Last year I wrote about China Eastern’s transit hotel program, today I am writing about free transit hotel accommodations for international travelers on Air China (CA). This applies for overnight connections via Beijing PEK or Chengdu CTU. Probably 99% of international passengers will transit via Beijing.
In case you are unaware, Air China will offer passengers who purchase Air China international air tickets connecting to a third country on a non-stop Air China international flight who must make an over-night stop in Beijing as a result of scheduled flight times, may qualify for free overnight accommodations. A free overnight stay in a transfer hotel will be provided for eligible transfer passengers who are connecting on an Air China international or regional flight in Beijing to a third country. Partner hotels will provide transportation to and from the airport, overnight lodging, breakfast and other services.
What this basically means is if you’re on a flight for example, from New York to Beijing to Hong Kong, and need to layover in Beijing for one night due to an overnight connection, Air China will put you up in a partnered hotel for free. Now don’t expect a 5* Ritz Carlton, these hotels are very basic and really are just provided to give you a place to rest your head. They are not located very convenient to the city center, but will have shuttles to the airport.
Partner Hotels in Beijing
|Hotel Name||Short Name||Acronym||Room Type||Free Infant Bed|
|Haoya Business Hotel||Haoya||HY||One-bed, two-bed guestrooms||Available|
|Jinhanxiang International Hotel||Jinhanxiang||JX||One-bed, two-bed, and three-bed guestrooms||Available|
|Beijing Aulympic Airport Hotel||Aulympic||AZ||Two-bed standard guestroom/ king bed guestroom||Available|
|Golden Phoenix Hotel||Golden Phoenix||FR||One-bed and two-bed guestrooms||Available|
Partner Hotel in Chengdu
|Hotel Name||Short Name||Acronym||Room Type||Ground transport||Extra bed for children (payment required)|
|Chengdu Minhang Julong Hotel||Julong||JL||two-bed guestroom||Airport lounge- hotel||100RMB/bed|
The partner hotel provides transfer passengers with free accommodation, breakfast, transport between the airport and the hotel, and assumes full responsibility for all services it provides.
Qualifying transfer conditions: overnight transfer passengers who are connecting in Beijing within 24 hours from an Air China international or regional flight to another Air China international or regional flight. Unaccompanied minors are not eligible for this offer.
Passengers who qualify must book a ticket and contact the Air China local office to reserve the transfer accommodation service before 20:00 two days prior to the departure of the first connecting flight.
If you aren’t eligible for a free transit hotel, you can still book a couple of them separately. They’re cheap and convenient to the airport.