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Unfortunately I knew nothing of these precautions.
I find myself alone, in only my shorts and socks, in a country with a language I can neither read nor pronounce. if only this thread had been created three days ago.
Safe travels to all.in reply to: Travel precautions you should take14 Feb 2018
Pittsburgh Pen. offers surprisingly good and a wide range of outlets. Most restaurants offer a menu for food of the time of day; breakfast, lunch and evening choices. I am sure other American airports have these features. I do not know of many other countries that offer this.in reply to: Best airports for dining14 Feb 2018
In the Sandpit.
I forgot, do not buy your pesos before you get to Manila. Take US$ cash you will get very close to the daily bank rate. The banks in Terminal 3 as you leave immigration are very good.
I would not recommend using your debit or credit cards in an ATM machine as this will be a much different rate and you will be be charged by your bank for all sorts of fees etc.14 Feb 2018
In the Sandpit
Your transfer from Terminal 3 to terminal 4 (the domestic terminal for Air Swift) is not far but you cannot use the Skyway. Depending on the time of day this journey will take some time. I personally not use the yellow taxi for three reasons.
1. Depending on the time of day they are not always available
2. The queues can be very long. It is the most frequent mode of transport for Filipinos
3. As the journey is so short the driver may refuse to take you, or as discovered to my cost (in time and pesos), he drove on a most circuitous route just to make a higher fare.
4. Not ideal for families as the boot (trunk) is small. There are very few, if any vans in the yellow taxi fleet
I would use the coupon taxi – just to the left of the exit.
1. Controlled by a single company with salaried drivers.
2. All drivers speak English
3. Fixed price (pesos 140.00)
4. Always available except for times of heavy rainfall
5. Will never you down for the short journey
6. Many of the taxis are vans or SPV. Toyota Innova and Avenza, plenty of room for family luggage.
7. You can call them to pick you up on your return and transfer you to your departure terminal
One final comment – on the booking form, it states and I quote
“Each adult passenger has a free 20 and 20 kgs check-in baggage allowance and 7 kgs hand carry”.
This is not a total of 40kgs per person. It is only 20kgs per person. on my only Air Swift flight, the check in was very strict and I had to pay penalties for both checked and carry-on bags. The plane is small so understandable.
However they have a good reputation for good timekeeping in good weather, and like most airlines the opposite is true in bad weather. EL-NIDO is fantastic, may I ask where you are staying?
Enjoy your holiday and Happy Birthday14 Feb 2018
Surely it is not unusual for newly established airlines to LOOse their way. Why don’t they PLUG these gaps and allocate the SEATS accordingly. The reason is probably more PAPERwork. If this is not PLUMBING the depths of the value of this forum, well ………………………in reply to: How ironic31 Jan 2018
I think the best are all covered> here are my worst.
1. QR Doha – If you are not travelling on QR business or first through Doha, irrespective of One World or QR status, a separate lounge is provided. I am Platinum on QR but not Al Mourjan access. The lounges offered are too small, terrible food options, over-crowded and noisy. What is particularly annoying is that when the business class lounge is full, they let arrivals into the first class section, irrespective of status.
2. Any Philippine Airlines lounge in the Philippines – Cebu the worst. Even in Manila Terminal 2 their own terminal, the food and drink are atrocious. Extremely limited washroom facilities.
3. Thai Airways business class in Bangkok, the only extenuating circumstance being that they are the designated lounge for more than 40 airlines who have no lounge of their own – Star Alliance and others
4. Business Class Lounge in CPT, I agree with other comments in this respect.
5. Etihad Lounge in Abu Dhabi, is disappointing, with poor food, limited washroom facilities and on the last 3 times, the showers were closed for repairs.
Perhaps it is worth subscribing to the many lounge groups who offer access for an annual or daily fee.
for the great lounges, therefore but for the grace of ………in reply to: 100 Best Airport Lounges worldwide12 Jan 2018
Martyn Sinclair, I agree entirely
Inflight baggage allowances – MNL-HKG, on two of the airlines (not CX), a survey in 2013 identified the average weight of carry-on luggage by Filipinos as 18.5 kgs. average number of items, 2.4.
For check-in pieces for the same passengers it is average weight – 32kgs and 2.1 pieces. I appreciate that most of these passengers are domestic workers/family (many female and working in Hong Kong as domestic helpers (my son’s Amah in HKG is fantastic). Why not create a new criteria for these important travellers with a higher check-in allowance (possibly based on number of pieces). Then there would be room in the bin for my cane and small briefcase.5 Jan 2018
Much reduced due to 4 months off work
1. 90 sectors
2. 34 airports (11 new,)
3. 9 airlines (3 new – ANA, QV, S7 )
4. 12 aircraft types (1 new – ATR (Lao)
5. Most flown airlines – CX (36), PR (14), 5J (Cebu Pacific (12), QR (6)
6. Best airport: HKG,
7. Worst airport: BHX, if you are British, DFW (unless you speak Spanish, rude and insensitive), Bangkok for the interminable walk from the plane to immigration
8. Best Lounge: HKG CX The Pier First Class
9. New Lounge for me: EK First in Dubai
10. Worst lounges: 5J in Cebu, PR in Cebu
11. Best immigration: HKG with frequent visitor card, Manila Terminal 3, was Singapore but even the queues here are getting longer
12. Worst Immigration: DFW, BKK Suvanarbhumi Economy (with no fat track or PWD, Senior Citizen of children privileges
13. Best passenger handling: Haneda, Tokyo
14. Worst passenger handling: LHR Terminal 3
15. Worst baggage handling on arrival – EY in Abu Dhabi, PR in Manila Terminal 2
16. Best FFP experience: QF given a Platinum card for being a founder member of their FFP in 1987. Given 2 years to maintain the card.
17. Worst FFP experience: refused PR lounge access in MNL with qualifying EY Gold card, because their computer was down.
18. Best value Avios redemption: BKK-LHR on BA, 6,500 points plus £18.00 taxes
19. Best Forum experience – Dinner in Bangkok
Wishes for 2018 – safe travel for all, and completing some bucket list items (Antarctica – April), Art Garfunkel Concert – London Julyin reply to: Personal statistics for 20175 Jan 2018
My experience is that not all Airlines provide a Premium card
1. TG do not normally hand-out a card unless you request one. Where they do offer it, (especially from the UK and the USA) I have seen TG give a card to Thai nationals and ignore Farangs (non-Thais).
2. CX always do and even provide to Diamond, Gold and One World Emerald cardholders if traveling economy
3. QR always
4. Etihad only on request even for UAE nationals.
5. Emirates always
I am sure other forum members can advise of their own experiences.in reply to: Fast Track at BKK13 Dec 2017
The FAST TRACK section intended for a Premium traveller with a card. While most of the people in this section (about 30 metres from the main hall) are indeed Premium passengers, the following are also allowed
1. Premium passengers with a valid Fast track card form the flight coming in on. Martyn is quite correct that only recently have they started to check the validity of the card.
2. PWD – persons with disabilities
3. Over 70’s (no proof required although the passport will confirm this)
4. Wheelchair passengers
5. Families with Children (sometimes these are very large and have >10 in the group). You can guess the nationalities in this category
There is also a separate section for non-Premium passengers with 1-4 lanes open in the main immigration hall. Very often people with Fast track cards go into these lanes, yet that are never sent to the correct section. Even mentioning this situation to immigration officials nothing is done.
FORTUNATELY I QUALIFY IN 2, 3, AND 4, ABOVE.
I expect this will be a discussion point at the Bangkok Dinner in Bangkok this evening.in reply to: Fast Track at BKK13 Dec 2017
To those who cannot attend, there are seven diners, a five-course menu, in a recently Michelin guide ‘plat’ French restaurant, in a garden in the middle of Bangkok. The only problem I can foresee is getting home.in reply to: Bangkok meetup for Forum members – December 20178 Dec 2017
May I make a small request that I am sure all forum readers would appreciate. On the introduction from rferguson, you quote some very attractive fares. Presumably these are the individual flight costs for each of the two passengers. However it would help enormously if we know the dates of these fares, as I have looked at everyday from 10th November to 20th February for HEL-BKK with a return two weeks later, and nothing like the £970 quoted come through. Please keep the information coming, but some qualification would be appreciated.in reply to: Good QR 2-4-1 J sale.8 Nov 2017