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In which Asian city should I have my 23h 59m connection?

In which Asian city should I have my 23h 59m connection?

Old Jan 26, 14, 9:16 pm
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In which Asian city should I have my 23h 59m connection?

I am trying to put together a trip before UA mileage increases go into effect. I am going from EUG to DEL or CCU in Oct. Planning to go in coach and come back in business (2 one-ways). At least on outbound I want to stop somewhere for a break and to see some place new. I am trying to avoid UA metal. However, I am considering SFO-KIX on UA (787-8) to spend <24 in Osaka/Kyoto.

I know my choices include ICN and BKK, but already been. So that leaves HKG, NRT, TPE, PEK, KIX... I am thinking I would like KIX because I want to see Japanese culture. I am thinking NRT is too far out and too big/too congested(?) On my previous Asian trip I did not like SGN; loved PNH; BKK was good. Also I would really prefer to depart US on a daytime flight rather than 1 am flight. It seems more complicated to go through Europe, but I might like too see CPH or IST. Ease of airport <--> city should also be a consideration. WHAT ARE THE BEST PLACES for 24 HOURS???

Also I am aware I have the option of a stopover on a round trip. However, I have to book 2 one-ways (2 mileage plus accounts) which won't allow a stopover. But then I just read on a blog that I can link my 2 one-ways/make a change within 24 hours after reserving, so I will try that after I get things going. -Ed
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Old Jan 26, 14, 10:54 pm
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Hong Kong. Awesome city. Very easy to get around. 20 minutes from airport to Kowloon by Airport Express train.
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Old Jan 26, 14, 11:17 pm
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In which Asian city should I have my 23h 59m connection?

Singapore is pretty convenient and easy to travel around
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Old Jan 26, 14, 11:20 pm
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definitely HKG or NRT/HND
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Old Jan 26, 14, 11:27 pm
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I was afraid HKG would be popular. The SFO-HKG EVA flight is ~14h and departs at 1 am. Sounds rough in coach, but I will have to look into details of HKG. Thank for the suggestions
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Old Jan 26, 14, 11:36 pm
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I been looking at flights all weekend. I may have my facts wrong on SFO-HKG. Only UA has non-stop? At least it leaves SFO at 1:25 pm
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Old Jan 26, 14, 11:48 pm
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In which Asian city should I have my 23h 59m connection?

HKG but 24 hours is too short for that amazing city. You will have to come back for more! Shanghai is a 48 hour city but you can easily squeeze it in 24 hours. You will be done with it and you wont need a Visa !
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Old Jan 27, 14, 10:04 pm
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UA SFO-HKG in Y is not advisable. It's the 744. Not a good Y cabin.

So for flight comfort, KIX on the 787 would be a good choice. Or do HKG off a connection through ICN (OZ), NRT (NH/UA), or TPE (BR).

Also, you cannot merge two OWs into a RT.
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Old Jan 27, 14, 10:44 pm
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Singapore would be my pick.
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Old Jan 27, 14, 10:49 pm
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SIN or HKG. If you do NRT, stay near the airport and have a relaxing time in Narita Village. Don't try to get into central Tokyo for just 24 hours. Plus, I think it's good to avoid Tokyo on your first trip to Japan; it gives you a different perspective on the country.
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Old Jan 28, 14, 10:25 am
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Japan Japan Japan! Though looking for 'Japanese culture' in 23h 59m makes you good for Olympics
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Old Jan 28, 14, 11:04 am
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Originally Posted by elabut View Post
I been looking at flights all weekend. I may have my facts wrong on SFO-HKG. Only UA has non-stop? At least it leaves SFO at 1:25 pm
SQ also has a midnight-ish flight on SFO-HKG but it is not currently available using UA points.
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Old Jan 28, 14, 11:48 am
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Looks like it's going to be NRT, especially with the better/shorter flights from SFO. Plus I can go on ANA instead of UA. Narita town sounds like a good place for me and this will be first time to Japan (except a short NRT connection a few years back). I have the option of coming into HND from YVR, then departing next day from NRT, but I think Narita town might just be more my style than Tokyo.
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Originally Posted by elabut View Post
Looks like it's going to be NRT, especially with the better/shorter flights from SFO. Plus I can go on ANA instead of UA. Narita town sounds like a good place for me and this will be first time to Japan (except a short NRT connection a few years back). I have the option of coming into HND from YVR, then departing next day from NRT, but I think Narita town might just be more my style than Tokyo.
Good call. HND-NRT transfers really suck, especially overnight. Narita's interesting enough for a quick visit.
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