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[United.ca] UA: YYZ - HKG $640 return for Jan - May 2020

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Dec 30, 2017
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CaptainSnake wrote: It was completely safe even the last couple of months. Activists blocking roads and the MTR was annoying but otherwise safe and life as usual.

Source: I was there last month
I was there in October 2x, evidence of vandalism but no real issues and saw no confrontations. Like anywhere in the world, avoid areas with demonstrations.

On the plus side, midrange hotels are heavily discounting, and HK is an expensive place to visit- unfortunately I prepaid.

Connecting through SFO is better than ORD.
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Sep 21, 2009
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qszwdxefc wrote: SFO isn't a bad layover at all. The only extra hassle is US customs but if you have nexus it's easy. The only UA hub to avoid for layovers is LAX (and if it's winter also ORD and EWR due to delays)
Have missed a connecting flight with 2 hour layover in SFO despite flight arriving early due to very slow customs in the last year- just a data point for thought
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Mar 7, 2008
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Leask
Was in HK last week.

Is a mess there but you are safe as long as you don’t say stuff to the black mask protestor...
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Just came back from a week long trip in Hong Kong that was booked before the protests started. It was mostly fine aside from the odd subway exit being closed due to vandalism and/or for crowd control. As someone else said, it's a great time to go because there are no crowds or lines for any of the main attractions. In my experience, if you see a protest you can usually just walk to the next street over and shops are open as normal, you come back the next day and all the shops are open. I did meet some tourists who got tear gassed because they decided to hang out around a protest. We didn't see our first protest until 2 days into our trip.
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Jul 10, 2019
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Honestly... theres legit 80% people in hong kong that are just living their own life and minding their own business, it does affect some major areas at night... but its definitely blown over by now. For those who "scared" of going to hk...
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Jan 5, 2004
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Like my parents say, don't be young, don't wear white/black/blue, mind your own business, and you'll be fine. And if sh*t hits the fan, just chant "GO POLICE!" because getting beaten by umbrellas are better than batons. /s

But like others said, if you aren't near the protests, things are as normal. Transportation is a bit crippled, but probably still better than TTC. Notify embassy of your travel plans just in case though this is good habit doesn't matter where you go.
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Aug 4, 2004
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Samwfive wrote: Did I miss the flight...?

I chose Jan 10-31 and got the cheapest at $1345 via Newark. Via SFO is $2108. Confused Face
seems like it is now expired. I was checking last night before mid-night and it was still available. I actually re-booked the ticket because it was dropped to $610 on friday night.
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Jul 26, 2018
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Canada, eh?
I flew EWR-HKG last week on UA. ~50% flight load, plane was mostly empty and everyone had a dedicated row to themselves.
EWR-HKG frequency is being cut though, IIRC it's being cut to 3x per week.

ORD-HKG has been terminated since October I believe.

SFO-HKG is still normal primarily due to Apple employees traveling in business class.
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thephenom wrote: Like my parents say, don't be young, don't wear white/black/blue, mind your own business, and you'll be fine. And if sh*t hits the fan, just chant "GO POLICE!" because getting beaten by umbrellas are better than batons. /s

But like others said, if you aren't near the protests, things are as normal. Transportation is a bit crippled, but probably still better than TTC. Notify embassy of your travel plans just in case though this is good habit doesn't matter where you go.

This is so true lol.

As long you are well informed and up to date on the daily outlooks for HK, you'll be fine. The media exaggerates on whats going on in HKG.
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cellsell wrote: seems like it is now expired. I was checking last night before mid-night and it was still available. I actually re-booked the ticket because it was dropped to $610 on friday night.
I should relinquish the RFD membership card....

I'm sure you're not rubbing it in with $610?

BTW how do you "rebook" ? Not a globetrotter here.
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Apr 25, 2006
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Its a free live show. It might even include the audience.

On the real though, no lines to get WONTON SOUP!

Is the deal dead? I only see $850+
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ekinjil wrote: Welcome to AYCE Tear Gas Zone?
Freshly imported from China.

It is actually not that bad though. Most people still carry a normal life regardless of who they support. Just make sure always support police if you are somehow stuck in the middle - they may both beat you up, but the police will also throw you in a jail (and perhaps more beatings) and charge you for assaulting them with no consequence to themselves.
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Samwfive wrote:
I should relinquish the RFD membership card....

I'm sure you're not rubbing it in with $610?

BTW how do you "rebook" ? Not a globetrotter here.
While booking directly with UA there is free cancellation within 24 hours. I took advantage of that.
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Feb 28, 2006
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qszwdxefc wrote: SFO isn't a bad layover at all. The only extra hassle is US customs but if you have nexus it's easy. The only UA hub to avoid for layovers is LAX (and if it's winter also ORD and EWR due to delays)
I've transit thru the US with United twice this year: once thru ORD to HKG, the other time thru SFO, let's just say I wish I didn't.

My flight to ORD was in the winter and it was delayed 3 hours, causing me to miss my connecting flight to HKG by literally minutes. Since there is only 1 flight a day, it was impossible for me to catch another flight the same day. It also had a cascading effect of squeezing my HK stay from 2 days to a few hours before I head to Taipei, defeating my original purpose of flying to HKG in the first place. They also did not have any free spots for the ORD to HKG flight the next day, so they suggested:
  1. fly me to EWR the next day to connect to yet another flight to HKG
  2. fly me to Frankfurt to connect to HKG
  3. fly me back to YYZ and back to HKG
I almost blew my top. Eventually I worked out a flight from ORD to Taipei instead, since that was my next destination anyway. It was a painful debate.

My other flight thru SFO was less eventful, but I still had to get out and back in security with my luggage. And the TSA sucks.
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quantized light wrote: I've transit thru the US with United twice this year: once thru ORD to HKG, the other time thru SFO, let's just say I wish I didn't.

My flight to ORD was in the winter and it was delayed 3 hours, causing me to miss my connecting flight to HKG by literally minutes. Since there is only 1 flight a day, it was impossible for me to catch another flight the same day. It also had a cascading effect of squeezing my HK stay from 2 days to a few hours before I head to Taipei, defeating my original purpose of flying to HKG in the first place. They also did not have any free spots for the ORD to HKG flight the next day, so they suggested:
  1. fly me to EWR the next day to connect to yet another flight to HKG
  2. fly me to Frankfurt to connect to HKG
  3. fly me back to YYZ and back to HKG
I almost blew my top. Eventually I worked out a flight from ORD to Taipei instead, since that was my next destination anyway. It was a painful debate.

My other flight thru SFO was less eventful, but I still had to get out and back in security with my luggage. And the TSA sucks.
That's why every experienced traveler avoid O'Hare at alllll cost.
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The issue is not that past people that visited HK think it's safe.. The issue is there is still a risk that you never know if you are unlucky one. Just because you avoid the most popular protest area doesn't necessarily mean that it's safe. Everyone visiting should still be cautious and alert.

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/hong-kong
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640$ in US dollars or Canadian dollars?

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