Singapore - Hong Kong travel bubble

Old Oct 16, 2020, 6:52 pm
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Originally Posted by carrotjuice
Are there any local sites (preferably not in Cantonese) that advertise great Hong Kong staycation deals? I can go to the usual websites of the hotel chains and OTAs... but from personal experience some of the best prices aren't advertised through these channels, but rather publicised through local websites or picked up by local blogs. Thanks.
I tend to choose the hotels I prefer as all of them have deals, a quick google will give you an idea. There is a HK government website, but I'd use google: https://www.timeout.com/hong-kong/ho...ns-to-book-now
All of these appear to be popular amongst friends and colleagues

Originally Posted by carrotjuice
I balked at HKD20K for HKG-SIN roundtrip, which is what CX business class is now pricing at since the announcement! I remember almost a decade back, MH was advertising that for HKG-KUL-LHR roundtrip.
I visited Greece in August for HKD 19k return on QR...
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Old Oct 16, 2020, 7:21 pm
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Will Mainland risk domestic market for Hong Kong?
Ask the Party. It is a question neither you or I can answer.
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Old Oct 16, 2020, 7:28 pm
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Originally Posted by garykung
Ask the Party. It is a question neither you or I can answer.
reason will say no way. I am always amused that people think Party is so irrational.
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Old Oct 16, 2020, 10:19 pm
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Originally Posted by littlevoices
Noting that after a year of very limited travel most people wouldn't be very price sensitive. Whilst I probably couldn't stomach a first class ticket I am very willing to be gouged on a business class ticket from CX (sorry SQ!), typically on this route I'd happily do economy due to the combination of short flight, quality planes and on-time departures, but now it would be the equivalent of a staycation - unnecessary but fun. Bring on those increased departures!
If CX is flying A350s mostly at the moment, maybe its okay to be gouged by CX but if they put regional aircraft on the route again, I would rather choose SQ if price was equal. Youre guaranteed a better seat, and better catering.
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Old Oct 17, 2020, 5:08 am
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Originally Posted by sxc
If CX is flying A350s mostly at the moment, maybe its okay to be gouged by CX but if they put regional aircraft on the route again, I would rather choose SQ if price was equal. Youre guaranteed a better seat, and better catering.
This is a tiny ray of hope for CX which is in a desperate situation.
It would be suicide if CX did not use its best longhaul plane for the special "bubble" flight.
Given the initial cap on number of pax, we might guess that airlines will prioritize J pax.
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Old Oct 17, 2020, 6:45 am
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airlines begged for survival and any scraps business.

this announcement came, CX jacked up price to an extreme... yeah i get supply/demand but leaves me an extremely bad aftertaste abou them.

i wont be going... yes pemped up demand but i have discovered other finer things in life in hk...
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Old Oct 17, 2020, 12:03 pm
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Originally Posted by carrotjuice
In HKG, am sure CX can repurpose one of their many lounges if volume justifies.

But in SIN, suspect the Changi management would cordon off one area of the departure gate and call it a "lounge".
Transit pax on singapore airlines in singapore are escorted to a cordoned off area, and then escorted again to the gate for boarding in single file. Like school kids being supervised on a field trip. If cx offers transit/stopover in singapore then it will probably be the same.
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Old Oct 17, 2020, 5:14 pm
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Originally Posted by MT_Switch
Like school kids being supervised on a field trip.
Yes, Singapore is very good at "supervising" every step of the way!
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Old Oct 17, 2020, 5:16 pm
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Originally Posted by fakecd
airlines begged for survival and any scraps business.

this announcement came, CX jacked up price to an extreme... yeah i get supply/demand but leaves me an extremely bad aftertaste abou them.

i wont be going... yes pemped up demand but i have discovered other finer things in life in hk...
Am sure prices will drop / regularize once more of such "bubbles" are instituted with different countries.
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Old Oct 17, 2020, 6:33 pm
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1. This is just an agreement in principle. If HK continues to have a lot of Indian imported cases, or any rebound in local cases, it will not fly.
2. These will be dedicated flights. No connecting passengers will be allowed (say from America or Europe).
3. The daily number will be capped. It feels like the OZ experience.That woud suggest high fares.
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Old Oct 17, 2020, 6:57 pm
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HKG is suggesting 4 Covid test per trip. How much will it cost ? Around SGD800?
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Old Oct 17, 2020, 11:53 pm
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Originally Posted by sbs2716g
HKG is suggesting 4 Covid test per trip. How much will it cost ? Around SGD800?
what kind of covid test?

the one where they insert a cotton bud deep into the nose? Or is the saliva test already approved?
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Old Oct 17, 2020, 11:58 pm
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Originally Posted by garykung
IMHO - everything is basically BS when Hong Kong can't convince Macau and/or the Mainland to open their door and Singapore is still limiting Malaysia traffic.
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Old Oct 18, 2020, 5:01 pm
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Originally Posted by sbs2716g
HKG is suggesting 4 Covid test per trip. How much will it cost ? Around SGD800?
Versus SGD 2,000 for 14 days' quarantine cost at SIN + presumably an equivalent amount in HKG + cost of 2 swab tests before you're "released" to the local population at each end. Sounds "like" a bargain!
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Old Oct 18, 2020, 7:56 pm
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Originally Posted by sbs2716g
HKG is suggesting 4 Covid test per trip. How much will it cost ? Around SGD800?
If flying is to resume in the next couple of years, one has to accept that it will entail reliable tests at both ends of travel.
Tickets already factor in all kind of surcharges (small in HK but quite high in Europe). Test costs will have to be factored in if one wishes to fly.
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