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London to Shanghai £330 RETURN Flight @ Swiss

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Posted 13th Apr
London to Shanghai £330 RETURN

Dates: 30/09 - 09/10

Airline: Swiss

I've never seen it this cheap with any European airline to Asia! BA & Virgin £636

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DO they still give out free bars of Swiss chocolate?

KLM did a few flights into China for £315, first week of December last year; but only to price match an Chinese airline that messed up their prices.

We upgraded to a better/shorter flight on a better plane (A340 v 787), and paid £340 each.
Edited by: "deleted1293960" 13th Apr
deleted129396013/04/2019 12:34

DO they still give out free bars of Swiss chocolate?KLM did a few flights …DO they still give out free bars of Swiss chocolate?KLM did a few flights into China for £315, first week of December last year; but only to price match an Chinese airline that messed up their prices.We upgraded to a better/shorter flight on a better plane (A340 v 787), and paid £340 each.


Not sure about the bars but in-regards to Chinese airline prices... that's quite normal. I've booked flights to Philippines and China for this year for £350 and £325... amazing!
Edited by: "neiiilers" 13th Apr
Do you still need to pay for a visa to go to Shanghai?
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neiiilers13 m ago

Not sure about the bars but in-regards to Chinese airline prices... that's …Not sure about the bars but in-regards to Chinese airline prices... that's quite normal. I've booked flights to Philippines and China for this year for £350 and £325... amazing!



3-4 weeks to Christmas, the prices are usually through the roof; last time I went during this period - with KLM and the exact same airports, the ticket cost £1080. Until the price error by Xiamin AIr, the cheapest ticket was £880.
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FrugalFergal7 m ago

Do you still need to pay for a visa to go to Shanghai?



Yes, oh lazy one.
FrugalFergal35 m ago

Do you still need to pay for a visa to go to Shanghai?


Of course you do.
Btw Chinese pays hundreds to thousands of pound for UK visa applications depends on type plus £400 for each year of stay health surcharge.
Edited by: "yulu91" 13th Apr
Visa fees are over £100 I think.
deleted129396013/04/2019 12:34

DO they still give out free bars of Swiss chocolate?KLM did a few flights …DO they still give out free bars of Swiss chocolate?KLM did a few flights into China for £315, first week of December last year; but only to price match an Chinese airline that messed up their prices.We upgraded to a better/shorter flight on a better plane (A340 v 787), and paid £340 each.


I'll let you know flying with Swiss next week to Bogotá.
Swiss do the free chocolates, but had a nightmare with one of my luggage, apparently the tag fell off, and they were a nightmare to deal with. Never got the bag during the whole stay.
These are economny prices, and there is nothing special about Swiss economy over anyone else (non economy euro carrier). Infact there 777 planes have some of the worst options!

However, on this flight its the A330 and economy is a 2 - 4 - 2 set up. So if your travelling as a couple and you sit together you don't have to disrupt other people getting in and out the seats for toilet breaks etc.
Edited by: "groenleader" 13th Apr
7 adults going then
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K_ruddy13/04/2019 14:34

Visa fees are over £100 I think.



Substantially over £100 if you include all the costs involved; China has implemented a reciprocal visa system, so when the UK add an extra, stupidly expensive hurdle to getting a UK visa, the Chinese do the same to Brits trying to get a Chinese visa.

When we visited the inlaws 4 years ago, the total cost of the visas, including expenses - was ~£240.

Last years trip cost us over £750 in visa fees and associated expenses.

If you live near London, Manchester or Edinburgh, your costs will be a bit lower, as you have to visit the visa centre and give over biometric data - currently a full set of finger prints; but if the UK goes for the dna swabs and optical scans being mooted, China will do the same.

If you are taking a small child for the first time, they will also insist you take the child and a huge swath of documents to prove the child is yours to the above appointment; some of which are awkward/expense to obtain if you didnt choose to pay for them when the child was born/registered.
THEY WONT TELL YOU YOU NEED THESE DOCUMENTS IN ADVANCE OF YOUR APPOINTMENT.

They have various other tricks to make it as awkward and expensive as possible, such as regularly changing the invitation/hotel registration requirements; again, without notifying you of the changes.
deleted129396013/04/2019 12:34

DO they still give out free bars of Swiss chocolate?KLM did a few flights …DO they still give out free bars of Swiss chocolate?KLM did a few flights into China for £315, first week of December last year; but only to price match an Chinese airline that messed up their prices.We upgraded to a better/shorter flight on a better plane (A340 v 787), and paid £340 each.


Yep still give free chocolates
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You are a HongKong or mainland China citizen??

Mainland China will destroy your Chinese passport as soon as they discover that you hold one for another country.

To help them do this, the UK may be telling them, and now actually put a damned page in the UK passport to tell them you hold both!!!

This is how my wife lost hers, and I have seen them stopping and destroying Chinese passports at ports of entry where they have known incoming travellers had both.

Not sure what the situation is with HongKong citizens and passports now; Communist government is trying to break all the promises they made and fully integrate the colony, so all bets are off.
deleted129396013/04/2019 23:37

You are a HongKong or mainland China citizen??Mainland China will destroy …You are a HongKong or mainland China citizen??Mainland China will destroy your Chinese passport as soon as they discover that you hold one for another country.To help them do this, the UK may be telling them, and now actually put a damned page in the UK passport to tell them you hold both!!!This is how my wife lost hers, and I have seen them stopping and destroying Chinese passports at ports of entry where they have known incoming travellers had both.Not sure what the situation is with HongKong citizens and passports now; Communist government is trying to break all the promises they made and fully integrate the colony, so all bets are off.



You are right.
China only allows one nationality but UK you can have dual nationality.

But HKSAR and MacauSAR are different because if you was born before 1997 (HK) or 1999 (Macau) then you can have both UK BNO & HKSAR passport (HK) or Portuguese & MacauSAR passport (Macau).

So just bit confused.
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johnsmith199714/04/2019 20:32

You are right.China only allows one nationality but UK you can have dual …You are right.China only allows one nationality but UK you can have dual nationality.But HKSAR and MacauSAR are different because if you was born before 1997 (HK) or 1999 (Macau) then you can have both UK BNO & HKSAR passport (HK) or Portuguese & MacauSAR passport (Macau).So just bit confused.



As I said, not sure if it still works, Chinese government are trying to bring the colony fully into their system, so cutting freedoms that were promised when UK handed HK over.
Maybe it will still work, I dont know.

Give it a try and let everyone know how it goes.
deleted129396014/04/2019 21:08

As I said, not sure if it still works, Chinese government are trying to …As I said, not sure if it still works, Chinese government are trying to bring the colony fully into their system, so cutting freedoms that were promised when UK handed HK over.Maybe it will still work, I dont know.Give it a try and let everyone know how it goes.



Yes,autonomy was supposed to be guaranteed for 50 years; so another 30 years left and then don't know,because no one has said woks gonna happen after 50 years.
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johnsmith19973 m ago

Yes,autonomy was supposed to be guaranteed for 50 years; so another 30 …Yes,autonomy was supposed to be guaranteed for 50 years; so another 30 years left and then don't know,because no one has said woks gonna happen after 50 years.



Except they have been breaking that agreement and interfering with internal HK elections for at least 10 years - hence all the protests starting 10 years ago.
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