New & Notable
Travel on the Yangtze with boutique ship cruise enhanced by the luxury
Executive Deck Program Date: August 17, 2012
Once again, China Spree raise the bar for our 2013 China cruise tours.
Over the past few years, China Spree has been working with all major cruise lines on the Yangtze for our China cruise tour programs. Forming the strategic partnership with Victoria Cruises for our 2013 sailing season, China Spree cruise tours 2013 feature quality boutique ship cruise experiences with improved onboard services, food and shore excursions, enhanced by the included Executive Deck Program, with full privileges at Executive Lounge. These Executive Deck Program features includes A La Carte dinning, complimentary beverage package, free laundry, complimentary WiFi, and other privileges that were initially designed exclusively for travelers on suite accommodations. Now, however, these excellent comforts are available for China Spree travelers as well.
Book selected China Spree Cruise Tours by the promotion deadline as specified on our website to receive Victoria Anna’s Executive Deck Program
China Visa Issues for your China trip Date: August 8, 2012
Dear China Spree Travelers,
The Chinese Consulates recently tightened the China visa application procedures by requesting more detailed travel documents.
While the official reason for the tightened procedure was not immediately clear, rumors are that it could be linked to the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP's) 18th National Congress, the long-awaited party meeting to decide a power transition which happens every 5 years. The meeting is expected to be held in the autumn (October or November).
Besides your actual passport and China Visa Application Form, you are now requested to provide the following documents.
1) An official invitation letter from China Spree’s China local tour agency
2) Your China tour itinerary
3) Airline ticket or e-ticket itinerary
You may be requested to provide additional documents on top of the files listed above, and this rule is subject to change at any time without prior notice. As a matter of fact, tour companies and China Visa agencies are not clearly notified of this change in writing or necessarily in advance, which can make getting a Visa on your own extremely difficult. We were told even the staffs working at China Consulates may not even know exactly what Chinese government requires them to do, as the requirements can change without notice. So, our approach is to provide as many supporting documents as we can possibly find.
To avoid any complication and further delay in obtaining your China visa, we strongly urge you to use China Spree to handle your China visa application instead of trying to take care of the China visa on your own. By doing so, it saves valuable time for both you and China Spree and avoids the confusion of document preparation.
Our China visa application fee for American passport holders is $170 per person ($140 Consulate charge + $30 China Spree service fees).
If you have already booked the China visa service with China Spree, and the China visa fee has been included in your tour invoice, please disregard this notice.
If you were planning to apply the China visa on your own, and did not include the China visa fee in your tour invoice, you are strongly recommended to use our service and send your actual passport, completed China visa form and a SEPARATE check of China visa fees of $170 per person to China Spree along with your balance payment by 50 days prior to your travel date. You do not need to contact China Spree to add the visa fee to your invoice, simply enclose a separate check and a notice saying you would like to have China Spree to process your China visa.
For details about using China Spree to process your China visa, please click the following link:
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
We are moved to Bellevue, Washington Date: January 25, 2012
Tour Beyond, Inc. (dba China Spree) is moving from the border town of Blaine to our new office, located in Bellevue–a prosperous suburb of Seattle, which is also the headquarter of Expedia. Our new office address is 2320 130th Ave. NE, Suite 200, Bellevue, WA 98005. Our phone, fax and email address remain unchanged.
Bellevue has been named the fourth best small city in the country in which to live by Money Magazine.
Air China mileage accumulation policy Date: December 2011
Air China changes its mileage accumulation policy on January 1, 2012.
Passengers booked on discounted group airfare with booking class of E and T will earn 50% mileage provided you are a member of Air China member club PhoenixMiles. Most China Spree group airfares fall under this category. Please note that only Air China PhoenixMiles members can earn the mileage for E and T booking class. Though Air China is a member of Star Alliance, United Airlines and other Star Alliance members do not earn Air China mileage points for bookings in E and T class. This practice is dictated by the current contract governing the mileage policy between Star Alliance members and may change at any time. It may be possible that mileage points you earn with Air China PhoenixMiles can be transferred to your Star Alliance membership in the future, but this cannot be guaranteed.
We recommend that you apply for Air China PhoenixMiles membership online in advance. Alternatively, you may join the membership when you check in at Air China counter in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York JFK, or Vancouver, Canada.
To apply online, click the following link:
http://ffp.airchina.com.cn/EN/index.jsp, then click Phoenixmiles card application.
To earn your Air China mileage points, you should contact Air China directly by the following two ways:
1) Call Air China at 866-882-8122 upon receipt of your E-Ticket number. At the same time, you may
request the seating, and place dietary request.
2) Present your PhoenixMiles card number to Air China check-in counter at San Francisco, Los Angeles,
New York JFK, or Vancouver, Canada.
Passengers booked on all other Air China booking class will earn 50% - 100% mileage points, and you are allowed to accumulate those points to your UA or other Star Alliance mileage programs directly at airport check-in.
Note the booking class mentioned above has nothing to do with where you sit on the airplane and the class of your seat. Mileage points are calculated using the airline booking code and pricing system. Frequent traveler programs are administered by the airlines, and are beyond the control of China Spree. If you have questions or concerns regarding your frequent traveler mileage points, earn, or redeem the points, you must contact the airline directly when you receive your E-Ticket from China Spree. The Air China Call Center can be reached at: 800-882-8122. In order to claim your frequent traveler mileage, you may be required to provide the original ticket receipt and boarding pass, so be sure to save these papers.
Additional baggage fees may apply at check-in Date: December 2011
In 2011, major U.S. carriers started to increase overweight and oversized bag fees, and also fees for the second checked baggage. Many airlines used to charge a small fortune for bags over 70 lbs., but now they don't allow them as checked baggage. Instead, you'll have to ship as cargo.
Fees may be charged by airlines for services such as preferred seat selection and baggage handling. Please note that fees are determined by the airline you check in with and may change at any time. Additional overweight baggage fees are charged and vary by airline. Please check with the airline directly for the updated information on checked & carry-on baggage, weight restrictions, and seat selection. Check Airline Fee Chart for further details.
This policy changes may affect your U.S. domestic flight to the Air China gateways. As of today, Air China does not charge fees for the second baggage (restrictions may apply) for your transpacific flight to China. So you are still allowed a maximum of two piece of checked baggage for flight to China. However their policy may change at any time. Please contact Air China at 800-882-8122 for the updated information.