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Need Opinions On HKG-LAX

Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:25 am

In early May I'll be flying HKG to LAX. Actually, I'm flying LAX-AKL-HKG-LAX business class but no one seems to want to book that at a reasonable price. UA wants more than $16,000. Thats USD, not HKD.

I can get reasonable fares into and out of AKL, its the HKG to LAX that's ridiculous non-stop. I've got two reasonable alternatives, CA via Beijing, and OZ via Seoul. Same price, around $2200. I want to stay on Star Alliance.

Here are the questions:

1. If I transit in Beijing, can I get to the Star Business lounge during the transit, or am I stuck in some transit limbo? The CA web page is unclear.

2. On the long CA flight (983) the aircraft is shown as 777-300. Do those aircraft have true lie flat seats? I guess some 777's have them, some don't and seatexpert/seatguru offer no help.

3. On the long OZ flight (204) its a 777-200(ER, I think). I can't figure out if they have the new Quantium Smart seats or not. Except for the horrible name, they sound nice. The old seats don't.

I lean toward OZ because the arrival at LAX is a bit more convenient. Any advice on transit experiences at PEK versus INC? CA versus OZ?
 
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RE: Need Opinions On HKG-LAX

Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:45 am

Quoting aklrno (Thread starter):
UA wants more than $16,000. Thats USD, not HKD.

Have you priced a Circle Pacific type of ticket?
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RE: Need Opinions On HKG-LAX

Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:46 am

Quoting aklrno (Thread starter):
the aircraft is shown as 777-300. Do those aircraft have true lie flat seats?

I can't say with 100% certainty, but I am pretty sure that the seat is identical to the PMCO seat seen on the CO 752, 764, 772, and now the 2-class UA 763s

It is the CO product then it is a full lie-flat product. Most people I know who have flown it absolutely rave about it, but others (especially people taller than 6 foot) complain that the bed isn't long enough to sleep comfortably.
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RE: Need Opinions On HKG-LAX

Tue Mar 12, 2013 2:56 am

just buy two NZ tickets.
LAX-AKL-LAX
AKL-HKG-AKL

or AKL-SIN-HKG SQ
or AKL-BKK-HKG TG
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RE: Need Opinions On HKG-LAX

Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:31 am

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 2):
just buy two NZ tickets.
LAX-AKL-LAX
AKL-HKG-AKL

That would keep me on NZ for 4 flights, but is more expensive than most other options except buying it all from UA.

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
Have you priced a Circle Pacific type of ticket?

I hadn't thought of that. The price is right but I need to make 3 stopovers, not two. I'd have to stay a day at PEK or INC, which means more time and the cost of a hotel room, but I've never seen Seoul. I guess I could look around for a day.

I'm still wondering about the type of seat on OZ INC-LAX. If I overnight in PEK there's no worry about the transit process since I would head into the city for a day. Haven't been there in years.

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 2):
but others (especially people taller than 6 foot) complain that the bed isn't long enough to sleep comfortably.

I could probably fit into the overhead locker if there are no bags.
 
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RE: Need Opinions On HKG-LAX

Tue Mar 12, 2013 9:59 am

Quoting aklrno (Thread starter):
2. On the long CA flight (983) the aircraft is shown as 777-300. Do those aircraft have true lie flat seats?

Flight 983 is operated with the brand new "Capital Pavilion Business Class"
"Experience an unprecedented leisurely journey as you relax in seats that recline up to 180 degrees."

Quoting aklrno (Reply 4):
If I overnight in PEK there's no worry about the transit process since I would head into the city for a day.

Depending on your passport you might need a visa...
 
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RE: Need Opinions On HKG-LAX

Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:23 pm

Quoting aklrno (Reply 4):
I'm still wondering about the type of seat on OZ INC-LAX.

The best place to research/ask questions about the seat is on FlyerTalk in the Asiana forum:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/asiana-club-614/
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