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Questions re: connecting in SIN

Old Jan 2, 17, 12:11 pm
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Questions re: connecting in SIN

I arrive at SIN on UA early morning on the 10th and have 11 hours before my next flight on Air Asia. I wil have to claim bags and then check in again, which could bring up some issues.

If I decide to get 6 hours of sleep in the transit hotel, can I check in around 2am and stay until 8am? Would my bag presumably be available for me to claim several hours after my arrival? Is it typically best to make a reservation at the hotel, or is it typically OK to walk up to the counter?

Or am I making this too difficult? Should I just get off the plane, get my luggage, go through Customs, and check into a hotel near the airport?

Also, it appears that Air Asia (AK) allows early checkin in Terminal 1 at 5:30am. Does that seem correct?

Thanks...first time connecting in Singapore.
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Old Jan 2, 17, 5:06 pm
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Originally Posted by chrisphx View Post
I arrive at SIN on UA early morning on the 10th and have 11 hours before my next flight on Air Asia. I wil have to claim bags and then check in again, which could bring up some issues.

If I decide to get 6 hours of sleep in the transit hotel, can I check in around 2am and stay until 8am? Would my bag presumably be available for me to claim several hours after my arrival? Is it typically best to make a reservation at the hotel, or is it typically OK to walk up to the counter?

Or am I making this too difficult? Should I just get off the plane, get my luggage, go through Customs, and check into a hotel near the airport?

Also, it appears that Air Asia (AK) allows early checkin in Terminal 1 at 5:30am. Does that seem correct?

Thanks...first time connecting in Singapore.
You can stay for 6hrs after arrival and then claim you bags at the unclaimed area where it is secured. You need your claim tags to claim it.

Claiming bags and then heading to a hotel is doable but after a long TPAC flight I would just check in at the airport transit hotel and grab my zzzz's.

Good idea to make reservations for transit hotel as I have seen many walk-up finding "no room at the Inn"

AirAsia would only let you check in bags 2 hours before your flight IIRC.
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Old Jan 2, 17, 5:20 pm
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Thanks for the info, including the insight re: Air Asia. There does not appear to be an easy way for someone in the U.S. to reach them to ask questions, and I could not find the answer on their site.

I booked the transit hotel two years ago, but I can't remember how I did it. I went to http://www.changiairport.com/en/airp...it-hotels.html. They have a link to http://www.harilelahospitality.com/t...ateshtml/c16ei, which is broken.

I can book it on third party sites, but I have to indicate that I would check in on the 9th in order to check out on the 10th. I don't want to get the wrong 6-hour slot and miss out.
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Old Jan 2, 17, 8:44 pm
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Originally Posted by chrisphx View Post
Thanks for the info, including the insight re: Air Asia. There does not appear to be an easy way for someone in the U.S. to reach them to ask questions, and I could not find the answer on their site.

I booked the transit hotel two years ago, but I can't remember how I did it. I went to http://www.changiairport.com/en/airp...it-hotels.html. They have a link to http://www.harilelahospitality.com/t...ateshtml/c16ei, which is broken.

I can book it on third party sites, but I have to indicate that I would check in on the 9th in order to check out on the 10th. I don't want to get the wrong 6-hour slot and miss out.
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Old Jan 4, 17, 2:51 am
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I assume that you already paid for AirAsia checked luggage fee? Because if you have not, you might face very costly surprise at check in.
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Old Jan 4, 17, 8:46 am
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I assume that you already paid for AirAsia checked luggage fee? Because if you have not, you might face very costly surprise at check in.
I sure did. Only the 2nd time in my life I have paid for checked luggage. Frustrating.
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Old Jan 4, 17, 9:33 am
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I sure did. Only the 2nd time in my life I have paid for checked luggage. Frustrating.
Welcome to PAYG flying!

I always wear my multi-pocket travel vest and cargo pants/shorts. Some check in for LCC has been known to enforce the 7kg cabin baggage rule.
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Originally Posted by tentseller View Post
Welcome to PAYG flying!

I always wear my multi-pocket travel vest and cargo pants/shorts. Some check in for LCC has been known to enforce the 7kg cabin baggage rule.
AirAsia never did at SIN/DPS/KUL/REP. However others (scoot, tiger, etc) - do.

Honestly, if one flies with LCC you should fly with carry on only.
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