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How to Get a 10 Year Chinese Tourist Visa

If you have ever wanted to visit China, now would be a pretty good time to make that happen. Many airlines have increased capacity and added new routes to/from several Chinese cities and airfares have never been more reasonable to this incredible country. And it's not just getting to China ...

Air China launches Newark as Chinese carriers expand in North America

An Air China 777-300ER taxis at LAX airport on April 4, 2013. Taken by Rohan Anand
Air China will commence four weekly flights to Newark airport from its Beijing - Peking hub on October 26, 2015, utilizing its 777-300ER fleet to operate the 6,931NM distance between the two cities in each ...

Trip Report: Air China Business Class Shanghai to Taipei, Airbus A330

This flight review of Air China's business class is a continuation of my trip from Auckland to Los Angeles. About 15 minutes prior to boarding time, I left the newly renovated Air China Business Class Lounge and made my way over to the boarding gate. The gate was not that far away but I wanted to ...

Air China to Montreal and Havana in 2015: a case study in Guanxi?

Earlier this week, stated-owned Chinese flag carrier Air China announced intentions to commence a salvo of new routes from its Beijing hub to expand its long-haul network in Asia, Africa, Oceania and North America in 2015. Among the list of new destinations Air China wishes to serve from ...

Lounge Review: Air China First Class Lounge at Beijing

The Air China First Class Lounge at Beijing Capital Airport is located airside (after security) in terminal 3, near gate E20. It’s located on the second floor of the international terminal and is only available to first class passengers on Air China or Star Alliance flights and (surprisingly) ...

Air China First Class Review - Los Angeles to Beijing, Boeing 777-300ER

Okay, so let’s address the obvious question. . . Why on earth would I want to fly Air China??? I know. I know. I must have heard that question a dozen times when I told people I was flying Air China to Beijing. Everyone warned me that Air China was a terrible airline and my flight would be ...

Lounge Review: Air New Zealand Koru Club Lounge at LAX

I feel really bad for Air New Zealand premium cabin passengers. It's not because this is a horrible lounge. It's not. It's just that Air New Zealand also operates the new LAX Star Alliance Lounge. But for whatever reason, Air New Zealand is still operating out of terminal 2 and not out of the newly ...

More Problems with Booking Air China Award Flights

It's a shame that Air China releases so many premium cabin award seats to their partner airlines yet booking those awards seats come with so many problems. Back in April, fellow UPGRD blogger, Matthew Klint, wrote a blog post on how CONFIRMED United Airlines award flights with Air China segments ...

Air China First Class Video Preview

I'm back from my trip around the Pacific rim! It was an amazing trip on some fantastic airlines and I can't wait to share of all my pictures with you guys. I took over 1000 pictures (90% of them are of airplanes) so there will be plenty to see. :-)
But I know you guys have been dying to see ...

Update on Air China Award Booking Cancellations

More are reporting that their Air China award reservations booked with United MileagePlus miles are being cancelled and United is finally waking up to the problem. Still, there is no solution in sight.
You should be vigilant in monitoring your award reservations, but I am sad to say there is ...

Using United Miles to Get to Australia and New Zealand

Just a friendly reminder that United's Mileage Plus devaluation goes into effect on February 1, 2014.  You don't have to fly by February 1, 2014. You just have to book your trip by then. With a couple of weeks to go before the Great Devaluation, I decided this was a perfect time to burn my ...

New airline liveries, Vol. 2.0: time to embrace change

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about new global airline liveries, logos and paint scheme redesigns over the past year, and assessed the good and not-so-good appearances which have been adopted and applied. 
Recently, I stumbled across a thread on titled, "Air China's ...

Saudia, Ethiopian, Alitalia, United + others: Rohan on Routes

All hope is not lost in the global aviation world after the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its Airline Financial Analysis for the months of December 2012 and January 2013. According to IATA, airline share prices continue to outperform as financial markets upgrade their ...

Mixing Business and Pleasure in Beijing - An Introduction

2-Air China JFK-PEK in Business Class CA982
3-Peninsula Neijing
4-Dining Highlight
5-The shortest visit by an American to the Great Wall
6-Air China PEK-JFK in Business Class CA981
7-Conclusion and Reader Gift
Is it worth flying to Beijing for a one hour ...