One of the best i have seen, and many frequent fliers might agree, could be:
Board the flight, find whose seat is better, yours or your wifes. Offer the better of these two to neighbour of worse seat (of these two), thus you both sitting together in competitively worse seats. Most people will happily jump to better seat, better in terms of either/or window/...
Yes Air China has check-in counters at Heathrow Terminal 2. I'm not sure why you're asking about SkyTeam as Air China is a Star Alliance member, but Terminal 2 is also the one used for Star Alliance member airlines.
All airlines are free to move or cancel flights if they want. They normally don't do that for fun, as they lose a lot of money, and anger customers, but there is no law that forces them to fly as originally scheduled.
You are at minimum entitled to either an alternative connection, or a full reimbursement; if you don't like the new flight connection (or ...
Air China uses terminal 3, so...
Nanjing → Beijing → Milan
Your luggage will be checked all the way through. Even though you're technically leaving China from Beijing, you don't need to have your checked luggage with you to go through the departure customs procedure.
Source: Beijing Airport Domestic to International, personal experience
To summarise: you bought CPH-MEL-CPH on Air China for AUD$1550. After flying the outbound, Air China made unsuitable schedule changes and you cancelled the return flight.
Air China calculated the refund as AUD$345.
You looked up the cost of a one-way flight from MEL-ARN (they no longer fly to CPH) and found it to be AUD$1135 so believe their refund offer ...
For discount or economy tickets, yes, that is the standard practice.
If any segment in the Itinerary is missed, all further segments are cancelled.
While you are unlikely to get refund, in almost all cases you can apply the value of the ticket, minus a change fee, to a new ticket. That's how they call it 'non-refundable' but it doesn't make the paid ...
Here's my experience:
In Shanghai (PVG), I went to the counter to check in, the guy barely spoke English, asked me what was in the bag. Eventually he checked me into the flight and attached the luggage barcode thing to my bag. Then he called someone on the phone and told me to wait for someone to collect the luggage. A few seconds later he asked me to ...
From Timatic it seems like you qualify for transit without visa if your transit time is less than 24 hours:
Transit - China (People's Rep.) (CN)
Visa: Visa required.
TWOV (Transit Without Visa): Holders of confirmed onward air, cruise
or train tickets for a max. transit time of 24 hours. Transit incl.
multiple stops within China (People's ...
Air China seems to have a policy in place for the batteries (or generally termed power banks)
10000mAh should amount to 36WH or 50Wh depending on whether the batteries are rated 3.6V or 5V. However still, policy says that 2 batteries are allowed that shouldn't exceed 160Wh.
EDIT: As identified by @DCTLib below, only two spare batteries are allowed in cabin ...
Looking on their website, they could charge 200 USD to take it.
I have the same problem currently, I want to fly to Tokyo with my snowboard, but don't want to pay 200 USD
Air China does offer a free transit hotel under certain circumstanes, such as both inbound and outbound flights being on Air China, and the ticket being purchased on Air China ticket stock (ie, the e-ticket number starts with 999)
You can find details of this service, along with the complete list of conditions, on the Air China website.
It seems mostly safe. Usually 3 hours are enough. Some months ago we had a problem with Pakistan, so most airlines should not flight over it. OTOH I assume the plane will flight mush more north.
In any case, from FlightRadar24 flight CA950, it is often on time. Few times just less then 1 hour delay (and twice with 1h30 delay). So it should be feasible.
I believe you are only entitled to one piece of luggage.
ii) B is quite explicit about it: flight from a country other than China to Americas via China (defined as a sixth freedom flight), which is not the case here, you are flying from one country other than China to another country other than China (a fifth freedom flight).
Not sure if Air China do this, ...
MAD-GRU is a fifth-freedom flight (a sixth-freedom flight is a form of fifth-freedom) that appears to fall under ii) B. and thus allows you a two piece allowance. The full route would be PEK-MAD-GRU
The wording is somewhat ambiguous, however I believe all flights to and from Brazil require that two pieces of check-in luggage are allowed. See: Why is the ...
If both flights are Air China and you only have been issued one ticket (with one reservation code), then there is a very good probability that you won't need to pick up your luggage and register them again in Beijing. You will also potentially get your boarding pass for the second flight before the first flight (sometime, the seat won't be assigned yet).
Since my comment was requested as an answer -
I put 6 power banks (3x 10,000 mAH and 3x 5,000 mAH capacity) in my check-in luggage but airport security asked me to remove it and put it on carry-on. I had no hassles whatsoever while carrying all of them in my carry-on luggage. I hope my experience helps other fellow passengers.