Hong Kong airport

Old Nov 13th, 2019, 04:51 PM
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Hong Kong airport

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I'm traveling through Hong Kong to Bangkok and need to buy separate tickets. Can anyone tell me if 2 hours is enough time to clear customs then head back through security for a different airine?

Otherwise it's a very long layover
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Old Nov 13th, 2019, 05:16 PM
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IMO 2 hours is not ever long enough between unprotected flights/separate bookings almost anywhere. If your incoming flight is delayed (or there is disruption at the airport) you will not have an onward flight.
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Old Nov 13th, 2019, 05:53 PM
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On the occasions I've had longish layovers between flights I've used the commercial lounges at HKG airport, good places to rest & recuperate, take a shower, etc.

https://www.hongkongairport.com/en/p...porate-lounges
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Old Nov 14th, 2019, 03:11 PM
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As they're both international flights, I don't think that you have to leave the transit area, so 2 hours would be fine as long as you arrive on time.

For this, I'd buy travel insurance in case a delay causes the second flight to leave without you.

Actually, Hong Kong is not a bad airport for a longer layover. It's got lots to do there!
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Old Nov 14th, 2019, 08:40 PM
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A few years ago, I flew into HKG from LAX via Cathay. I was transiting to their subsidiary, Dragon Air, to Hanoi. I was required to go through a long and inefficient security transit line, and it took about an hour. After that, I had to race to the other side of the terminal for my flight. The whole process took about ninety minutes, so I would say that two hours is cutting it close. I would either allow more time between flights, or, as Lucy mentioned, I would get trip insurance. However, even if you get reimbursed, what fun is that to experience a delay?
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Old Nov 15th, 2019, 05:33 AM
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Thanks everyone it looks like a long layover is my best option
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Old Nov 17th, 2019, 10:24 AM
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Yes a longer layover is better then scrambling at the last minute, especially with international flights.
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Old Nov 17th, 2019, 08:47 PM
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I'm doing something similar soon. ICN - HKG - BKK. All one ticket on Cathay Pacific with 2:50 layover. I'm not concerned with making the connection and I'm looking forward to lounge hopping during my layover.
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Old Nov 18th, 2019, 08:11 AM
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I wouldn't lounge hop, I would spend all my time in the Cathay Flagship Lounge. It's two floors, with a free restaurant, two buffet counters, and a coffee/desert bar. And, of course, a free bar.
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Old Nov 18th, 2019, 11:28 AM
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We don't know what lounges either of the travelers is qualified to use & why I posted the link to the pay-to-use lounges. But either way, airline or paid, with only maybe 2 hours max to lounge on a 3 hour layover, I agree that "hopping" doesn't make any sense. Go to 1, preferably on the way to your departure gate, and enjoy what they have to offer. Read reviews.
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Old Nov 18th, 2019, 11:56 AM
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I wouldn't lounge hop, I would spend all my time in the Cathay Flagship Lounge. It's two floors, with a free restaurant, two buffet counters, and a coffee/desert bar. And, of course, a free bar.
Great idea CL! Their reviews are terrific!
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Old Nov 18th, 2019, 02:22 PM
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Cathay's flagship lounge name is The Wing. I'll have access to it, The Pier, The Bridge, The Deck and the Plaza Premium (due to Priority Pass) lounges.
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I have been to all the Cathay Lounges at HKG over the years, and none compares to the flagship lounge. Make sure you try the tomato-based veggie ramen in the free restaurant., and the wonderful dim sum at the buffet. Also, the showers are really nice. After visiting Indonesia for 3.5 weeks, I stood in that shower for a long time, just to get rid of the grime and second hand smoke. The attendant knocked on the door to see if I was still alive. She laughed, and brought me more fluffy towels and lotions. Nirvana.
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I have been to all the Cathay Lounges at HKG over the years, and none compares to the flagship lounge. Make sure you try the tomato-based veggie ramen in the free restaurant., and the wonderful dim sum at the buffet. Also, the showers are really nice. After visiting Indonesia for 3.5 weeks, I stood in that shower for a long time, just to get rid of the grime and second hand smoke. The attendant knocked on the door to see if I was still alive. She laughed, and brought me more fluffy towels and lotions. Nirvana.
After an interminable trans-pacific flight it's a shower that makes life worth living again!
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