Posted at 4:19 pm , on June 2, 2018
Unlike my previous flight, my return flight had no BKK stopover (phew….). Hong Kong International Airport has city check in counters at their Airport Express Stations in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Station. It has check in facility for many major airlines (which is listed here). I decided to do one dim sum stop before flying back and boy it wasn’t the best decision. My flight departs at 4:40pm and I did my city check in at 12:30pm. Unfortunately, my dim sum stop took longer than expected (we waited for 1 hour before we were seated and we were still in the restaurant at 2:30pm!). However, there was no regret as the dim sum was good (we tried the dim sum in Maxim Palace in City Hall). We got back to the station at 2:50pm and we managed to catch the train (the train leaves once every 10 minutes). The journey to HKIA took about 25 minutes and with the boarding pass in hand, we can go straight into the departure area. Even though HKIA has a courtesy lane, they are not meant for premium customers. Thankfully, getting through security was a breeze and the wait was even shorter for the immigration (thanks to the autogate).
Posted at 3:04 pm , on June 1, 2018
One of the best use of British Airways Avios is for short haul/regional flights. For my March trip, I spent 7500 Avios for one way Club Europe between London and Munich. Intra-Asia flights are also a good way to use your Avios, where a one way Business Class from Singapore to Hong Kong cost only 20,000 Avios (vs 30,000 for Asia Miles prior to devaluation). The tax cost about SGD $50-60 per person.
I intended to redeem the SIN-HKG direct flight but due to mistake on my part, I did not manage to get the ticket on time and the availability was gone by the time I tried to redeem it. Hence, I ended up with CX 711 that flies thru Bangkok.
Posted at 3:52 pm , on December 23, 2015
As a kid, I used to hold Malaysia Airlines in high esteem and would feel proud whenever I get to fly on MAS. But those flights were limited only to short haul flights on their old regional workhorse, the 737-400 (back then, flying was really expensive!). My first redeye flight on MAS was on a 777-200ER to Melbourne in 2002. It was quite exciting going on a 777 back then, although the 2-5-2 arrangements in Economy wasn’t exactly my favorite (but hey, getting to travel on a plane back then was already a luxury). My first and only long haul flight with MAS was in 2007 to London and my experience on that flight was far from satisfactory. By then, MAS was a shadow of its former self and was nowhere near their glorious past. It took me another 6 years before I gave MAS a try again. The trip was on MH73 from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur on one of their brand new A380-800 followed by MH 609 back to Singapore on a 737-800.