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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to travel.
We’ve seen plenty of cheap flights to Hong Kong over the past few weeks, but almost all required a stop in both directions — and unless you’re interested in building in a stopover in Seoul or Beijing, it’s worth spending an extra $100 for a nonstop flight (that earns you United miles in the process). From Hong Kong, you can find very inexpensive flights to many destinations in Southeast Asia, including Bali, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. It could even be a great option to get to Australia — pair one of these cheap fares to Hong Kong with a United award on Thai, which can get you to Sydney with two flights in first class for just 40,000 miles.
United is currently offering discounted flights from September through December, with fares priced at $689 from San Francisco (SFO), $764 from Newark (EWR) and $809 from Chicago (ORD). If you don’t mind making a stop, you can fly from Los Angeles (LAX) for $704, Houston (IAH) for $736, Seattle (SEA) for $770, Dallas (DFW) for $780, San Diego (SAN) for $786, Boston (BOS) for $815 and other cities around the US for a bit more. Considering many of these flights are more than 15,000 miles round-trip, that’s a very good deal.
Here are a few examples of what we found:
San Francisco (SFO)-Hong Kong (HKG) on United for $689 (earns 13,828 PQMs):
Newark (EWR)-Hong Kong (HKG) on United for $764 (earns 16,120 PQMs):
Chicago (ORD)-Hong Kong (HKG) on United for $809 (earns 15,574 PQMs):
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
For more on Hong Kong, see Destination of the Week: Hong Kong, Hotel Review: W Hong Kong and TPG’s Why I Think The Upper House Hong Kong is Overrated.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below! Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.