Arrival in F on CX at HKG transfer to Macao

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  1. baccarat_guy
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    As I have it planned now,

    I'll be arriving on CX 827 YYZ-HKG, 7.10PM in first class.

    Planning a 'quick' one night trip to Macao and then back to Hong Kong to spend a few days with the SO; who has a meeting the following week.

    Not really in a rush to get to Macao (actually, I'm never really in a rush). Also, since I'll be checking into a casino property, figure there is no issue with a late check-in.

    Upon arrival in HKG is there a 'decent' first class arrivals lounge? is it worth it for a bit to 'refresh?' or should I just head off to Macao right away. With regard to Macao, best/most efficient way to transit to Macao upon arrival at HKG on CX?
     
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    You'd need to clear transit security in order to use the first class lounges (Wing/Pier).

    You'd need to enter Hong Kong in order to use The Arrival (http://www.cathaypacific.com/cpa/en_BH/atairport/hklounge_arrival) arrivals lounge.

    Why not just head straight to Macau? You can check your bags all the way through, if you have bags of course :)

    You'll head over to the Turbojet counter on arrival and without clearing immigration. You can buy your ticket in advance in which case you'll have your bag checked straight through. Either way you'll give your baggage claim check to the Turbojet folks and they'll ensure transfer to your boat to Macau. (If you pre-reserve and check through then the minimum connection time is less).

    Then you show your ticket, head out to the turbojet pier, take the 45 minute boat ride... clear immigration in Macau and head to your hotel. Easy easy.

    Added bonus: since you'll clear immigration on the return and if you're transferring to an international flight and not entering Hong Kong, you will get a refund of taxes after you've checked in for your departing flight from Hong Kong. :)

    See http://www.turbojet.com.hk/eng/schedule/airport.asp
     
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  3. What he said.

    If you clear, then you need to go into town to get ferry.
    You catch it pre customs/baggage. The arrivals lounge bites ass anyway.. you're not missing anything
     
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    Excellent advice! (and just what I was looking for!)

    I'll do just as you say, and head directly to Macao.

    Thanks!
     
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    Also, any thoughts on the CX first class lounge @ YYZ (if there is a separate first lounge).
     
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    No separate lounge, at least for the midnight flight they use the KLM lounge which is really mediocre. Perhaps for the afternoon flight the BA lounge is open? (That won't be special either.)
     
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    a bit OT, but how long is long enough in Macao?
     
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    I spent 3 nights there last year and thought that was about perfect. Fernando's for pork, Lord Stowe's bakery for egg tarts, exploring the City of Dreams around the Grand Hyatt.. the Veneitan... and that's without visiting any historical sites, etc. But really depends what interests you, you could certainly get everything in in a couple of days if you didn't want to try to connect with the place at all..
     
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    Thanks. Routing via HKG on my way back from Australia, considering whether to step into China or to go right through.
     
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