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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
A few weeks ago we saw some great deals on flights to Hong Kong (HKG) — today we’re seeing prices not only in the same ballpark or even lower, but with additional US departure cities on Star Alliance carriers Asiana, ANA and EVA Air. Right now you’ll find itineraries from New York (NYC), Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), Seattle (SEA), San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX) and even Washington DC (IAD) to the Pearl of the Orient starting as low as $547 round-trip.
Flights are available from September through May 2018 except for the December holiday season, and you don’t need any tricks to get these fares — just use Google Flights to find the dates you want, then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself. Itineraries on Asiana have one reasonable connection in Seoul, South Korea (ICN), while EVA Air flights will take you through Taipei, Taiwan (TPE). For the ANA flights, you’ll likely have to make an overnight stopover in Tokyo, Japan (NRT) on the way back from Hong Kong, but you can use it as a great opportunity to sample some difficult-to-find Japanese whiskies.
Airlines: Asiana Airlines, ANA, EVA Air
Routes: NYC/IAD/ORD/IAH/SFO/LAX/SEA to HKG
Cost: $547+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September 2017 through May 2018 (except for December holidays)
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Chicago (ORD) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $547 round-trip on Asiana via Orbitz:
New York (JFK) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $559 round-trip on Asiana via Orbitz:
San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $581 round-trip on Asiana via Orbitz:
Washington DC (IAD) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $588 round-trip on ANA via Orbitz:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $602 round-trip on Asiana via Orbitz:
Houston (IAH) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $603 round-trip on EVA Air via Orbitz:
Seattle (SEA) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $610 round-trip on Asiana via Orbitz:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!
H/T: The Flight Deal
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