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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. Additionally, keep in mind that discounted partner fares may not earn miles with US-based carriers.
Great news: Flight deals to Asia are available once again, the latest being offered on United Airlines and Hainan Airlines to Hong Kong. Airfare starts at about $599 round-trip on Hainan and includes a short connection, while many of the United flights appear to be nonstop. Flight are available from a few cities across the US, including New York (EWR), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO) and more.
Airlines: Mostly on United and Hainan
Routes: EWR, ORD, SFO and more to HKG
Cost: $599-$694+ round-trip in economy
Dates: March 2016 through April 2016
Elite Mileage Earning: At least 13,849 premier-qualifying miles
Fare Class: K, M, N
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Search for your flight here:
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Chicago (ORD) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $599 on Hainan Airlines:
San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $642 on United Airlines (earns 13,849 PQMs):
Newark (EWR) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $694 on United Airlines (earns 16,120 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.
H/T: The Flight Deal
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.