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  1. kamchatsky

    IHG PointBreaks discontinued

    I used Pointbreaks to stay at the following hotels in 1 trip in 2010, all 5000 points per night: HI Helsinki City Centre (2 nights) HI Zurich (3 nights) HI Paris Gare de L'est (4 nights) CP Bruges (2 nights) CP Amsterdam schiphol (2 nights) That was our first European trip so very appreciated...
  2. kamchatsky

    Flash flybuys to velocity bonus

    Transferred maximum amount (138k) and got both 15% and 20% bonus.
  3. kamchatsky

    VA withdraws all services from Hong Kong

    Sad to hear but understand the reasons. I loved their VA J service to HKG in January. Best service and food compare to CX and QF. India would not be a good choice given the competition with SQ, MH, TG and even CX. Better off using A330 domestically or a second Japan route if there are more...
  4. kamchatsky

    China (COVID-19) Respiratory illness - Effect on Travel

    You mean this one? Wuhan even had a 40000 family annual pot luck dinner banquet on 18 Jan:
  5. kamchatsky

    China (COVID-19) Respiratory illness - Effect on Travel

    This has got me quite angry, but I not surprised by it. It is just the way it works there: Ironically when I flew to HK on 18 Jan, the Corona news was still quite mild, and I...
  6. kamchatsky

    China (COVID-19) Respiratory illness - Effect on Travel

    The plans are the same as the Beijing Hospital that was built in 7 days in 2003 to fight SARS.
  7. kamchatsky

    Question Has anyone been impacted by the Coronavirus? Will travel insurance cover the costs if we wanted to cancel? Especially if the flights are with points.

    My only impact was: - Left CAN 2 days earlier to go to HKG by train, arrived at HKG on 26/1. Ended up paying 2 night accommodation at HKG (stayed at JW Marriott on points); - Successfully upgraded 2 Y seats to 2J on QF118 on 28/1, by bidding $630AUD for each person. Prefer to sit at J with...
  8. kamchatsky

    Would you visit China?

    Wenzhou is also locked down now. Not far from Shanghai.
  9. kamchatsky

    Hotels in Bruges

    We stayed at Crowne Plaza Bruges about 8 years ago. The location was fantastic and it was a great hotel stay.
  10. kamchatsky

    Would you visit China?

    Actually Hangzhou has 98 cases.
  11. kamchatsky

    China (COVID-19) Respiratory illness - Effect on Travel

    To be honest it would be a perfect excuse for VA to pull the HKG route entirely. It would be a shame though as I took VA83 to HKG in J 2 weeks ago and loved every minute of it.
  12. kamchatsky

    Qantas cans all mainland China flights for at least 2 months

    That's because there are tons of Chinese coming back to Australia after CNY holiday, to start school or Uni or work etc
  13. kamchatsky

    Would you visit China?

    @Cruiser Elite ,this is going to hit you hard...
  14. kamchatsky

    China (COVID-19) Respiratory illness - Effect on Travel

    HKG already had partial border closure with Mainland China. High Speed rail + Intercity rail are closed. A number of checkpoints are already closed. However airports, and some key border points (e.g Lohu) is still open. The locals have already asked the government to have total border closure...
  15. kamchatsky

    China (COVID-19) Respiratory illness - Effect on Travel

    Case in point, I flew QF118 HKG-SYD 3 nights ago, J was completely full. I didn't check Y but my assumption would be that is full as well.
  16. kamchatsky

    China (COVID-19) Respiratory illness - Effect on Travel

    Well I am at CAN in China now. Will be leaving in 3 days to come back to Australia. All major CNY festivities are cancelled, restaurants are half empty for CNY Eve dinner, which is unbelievable. All the masks are sold out a long time ago. About 50% of people wear masks here. Would be more if...
  17. kamchatsky

    Should I stay or should I go - Hong Kong [protests]

    Went to Disneyland on Nye. Maximum waiting time was 20 minutes. Most of the ride I only waited for 5 minutes. Excellent time to go to Disneyland. We are going back there again today. Ctrip has some excellent deals on hotels. Non-branded 4 star hotels are like $2xx HKD, 5 star hotels are like...
  18. kamchatsky

    Cathay have cancelled one of their two daily Frankfurt flight - and we were booked on it!

    Whilst not ideal, you can book day room at Regal HKG if required.
  19. kamchatsky

    Should I stay or should I go - Hong Kong [protests]

    I am at SIN for last 2 days, and will head to HKG tomorrow for 6 days. We have already bought 2 day Disney ticket packages online. Will report back once we have gone to Disneyland.
  20. kamchatsky

    Should VA be worried by the potential collapse of Hong Kong Airlines?

    To be honest I think the chance of HX surviving is low so definitely look for alternate plans if you can.