've ever seen.
Another lounge that I really loved was the Golden Lounge (Malaysia Airlines) in Kuala Lampur. The food was really good, nice layout, all that good stuff.