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Old May 8, 12, 9:03 pm
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I've been asked to take an unexpected business trip from Vancouver to Manila, and wondered if any AC FF's had some advice about the best way to get there. It looks like connections are via Hong Kong (connecting via Cathay), Tokyo (connecting via JAL) or Seoul (connecting via Asiana Airlines). I'm looking for the best alternative that allows for upgrades, as well as lounge/shower access at the connecting airport in Asia, and of course minimal flying. I could go with Philippine Airlines direct, but I value the air miles and upgrade potential!

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Old May 8, 12, 9:09 pm
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If you are willing to pay the fee over Y, PAL has C for about 3.5K
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Old May 8, 12, 9:10 pm
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Originally Posted by [email protected]:18539391
I've been asked to take an unexpected business trip from Vancouver to Manila, and wondered if any AC FF's had some advice about the best way to get there. It looks like connections are via Hong Kong (connecting via Cathay), Tokyo (connecting via JAL) or Seoul (connecting via Asiana Airlines). I'm looking for the best alternative that allows for upgrades, as well as lounge/shower access at the connecting airport in Asia, and of course minimal flying. I could go with Philippine Airlines direct, but I value the air miles and upgrade potential!

Thanks in [email protected]
I have done HKG with OR and CX, ICN with OZ and NRT with NH.
The easiest is via NRT With NH and you earn miles all the way.
OZ via ICN had a really long layover and I didn't get upgrade from YVR as too many SEs already on from YYZ.
HKG is HKG, never fun connecting there.
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Old May 8, 12, 9:29 pm
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Originally Posted by mendy7511 View Post
I have done HKG with OR and CX, ICN with OZ and NRT with NH.
The easiest is via NRT With NH and you earn miles all the way.
OZ via ICN had a really long layover and I didn't get upgrade from YVR as too many SEs already on from YYZ.
HKG is HKG, never fun connecting there.
Thanks! I'll take the risk with AC via HKG. Is there an arrivals lounge in HKG that I could use?
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Old May 8, 12, 9:36 pm
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Thanks! I'll take the risk with AC via HKG. Is there an arrivals lounge in HKG that I could use?
No arrival lounge AFAIK.
You will have to walk to the transfer area, get your BP and go through security.
If your next flight is in J or you have status you can head to the lounge.
I have had good experiences with using the SQ departure lounge showing my AC BP. I don't know if it will work for you, but it doesn't hurt to try.
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Old May 8, 12, 9:50 pm
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Originally Posted by mendy7511 View Post
No arrival lounge AFAIK.
You will have to walk to the transfer area, get your BP and go through security.
If your next flight is in J or you have status you can head to the lounge.
I have had good experiences with using the SQ departure lounge showing my AC BP. I don't know if it will work for you, but it doesn't hurt to try.

..thanks again..what lounge would I have access to post-security, given the connection is with Cathay, a non-Star A carrier?
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Old May 8, 12, 9:51 pm
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Originally Posted by jlisi984 View Post
If you are willing to pay the fee over Y, PAL has C for about 3.5K
No pods with PAL...at least that's what it looks like on the Seat Guru site...
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Old May 8, 12, 9:52 pm
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Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
Thanks! I'll take the risk with AC via HKG. Is there an arrivals lounge in HKG that I could use?
If you are flying Y, you don't.
As I said try some *A lounges and show them your AC arriving BP.
I have yet to be turned down at SQ. If is always empty there so maybe they don't care.
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Old May 8, 12, 10:00 pm
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Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
I've been asked to take an unexpected business trip from Vancouver to Manila, and wondered if any AC FF's had some advice about the best way to get there. It looks like connections are via Hong Kong (connecting via Cathay), Tokyo (connecting via JAL) or Seoul (connecting via Asiana Airlines). I'm looking for the best alternative that allows for upgrades, as well as lounge/shower access at the connecting airport in Asia, and of course minimal flying. I could go with Philippine Airlines direct, but I value the air miles and upgrade potential!

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BTW, you can tray through PEK and connect on CA as well. there seems to be some good fares. Beware the Tango though.
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Old May 8, 12, 10:18 pm
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Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
No pods with PAL...at least that's what it looks like on the Seat Guru site...
Actually, on their 777 (which serves YVR on some days), they have fully-flat seats.

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Old May 8, 12, 10:33 pm
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Take the cheapest westbound you can find.
GDPF it home for just over $1300.
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Old May 8, 12, 10:34 pm
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..thanks again..what lounge would I have access to post-security, given the connection is with Cathay, a non-Star A carrier?

Plaza Premium Lounge, if you have AMEX Platinum, AMEX Aero Platinum or Diners Club
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Old May 9, 12, 6:32 am
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Originally Posted by mendy7511 View Post
I have done HKG with OR and CX, ICN with OZ and NRT with NH.
The easiest is via NRT With NH and you earn miles all the way.
OZ via ICN had a really long layover and I didn't get upgrade from YVR as too many SEs already on from YYZ.
HKG is HKG, never fun connecting there.
Except for the top 3-4 most expensive Y fares, NH earns 70% or less.

What's not fun about connecting at HKG?! It's one of the most efficient airports to go through actually IMO. I mean you are suggesting connection at PEK in your other post where you have to pick up luggage and most probably get stamped as well while cnxing so just wondering how you find HKG worse?

And T fares are in full force on NRT routes as well for some time now.
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Old May 9, 12, 9:49 am
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Originally Posted by payam81 View Post
Except for the top 3-4 most expensive Y fares, NH earns 70% or less.

What's not fun about connecting at HKG?! It's one of the most efficient airports to go through actually IMO. I mean you are suggesting connection at PEK in your other post where you have to pick up luggage and most probably get stamped as well while cnxing so just wondering how you find HKG worse?

And T fares are in full force on NRT routes as well for some time now.
A SE checking luggage?
What I don't like about connecting in HKG is the 20 -30 minute walk to the transfer desk. With all the moving walkways going the other direction too!
I still do it though for the upgrade change if I am buying Y. I have had pretty good luck on AC 7/8 (and 17/18 for that matter).
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Old May 9, 12, 10:00 am
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EVA airlines, with a connection in Taipei, could be another possibility especially if you're going to be stuck with a non-upgradable Tango fare on AC. They have a very good premium economy class.
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