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Air China, 21 hr layover in PEK. Collect bags? Skip second flight?

Air China, 21 hr layover in PEK. Collect bags? Skip second flight?

Old Jan 9, 11, 12:09 pm
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Question Air China, 21 hr layover in PEK. Collect bags? Skip second flight?

I have a two part question I hope someone can help me with.
I have a Star Alliance (AC) award flight flying Air China flight CA1472 from Guilin (KWL) to Beijing (PEK) arriving at 7:00 PM, with a 21 hr layover in Beijing.
Connecting to Asiana Airlines flight OZ336 to Seoul (ICN) at 4:00 PM the next day.
The first question I have is will there be any problem collecting my luggage in Beijing, NOT having it checked through ICN.
The second question is can I skip this second flight all together (not show up). It is the last flight on the itinerary so I donít care if the cancel the rest of the ticket, but I am worried about any other problems that may arise, either with China wondering what happened to me, or with the airline.
I want to do this so I can stay in Beijing for a few days and then fly on a second Star Alliance (booked separately) award flight home from Beijing.
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Old Jan 9, 11, 12:34 pm
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As long as your existing Chinese visa covers you for your desired extended stay, you should be OK. Make it clear in KWL at check-in that you only want to check bags to PEK and doublecheck that they only tag that far. They shouldn't have any problem with this, and if they seemed puzzled for an explanation, you can always tell them you want your luggage in PEK as you're going to overnight at a hotel, and that you'll recheck with OZ in PEK. Pick up luggage in PEK at baggage claim and take off to hotel. It would be a nice courtesy (but not necessary) to call Asiana Beijing office the next morning and let them know you will not be flying with them that afternoon--if you feel you need an excuse, just say you've taken ill and will arrange a later flight at your own expense. Of course, you'll forfeit any value of what was left of your award ticket. There you go! Enjoy Beijing.

You would not pass through Chinese exit immigration until departing from PEK. The issue of not showing up for your original Asiana flight is of no concern to immigration, only to Asiana. As long as your visa remains valid. You'll go through immigration and get stamped out of China officially when you catch your replacement flight.
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Old Jan 9, 11, 1:05 pm
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Thank you for your quick response.
I thought this would be the case, but wanted to double check before I redeemed the second ticket. I have never been to PEK and you never know what different proceedures they may have.
Sounds like it will be ok, thanks again!


Originally Posted by jiejie View Post
As long as your existing Chinese visa covers you for your desired extended stay, you should be OK. Make it clear in KWL at check-in that you only want to check bags to PEK and doublecheck that they only tag that far. They shouldn't have any problem with this, and if they seemed puzzled for an explanation, you can always tell them you want your luggage in PEK as you're going to overnight at a hotel, and that you'll recheck with OZ in PEK. Pick up luggage in PEK at baggage claim and take off to hotel. It would be a nice courtesy (but not necessary) to call Asiana Beijing office the next morning and let them know you will not be flying with them that afternoon--if you feel you need an excuse, just say you've taken ill and will arrange a later flight at your own expense. Of course, you'll forfeit any value of what was left of your award ticket. There you go! Enjoy Beijing.

You would not pass through Chinese exit immigration until departing from PEK. The issue of not showing up for your original Asiana flight is of no concern to immigration, only to Asiana. As long as your visa remains valid. You'll go through immigration and get stamped out of China officially when you catch your replacement flight.
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