|Lavender – China Airlines’ signature color.|
I used to get discouraged from traveling to certain destinations by the lack of direct flights. I found it time-consuming and unnecessary. But now that I had to go to Sapporo (where there isn’t a direct flight from Manila), I was ecstatic about having the option of choosing from so many cities as stopovers! I guess it really is all about perspective. When I was searching for flights, China Airlines (with a stopover in Taipei) came up as one of the cheapest options.
NOTE: Since most people get confused by this
– [alliance: Skyteam]
– is a Republic of China (ROC) aka TAIWAN airline
– which flies to Taipei from Manila.
– [alliance: Star Alliance]
– is a PEOPLE’S Republic of China (PRC) aka CHINA airline
– which flies to Beijing from Manila.
There were others available for a similar price but I could not choose them because they were with two different airlines (and others connecting in different airports even, as in Haneda and Narita). I did of course consider taking budget airlines and (thankfully) I didn’t have to. For one, the price when baggage was included would be the same price as legacy carriers (sans the refreshments, entertainment, legroom and miles). In addition, I would have a problem with my luggage.
FLIGHT CI 702 MANILA-TAIPEI
|The Mahjong game was a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately, what was under the gold foil wasn’t.|
|It tastes exactly how it looks – pretty gross. I didn’t finish it.|
|I won! It’s called a “zi mo” (drawing the winning tile as opposed to taking a discarded one from a player)|
|Couldn’t keep track of my wins (or losses)|
|The rear of the aircraft had a camera that showed what we were flying over. Pretty cool!|
|I asked for a complimentary pen and poker cards as souvenirs together with the in-flight magazine, which was impressive in all three languages (Chinese, English, Japanese.)|
|Apparently, some entertainment systems weren’t working. But cash vouchers were available for everyone on our plane to claim! Not everyone did though.|
FLIGHT CI 130 TAIPEI-SAPPORO
|As one of the last people to board (pretty used to it by now), someone took my seat and I was seated near the bathroom and exit row (aka lots of looking away as to not make eye contact with the FAs.)|
I am still awaiting further feedback from the airline.
Despite getting a great deal on my flights, I still feel like I didn’t get my money’s worth with all that had happened. Overall Rating: 2/5.