The options were either an economy flight on United direct, or first class to Seoul on United followed by business class on Asiana. Being somewhat suckers for pretending to live the high life we took the second option.
Perhaps fortituously our scheduled 5 hour layover turned into a 29 hour layover as Asiana’s schedule change occurred post ticketing, hence we got to spend a day exploring around Seoul.
I had built up a bank of Hilton points through first matching to gold status, and then stays at the Hilton Cairns and Hilton Singapore and hence used almost the entire balance (60,000 points) on a night at the Hilton Millenium Seoul.
first off we headed to one of the palaces to see the changing of the guard.