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December 11th, 2010 at 9:19:25 AM permalink
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Speaking of Macau, I'd really like to go in the spring. Hopefully I can find some kind of specific reason to hang the trip on.



Do you fly United from San Francisco to Hong Kong, or Cathay Pacific from LAX to Hong Kong?
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December 11th, 2010 at 9:24:53 AM permalink
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Do you fly United from San Francisco to Hong Kong, or Cathay Pacific from LAX to Hong Kong?



United from SFO to HK. Do you know of any hot deals?
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December 11th, 2010 at 11:55:15 AM permalink
Sometimes airlines offer excellent introductory prices for a new long distance flight.

Cathay Pacific is starting a service from Chicago to Hong Kong (nonstop 7793 miles) in September 2011 to compete with United. It's about 880 miles longer than the SFO to HKG.
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December 11th, 2010 at 4:55:04 PM permalink
Humor the rest of us. What kind of prices are we talking here?
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December 11th, 2010 at 6:39:34 PM permalink
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Humor the rest of us. What kind of prices are we talking here?



Cathay Pacific round trip economy including taxes to Hong Kong non stop (Sep 2011)
San Francisco $941.36
Los Angeles $941.36
Chicago $1,022.36

But Cathay Pacific offers a "deal of the month". Since the Chicago non-stop is a new service (Sep 2011), they will be anxious for it to fly with full planes so that it looks good for the press. They may undercut the current deal which is slightly higher than San Francisco. I was suggesting to the Wizard that he keep on eye on the price.

Hong Kong is not the most expensive place to fly to, but it's expensive to be there. Government fare is $595 each way from LAX.

However Business Class Fare across the Pacific is much higher than business class across the Atlantic. Many contractors require a business class seat for over 14 hours, so the airlines can charge a lot more for crossing the Pacific.

But if you have the time, the Cathay Pacific All Asia pass is one of the best ways to see eastern Asia.
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December 11th, 2010 at 11:49:27 PM permalink
Many Thanks! So looking at the Asia map, I'm always wondering what the pronunciation of "Phuket" Thailand is?
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December 11th, 2010 at 11:58:54 PM permalink
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Many Thanks! So looking at the Asia map, I'm always wondering what the pronunciation of "Phuket" Thailand is?



Something between "Poo-KET" and "Poo-KIT" with the accent on the second syllable.

The All-Asia pass of $1,599.00 price is for Monday - Wednesday mid-week long-haul travel only. Price does not include U.S. taxes, fees and security charges of approximately up to $60 per person or foreign taxes and fees of approximately up to $120 per person per foreign airport departure.

You get the main trip to Hong Kong and as many as four additional cities in 21 days. You could go to large cities like Beijing, Tokyo, Shanghai and Jakarta or you can go to exotic places like
Hanoi (1:50 to 2:05)
Hangzhou (2:10 to 2:20) [one of the oldest cities in the world]
Phuket (3:20 to 3:40)
Bali (4:45)
Sapporo (4:30 to 5:40)

That is about US$100 per flight segment.

Although Hanoi is not a vacation spot, it would be an interesting diversion to spend a few days there.

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December 12th, 2010 at 4:31:46 AM permalink
I am just back from Macau. I flew from Phuket, Thailand to Hong Kong on AirAsia (3-1/2 hr flight). I then got the fastcat ferry direct to Macau that runs every hour from Hong Kong airport. This saves having to go into Hong Kong itself, and the trip across to Macau was less than 1 hour. Cost HK$220. Its a good tip as it saves a lot of time as I did not have to go through immgration in Hong Kong, but only in Macau.
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April 2nd, 2013 at 4:36:42 PM permalink
On baccarat in any casino any player can ask for a maximum of HK$2m. I have heard of higher maximums, but never seen them.

On Blackjack it differs slightly.
In Sands China (Sands, Venetian, etc) ordinary is HK$2k-HK$50k (Seen special approval tables of HK$300k)
MGM HK$1k-HK$20k (Seen special approval of HK$300k)
Galaxy HK$2k-HK$40k
Lisboa HK$500-HK$20k
Wynn HK$2k-HK$40k
City of Dreams HK$2k-HK$40k

In many casinos in Macau they have been lowering the no. of blackjack tables dramatically I am even suspicious of Sands having increased their betting spreads in order to accommodate more guests on less (blackjack) tables.

Most important of all is that if you do put on a maximum bet in Macau not one single person at the table will show any sign of nervousness, while in the USA you have the "black action" comments all over.

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