CTrip is a popular travel agent although as we highlighted some time ago, as with many Chinese travel agencies it comes with some specific quirks. We did a post some time back about some of these quirks.
Review: One World Lounge, Los Angeles LAX Airport
With Cathay’s high frequency between LAX and Hong Kong, a lot of our readers pass through the combined One World lounge in Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. It is conveniently located upstairs just after security.
We have previously reviewed this route in economy class. Here we review business class.
I booked this in the couple of weeks before travel for 15,000 Avios and £31.90 ($330). We previously outlined why British Airways’ Avios are good value for short haul redemptions on Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon.
Two bits of good news for Marco Polo members.
First, the threshold for retaining green membership without paying is being cut from 100 to 20 club points which is good news for occasional flyers.
Secondly, Cathay has announced that it is improving the earnings rate for club points on some tickets,
Asia Miles is currently running a promotion where you can earn extra miles (up to 4,600) when using an Asia Miles credit card issued in HK, Taiwan, China or Macau.
It is an easy way to earn miles if you have such a card. Registration for the promotion is needed to earn the extra miles.
I previously reviewed Cathay Pacific’s flight CX524 between Hong Kong and Narita and bemoaned the timings. Leaving at one in the morning and arriving around six, having moved forward one time zone, it’s a flight on which it is hard to get any rest and I find that you spend the next day paying for your lack of rest.
Did you know some Chinese hotels are only available to mainlanders?
I’ve experienced it before, walking around a city trying to find a hotel or guest house with vacancies, and going into hotels only to be told that they only accept guests with Chinese ID. You may even see a booking agency advertising the fact.
Missing a flight is something a lot of people try to avoid, but even for well-prepared travellers it can happen sometimes. As many people never experience it, we thought that it would be helpful to share our experience and help you when you either have missed your flight or think that you may miss it.
Hong Kong’s iconic Star Ferries are the cheapest way to cross Victoria Harbour, but they are about to get a little bit more costly.
With effect from Saturday 15 July, the route between Central and TST route will cost $2.70 on weekdays (was $2.50) and $3.70 on weekends and public holidays ($3.40) on the upper deck.
Getting a visa for China is neither cheap nor easy for many people. That is one reason why it can be attractive to think about using a “transit without visa” to visit China and making the most of what it allows you.