AA flies LAX-HKG w/ 77W as of 7 Sep 2016

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Old Jan 9, 18, 4:49 am
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Originally Posted by ericdabbs View Post
Just curious since I haven't used a SWU for a couple months now but when did HKG start charging 180 HKD as part of using a SWU? I called to be waitlisted on an upcoming 193 flight and the AA EXP desk rep said they needed a CC on file to pay for the 180 HKD tax that HKG airport is imposing if I get confirmed. I mean its not too much but still kinda sucks that I have to cough up more money to upgrade on a SWU.
Originally Posted by ckx2 View Post
It's HKIA charging an airport construction fee.

https://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/...s/pr_1214.html
Surely, the fee should only be 20 HKD?
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Old Jan 9, 18, 5:44 am
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HKD 180 for first/business class pax as stated on the website.
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Old Jan 9, 18, 6:47 am
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Originally Posted by ckx2 View Post
HKD 180 for first/business class pax as stated on the website.
160hkd already charged to economy pax. Additional charge should be only 20hkd
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Old Jan 9, 18, 7:04 am
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Unfortunately HKIA is charging per ticket issue. If you upgrade your ticket, they cash in twice. I've had a dispute about this with CX - didn't work out.
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Old Jan 9, 18, 7:39 am
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Originally Posted by jay_dubya View Post
160hkd already charged to economy pax. Additional charge should be only 20hkd
Let's just be happy they haven't gone all UK on all of us!

https://www.gov.uk/government/public...passenger-duty2.1 APD rates from 1 April 2018

Destination Bands and distance from London (miles)Reduced rate: (for travel in the lowest class of travel available on the aircraft)
Standard rate: (for travel in any other class of travel)
Higher rate: (for travel in aircraft of 20 tonnes or more equipped to carry fewer than 19 passengers)

Band A (0 to 2,000 miles) 13 26 78
and B (over 2,000 miles) 78 156 468
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Old Jan 9, 18, 9:24 am
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It's like $20. Chill.
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Old Jan 9, 18, 11:00 am
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Originally Posted by teemuflyer View Post

Perhaps to mitigate any potential Visa issues in mainland China incase there was a extended delay that required overnighting?
Good point as it would be a major problem for some of us if we landed in China and needed to go through immigration.

Wonder how that is handled since potential diversions in many places could lead to immigration issues for someone on a plane.
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Old Jan 9, 18, 12:53 pm
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Apologies if this is answered elsewhere, but can anyone give me an idea of the meal timings on this flight (in Economy )? I'm never quite sure what to expect on late night departures like LAX-HKG
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Old Jan 9, 18, 1:05 pm
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Originally Posted by ckx2 View Post
It's HKIA charging an airport construction fee.

https://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/...s/pr_1214.html
This press release was since Aug 2016. Strange thing is that I probably used several SWUs on 193 in 2017 and I have never paid an additional 180 HKD fee. Also when you buy your ticket from economy class, shouldn't the "Taxes and Fees" we pay to AA already include 160 HKD already. So if anything shouldn't we only be paying 20 HKD difference to upgrade to business?
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Old Jan 9, 18, 1:25 pm
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Originally Posted by TheSpruceMoose View Post
Apologies if this is answered elsewhere, but can anyone give me an idea of the meal timings on this flight (in Economy )? I'm never quite sure what to expect on late night departures like LAX-HKG
Meal service should start within the hour or so from departure. Breakfast will be a couple of hours before landing..

If you are an AA PLT (per your profile), I would suggest trying out either the AA Flagship Lounge in T4 or the OW Business Lounge in TBIT for dinner (or both, you're allowed ;-))
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Old Jan 9, 18, 1:46 pm
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How easy are upgrades on this route (anyone with recent experience).

Eyeing LAX-HKG on Jan 24 and back Jan 29 . Both show C0 and J7. Any thoughts?
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Old Jan 9, 18, 2:03 pm
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Originally Posted by Antarius View Post
How easy are upgrades on this route (anyone with recent experience).

Eyeing LAX-HKG on Jan 24 and back Jan 29 . Both show C0 and J7. Any thoughts?
I've never failed to get upgraded on this route, but being that it is the last hurrah for this past years SWUs, there might be some additional "competition". I'd look at the assigned MCE seats to se what is likely to be EXP competitiors for those potential UGs.
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Old Jan 9, 18, 2:07 pm
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Originally Posted by teemuflyer View Post
I've never failed to get upgraded on this route, but being that it is the last hurrah for this past years SWUs, there might be some additional "competition". I'd look at the assigned MCE seats to se what is likely to be EXP competitiors for those potential UGs.
Thats why I am eyeing it.. my last hurrah on those SWUs too. haha. MCE is still half full (ish)

From what I have read the LAX-HKG route is better than the DFW one.
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Old Jan 9, 18, 5:06 pm
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Originally Posted by teemuflyer View Post
Meal service should start within the hour or so from departure. Breakfast will be a couple of hours before landing..

If you are an AA PLT (per your profile), I would suggest trying out either the AA Flagship Lounge in T4 or the OW Business Lounge in TBIT for dinner (or both, you're allowed ;-))
Thanks! And yes, I do plan on checking out the Flagship Lounge
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Old Jan 9, 18, 5:26 pm
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Originally Posted by Antarius View Post
How easy are upgrades on this route (anyone with recent experience).

Eyeing LAX-HKG on Jan 24 and back Jan 29 . Both show C0 and J7. Any thoughts?
My upgrade just recently got confirmed. My flight is 1/22-24 for mr and applied SWU a week or so ago
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