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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.

If you weren’t able to jump on Friday’s Cathay Pacific first class award availability, you’re in luck. There are some great economy flight deals popping up today from the both the US east and west coasts to Hong Kong on a variety of carriers, such as American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines and Xiamen, with prices starting as low as $379 round-trip.

The best way to search for these tickets is via Google Flights. Search your origin city and destination and scroll through the calendar function to find dates that work for you. Then, click through to book directly with the airline or an OTA, such as Expedia or Orbitz.

Not sure where to stay? TPG has some recommendations for you:

Airline: Xiamen, Hong Kong Airlines, Cathay Pacific, American Airlines
Routes: LAX/JFK/IAD to HKG
Cost: $379+ in economy
Dates: March-May and August-November 2018
Booking Link: OrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $379 round-trip 1-stop on Xiamen:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $499 round-trip nonstop on Hong Kong Airlines:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $523 round-trip nonstop on Cathay Pacific:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $525 round-trip nonstop on American Airlines:

New York’s JFK to Hong Kong (HKG) for $590 round-trip on American Airlines:

Washington DC’s Dulles (IAD) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $590 round-trip on American Airlines:

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, 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.

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