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Hong Kong Airport to …

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

The Hong Kong Airport HKN, is actually on Lantau Island which is some 60 miles from the city of Hong Kong. But no need to worry because Hong Kong offers an excellent transportation sytem, many parts of which lead to and from the Hong Kong International. The ride into the city costs 100 HK dollars, or about $15 US. This takes you to the Hong Kong Central station where you can catch the metro to the many parts of the city which are located along the line from there. The massive ferry docks are also near Central Hong Kong and offer service to many parts of the islands around Hong Kong. Hong Kong International also has ferry service to many of the surrounding islands right from the airport.

Flights to China

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Update: Well, we’ve been finding better fares by leaving a day earlier. March 31 departure seemed to knock back fares by about $175 from Medford to Hong Kong. Also, the open jaw trip via Beijing was no more expensive for a return in late April. SFO to Shanghai tickets were in the 700 range. I’m not sure if I just missed these before or if the fares have changed, but I think it is because we were not checking for March departure dates.

After a few months of casual searching it has become clear that the prices for China Airline tickets really do not seem to vary much, and you don’t seem to save much by going from the larger Airports. The lowest I’ve found so far were $928 from Medford to Hong Kong but the trip is longer, via Tokyo and we could not stay there for a few days without spending a lot more. A better route is about $1060 via United, and my friends return via Biejing is costing about the same as my round trip to Hong Kong.

My friend who travels often to China said months ago that $1000 is about what we should expect to pay regardless of other circumstances, and I think he’s right. The market is probably not as competitive as US routes and people going to China are often not shopping nearly as aggressively as they do for US Flights. I exhausted a lot of options but it looks like we’ll wind up with what we could have had with a quick Kayak search.

Cathay Pacific’s Hong Kong hub

Friday, December 14th, 2007

One of the best deals in international travel is the “All Asia Pass” from Cathay Pacific. The All Asia Pass allows you to take flights to any of about 20 major asian cities over a period of 21, 30, or 90 days. I’ve heard that one inconvenience is always returning to hub airports (I assume Hong Kong), but that inconvenience would save thousands on a trip to many cities.

Their Hong Kong facility is described here at Cathay’s website.