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Which One World Airline to Use: American, Cathay Pacific, JAL?

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We will be flying from the east coast of the US (can depart from EWR, JFK, or PHL) to Seoul, South Korea in April in economy class. We have flown on Asiana (and Korean air) in the past but now that US Airways has merged with American, we want to fly with a One World airline.

If you were flying in economy class from the east coast to Seoul on a One World airline, which one would you choose? I did compare the airlines on SkyTraxx and see that Cathay Pacific ranks very well. I also see some concerns here about their hard shell seats, and have seen some comments about the difficulty of making connections/navigating the airport in Hong Kong.

If we fly on Cathay or JAL, how difficult might it be to get food without soy? I have developed a sensitivity to soy that makes me itch and I have had to be careful on our last 2 trips to Korea and Japan. If this would be a problem (and if communicating about this sensitivity could be challenging, then we should probably fly American.

We are both US airways gold preferred status, so One World Sapphire. This might help us on an American flight (access to main cabin plus on the domestic leg? possible upgrade?). Have never flown business class on any airline and have done a lot of international travel, so we tolerate economy class pretty well even though my husband is tall (6ft). But might it be possible to use US Airways ff miles to upgrade from economy to business class on the overseas portion of our trip, if we fly American?

Would appreciate any input you might be able to give us. We have explored possible itineraries with all 3 airlines. How long of a layover does one need in Hong Kong to make a connecting flight? Sounds like we should plan on a 3hr layover in DFW if we fly American, to be sure that we have time to clear customs and make our connecting flight.

Many thanks!

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