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UA, USA to China OJ from $303 ai

Old Jul 5, 2017, 8:33 am
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Transportation options from HGH to Hangzhou city center or PVG. Please add your name and your itinerary if you are interested in meeting other fellow FTers.
1) Taxi to Hangzhou city center, about 100 RMB ($15) for the entire party, not per person, walking from international terminal to domestic terminal (i.e., right turn after you get outside of the international terminal building), you will see taxi queue.
2) Shuttle bus, 20 RMB ($3), to Wulinmen CAAC Ticket Office or East Railway Station Line (two most popular options). The waiting hall for the shuttle bus is at Gate 10 (you can purchase ticket at Gate 14, too) Arrival Hall, on the first floor of the terminal building. Further details, see https://www.travelchinaguide.com/cit...ation.htm#hang
3) Shuttle from Hangzhou city center to PVG, 110 RMB, 3.5 hours: a) Wulinmen Ticket Office Central Hangzhou to PVG: (5:30, 6:10, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00)
b) Hangzhou Dragon Sports Center to PVG, 110 RMB, (7:00, 8:30, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30, 16:00
). Further details, see https://traveladept.com/bus-pudong-hangzhou/
4) Train from Hangzhou East station to Shanghai Hongqiao; less than 100 RMB (~1 hr); then you can take Subway Line #2 to PVG, ~10 RMB and 2 hrs; or shuttle bus (Airport Line #1), about 1 hr, 30 RMB ($4.5), every 15 - 25 minutes. The Hangzhou East ticketing windows are located on 1st Floor, EAST Area of the station. Please allow 20-30 minutes for walking to 2nd floor departure, and security check. The frequency of Hangzhou-Hongqiao trains is as good as that of subways in many US cities.
5) Getting cash at HGH The international terminal at HGH (where you arrive) only has an exchange vendor with hefty fees that is open limited hours. However, the adjacent domestic terminal has a bank ATM. To get to the entrance of the domestic terminal, exit the international terminal and keep walking right, past the taxi stand. Then enter and take the escalator to the second floor. The bank ATM will be on your left, next to the escalator.
6 Getting TWOV without issues The advice is to print out your itinerary, hotel reservation, etc., to speed up the procedure at the entry point in China. At SFO, the check-in agents were clueless, so be prepared to get there very early and fight for your boarding passes. Please read the last few pages on this thread for first-hand experiences. Good luck. There is a thread on FT for further details. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/china...hread-231.html

ATM To get to the entrance of the domestic terminal, exit the international terminal and keep walking right, past the taxi stand. Then enter and take the escalator to the second floor. The bank ATM will be on your left, next to the escalator.

Travel information for Beijing and airport:
Beijing will have 2 hubs starting Sept 30,2019. PEK (Beijing Capital International Airport) is original main hub and will continue for Star Alliance flights and Cathay Pacific (including subsidiary Cathay Dragon Air). PKX (Beijing Daxing International Airport, will debut Sept 30, 2019)
planned for airlines of the SkyTeam alliance and One World Alliance (AA, BA, etc. except Cathay Pacific) will be relocated to the new airport. Most flyers taking advantage of this China OJ deal will continue fly through PEK. Some people who use positioning flights through Beijing using non-Star Alliance airlines need to make sure you are flying into PEK, or else need 2hr ground transportation from PKX to PEK.
PEK allows TWOV within 24hr to stay inside security zone airside. This is more convenient for immediate turn than Shanghai-PVG, which force all passengers to exit immigration and customs, then re-check in from land side, even if you have immediate turn within 24hr.

Who are going? When for outbound and inbound? Routing from major hubs:
July 2017

August 2017
Quinlanty: Aug 3, ORD-HKG-HGH; Aug 7, PVG-LAX-SFO-IAH-ORD-YYZ (see post #284 for a brief report on TWOV procedure at HGH).

September 2017
Kmxu: 1 Sept, IAD-HNL-GUM-, 3 Sept, GUM-PVG; 4 Sept, PVG-SFO-ORD
Quinlanty; Sep 1, IAD-HNL-GUM; Sept 3, GUM-PVG, Sep 4, PVG-SFO-ORD-YYZ
pushmyredbutton: Sept 1; SFO-HNL-GUM-HKG Sept 3rd: HKG-HGH, Sept 4th: PVG-SFO
X31: 8 Sept BTV-EWR-SFO-HKG-HGH; 11 Sept PVG-NRT; 12 Sept HND-SFO-IAH-EWR; 13 Sept EWR-YUL
Kmxu + 3: 9 Sept, IAD-SFO-HKG-HGH; 12 Sept, PVG-SFO-IAD
techdarko: 12 Sept, SFO-HKG; 14 Sept, HKG-HGH; 16 Sept, PVG-SFO
Quinlanty: Sep 14; SFO-HKG-HGH; Sep 18, PVG-SFO-YVR
bencanfly: Sep 14, SFO-HKG-HGH; Sep 18, PVG-SFO-IAD
tde211: Sept 17, SFO-HKG-HGH; Oct 18 - PVG-SFO-YVR
Fishleafer: Sep 20, SFO-HKG-HGH; Sep 26, PVG-SFO-YVR
X31: 21 Sept BTV-EWR-HNL-GUM-HKG; 23 Sept HKG-HGH; 25 Sept PVG-SFO-IAH-EWR; 26 Sept EWR-YUL
985X: Sept 22, LAX-SFO-HKG; Sept 23, HKG-HGH; Sept 25, PVG-LAX; Sept 26, LAX-YVR
flyingstudent: Sept 23: SFO-HGH
netoreisinger: 30 Sept, BOS-EWR-HKG-HGH; 4 Oct, PVG-SFO-ORD-YUL

October 2017
gba: Oct 22, SFO-HKG-HGH; Oct 29: PVG-NRT-SEA-YVR
beyounged: Oct 24, SAN-SFO-HKG, Oct 26, HKG-HGH, Nov 8, PVG-HND-YVR
as219: Oct 26, LGA-ORD-HKG (+1); Oct 30: HKG-SFO-EWR-YUL (+1)
X31: 26 Oct BTV-ORD-HKG; 28 Oct HKG-HGH; 30 Oct PVG-SFO; 31 Oct SFO-ORD-YUL
riphamilton +1: Oct 27, BOS-EWR-HNL-GUM-HKG (+1); Oct 30: HKG-GUM-NRT; Oct 31: NRT-ORD-YUL

November 2017
Quinlanty: Nov 3, BOS-EWR-HKG-HGH; Nov 6, HGH-SFO-IAH-ORD-YYZ
pushmyredbutton: Nov 19: BDL-ORD-HKG-HGH, Nov 27 HGH HKG-SFO-(YVR)
Davistev: Nov26, LAX-NRT-PVG

December 2017
Kmxu: Dec 1, IAH-HNL-GUM-HKG; Dec 3, HKG-HGH, Dec 4, PVG-SFO-IAD
X31: Dec 1, YUL-IAD-IAH; Dec 2, IAH-LAX-PVG; Dec 4, HGH-HKG-GUM-HNL; Dec 4, HNL-EWR-BTV.

January 2018
Kewldude21: Jan 14 IAH-EWR-HKG Jan 16 HKG-HGH Jan 22 PVG-SFO-IAH
mpiotrow: Jan 21, ORD-SFO-KIX; Jan 23, KIX-HGH; Jan 24, HGH-HKG-GUM-HNL-DEN-YYZ

February 2018

March 2018
Davistev: Mar03, PVG-SFO-YVR
flyer777lr: Mar 20, DEN-HNL-GUM; Mar 23, GUM-KIX (NH)-HGH; Mar 26, HGH-HKG-GUM-HNL; Mar 27, HNL-EWR-YYZ
Kewldude21: Mar 22 IAH-EWR-HKG Mar 24 HKG-HGH Mar 28 HGH-PEK-SFO-IAH
flyme2: Mar 28, BTV-ORD-HKG; Mar 29: HKG-HGH; Apr 17: HKG-EWR-YUL
JetSetDave: Mar 29, EUG-SFO-HKG-HGH; April 3, PVG-SFO-EUG
Coeur 05: March 31, bos-sfo-hkg-pvg; April 5, PVG-lax-ord-yow

April 2018
ttyl: Apr 01 BTV-IAD-EWR-HKG; Apr 02 HKG-HGH; Apr 04 PVG-SFO-IAD-LGA-YUL
Toronto1970: April 6, EWR-ORD-HKG-HGH; April 13, CTU-SFO-EWR-YYZ
Exiled in Express: April 18, ORD-HKG-HGH; April 30, WUH-NRT-SEA-YVR
X31: Apr. 28 : BTV-EWR-HKG-HGH; May 1st : PVG-KIX; May 15th : ITM-HND-YVR-YYJ

May 2018
Kewldude21: May 3 IAH-SFO-HKG May 13 PEK-SFO-IAH

October 2018
KMXU, Oct. 18, IAD-SFO-HKG-HGH, Oct. 25, PVG-SFO-IAD

November 2018
KMXU, Nov. 14, ORD-HKG-XIY, Nov. 19, PEK-ORD

September 2019
xinliz Sept 4 SFO-NRT-PVG Sept 25 PEK-EWR-YOW
Flying Machine Sept 9 LAX-SFO-HKG Sept 10 HKG-HGH Sept 16 PVG-SFO-IAD

October 2019
kmxu: Oct 26, IAH-HNL-GUM-HKG, Oct. 27, HKG-XIY, Oct 30, CTU-SFO-IAH
wolfpacktrojan: Oct. 26, EWR-SFO-PVG, Oct. 28, PVG-NRT-SFO-YVR

November 2019
kmxuand his colleague: Nov 9, IAD-PEK, Nov 12, PEK-NRT-HNL-SFO-YYZ
kmxu's colleague: Nov 13, YYZ-IAD-NRT-PEK, Nov. 16, PEK-ORD
kmxu: Nov. 20, IAD-NRT-PEK, Nov. 22, PEK-EWR-YYZ
kmxu: Nov. 23, YYZ-IAD-NRT-PEK, Nov. 26, PEK-ORD
aquanine Nov 28: LAX-SFO-KIX, Nov 30: KIX-PEK, Dec 2: PEK-SFO-YVR

December 2019
kmxu: Nov. 30, IAD-NRT-PEK, Dec. 2, PEK-ORD-YYZ
kmxu: Dec. 3, YYZ-IAD-NRT-PEK, Dec. 6, PEK-ORD
jskang Dec 5, EWR-PVG, Dec 8, PEK-NRT-IAD-YOW

January 2020


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UA, USA to China OJ from $303 ai

Old May 15, 2018, 5:58 pm
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Deal is back

https://goo.gl/flights/Tuoca
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Old May 15, 2018, 7:37 pm
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Baggage info
Estimated bag fees for your entire trip:
Personal item:	Included
Carry-on:	Included
1st checked bag:	Included
2nd checked bag:	$400
Holy cow! If you're checking a second bag, might as well buy an Xtra Seat instead for another $317 & pocket a couple of RDM.
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Old May 15, 2018, 8:18 pm
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Originally Posted by rustykettel
Code:
Baggage info
Estimated bag fees for your entire trip:
Personal item: Included
Carry-on: Included
1st checked bag: Included
2nd checked bag: $400

Holy cow! If you're checking a second bag, might as well buy an Xtra Seat instead for another $317 & pocket a couple of RDM.
I think that the $400 bag fee was a mistake. But I am glad that this deal is back to some lucky ones.
Cheers!
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Old May 15, 2018, 8:51 pm
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Originally Posted by ncben
Great fare. Thanks for the heads up. Did this twice already, and wouldn’t mind doing it again. But a couple of quick date combinations yielded twice the fare from the east coast. Will keep looking.
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Old May 16, 2018, 8:17 am
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Originally Posted by ncben
Anyone able to find anything with quicker turns to make this more like a MR, rather than just traveling to another country? A 2 week trip is too long for me...

Also, is there a recommended way to get from XIY to PEK? Just buy another LCC flight, etc?
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Old May 16, 2018, 11:09 am
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High speed train is an option, mpiotrow

https://www.travelchinaguide.com/chi...-highspeed.htm
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Old May 16, 2018, 4:52 pm
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Why are all these deals only from the west coast lately?
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Old May 16, 2018, 5:10 pm
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Old May 16, 2018, 10:01 pm
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Old May 17, 2018, 12:32 pm
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Originally Posted by br2k
Why are all these deals only from the west coast lately?
Even deals to Europe are only good from the West Coast. I am waiting for the $400 EWR-SIN to come back!!
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Old May 17, 2018, 1:25 pm
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Are there specific date ranges? I'd like to make some SFO-HGH/PVG-YVR runs again this year to visit my friend. I tried a few dates but don't see anything close to the pricing of last year.
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Old May 17, 2018, 1:49 pm
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Originally Posted by BigTallTree
Are there specific date ranges? I'd like to make some SFO-HGH/PVG-YVR runs again this year to visit my friend. I tried a few dates but don't see anything close to the pricing of last year.
I booked EUG-PVG RT for spring 2019 for $655 yesterday. UA has excellent intra China award flights for 8K miles and $7.90 each way on Air China.
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Old Jun 7, 2018, 2:10 am
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I've always wanted to try the Island Hopper, but it was always so expensive...
Well, the deal is back and I was able not only to land in Hong Kong instead of China, but also to include the Island Hopper. All for 358 USD.

https://goo.gl/flights/zpAjW
LAX-HND-HKG / PEK-HND / NRT-GUM / GUM-TKK-PNI-KSA-KWA-MAJ-HNL / HNL-SFO-IAD-YUL

I'm truly amazed that the United website actually had no trouble at all with this creative routing
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Old Jun 7, 2018, 2:34 am
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Originally Posted by X31
I've always wanted to try the Island Hopper, but it was always so expensive...
Well, the deal is back and I was able not only to land in Hong Kong instead of China, but also to include the Island Hopper. All for 358 USD.

https://goo.gl/flights/zpAjW
LAX-HND-HKG / PEK-HND / NRT-GUM / GUM-TKK-PNI-KSA-KWA-MAJ-HNL / HNL-SFO-IAD-YUL

I'm truly amazed that the United website actually had no trouble at all with this creative routing
Oh. Wow.

I’m already going to Xi’an on a similar flight during this time, but damn, this looks awesome.

The worst part is I don’t think I have a single “real life” friend who would remotely comprehend why I would love to do this.
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Old Jun 7, 2018, 4:14 am
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Great find. If only could start from the east coast for that price and reroute back through EWR before Canada would be amazing.


Originally Posted by X31
I've always wanted to try the Island Hopper, but it was always so expensive...
Well, the deal is back and I was able not only to land in Hong Kong instead of China, but also to include the Island Hopper. All for 358 USD.

https://goo.gl/flights/zpAjW
LAX-HND-HKG / PEK-HND / NRT-GUM / GUM-TKK-PNI-KSA-KWA-MAJ-HNL / HNL-SFO-IAD-YUL

I'm truly amazed that the United website actually had no trouble at all with this creative routing
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