AUSTRIAN Returning To A Favorite Asian Destination

AUSTRIAN Returning To A Favorite Asian Destination

After a 17 year absence, AUSTRIAN is set to resume service to one of my favorite destinations in the world.

Beginning on September 5, AUSTRIAN will begin service to Hong Kong with 5 flights per week aboard their 777-200ER aircraft.   Flights will take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday (from Vienna).   Reservations can already be made.

The flight information is as follows:

Flight OS 67 will depart Vienna at 1:00p and arrive in Hong Kong at 6:25a the following morning.

Flight OS 68 will depart Hong Kong at 9:40a and arrive in Vienna at 4:10p the same day.

Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Offering Attractive Winter Promotion

Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Offering Attractive Winter Promotion

Normally I don’t write about hotel offers, but when it involves one of my favorite properties I’ll make an exception.

In an email that I received today from the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui / Kowloon),  they are offering what they refer to as a Winter Celebration package.   Bundled in this package are a few perks and amenities that you normally would pay for.

The package covers any stay between November 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015 and includes these benefits:


A full Breakfast Buffet at the hotel’s Cafe for each day of your stay.

One MTR (Metro Transit) Day card per guest per stay.

Discount Coupons for the K11 Mall (The hotel is attached to it).

Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks from your minibar.


Summed up, the value of the perks is fairly attractive.   Just the minibar snacks, soda and water alone can add quite a bit to a bill, especially if staying for a few days.    I’ve eaten Breakfast several times in the Cafe and have no complaints, they provide a large variety of options….both Chinese and International choices.   The MTR card is a great convenience and the discount coupons to the mall can be useful since the Mall has several good stores, including a large grocery store.  An additional benefit to staying at this property is that the hotel will PROVIDE YOU with a cell phone for you to use during your stay with unlimited local calling and data access.   Its the only hotel that I’ve stayed at that offers this convenience  and it saves me quite a bit of money that would be spent on prepaid sim cards for my phone.

We’ve stayed at the Regency twice a year for the last 3 years and have had great experiences each time.   I already have my annual Hong Kong Plane Spotting Pilgrimage booked and am taking advantage of their promo.

The staff is extremely friendly and gracious, and the hotel’s proximity to fantastic shopping and convenient transportation options make it a desirable place to stay while visiting HKG.   ‘2 thumbs up’ for this place!



My Favorite ‘International’ Hyatt Now Providing Free Smartphones

My Favorite ‘International’ Hyatt Now Providing Free Smartphones

Over the last few years I’ve become somewhat partial to Hyatt properties and seek them out as my first choice whenever I travel. Recently, one of my favorite properties announced a great new amenity for their guests.

The Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon / Hong Kong has recently begun providing their guests with complimentary use of smartphones during their stay.  The phones provide unlimited access to the internet, a Hong Kong City Guide and unlimited calling to the USA, Singapore, Australia, the UK and China.

After staying at Hyatt Properties around the world including Istanbul, London, Singapore, Dubai and Hamburg (next month), this Hyatt property thus far remains my favorite – both for location and quality of staff and product.


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You can see the Hyatt Regency in the top left corner, the building is lit up like a ‘T’

One logistic that always seems to create additional expense and stress for travelers is being able to stay connected with your own phone when abroad. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to run up hundreds of dollars in roaming data and voice charges with minimal effort. With this new program, it’s one less thing to worry about.

Among all the amenities that hotels offer such as complimentary bottles of wine and fruit plates, lounge access, etc., this in my opinion ranks among the best perk that can be offered to hotel guests.  It’s functional and practical…..much more so than a plate of cheese and turn down service! 🙂


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