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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 Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the 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.

In my opinion, Hong Kong is a perfect combination of the best of East and West. And if you want to check it out for yourself, you’ve got some excellent cheap nonstop options from west coast gateways of Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). In addition, there are one-stop options from both the US East and West Coast for less than $500 round-trip. Many other cities around the country are available in the mid-$500s.

If you’re looking for something interesting to do while there, check out Get Your Guide’s list of best activities in Hong Kong to maximize your time while on vacation.

To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline, Orbitz or Expedia.

Airline: Air Canada, Hong Kong Airlines, American Airlines, United, Cathay Pacific
Routes: LAX/SFO/ORD/EWR/IAH/SEA/DEN/SAN/LAS/DTW/BOS and likely more to HKG
Cost: $438+ in economy
Travel Dates: February – May and sugust – December
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold CardCiti Premier Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $438 round-trip nonstop on American:

San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $447 round-trip nonstop on United:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $451 round-trip on United:

Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $477 round-trip one-stop on United/Air Canada:

Newark (EWR) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $477 round-trip one-stop on Air Canada:

San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $483 round-trip nonstop on Hong Kong Airlines via Expedia:

Seattle (SEA) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $533 round-trip on Air Canada via Expedia:

Houston (IAH) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $573 round-trip on Air Canada via Expedia:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases to pay the taxes and fees, such as the Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance), American Express® Gold CardChase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Premier, (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

Featured image by Patrick Foto / Getty Images. 

This post was updated on February 5 to include more cities and updated prices. Additional reporting completed by Brendan Dorsey. 

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