13 December 2006

Homecoming Comic Series 3 of 10

While many knows that Cathay Pacific has always been my first choice, I will be flying Silkair this time for the sake of the kids. Silkair flies to Singapore directly from ShenZhen, a route originally undertaken by Singapore Airlines. The kick in the balls is that from FSC (Full Service Carrier) to that of LCC (Low Cost Carrier), the air fare remained the same. It did not help matters that the Shenzhen-Singapore route is already expensive, albeit cheaper than Guangzhou-Singapore.

Hence, my preferred way of traveling to Hong Kong to catch a flight back to Singapore. Granted that I may end up doubling my travel time, I get to halve my air ticket price. Also, being a member of the Marco Polo Club, I stand a higher chance of scoring an upgrade.

Flight schedule wise, Hong Kong is a better place to fly as Cathay Pacific has several daily flights. Worst case scenarios would still be pretty good with Singapore Airlines, Valuair, Qantas, United Airlines as backup flight alternatives. On the Shenzhen side, there is only Jetstar Asia and Silkair both offering a single daily flight each.

If you ask me, the choice is very obvious but for the sake of saving the hassle of traveling with children, we have no choice but to fork out the dough.

As bleak as I may sound, this is mere temporary for it is only a matter of times before the kids grow up to be easier to manage during travels.

Ah yes... young road warriors in the making.

- Voxeros

1. KingMeng left...
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 12:50 am ::
Liew...U come back, I go Bangkok...

2. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 2:08 am ::
KingMeng: Not fated siah... perhaps next trip when I am back?

3. Heather left...
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 4:12 am
*lol* you are like super worried. Relax laaaa

4. spellbound left...
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 4:31 am ::
You har...very the anti SQ leh.
I still prefer SIA no matter what lor....wait till you try their new 777-300ER!

5. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 10:22 am :: 
Heather: You laugh at me some more..... nairmind. Wait till you have kids of your own then we see you kancheong or not?

But seriously, first time anxiety lah (virgin?). I think I go through this one time, then will be ok liao lah.

Spellbound: Don't get me wrong. I think SQ is also a good airline. However, my First Choice will still be CX. Being second choice doesn't mean I hate it. Main problem is the while SQ is also good, it doesn't give you value for money.

Let me illustrate the prices that I got when booking this trip home.

Silkair - HKD 2700.00 (ex-SZX)
Cathay Pacific - HKD 1600 (ex-HKG)
Singapore Airlines - HKD 1700.00 (ex-HKG)
* All prices exclusive of airport tax and surcharges.

Silkair is pretty straight forward. LCC and yet nearly double that of FSC ex-HKG. Daylight robbery.

Granted both CX and SQ are HKD 100 apart, I would look at them to be of the same price. A HKD 100 difference will not influence my choice decision.

Even if I am both a Marco Polo Club and Krisflyer member, I still stick to CX for the prior treats me better.

Over the 5 years in HKG, free upgrades to Biz Class
CX - 8**
SQ - 0

** The best part was that I didn't even ask for the upgrades. They just gave it to me. Can you honestly say that SQ is capable of such generosity? I rest my case.

6. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 10:33 am ::
Spellbound: On the note of the Boeing 773-ER, I would have no doubt it would be an exciting ride to be in the new equipment but don't you think that it would just be a matter of time before the other airlines have it as well?

Then again, I am more interested in the Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner and the Airbus A380.

7. aloe left...
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 1:48 pm
er.. actually I dun mind whichever airlines as long as they are not budget airlines, not unknown airlines, and boh stopovers.

The chalk drawings are really cute!!

8. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 4:37 pm :: 
Aloe: I share your sentiments with regards to LCC. But if push comes to shove, I would still take them but only as an inevitable resort.

9. spellbound left...
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 9:02 pm ::
I guessed it is individual preference.

NO doubt, CX is very generous to their upgrade. I got upgraded twice too.
For me, I just have to stick to SQ wherever i fly out of capetown or fly to other countries :p

10. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 10:58 pm ::
Spellbound: You different case lah.. You got "special" status one wor....

11. Sheena left...
Wednesday, 13 December 2006 11:36 pm
Hey TPP, I need your timesheet booking password. Can email me? I know you is super 'ang pai', don't book first bueh sai. Like machiam booking the hottest hostess in the lounge like that, mwahahaha.

Acherly hor, I is also sibeh the free for the entire period of time you is in SG because I is dog sitting again from 20th to 6th (the dog people is on another holiday then - but on my farking birthday!) and I will be situated in the Stevens Road during then so want to meet is very convenient.

You have have have to celebrate my birthday with me because this year I sibeh cham, stoopid boyfriend tio reservist, somemore next week he in field camp so cannot even give me a call to wish me happy birthday. And I is not celebrating with friends because weekday, plus I want to save money. I is very the sad liao. Hopefully sugar daddy can chu ma and save the day!

12. spellbound left...
Thursday, 14 December 2006 5:05 am ::
who knows i might not have that special status anymore and will be serving among those cabin crews.

13. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 14 December 2006 9:08 am :: 
Sheena: SMS you the password already. I am trying to get Meepok to commit 27th dinner but he no sound no picture leh. Can get K along and make you fulfill your promise of supplying chiobus to him.

p.s. Good luck with your search for a sugar daddy.

Spellbound: You cabin crew? I didn't know that!

14. Sheena left...
Thursday, 14 December 2006 4:37 pm
I already told K then, I'm the chio-est chiobu that I know. =D

15. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 14 December 2006 5:27 pm ::
Sheena: Awww... You poor girl. I guess it's time to let you out of the house. *pat pat*

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