Booking a flight

I am in the process of looking through some flight reservation in hopes of finding the flight that I’m looking for. I want to fly to Hong Kong during the last week of January to visit my girlfriend. I am trying to get there as soon as possible so we can maximize our time together but it is a bit confusing at first, mainly due to the time difference. I am hoping to arrive in Hong Kong on the night of February 1st but I also have to make sure that I get back to Canada before Monday of the following week.

It would be very simple if I took a direct flight to Hong Kong but the difference between a direct flight and a connecting flight is a matter of $300 or more. I am trying to save as much as I can so I can spend more of my money in Hong Kong. I’m looking around to see where I can save and so far I can potentially save a bit. For example, in order to save $25, I have to book the flights online. Air Canada charges a $25 service fee if I book with one of their reservation attendants. I don’t think I want to spend $25 just so someone can do the typing for me.

A direct flight from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Hong Kong will cost me $1,764.97 via Cathay Pacific Airways. If I went with Air Canada, I would be making a stop in Vancouver before continuing and that will cost me $1,427.37 for a ticket. I’ve searched around for a bit to see if it would be cheaper if I flew to Vancouver via Air Canada and then to Hong Kong with Cathay but the price ended up being an average between the two. The only advantage of that method is that it gives me more flexibility with my departure and arrival times. The disadvantage is that my luggage will be on two separate flights so there’s more work when it comes to checking in my luggage. I won’t be bringing much over anyway, just enough for a week. My girlfriend said that she has some clothes for me over there so I can probably pack light.

I’ve been getting recommendations from people as to where I should go to get a good deal on flights. One of them recommended CheapTickets. So far, they’ve provided one of the cheapest tickets that I’ve found. I would be flying with United Airlines and it’s going to cost me about $1,070. I’ll be making a stopover in San Francisco, California before continuing to Hong Kong. The website is suggesting that I book my flight right away to avoid any delays but I don’t want to book anything until I know that my passport will get to me in time. The passport is the only the only thing that is preventing me from purchasing a plane ticket.

If all goes according to plan, I will have a nice little get away. I am eager to get my passport as soon as possible but I don’t’ want to bother Passport Canada and ask for a status. It might cause a little delay in the processing so I don’t want to risk it. The lady at the counter said that it could take up to three weeks to get my passport so I’m going to wait at least until the end of this week to get a status update. I don’t know how requesting an update could slow down the process but this is the government we’re talking about.