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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.

Hong Kong Airlines is at it again, offering flights to its base country for less than $350 round-trip. The airline operates a long-haul fleet consisting of brand new Airbus A350s, which should make for an enjoyable travel experience. 

The booking process, unfortunately, isn’t nearly as pleasurable — but at these rates, we won’t complain. The lowest rates that consistently show on Google Flights hover around the $460 range, and if you select to only view flights by Hong Kong Airlines, the system sometimes will glitch up and say “price unavailable” before spitting out the cheapest rate. Sub-$350 flights are very limited, but there is a good amount of date availability around the $380 round-trip price range, and a lot of other airlines offer competitive rates between $458-$472 for much of the fall and winter months.

Airline: Hong Kong Airlines, Air Canada, Cathay Pacific, United
Routes: SFO to HKG
Cost: $347+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September – November 2018
Booking Link: Kayak for Hong Kong Airlines flights. OrbitzExpedia or directly with the airline for other airlines.
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $347 round-trip in September on Hong Kong Airlines:

San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $381 round-trip in October on Hong Kong Airlines:

San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $416 round-trip in September on Cathay Pacific:

San Francisco (SFO) to Hong Kong (HKG) for $422 round-trip in November (over Thanksgiving) on United/ANA:

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® Gold Card 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: Scott’s Cheap Flights

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