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  • AlanOrton1
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    stevescoots – please can you share if there is a new lounge at STN?

    Last time I was there, I believe there was just the one general lounge, as you exit the hideous snake of shops, along a passage way (general direction of the toilets) and down a flight of stairs. Fairly spacious, but I know they do have capacity issues.


    AlanOrton1
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    No surprise really that they’re adding a US route.

    I don’t really buy the oversupply argument or Virgin being pushed out. I suspect their US paymasters see BOS (a DL focus city) as making them more money hence why they’re binning DXB.
    EK, while a dominant player, aren’t a monopoly as BA haven’t scaled back their service (up to 3 x daily).

    Would appear Virgin are going head to head with BA on the BOS route as their flight timings are very close to each other. BA have been 4 x daily on this route for a while.


    AlanOrton1
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    They seem to be retrenching and becoming more and more focussed solely on US routes.

    Given SAA’s withdrawal from the CPT route, and that Virgin did use to fly to CPT, it wouldn’t be hard to think there’s an opportunity for them here.


    AlanOrton1
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    I must be the odd one out as I connected through CDG earlier this month. (Having not been to the airport in about 17 years).
    Flying with AF and had to transfer 2E to 2F, found the terminals, the signage all absolutely fine. 2E, at least the area we used, was spacious and plenty of room.
    Back around the turn of the millennium I used T1 a lot (BMI, CDG-LHR) and it was pretty dire even then.
    No complaints re T2 though.

    CGK, on the other hand…..


    AlanOrton1
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    Welcome back Charles P. I’m sure you’ll have some wonderful memories from your trip.


    AlanOrton1
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    @Lowflier – the fact your luggage arrived is miraculous, the airline gods must have been smiling on you that evening! Good story and well played BA, credit where it is due.


    AlanOrton1
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    @handbag

    I don’t think getting PP direct, as opposed to having it via Amex Platinum will make any difference.
    As far as I can tell, the PP card I have (issued via having Amex Plat) is sent direct by PP and is identical to a card I’d get if I signed up directly with PP.
    I also suspect when presenting it at, for example, the No 1 lounge at LGW S (worst offender for advising they are full, IMHO) they would have no way of knowing how you came by the card as I’m pretty sure they don’t swipe it before announcing they are full / come back in an hour / did you reserve in advance (which attracts a further payment).


    AlanOrton1
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    MTR is very simple to use and the trains run very regularly. As others say, definitely get an Octopus card.
    As your family might be doing some sightseeing, these can also be used on the Star Ferry and Tram as well. I seem to remember some coffee shops also accept Octopus.
    I wouldn’t generally take a taxi from Kowloon to the Island, traffic can be terrible at certain times of the day going under the harbour.
    I’ve not used them regularly, but there is a good bus service as well. I’d recommend this if you want to go over to Stanley on the far side of the Island.

    On the Kowloon side places to visit include:
    Kowloon Park (not huge, but could easily spend an hour or two wandering around the different paths, viewing the small lake and the aviary)
    Night Market on Temple Street
    Goldfish Market & Ladies Market on Tung Choi Street
    The Markets are a good experience, though for air conditioned higher end shopping, Pacific Place Mall in Admiralty is easy to reach, one stop on the MTR from TST. HK Park is behind it, so a place for them to relax and reflect once they’ve maxed out the cards.

    If you all have some some time together and fancy a detox there is a nice, paved walk along the Tai Tam Reservoir. (Island side). Or take the ferry to one end of Lamma Island, walk the path to the other side, and stop for a meal en-route.

    What Canucklad says about MTR stations is spot on, particularly with some of the well known stations like TST, Central etc. There are a number of different exits, so try to make a note which one you need to use, it will save a good deal of time etc.


    AlanOrton1
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    HighlandTraveller – I think you and the family will love Singapore. A few hotel suggestions, with family in mind:

    Fairmont / Swissotel share a very large swimming pool. It is right on top of a MRT station as well as a mall. You can also walk to many of the attractions like Clarke Quay, Raffles and down to the bay to enjoy the light and fountain show in the evening. Also a short car ride to Marina Bay Sands.

    Marina Bay Sands has been covered, I’d just comment that the swimming pool area at the top of the hotel is often packed, particularly with people in the pool taking selfies.

    Regent and Shangri La have also been covered and these are both great hotels. Next to Regent is JEN (used to be Traders and part of Shang group), very good sized pool here and an easy walk to the Botanical Gardens. I still find it strange seeing swans on a lake, whilst a few feet away you may see a good sized monitor lizard wander by.

    Also in this area, but a little closer to shopping and Orchard MRT is the Grand Hyatt. This has a nice resort style pool area that the family would enjoy. They also have a separate children’s room at their Grand Club, should you go for a club room. For a family this may work out good value given F&B costs in Sing hotels.

    Capella on Sentosa Island is a fantastic hotel which the family would love, but a bit of a trek to get to your conference.

    in reply to: Singapore

    AlanOrton1
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    JFK lounge is definitely overdue for a refurbishment and I think BT posted that there was one slated in the near future. If you weren’t a fan I wouldn’t rush to use the J lounge in ORD either.

    EWR lounge is smaller, as only 2 flights a day, but around half the space is dedicated to pre-fight dining. There is a separate F dining space as well.
    If BA can refurb JFK so it is like the one in BOS, with enough space, they’ll have done a good job.

    (From the posters on here, I think I’m one of the few that favours EWR. I suspect where it loses out is the lack of OW connectivity, being primarily a UA hub).


    AlanOrton1
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    Hktbound – I’ve not heard of any strikes announced for this Saturday (26). There was one on 26 May 2016(!)

    Am due to fly AF on 26th, so fingers crossed. Hoping all goes according to plan, may even try and post a quick review…..will don my tin hat.


    AlanOrton1
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    rferguson – when you say all ‘has been rolled out on all US routes’, does this apply to LGW as well?

    MartynSinclair – I flew back from EWR earlier in the year in J. I did make use of the pre-dining in the lounge and have to say it was good. A large area set aside and a wide range of fresh and tasty hot options, as well as cold fare on offer. I found it noticeably better than the JFK pre-flight dining. On board there was a full dinner service available which the pax next to me went for. New cutlery, crockery, bedding etc all a good step up and I found the staff ran everything efficiently. Nothing really to take umbrage with.


    AlanOrton1
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    Paris – you know you want to. The lady doth protest too much, methinks.


    AlanOrton1
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    “Are they perchance getting advice from Senor Cruz?”

    Possibly not, as chances are if BA pax endured a 7 hour delay, they would at least potentially have the option of EC261.


    AlanOrton1
    Participant

    SCL is Santiago, Chile

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