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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 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.
Today we’re seeing some great fares between West Coast cities and Hong Kong. Non-stop flights with Cathay Pacific and United are available from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) for as little as $404 round-trip. If you have a choice in carrier, you’ll probably want to avoid United since some of the itineraries include a leg on its new 777-300ER (77W)— meaning a tight squeeze for those in coach due to the aircraft’s 3-4-3 seating configuration. Other options include Seattle (SEA) to Hong Kong via Seoul (ICN) onboard Asiana Airlines’ new A350 for $536 round-trip. The discounted fares are valid for departures from September through April 2019, but these bargains won’t stick around for long so you’ll want to book your flight as soon as you find availability for your desired dates.
Hong Kong offers a million options when it comes to using hotel points to book your stay. If you’re an American Express Platinum cardholder you’ll have access to Hong Kong airport’s new Centurion Lounge on your return trip.
Airline(s): Asiana, Cathay Pacific, United
Route: LAX/SEA/SFO to HKG
Cost: $404+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September 2018 – April 2019
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
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:
San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $404 round-trip in October on United:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $404 round-trip in December on Cathay Pacific via Expedia:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $405 round-trip in October on Cathay Pacific via Expedia:
Seattle (SEA) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $536 round-trip in November on Asiana Airlines via Expedia:
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 Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
- Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
- Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
- Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
- Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
- $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
- Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- Annual Fee is $250.
- Terms apply.
- See Rates & Fees