Qantas flight - 45 minute connection time at Hong Kong?

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airADL

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Mar 2014

Total posts 198

Is 45 minutes enough time for One World connecting flight EK to QF into Hong Kong?

Looking at coming in from Bangkok on Emirates jumping straight onto QF Sydney flight. 45 mins transit.
Will not be on the same ticket.
Whats the thoughts? and what happens if I miss it being separate bookings?

crwilkins

Qantas

Member since 02 May 2016

Total posts 29

Although HK is quite good to transit in, 45 mins is tight given you need to go thru security etc. if separate tickets and EK don’t check you onto the QF flight, I’d say you have no chance making the connection, even if only hand luggage by the time you get through the transit desk then security, 45 mins is gone in no time.

If separate tickets and you miss it, QF may treat you as a “no show”....then you’re into the unknown based on status, class of travel, discounted tickets, change fees etc etc
Best chance is try and convince Emirates in Bangkok to check you in all the way through., otherwise really high risk IMO on separate tickets

airADL

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Mar 2014

Total posts 198

Thanks for advice maybe easier grab an earlier flight

comcats2168

Member since 17 Nov 2011

Total posts 1

Minimum connection time at HKG is 60 min (CX/KA 50 min) so it would be quite tight, don't think EK will through check baggage below MCT. If you need to collect baggage not a chance.

If you're familiar with the airport and there aren't any flight or transit delays then it's possible, but if you have to ask I'd strongly recommend getting another flight instead.

As crwilkins mentions, you'll be treated as a no show and 99% of the time will have to pay no show + change fees. On cheaper fares you may even forfeit your entire ticket.
Last editedby comcats2168 at Dec 02, 2018, 04:46 PM.

Ourmanin

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 08 Jun 2018

Total posts 141

Well. In answer to your specific question. We all have our own risk appetite, but for me that is way, way too tight. On separate tickets id want 2 hours. Too many variables against you. As pointed out already you may well not get your luggage checked through, which would

make it all but impossible.

To a few other points. It isn’t a connecting one world flight, so that isn’t going to help I’m afraid.

In asking what may be a stupid question, is there any reason you didn’t just look at the option of flying direct BKK to SYD, for which both EK or QF are options. Appreciate you’ve probably got your reasons and I’m assuming from what you’ve said that the QF flight HKG to SYD is already locked in. I’m not sure what class of travel you’re booked on. Or what your FF status might be. But have you just thought of ringing Qantas and trying to change to the direct flight BKK - SYD. Apologies if this isn’t going to work for you, but I had to ask.

airADL

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 Mar 2014

Total posts 198

Well. In answer to your specific question. We all have our own risk appetite, but for me that is way, way too tight. On separate tickets id want 2 hours. Too many variables against you. As pointed out already you may well not get your luggage checked through, which would
make it all but impossible.

To a few other points. It isn’t a connecting one world flight, so that isn’t going to help I’m afraid.

In asking what may be a stupid question, is there any reason you didn’t just look at the option of flying direct BKK to SYD, for which both EK or QF are options. Appreciate you’ve probably got your reasons and I’m assuming from what you’ve said that the QF flight HKG to SYD is already locked in. I’m not sure what class of travel you’re booked on. Or what your FF status might be. But have you just thought of ringing Qantas and trying to change to the direct flight BKK - SYD. Apologies if this isn’t going to work for you, but I had to ask.

QF flight is locked in at discounted J class will ask about possible change and costs, last minute side trip to catch up with mates and noticed a reward ek flight available in J. There is no cx reward flights not even in economy.


Thanks all for the advice much appreciated

mspcooper

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 May 2013

Total posts 345

45mins is impossible if you have to grab your bag and recheck in.

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

Total posts 992

No. Just 'No'. Even if you were doing hand-luggage only, 45 minutes is still way too tight. Even if you didn't have to go through the transit channel from arrivals to departures, 45 minutes is still way too tight. Even if Hong Kong wasn't a massively long airport with the chance that your inbound Emirates flight might arrive at gate 70something while the Qantas flight may well depart from gate 20something, 45 minutes is still way too tight. Now factor in any or all of those, allow for a flight delay and given that the Qantas flight will already be boarding 30 minutes before its departure, and you can see why 45 minutes is just way too tight. 1h45m? Do-able albeit perhaps not with much lounge time. But not 45 minutes.

Red Cee

Member since 15 Feb 2018

Total posts 151

No way woUld I even contemplate it on separate tickets. What if the first plane is delayed? There is no way you could connect in time.

JTG

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

Member since 11 Jul 2014

Total posts 30

45 minutes is just way too tight and would not recommend it. In saying that I can highly recommend the airport and the staff in Hong Kong if you have a single booking with a connecting flight and the first flight is delayed.


A couple of years back I got off a CX flight from SYD connecting with a KA flight to China with only 20 minutes to go. Someone greeted me off the plane, whisked me though the staff corridors to the transfer area and once through the transfer/security area got a car to the plane. All of this was done in 12 minutes. Unusual, but the plane to Nanjing left on time so the total amount of time I spent in Hong Kong was 20 minutes. That is probably the shortest time I have ever stayed in a city

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