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Sep 16, 19, 9:42 am
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Posted By synthkeys

I've got EF showing - J9 C9 D9 I6 U P0 W7 R5 E3...

I've got EF showing - J9 C9 D9 I6 U P0 W7 R5 E3 T0 Y6 B9 H9 K9 M9 L9 V2 G9 S0 N0 Q0 O0 X0
Sep 13, 19, 12:29 pm
Replies: 46
Views: 13,264
Posted By synthkeys

I would suggest talking with the ISM or SP after...

I would suggest talking with the ISM or SP after boarding. You'd probably want to avoid an embarrassing scene if you just switch if it's not OK. If the staff is OK with the switch they will...
Sep 11, 19, 8:56 am
Replies: 49
Views: 9,167
Posted By synthkeys

Op-up is really route/time dependent and how many...

Op-up is really route/time dependent and how many other elites ahead of you. I don't think you can read too much into this as it's just a matter of luck. There's some speculation that the system...
Sep 10, 19, 9:52 am
Replies: 87
Views: 27,430
Posted By synthkeys

Well, 888 is HKG-JFK, I've never taken that...

Well, 888 is HKG-JFK, I've never taken that flight. You are right, I never have too much problem getting an upgrade confirmed HKG-JFK/EWR. But JFK/EWR-HKG, 865 is generally easiest to confirm, and...
Forum: China
Sep 10, 19, 8:27 am
Replies: 40
Views: 1,561
Posted By synthkeys

I carried some milk powder once, never again. I...

I carried some milk powder once, never again. I told all my coworkers don't ask me to bring anymore. Once they know you will bring it's like an avalanche of requests and that stuff is bulky!
Sep 9, 19, 7:52 pm
Replies: 87
Views: 27,430
Posted By synthkeys

I end up on 865 often since it's much easier to...

I end up on 865 often since it's much easier to grab a U upgrade award. Sorry to see this flight go, I wonder what the schedule will be for these new JFK-HKG flights.
Sep 9, 19, 7:40 pm
Replies: 1,138
Views: 319,719
Posted By synthkeys

Well, thank you. But now there's an additional...

Well, thank you. But now there's an additional tool in the arsenal. See the thread - ExpertFlyer now showing CX Award Availability?...
Sep 9, 19, 1:49 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 3,805
Posted By synthkeys

To the OP, sorry to hear about your troubles....

To the OP, sorry to hear about your troubles. Similar thing happened a few weeks back on CX899 right around 8/11 when the airport was closed for the demonstrations. But CX899 around that date also...
Forum: New York City
Sep 8, 19, 1:21 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By synthkeys

What terminal do you expect arrival? At terminal...

What terminal do you expect arrival? At terminal B, I have witnessed wheelchair pax escorted up to the immigration level. There's an elevator there. Sorry, I don't know if they are escorted though...
Forum: China
Sep 8, 19, 1:13 pm
Replies: 40
Views: 1,561
Posted By synthkeys

I am not Chinese so maybe I should keep my big...

I am not Chinese so maybe I should keep my big mouth shut, but I'd concur on this. Outside of Lunar New Year, I would restrict a red packet gift to only family. When I visit my girlfriends...
Sep 8, 19, 12:55 pm
Replies: 1,638
Views: 364,148
Posted By synthkeys

It all depends on where and the border control...

It all depends on where and the border control agent. I don't think there's a definitive list here about it. I would try, the worst that can happen is the agent doesn't accept the card and sends...
Forum: China
Sep 8, 19, 11:40 am
Replies: 26
Views: 1,348
Posted By synthkeys

If you are coming to China for a short term stay,...

If you are coming to China for a short term stay, then you most certainly need to be using cash. Predominant e-Pay systems are WeChat and AliPay, which nowadays require a linked Chinese bank...
Forum: China
Sep 8, 19, 10:20 am
Replies: 31
Views: 1,386
Posted By synthkeys

WeChat is the predominant social media platform...

WeChat is the predominant social media platform in China. Within the WeChat app, there is an ecosystem of apps that run within WeChat, these are called mini-programs by WeChat in English. For a...
Forum: China
Sep 8, 19, 9:09 am
Replies: 31
Views: 1,386
Posted By synthkeys

My comments were in the context of just a simple...

My comments were in the context of just a simple vacation in China. But I have gotten by without a local number for long time in my part time living here. Not using a local number for Didi is a...
Forum: China
Sep 8, 19, 8:57 am
Replies: 31
Views: 1,386
Posted By synthkeys

I'm using China Unicom. Data plan is like 1RMB...

I'm using China Unicom. Data plan is like 1RMB for 800MB per day of data.
Forum: China
Sep 7, 19, 11:44 am
Replies: 31
Views: 1,386
Posted By synthkeys

I'm not seeing the big need for a local number. ...

I'm not seeing the big need for a local number. I've survived in China for nearly 4 years without a local number until I got one just recently for my bank account. I'm in SZ, not BJ or SH but I...
Forum: China
Sep 7, 19, 11:31 am
Replies: 40
Views: 1,561
Posted By synthkeys

I'd go with a bottle of Chanel fragrance (maybe...

I'd go with a bottle of Chanel fragrance (maybe Eau Tendre or Coco) or some other well known luxury brand and get the shopping bag with it (Women love those bags). It can be purchased in China or HK...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Sep 6, 19, 7:47 am
Replies: 29
Views: 7,068
Posted By synthkeys

I did this once on JAL, TYO-JFK, back in '04. I...

I did this once on JAL, TYO-JFK, back in '04. I was in a middle seat in J, 2-3-2 configuration. I'm still amazed that happened but I was younger and foolish-er!
Sep 5, 19, 4:39 pm
Replies: 41
Views: 4,838
Posted By synthkeys

ernestnywang The dump from Sabre looks like it...

ernestnywang The dump from Sabre looks like it shows U availability, as in U4 or U1. Is this new? I want to alert my agent so she can tell me instantly if U award is available.

Also, what the...
Forum: China
Sep 5, 19, 12:35 pm
Replies: 73
Views: 4,185
Posted By synthkeys

In SZ, Metro is very good with everything marked...

In SZ, Metro is very good with everything marked in English. I can manually navigate fine when I'm not with a native speaker. However, the buses are unusable for me since nothing is marked in...
Sep 5, 19, 8:32 am
Replies: 3
Views: 453
Posted By synthkeys

If you're working with a travel agent with a good...

If you're working with a travel agent with a good relationship with CX, they can phone ahead to inquire about upgrade confirmation before processing the E->R ticket upgrade. If not and you don't...
Sep 5, 19, 8:17 am
Replies: 13
Views: 682
Posted By synthkeys

Sorry, I'm not sure about that. I do know there...

Sorry, I'm not sure about that. I do know there is no requirement to pay with an AMEX card. Many of my colleagues have some US AMEX card that gives them access to the site, then pay with Chase...
Sep 4, 19, 3:20 pm
Replies: 1,638
Views: 364,148
Posted By synthkeys

Very confusing indeed. I thought for USA if...

Very confusing indeed. I thought for USA if you're part of TTP the approval pretty automatic since there are no visas granted. When I went to give my signature, CBP officer did ask me how often I...
Sep 4, 19, 3:12 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 682
Posted By synthkeys

AFAIK, it is not possible to upgrade AA/CX...

AFAIK, it is not possible to upgrade AA/CX codeshare tickets. I met a guy a few months ago while boarding CX841. It was his first time flying CX and was frequent AA traveler, Ex-Plat, with tons of...
Aug 27, 19, 10:23 am
Replies: 151
Views: 21,048
Posted By synthkeys

+1 on this. These are good quality ANC...

+1 on this. These are good quality ANC headphones that can be found for around $50. I picked them up 2 years ago during Amazon Cyber Monday sale for $36. I've since moved on to the QC35 II, which...
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